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Product Details

  • Series: Secrets of the Loch (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476741085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476741086
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Isobel Rose’s profligate brother, Andrew, has lost their ancestral Scottish estate, Baillannan, in a card game. Jack Kensington, the Englishman who won their home, intends to sell it. But Isobel has a proposition. If Jack will marry her, she’ll continue to manage their holdings and send the profits to him in London. The marriage will, she tells him, be strictly a business arrangement. Jack is quite taken with the spunky beauty and agrees to her terms. He’s determined to make it a marriage in fact, however, not one of convenience. Unfortunately, there’s someone who’d rather see Jack dead than wed, and no one knows who that is. Camp’s witty historical romance is set during the Highland Clearances, a period when tenants were “cleared” or evicted from their homes by their rich landlords to make room for the more profitable venture of sheep farming. Camp deftly weaves together the enticing elements of her novel—suspense, family relations, the mystery of an old murder, a hidden treasure, and, of course, an unlikely romance. There’s something for everyone in the first book of the Secrets of the Loch trilogy. --Shelley Mosley

About the Author

Candace Camp is a New York Times bestselling author of over sixty novels of contemporary and historical romance, including the bestselling Regency romances Treasured, The Marrying Season, and A Summer Seduction. She grew up in Texas in a newspaper family, which explains her love of writing, but she earned a law degree and practiced law before making the decision to write full time. She has received several writing awards, including the RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award for Western Romances. Visit her at Candace-Camp.com.

Customer Reviews

Great reading from start to finish.
Sheryl Blanton
The two main characters were believable as well as likeable.
Rudolf
The characters were very well written.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Avid Indy Reader on June 25, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was excited when I learned CC had a new book out. I bought the Kindle version through my husband's account. The good news is that I liked Jack and Isobel. Bad news is the reason is that they and the plot seemed awfully familiar to CC's book, Bitterleaf, which is a far superior book (and the first book I ever read from her). I realize these books are boy meets girl, conflict, gradual resolution with a little action in them, but these two books were way too similar.

SPOILERS AHEAD:
This book: Jack wins the land and is a bit of a scoundrel, and marries Isobel initially for personal gain.
Bitterleaf: Jeremy lands at the plantation as an indentured servant. He agrees to marry Meredith for personal gain.

This book: Someone tries to kill Jack and Isobel.
Bitterleaf: Someone tries to kill Jeremy and Meredith.

This book: After Jack is wounded and stuck in bed, they make love.
Bitterleaf: After Jeremy is wounded and stuck in bed, they make love.

Even the scene and dialogue and the way Isobel/Meredith make love to their respective men is very, very similar.

This book: A family member is the would be killer.
Bitterleaf: A family member is the would be killer.

A very "bitter" disappointment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kms88 on July 25, 2014
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It's not often that I write a review, but having been a faithful Candace Camp fan, I felt like I just had to in this case. The pace of this book was just so slow. I absolutely had no problem putting it down, where as in the past I've always read her books within a day or two. This book took me a week. The overall plot of the story is what drew me in, but the way it was carried out just felt so disjointed. The dramatic sections felt rushed and hastily put together. The ending was very anticlimactic as well. I thought to myself, "That's it? All that build up and that's it?". Candace is a great author, but her recent works haven't engaged me as much as her past books. If you're a Candace Camp fan, by all means read it, however, if not I would pass.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rudolf on June 23, 2014
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Once again Candace Camp has written an excellent story. Imagine your home being gambled away right out from under you. The two main characters were believable as well as likeable. I had a problem with the brother though. The story was well written and there is something about Scottish variants to the Regency theme that adds some spice. A little brogue . . .

I highly recommend to those fans of Candace Camp and this genre. The mystery in the story was good as well, and I didn't figure out the who in who done it until it was obvious and only one chapter to go . . .

So read it and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Smitten with Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 17, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My Review:
It's been a long time since I've read a Candace Camp book, but back when I used to read historical romances regularly (many, many moons ago) she was on my auto-buy list, so I was pretty excited to see if her writing still appealed to me now. Short answer...it does.

I liked this book. I enjoyed the premise and the relationship between Jack and Isabel. I adored the Scottish vistas and scenery that Ms. Camp described so incredibly well. I felt like I was walking along the cliffs and in the castle ruins along with the characters and it was like a mini-vacation on my couch for me.

I really enjoyed Jack as a character. He was a great balance of great guy vs. one who feels he's not really worthy of Isabel. He's a gambler that won Isabel's home from her brother in a card game, not realizing that it was the family home and that he'd be putting out Isabel and her aunt. He felt the perfect amounts of remorse about that alongside the fact that he is the owner of the house now. I liked their bargain between the two of them and felt like that whole part of the story was very believable. My one complaint was that Jack was put into the "damsel in distress" situation just a few too many times for me to be happy since he's supposed to be the hero in the book, not the heroine.

There is more of the story that is written from Isabel's point of view, but I didn't feel like I got to know her that well. Most of her story delves into the mystery and her determination to keep her home and it's crofter's safe. There wasn't quite as much about her history...at least that's the way it feels in retrospect. I just don't feel like I got to know her and her emotions as well as I did with Jack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TracyJane on July 17, 2014
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I did enjoy this book. I really liked Jack - Isobel, not quite as much. But she did become more likable as the story progressed. She was not a shrew or anything - I just found her a bit tedious.

I liked the mystery aspect of the story - but honestly got a bit confused about who was who - the deceased characters were all either cousins or parents of living characters - who were also cousins or aunts/uncles. It was just confusing - but not impossible to follow. And while I am talking about confusing aspects of the story - who was Dolly??

I think this was a good start to the series and I look forward to finding out what happened to the treasure!!
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4.5 Cocktails

Isobel Rose is the long suffering sister of Andrew Rose and caretaker of their aunt Elizabeth. Isobel also oversees the running of the Rose family estate, Baillannan. That is until Jack Kensington shows up. Andrew is the titled owner of Baillannan and lost the estate to Jack in a wager. This is how Treasured by Candace Camp opens. The drama, suspense, romance, and betrayal continue throughout the book.

The characters were very well written. I enjoyed reading about every character…even those that were not so nice. I absolutely loved the romance between Isobel and Jack. Isobel displayed the right amount of resistance just before she gave in to Jack’s seduction. Jack was the sort of protective hero that every woman yearns to have in her life. He was gentle from the start, and I loved that the author gave a peek into his thought processes. Anyone that has ever fallen for someone of the opposite sex can easily understand the sort of conversation you have with yourself when you feel yourself falling. Some of it was laugh out loud funny and other parts just made my eyes mist up. The passion between them was blazing hot. The author has a real talent for writing love scenes. I had to take off my glasses because the heat coming from the pages steamed them up. I literally cried when Jack finally got to his breaking point and told Isobel that he needed her. That was so precious to me. I fell in love with him all over again.

The element of suspense kept me guessing until the end. Everyone I thought was trying to kill Jack ended up being false. The author stirred the pot by having a surprise house guest show up that added to the list of “who coulda done it”. A real family affair was uncovered, and the list of suspects continued to grow.
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