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Taming the Heiress

(The first book in the Victorian Scotland Trilogy series)
A novel by


"Susan King casts a spell like a sorcerer - her books never fail to enchant!"
Patricia Gaffney

Publisher's Weekly
Evocative prose and an alluring setting fail to offset the awkward plotting in King's newest Scottish romance (after The Sword Maiden). In 1850, Meg MacNeill and aristocrat Dougal Stewart meet on a storm-swept rock, where Meg's superstitious family sends her to win the heart of a magical kelpie. According to legend, the kelpie will appear disguised as a man. Instead, she finds and seduces Dougal, believing him to be the kelpie. Afterward, however, Dougal's friends fetch him in a manner that convinces Meg she was tricked. Seven years later, she has secretly borne a son and unexpectedly inherited a vast fortune and a title, but she has never forgiven the man who deceived her. She's also fighting (and losing) a legal battle against an engineer who intends to build a lighthouse on the same prominent rock. When Meg meets Dougal again and realizes he's the engineer, she disguises the fact that she is the baroness who has been trying to thwart his construction plans. The plot contrivances pile up as Meg continues to conceal both her identity and the fact that they have a son, while fending off a villain intent on blackmailing her into marriage. Though the story falls short in conflict and credibility, King's smooth prose and dynamic characterizations will please her fans.

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Hardback Editions

October 2004 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Taming the Heiress
Author(s): Susan King
ISBN: 1-58724-706-2 / 978-1-58724-706-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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2003 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Taming the Heiress
Author(s): Susan King
ISBN: 0-7394-3538-8 / 978-0-7394-3538-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Paperback Editions

June 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Taming the Heiress
Author(s): Susan King
ISBN: 0-451-20955-9 / 978-0-451-20955-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Taming the Heiress (The Scottish Lairds Series, Book 1)
Author(s): Susan King
Publisher: ePublishing Works!
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