I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Lizzie Lamb’s new book Take Me, I’m Yours, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.
A long standing family feud between the Buchanans and the MacFarlanes is threatening to destroy India Buchanan’s plans to restore her great aunt’s house to it’s former glory and run a tasteful guest house.
The house on MacFarlane’s Landing has been a bone of contention between the families since the MacFarlanes lost it to the Buchanans on the turn of a card. Logan MacFarlane wants the house back for his grandfather, India has no intention of selling. She has plans for the house and is hoping her great aunt will be home from hospital very soon. India had promised to help look after Elspeth as well as bring her ideas to fruition.
In a delightful opening sequence, Logan roars up to the house on his Triumph motorbike, all dangerous male, and India, not knowing who he is and aware of the isolation of her house, picks up a monkey wrench to defend herself. This is just the first of many clashes. They both have the best interests of their respective relatives at heart and as their encounters become ever more heated, there’s a spark of something neither wants to admit to.
Logan imagined standing once more in front of the Buchanan residence which had one of Door County’s famous lighthouses built almost in its back yard, towering over it. With its wrap around veranda and views overlooking MacFarlane’s Landing and the Bay it was prime real estate.
It’s descriptions like this that bring to mind vivid imagery and the atmosphere of the beautiful setting, a calming backdrop to the tension surrounding the dispute over ownership of the house and land. Logan and India are both fiery characters with surprisingly similar upbringings. They have strong family ties and the relationships with their relatives are lovely. Logan is quite aggressive initially and not at all the type of man India is used to. As his character is explored in more detail and he shows his caring and vulnerable side he’s much easier to fall for. India is independent and determined, having been shipped off to school as her parents moved from one diplomatic post to another. Her mother has her own idea of how India’s life should unfold, and it isn’t running a glorified B&B. But India is committed to her plans.
The characters, including the secondary ones, are wonderfully drawn and there’s lots of snappy, entertaining dialogue. The history between the families is intriguing and not what I imagined. It shows how a dispute can escalate and impact on future generations. As the barriers begin to seem insurmountable….will they find a way? You’ll have to read it to find out!
I chose to read and review Take Me, I’m Yours based on a copy of the book supplied by Rachel’s Random Resources and the author.
About the Book
India Buchanan plans to set up an English-Style bed and breakfast establishment in her great-aunt’s home, MacFarlane’s Landing, Wisconsin. But she’s reckoned without opposition from Logan MacFarlane whose family once owned her aunt’s house and now want it back. MacFarlane is in no mood to be denied. His grandfather’s living on borrowed time and Logan has vowed to ensure the old man sees out his days in their former home. India’s great-aunt has other ideas and has threatened to burn the house to the ground before she lets a MacFarlane set foot in it. There’s a story here. One the family elders aren’t prepared to share. When India finds herself in Logan’s debt, her feelings towards him change. However, the past casts a long shadow and events conspire to deny them the love and happiness they both deserve. Can India and Logan’s love overcome all odds? Or is history about to repeat itself?