The Groom Says Yes (Brides of Wishmore) - Cathy Maxwell

Series: Brides of Wishmore (Book 3)

He had a noose around his neck and a price on his head . . .

 

Sabrina Davidson, dutiful daughter, avowed spinster, thought she'd secured a place for herself in Aberfeldy society -- until her hard-earned acceptance of her fate is challenged by the arrival of Cormac Enright, earl of Ballin, trained physician, soldier of fortune, and convicted felon.

 

A prim and proper miss was the last thing he needed . . .

 

Mac is determined to clear his name, but first he has to find the man whose testimony sentenced him to a hangman's noose. Of course, Robert Davidson is missing and protecting Mac is Davidson's daughter, the most entrancing, frustrating, beguiling, stubborn woman Mac has ever met.

 

And it doesn't help that he has already tasted her kisses. Or that he has found in her a passion for life and adventure to rival his own.

 

Mac has turned Sabrina's world inside out -- but what will happen when he leaves?

 

Or will the Groom Say Yes?

 

Good conclusion to the series. Mac Enright is in prison awaiting execution for a murder he didn't commit. When he escapes, he's determined to find the man whose false testimony convicted him. He arrives in Aberfeldy but falls ill before he can find the man he's searching for.

 

Sabrina is the spinster daughter of Mac's quarry. She has spent her life caring for her sick mother, then her widowed father. She's very conscious of doing the right thing, unlike her rather scandalous cousins Aileen (The Bride Says No) and Tara (The Bride Says Maybe). But they have found men to love and marry, leaving Sabrina wondering what she's missing. To make it worse, she has just discovered her father has become engaged to a rather notorious widow, leaving Sabrina to wonder what will happen to her. Searching for a quiet place to think about her future, Sabrina stumbles upon Mac, who is obviously in need of help.

 

Sabrina takes him home with her and nurses him back to health. The scenes of her trying to get him into the cart and then into the house were pretty funny. She has never met anyone like him before, and something about him has her thinking about everything she has missed in her life. She impulsively kisses the seemingly unconscious Mac, who in his near delirium responds and their encounter turns passionate. I found this part a bit hard to believe, as I'm not sure someone who had been that ill would be up for those kind of antics, but it still made for a good scene. 

 

I really liked seeing the two of them together. Once Mac is well again he is dismayed by what he did, but finding Sabrina fascinating is more than willing to see where things lead. Mac is a man who lives his life on his own terms, and while he is understanding of Sabrina's cautiousness, has no trouble encouraging her to push her boundaries. Sabrina has had a lot of things happen to her all at once and it really shakes up her world. I thought she was rather selfish at the beginning, but dealing with so many changes forces her to grow up. Her cautiousness causes some tension between them as she finds out more about her father, but is also a good balance to his focus on his quest. In the end, Sabrina has to decide between caution and love.

 

The mystery of the story, of Sabrina's father's involvement and why was very good. It was hard on Sabrina to see her father as something of a villain, but it didn't stop her from helping Mac once she got past the shock. It was an interesting twist to see the connection the real murderer had to the previous two books. The final confrontation was quite intense, and I loved seeing Sabrina really get into it. I felt bad for Sabrina because of the attitudes of her father and uncle at the end, but happy to see that she was able to see to her own happiness.