This portion of the Seeton saga brings some new elements. First, as the title indicates, Miss Seeton’s connection to an infant plays a major part in the story. When she happens upon the bunting-wrapped infant heiress Lady Marguerite, feared kidnapped, she endears herself to the baby’s parents, Lord and Lady Glenclachan, and to the Scottish village they live in. That brings us to the second important difference in this story–we find Miss Seeton spending time in Scotland. This is partly an expression of gratitude from Lady Marguerite’s parents, and partly a gentle summons from Scotland Yard, fueled by the efforts of journalist Amelita (“Mel”) Forby, who has fond memories of earlier shared experiences with Miss Ess. She wouldn’t mind another news scope, either. Lady Glenclachan is happy for Miss Seeton’s company, also, as she seems to have a magical way of soothing the fretful teething baby.
If you were looking to refresh your memory of Scottish history, this story is the place for that. We hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Scottish pearls, gold and silver, and hints of a modern-day Jacobite uprising. There is also the tantalizing possibility that Miss Seeton might enjoy a second visit with Her Majesty at nearby Balmoral (her first, you may recall, was during a Royal garden party).
Does Miss Ess meet the Queen again? Is the uprising successful? Is there a Scottish Gold Rush? For answers to these questions and more, you are cordially invited to read this captivating book.
Once again, my sincere thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for sharing this advance copy for me to read and review.