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When Emily Clairmont's husband is tragically struck down by typhoid fever after only a few months of blissful domesticity, Emily finds herself heartbroken and completely alone in the world. Having lost her mother in childbirth and her father right before her marriage, she has no choice but to seek a position as a governess. She reaches out to her husband’s family solicitor When Emily Clairmont's husband is tragically struck down by typhoid fever after only a few months of blissful domesticity, Emily finds herself heartbroken and completely alone in the world. Having lost her mother in childbirth and her father right before her marriage, she has no choice but to seek a position as a governess. She reaches out to her husband’s family solicitor, Quinn Westbourne, hoping that he may be able to help her. Quinn takes one look at the young and beautiful Emily and decides that a job as a governess will not do. He writes instead to the father-in-law she's never met, and when Leopold Clairmont offers her a place in his home, Quinn agrees to escort Emily to his isolated refuge in St. Kilda. But he did not anticipate how challenging it would be to keep his distance from the grieving widow when all he wants to do is take her in his arms and console her. The two forge a friendship on their journey, and Emily begins to wonder if she could find solace and a live a comfortable life as a widow in her new home. The tiny island of Hirta in the remote cluster of islands known as St. Kilda off the Scottish coast is wild and beautiful, her father-in-law is warm and welcoming, and her sister-in-law offers her much-needed female companionship, but the island is also full of secrets. When Emily learns things about her husband that he never revealed, she wonders if she ever really knew him at all. Torn between her devotion to her departed husband and her growing feelings for Quinn, Emily must decide whether her heart belongs to the living or the dead and find the courage to act before it's too late.


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When Emily Clairmont's husband is tragically struck down by typhoid fever after only a few months of blissful domesticity, Emily finds herself heartbroken and completely alone in the world. Having lost her mother in childbirth and her father right before her marriage, she has no choice but to seek a position as a governess. She reaches out to her husband’s family solicitor When Emily Clairmont's husband is tragically struck down by typhoid fever after only a few months of blissful domesticity, Emily finds herself heartbroken and completely alone in the world. Having lost her mother in childbirth and her father right before her marriage, she has no choice but to seek a position as a governess. She reaches out to her husband’s family solicitor, Quinn Westbourne, hoping that he may be able to help her. Quinn takes one look at the young and beautiful Emily and decides that a job as a governess will not do. He writes instead to the father-in-law she's never met, and when Leopold Clairmont offers her a place in his home, Quinn agrees to escort Emily to his isolated refuge in St. Kilda. But he did not anticipate how challenging it would be to keep his distance from the grieving widow when all he wants to do is take her in his arms and console her. The two forge a friendship on their journey, and Emily begins to wonder if she could find solace and a live a comfortable life as a widow in her new home. The tiny island of Hirta in the remote cluster of islands known as St. Kilda off the Scottish coast is wild and beautiful, her father-in-law is warm and welcoming, and her sister-in-law offers her much-needed female companionship, but the island is also full of secrets. When Emily learns things about her husband that he never revealed, she wonders if she ever really knew him at all. Torn between her devotion to her departed husband and her growing feelings for Quinn, Emily must decide whether her heart belongs to the living or the dead and find the courage to act before it's too late.

30 review for The Beauty of St. Kilda

  1. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

    💝 FREE on Amazon today (11/17/2018)!💝 Blurb: When Emily Clairmont's husband is tragically struck down by typhoid fever after only a few months of blissful domesticity, Emily finds herself heartbroken and completely alone in the world. Having lost her mother in childbirth and her father right before her marriage, she has no choice but to seek a position as a governess. She reaches out to her husband’s family solicitor, Quinn Westbourne, hoping that he may be able to help her. Quinn takes one look a 💝 FREE on Amazon today (11/17/2018)!💝 Blurb: When Emily Clairmont's husband is tragically struck down by typhoid fever after only a few months of blissful domesticity, Emily finds herself heartbroken and completely alone in the world. Having lost her mother in childbirth and her father right before her marriage, she has no choice but to seek a position as a governess. She reaches out to her husband’s family solicitor, Quinn Westbourne, hoping that he may be able to help her. Quinn takes one look at the young and beautiful Emily and decides that a job as a governess will not do. He writes instead to the father-in-law she's never met, and when Leopold Clairmont offers her a place in his home, Quinn agrees to escort Emily to his isolated refuge in St. Kilda. But he did not anticipate how challenging it would be to keep his distance from the grieving widow when all he wants to do is take her in his arms and console her. The two forge a friendship on their journey, and Emily begins to wonder if she could find solace and a live a comfortable life as a widow in her new home. The tiny island of Hirta in the remote cluster of islands known as St. Kilda off the Scottish coast is wild and beautiful, her father-in-law is warm and welcoming, and her sister-in-law offers her much-needed female companionship, but the island is also full of secrets. When Emily learns things about her husband that he never revealed, she wonders if she ever really knew him at all. Torn between her devotion to her departed husband and her growing feelings for Quinn, Emily must decide whether her heart belongs to the living or the dead and find the courage to act before it's too late.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jann

    Set in 1875, Emily has recently lost her husband of a few short months and had also lost her father soon after her wedding. As her mother had died when Emily was born, Emily feels that she will be all alone in the world and will have to make her own way. When she asks the lawyer of her late husband's father if he could find her a position as a governess, instead he writes to her father-in-law. He returns to Emily to tell her that she has been invited to live with her father-in-law, Lord Leopold Set in 1875, Emily has recently lost her husband of a few short months and had also lost her father soon after her wedding. As her mother had died when Emily was born, Emily feels that she will be all alone in the world and will have to make her own way. When she asks the lawyer of her late husband's father if he could find her a position as a governess, instead he writes to her father-in-law. He returns to Emily to tell her that she has been invited to live with her father-in-law, Lord Leopold Clairmont in St. Kilda. I enjoyed the details of the story which kept the historic flavour in both settings and dialogue. The Beauty of St. Kilda was just the thing to pass away some hours while ailing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

    I’m an avid historical romance reader, but The Beauty of St. Kilda by Nicola Italia didn’t hit the mark for me. As a warning, there may be some spoilers for the sake of the review, although I have tried to avoid them. (view spoiler)[ To begin with, we have the main character Emily, happily married. Shortly thereafter, she’s thrown into turmoil as her husband has died. I don’t feel that we’re ever given a chance to get to know Emily as a character other than being a widow. This left me struggling t I’m an avid historical romance reader, but The Beauty of St. Kilda by Nicola Italia didn’t hit the mark for me. As a warning, there may be some spoilers for the sake of the review, although I have tried to avoid them. (view spoiler)[ To begin with, we have the main character Emily, happily married. Shortly thereafter, she’s thrown into turmoil as her husband has died. I don’t feel that we’re ever given a chance to get to know Emily as a character other than being a widow. This left me struggling to empathize with her for the rest of the book. Quinn, the love interest, is handsome. We’re often reminded of this, to the point that his character also felt lacking. Having read the book, I couldn’t tell you anything about him other than he worked for his father. As for the rest of the story, I did find the travel interesting. I felt it was well written, and the locations were the main reason I kept reading. The pacing was steady, aside from the drama towards the end which seemed to drag slightly. My biggest complaint with the story is the amount of drama/tragedy that struck one of the characters we’re introduced to later. She is sexually assaulted and stalked by a man who she later sleeps with, she has a non-surgical abortion, and both of these things are caused because she’s lonely. She also commits adultery. I did feel sympathy for her, more than I did for the main character, but I will admit that had I known there would be adultery in this book I would not have read it. The book isn’t bad at all, it just didn’t leave me feeling satisfied. The epilogue was a little confusing in regard to the timeline, and some major plot points felt unresolved (like why did her husband lie so much?! What caused such a rift between him and his father?!) (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debbie West

    Boring at first, followed by pornography, followed by happily ever aftee This was a tough book to finish. Extremely dull at the beginning, the author repeated simple things as if even SHE couldn't remember what she'd already written. Then once Emily is at the island, Giselle becomes the focus with sex with one man after another. Then Emily coexists as the main character with Giselle & Quinn. The only climax is the illness toward end of book. Even the ending was dull. Quinn & Tessa were the only c Boring at first, followed by pornography, followed by happily ever aftee This was a tough book to finish. Extremely dull at the beginning, the author repeated simple things as if even SHE couldn't remember what she'd already written. Then once Emily is at the island, Giselle becomes the focus with sex with one man after another. Then Emily coexists as the main character with Giselle & Quinn. The only climax is the illness toward end of book. Even the ending was dull. Quinn & Tessa were the only characters that seemed real to me. Everyone else was a lukewarm version,of a real person. I expected more but was highly disappointed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    Thoughts: An interesting take on marriage and mourning in Victorian times. Emily is definitely a timid little thing in the beginning having been married to such a gentleman in the parlor and the bedroom...it only took two minutes and never a sound. 🤔 Then she is escorted to her father-in-law 's island by Quinn, the lawyer, and she starts to see a different side of life, a different type of man. A more manly man. And she has to keep reminding herself she's a widow in mourning. At a time when the Thoughts: An interesting take on marriage and mourning in Victorian times. Emily is definitely a timid little thing in the beginning having been married to such a gentleman in the parlor and the bedroom...it only took two minutes and never a sound. 🤔 Then she is escorted to her father-in-law 's island by Quinn, the lawyer, and she starts to see a different side of life, a different type of man. A more manly man. And she has to keep reminding herself she's a widow in mourning. At a time when the head of the house sets the rules, her father-in-law demands that she stops wearing mourning and returns to colored clothing. If she was attractive in widow's weeds, she's absolutely stunning in color, and Quinn can't keep his eyes off her. Then there's an outbreak of the same disease that killed her father and her husband. Who on the island will survive? The landowner and his wife, their daughter and son, Leopold, Tessa, Tavish, Adam and Giselle, or Emily and Quinn? Recommended

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane Sallans

    I received a copy of this book thru Goodreads First-Reads giveaway. It is the first book I have read by this author. I've read a lot of Historical romance and this book is set at a time and place not featured in many Historical romance books - 1875; a bit in London but mostly on a small island off of Scotland (St. Kilda). It brings in the effects of Typhoid on several characters (that was interesting). The female lead (Emily) is a young, and fairly innocent, widow who has lost her mother (in chi I received a copy of this book thru Goodreads First-Reads giveaway. It is the first book I have read by this author. I've read a lot of Historical romance and this book is set at a time and place not featured in many Historical romance books - 1875; a bit in London but mostly on a small island off of Scotland (St. Kilda). It brings in the effects of Typhoid on several characters (that was interesting). The female lead (Emily) is a young, and fairly innocent, widow who has lost her mother (in childbirth), her father and now her husband. She travels to her father-on-laws home (an island off Scotland) with the family Solicitor Quinn Westbourne. Ther is an attraction there, but Emily is still mourning her husband. Also living on St. Kilda is Giselle, wife of the other Clairmont son - she is very conflicted about her relationships and makes some very poor choices.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carole (in Canada)

    I believe I got this book for free on Amazon, so I thought to give it a try after reading other reviews. As it takes place on a remote island off of Scotland, I was intrigued as I love the visual beauty Scotland offers. I wish there was more descriptive verse woven through the story on the scenery. "She was elusive and shared nothing." (quote from the book) The book description provides a good synopsis of the story. However, I found the story a bit repetitious at times and some of the characters I believe I got this book for free on Amazon, so I thought to give it a try after reading other reviews. As it takes place on a remote island off of Scotland, I was intrigued as I love the visual beauty Scotland offers. I wish there was more descriptive verse woven through the story on the scenery. "She was elusive and shared nothing." (quote from the book) The book description provides a good synopsis of the story. However, I found the story a bit repetitious at times and some of the characters unnecessarily promiscuous. I just did not connect with the main characters, Emily Clairmont and the handsome solicitor Quinn Westbourne and found myself skimming through it quickly. The cover of the book is beautiful, and I wish I could have enjoyed the story more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    The narration of this story didn't gel with me, and I found it hard to connect to the characters, and I wasn't really grabbed by the story. I was expecting some explanation of the rift between Philip and his father, but none was presented, I was fully expecting to hear he was gay, as it seemed a good explanation of the rift between him and his father, and also an answer to why a young and healthy man with a beautiful wife didn't show a lot of sexual interest in her. I found myself perplexed by th The narration of this story didn't gel with me, and I found it hard to connect to the characters, and I wasn't really grabbed by the story. I was expecting some explanation of the rift between Philip and his father, but none was presented, I was fully expecting to hear he was gay, as it seemed a good explanation of the rift between him and his father, and also an answer to why a young and healthy man with a beautiful wife didn't show a lot of sexual interest in her. I found myself perplexed by the attitude of Quinn towards a young woman who make sexual advances towards him, he brands her a slut, but doesn't seem to judge the woman who is cheating on her husband with him, or in fact judge himself for his affair with a married woman. Not my cup of tea, but readable.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Funkhouser

    Very good book, enjoyed the compassion shown between the characters. Book was different than most. Full of love, respect, tradition and emotion. I do recommend this book. It’s good read to anyone,it’s a believable book. I chose the five star rating , which is unusual for me because it was a refreshing book. I do not enjoy explicit sexual acts portrayed in books, it adds nothing to the story line. It is a good book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Burrows

    Love blooms, then blossoms Loved the selflessness of the main characters. Always putting others before themselves. Of course some communication needed to be improved, as some of the characters needed to be shown what real love was. It was a great novel. I loved it all the way ro the end

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    The Beauty of St. Kilda review A cute twist to the often-told tale of the ruggedly handsome bachelor escorting the single, raving beauty on a long journey, “forced” into pretending to be married and even “forced” into sharing a room... and then,would you Believe sparks begin to fly?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I could not finish this book! I love a good historical romance, but the writing was so simplistic and without passion. The same words were used over and over to describe similar emotions and the writing had a very monotonous tone to it. I felt nothing but boredom, as the author could not relay the emotions we ought to be feeling.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Helen Patrick

    Beautifully written! This story is about life..all the emotions! It is beautifully written and holds the reader's attention . I had tears during sad parts and smiled during the happy parts. Nicola Italia's is new to me as an author. I will definitely read more of her books. She is an excellent author! Beautifully written! This story is about life..all the emotions! It is beautifully written and holds the reader's attention . I had tears during sad parts and smiled during the happy parts. Nicola Italia's is new to me as an author. I will definitely read more of her books. She is an excellent author!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Nice read Enjoyed the book and the various characters. All were unique yet very human. Despite life’s trials and sadness’s each character grew up and evolved and forgave and moved on to make their own happiness

  15. 5 out of 5

    CAROL E. CIEMINIS

    . I enjoyed reading about the island of St. Kilda and its geographic relationship to Scotland. As a period piece in the 19th century, it was interesting to learn about the history and culture. The author was good at showing how hard living on such an isolated island.

  16. 4 out of 5

    C. Roberts

    Lovely I had never heard of this author. The blurb about the book intrigued me. The book was even better. I loved the story. I loved the characters. I loved the island. If the reader enjoys a romance with a dash of history, he reads will enjoy this one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ruth M. Allen

    Good read The book is a good read but so much of it was very transparent and predictable. One situation after another threw Quin and Emily into each other’s arms and more. No surprises in this read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kris Kuebel

    Gothic Romance This story read like a Jane Austen novel. It was very wordy but interesting. I enjoyed the characters and descriptions of the island and felt more could have been done with the preacher and Quinn. It felt like the author got tired and ended the story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tressia Avellar

    A dedicated steward It was a bit lengthy, the book was much longer than I thought. But it was good, had some twists and unexpected turns. A good historical love story though, I enjoyed it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie E Wieweck

    Love & Death Emily thought her marriage was perfect in till her husband died suddenly. Can a young woman find happiness again or is she to be in mourning forever? The author weaves love, illness & death amongst the story very well.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Liz Vidal-Rivera

    Great read I gave this book five stars because I really enjoyed it. I couldn't stop reading it. It was funny, sad and had me on the edge of my seat. I recommend this book to all the romantic ladies out there who enjoy reading about romance Great read I gave this book five stars because I really enjoyed it. I couldn't stop reading it. It was funny, sad and had me on the edge of my seat. I recommend this book to all the romantic ladies out there who enjoy reading about romance

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maral

    Heartwarming After so much tragedy, finding love and happily ever after is wonderful. Couldn’t put this book down. All the characters were lovable and real. Very good representation of the era.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    This book wasn't bad in any way, and I did like the ~50% that I read, but the story overall felt a bit lacking in tension and excitment. The longer I go without picking this back up, the less I want to continue reading, so I figured I might as well just DNF it now. This book wasn't bad in any way, and I did like the ~50% that I read, but the story overall felt a bit lacking in tension and excitment. The longer I go without picking this back up, the less I want to continue reading, so I figured I might as well just DNF it now.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Louiseann Walter

    BEAUTIFUL SENTIMENTS This was a beautiful love story from first to last. Emily's love for her father and husband left her very naive and innocent! I'm glad she came to her sense and realized mourning is not done by catalogue of years. It is always in your heart. BEAUTIFUL SENTIMENTS This was a beautiful love story from first to last. Emily's love for her father and husband left her very naive and innocent! I'm glad she came to her sense and realized mourning is not done by catalogue of years. It is always in your heart.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beth McGee

    Sweet Sweet historical romance! The characters are wonderful and are well formed. The story goes from one high to another with lows in between. The rollercoaster ride is an exciting one!

  26. 5 out of 5

    SOM

    Story ending left too many loose ends with the other charters. Gieselle and Adam? Tavish? Leopold? I liked Emily and Quinn’s storyline, but the author leaves too many unresolved issues for the other characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nancy L. Erhard

    Second chances. Although I knew what would happen, it was a nice story. It is well written without useless words as fill-ins.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rosemarie

    Historical drama When life changes forever, how do you start fresh? How long does the past keep its grip on the present and block the future? This novel explores those questions.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Magi Kyle

    Enjoyable The story was fun to read and it was enjoyable. I liked the characters and I am glad it all worked out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This is delightful and light Victorian romance novel centered around a young widow and her solicitor who guides her to her father-in-law and his remote estate of St. Kildare. Despite being in mourning and being inexperienced, the little widow learns much about life, living, and love from Quinn. It is slightly steamy, tinged with too many deaths, but a nice read.

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