Beauty Among Ruins by J’nell Ciesielski

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was absolutely lovely! It’s a clean romance set in historical Scotland. The location of this story was amazing! I felt like I was right there, and I loved it! The descriptions were beautiful and perfect!

I loved that the main character is completely out of her element as she is sent from America to Scotland. I liked seeing her off-balance throughout this. It made her character journey so fulfilling! Her nursing position during the Great War made the historical aspect of this story wonderful. I liked the details and research that clearly went into making this feel so real.

I enjoyed the romance between Alec and Lily. I enjoy an enemy to lovers trope, and I like a dark, brooding love interest, and I got both with this one. Their relationship has heat and sparks that fly between them as they start to melt and find the joy of each other’s company.

Overall, I really liked this book. The location was perfect, and the romance between the characters was heart melting.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Beauty Among Ruins to readers that are looking for a historical romance with well-developed character relationships.

Where to Find This Book:

Beauty Among Ruins by J’nell Ciesielski is available at these sites.
Amazon | Kindle | Audible | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble Thomas Nelson

I’ve also read and reviewed The Socialite by J’nell Ciesielski if you are looking for more great reads!


In Ciesielski’s latest sweeping romance, an American heiress finds herself in Scotland amid the fallout of the Great War, and a wounded Scottish laird comes face-to-face with his past and a woman he never could have expected.

American socialite Lily Durham is known for enjoying one moment to the next, with little regard for the consequences of her actions. But just as she is banished overseas to England as a “cure” for her frivolous ways, the Great War breaks out and wreaks havoc. She joins her cousin in nursing the wounded at a convalescent home deep in the wilds of Scotland at a crumbling castle where its laird is less than welcoming.

Alec MacGregor has given his entire life to preserving his home of Kinclavoch Castle, but mounting debts force him to sell off his family history bit by bit. Labeled a coward for not joining his countrymen in the trenches due to an old injury, he opens his home to the Tommies to make recompense while he keeps to the shadows. But his preference for the shadows is shattered when a new American nurse comes streaming into the castle on a burst of light.

Lily and Alec are thrown together when a series of mysterious events threatens to ruin the future of Kinclavoch. Can they put aside their differences to find the culprit before it’s too late, or will their greatest distraction be falling in love?

Just the Facts:

Beauty Among Ruins by J’nell Ciesielski
Genre: Historical Romance
Page Count: 368 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: January 12, 2021

With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages Award and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle. Learn more at

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