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Posted December 24, 2006
Passionate Scottish Historical of Deception and Seduction
Charlotte Haversham is a lovely, strong, intelligent young woman who just happens to have been abandoned by everyone. Her husband, the Earl of Marne, who married her for her money and then left with it all after only one week of marriage, and her family who wrote her off for good when she drove off to the wilds of Scotland to live in his ruin of a castle. Her grandfather just happens to have left her a bit of money, so she invests it in remodeling the run down castle and starts the Caledonia School for the Advancement of Females. Five long years she works to make a life for herself in a land where the people still think of her as a crazy English lady coming to invade and change their land. Just as she finishes the first successful year and the graduation ceremony and ball is about to begin her long lost husband, George, shows up. The deception begins as this is not really George, but his cousin Dixon MacKinnon, who has been in the far east making his fortune and has returned to make amends with his cousin George and family. He is surprised at the changes, the missing of George, but most of all is immediately taken with with Charlotte. He continues the deception and begins a seduction so passionate that all culminates in one night and one phrase to Charlotte, 'come to my bed.' Charlotte is confused by this 'new' George that she doesn't remember being so tall, more handsome and more passionate. She has hated him for years, but now finds herself in love with him and this new passion he has brought out in her and she knows he will leave again and this time break her heart for good. The story is well-written and the secondary characters are all interesting. Matthew, Dixon's oriental companion and his relationship with a lame maid Maisie is heartwarming. The group of ladies involved in the group called 'The Edification Society,' who feel they need to start meeting at Charlotte's estate in order to help Charlotte along in her sexual response to her husband are hilarious. There is a surprise ending with more confusion and a little bit of heartache, but I won't give it away! Autumn in Scotland is an entertaining story that is enjoyable with strong characters and a bit of mystery that holds the reader's interest from beginning to end and is yet another book to add to the long list of Karen Ranney Scottish Historicals to romance collections.
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Posted December 9, 2008
A charming historical romance
In 1833 London Charlotte Haversham married Scottish Earl George MacKinnon, but except for that first night he never came to her bed. Soon afterward he abandoned his wife all together, but not before he collected her dowry. So being a paragon of behavior, Charlotte travels to her husband¿s home Castle Balfurin to live amidst the falling apart edifice and ruined land though he is not there. She finds the cold dark and damp abode inviting and plans to renovate the castle and invigorate the estate.-------------- Five years later, Dixon MacKinnon arrives at the family home Balfurin expecting ruins, but finding a warm home instead. The woman running the castle, Charlotte insists she is his wife, but he realizes she has confused him with his cousin George who has vanished without a trace he fails to correct Charlotte¿s error though he is not sure why except that he wants her. As he investigates what happened to that wastrel George and searches for rumored treasure hidden on the estate, he falls in love. However Dixon knows he owes his beloved the truth, but fears he will lose the treasure he has found, Charlotte.------------------ AUTUMN IN SCOTLAND is a charming historical romance with a touch of the gothic and a bit of a mystery to enhance the prime plot of the growing attraction between the lead couple. Charlotte is a delightful person who keeps her head high though George took her dowry, her virginity, and her dignity when he left her. Dixon is caught in the classic web of deceit as he knows the truth must be told, but the cost could destroy him as he knows his beloved does not trust men especially MacKinnon males. Karen Ranney provides a heated nineteenth century Scottish romance that her fans will treasure.----------------- Harriet Klausner
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