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A Scotsman in Love

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    A beautiful & romantic Scottish tale not to be missed...

    Margaret Dalrousie is an acclaimed artist who was bruttally attacked in Russia leaving her emotionally and physically scarred. Art had been her world before her attack; but now she was unable to paint. An anonymous benefactor has left her a home in Scotland, the land of her birth, and she has taken up residence there to hopefully find herself again.

    Robert McDermott,the Earl of Linnet, has just returned to his country estate, Glengarrow, also emotionally and physcially scarred from a freak accident that took the lives of his wife and child. McDermott was certain that he would never be able to lift the depression that had engulfed him since the accident, much less ever love again.

    The two tormented souls meet while Margaret is on one of her constitutional walks and McDermott is returning to his estate from a 3 year absence... and immediately clash.

    Can they survive living as neighbors? In their quests to find themselves again, can they also find each other?

    Karen has written another beautiful, romantic tale set in Scotland...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Loved this Book!!!!

    Highly Recommend!!!

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

    I always love a smart book.

    Karen Ranney has once again written about smart people who are believable and sympathetic. The dialog makes sense and doesn't constantly repeat the same idea - in other words, it's a great read. It's also a love story that makes you sigh and transports you away. Thanks, Karen.

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  • Posted May 28, 2009

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    Beautifully Told and Deeply Touching Romantic Tale!

    Margaret Dalrousie-a very talented and well known portrait artist-had lived in Russia for several years as a "darling' of the Imperial Russian Court. She had her art-was completely devoted to it-and knew where she was going in life and exactly what she was meant to do. Until, she becomes the victim a terrible assault. Unfortunately, when she reveals the details of her attack and that the possible culprits were "royals"; she then loses the Empress's patronage. With no chance of getting any new commissions, and the source of her income gone, she goes home to Scotland. However, soon after her return Margaret realizes the psychological strain of her terrible ordeal has not only robbed her of her ability to paint, but also of her sense of self-Because up until this point of her life, everything she is, thinks or feels, has been inexorably intertwined with her art. Now penniless and at brink of starvation, an anonymous benefactor gives her a small cottage located on the estate of the Earl of Linnet. There, believing her dreams have all slipped through her fingers, Margaret passes her days with long solitary walks and quiet contemplation; desperately trying to recuperate both in body and spirit, and find new meaning for her life.

    Robert McDermott, the Earl of Linnet, has been living in France for the past three years and has now come home to Scotland to fulfill his responsibilities to his title, his home and his people-everything that was left to languish during his extended absence. But this is not a pleasant homecoming for him-he's mourning the loss of his beloved wife and daughter who were killed in a carriage accident that he barely survived. And Robert's still not completely recovered; physically, he has pain and mentally, he's still steeped in grief. But by returning to Glengarrow-his home-his family's home-Robert knows he must now face his emotional heartache.all the anguish of his loss, and all the bittersweet memories of their happy life before the accident. He knows, as well, he must to come to terms with the "ghosts" that linger in his home, in his heart, and in his mind before he can accept that his life has forever changed, but that his life will go on. Time alone is what he thinks he'll need, and the restful seclusion of the countryside surrounding Glengarrow is the perfect place for that.

    Both Robert and Margaret will soon find out that falling in love changes everything.

    A SCOTSMAN In LOVE by Karen Ranney is an exceptionally well written story; and one that's beautifully told, deeply touching-so emotionally honest-and realistic that I couldn't help but feel drawn into Robert McDermott and Margaret Dalrousie's fascinating lives. As I read I became completely invested in their HEA-truly wishing their developing love would grow stronger and be everything they needed to mend their battered hearts, restore their "lost" souls, and indeed, be their salvation. I felt almost as if they were good friends and I had a personal interest in their happiness. To me that's the sign of a great book and a very talented writer.

    Ms. Ranney, an exceptional wordsmith, deftly and vividly paints their story with such passion and sensitivity that these powerfully compelling, intriguing characters literally came alive on the pages-and in this reader's mind and heart. The combination of a rich, complex storyline with a hero and heroine, who were so finely nuanced and lifelike captured my attention from the first chapter, until the last.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    A terrific Victorian romance

    In 1852, portrait painter Margaret Dalrousie fled St. Petersburg, Russia where she had been a Tsarist favorite to hide from people in remote Glengarrow, Scotland. She is unable to paint with her only relief from the demons that eat at her gut being long solitary walks.-------------

    Grieving his wife and daughter, Lord Robert McDermott comes home to Glengarrow to escape the well meaning for the most part but trite sympathy of the Ton. When he sees the artist on her constitution, he blithely informs her to find a new location to haunt as she treks on his property. Robert wants to be left alone as much as Margaret does. Her continual trespassing and her constant firing weapons irritate him. However not as much as his attraction to her which makes the Earl feels guilty; he especially wants to know why a beautiful woman hides in this God forsaken spot. They share grief, desire and the beginning of love, but are those enough to overcome the ghosts of the past that occupy much of their respective minds.-------------

    This terrific Victorian romance focus on two despondent people filled with guilt and remorse, who have run away from society. The plot is passionate and poignant because the lead couple fear love and are obsessed with avoiding any relationship especially caring for someone else as that leaves a person crippled with mental anguish and self-reproach. Karen Ranney provides a profound character driven mid nineteenth century tale of love trying to heal two battered souls running away from life.-------------------

    Harriet Klausner

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