My True Love [NOOK Book]

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Who is this magnificent stranger who comes to her in the night?

Anne Sinclair has been haunted by visions of a handsomeblack-haired warrior all her life. His face invadesher dreams and fills her nights with passionate longing.So the beautiful laird’s daughter leaves her remoteScottish castle, telling no one, to search for the man calledStephen—a man she does not know but who fightsin war-torn England, a place she has never seen.

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My True Love

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Overview

Who is this magnificent stranger who comes to her in the night?

Anne Sinclair has been haunted by visions of a handsomeblack-haired warrior all her life. His face invadesher dreams and fills her nights with passionate longing.So the beautiful laird’s daughter leaves her remoteScottish castle, telling no one, to search for the man calledStephen—a man she does not know but who fightsin war-torn England, a place she has never seen.

Stephen Harrington, Earl of Langlinais, never expectedto rescue this unexplained beauty from the handsof his enemy. And yet, when their eyes first meet, he feels from the depths of his soul that he should know her . . .that he needs to touch her, and keep her by his side forever.For unknown to both of them, they are in thecenter of a centuries-old love, a love that is aboutto surpass their wildest dreams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061976704
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 117,842
  • File size: 447 KB

Meet the Author

Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved she wasn't that shy after all.

Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, she prefers to keep her adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas and loves to hear from her readers at karen@karenranney.com.

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Chapter One
Dunniwerth Castle, Scotland March, 1644



Anne tied the rope to the post erected for just such a purpose, then reached into the bottom of the boat for her basket.

She and Hannah had become friends in the fifteen years since a frightened child had gathered her courage and ignored myth, legend and the dictates of a father she adored.

As Anne had feared, her original journey across the loch had been discovered. Her father had, surprisingly, not prevented her visits to the wise woman. However, he had insisted that she learn to swim the loch, and be taught in the proper manner of rowing the small skiff.

Anne took her short cut through the trees, glancing at the odd circular building in the clearing as she did so. She'd discovered it on her third visit to the island. Once a year she and Hannah tended to this place, removing the weeds, straightening the stones that lay in front of the building. It seemed the proper thing to do. The small structure with its arched doorway and elaborately carved keystone looked to have once been a chapel. And the gravestones were sad markers that turned the clearing into a place of reverence.

Anne stepped through the opening in the scraggly bushes, past the large stone in the shape of a boot. Still further up a small incline, and she was there, the path to Hannah's door more worn but just as inviting as it had been all those many years before.

"You are late," Hannah said as she entered, her smile taking the sting from her words.

"You say that every time I come," Anne said, placing her basket on the table. "Just as I refute it."

"I am older than you. You are supposed to give merespect, not arguments."

Anne smiled at her friend. This, too, was a constant complaint. "You would dislike it if I conceded every point to you, Hannah. You would then have no one with whom to debate."

Hannah laughed, the gentle sound of it cascading through the cottage.

"You know me too well, Anne."

Anne smiled, placed her basket on the table. I have the flour you wished, Hannah, and a bit of honey from the cook. She says that she will take a few of your candles in trade."

"Will she?" A raised eyebrow accompanied the remark.

"You know, of course, that she sells them," Anne said, glancing at her friend. The years had been kind to Hannah. There were few white strands among her blond hair, and her face showed its lines only in the bright sunlight. At this moment, however, there was a furrow on her forehead. A precursor to irritation. She'd been the brunt of it too many times as a child not to know the sign.

Hannah nodded. "I've heard as much."

"Why, then, do you not confront her?"

"There are some situations that are better left alone, Anne."

"Because you never come to Dunniwerth?"

Hannah glanced at her. It was a subject rarely raised between them. Anne's curiosity occasionally bubbled beneath good manners and the empathy she felt for the older woman. Even as a child she'd known that there were some topics that made Hannah uncomfortable. Today, however, the answer was important. Not solely because of a cook with trickery on her mind.

"Your loyalty to me is admirable, Anne. But it is a trifling matter." Hannah turned away, busied herself with checking the rising of her dough.

Anne said nothing, only stared down at the surface of the table. The wood was scarred, and a few marks had been caused by her own youthful exuberance.

She walked to the lone window in the cottage, looked out over the clearing. It was a peaceful place, this glade. A friendly place to spend a life. Still, she could not help but wonder if it had been enough. But that was not a question she could ask. Instead, she spoke of other things, circling the true reason for this visit for a few moments.

"I saw him again last night," she said. Her voice did not betray how deeply the vision had moved her. She stood still and waited, however, for Hannah's words.

"Your Stephen?"

Anne nodded.

"It has been a while since the last time. I had hoped he would be gone for good."

Anne glanced over her shoulder. Hannah was looking at her, the frown hinted at now fixed in place.

"I remember when you were a child and terrified of him. When did it change?"

"I was never terrified of Stephen, Hannah," she said with a smile. "Only of what was happening to me." She'd seen him often enough over the years, a friend who'd visited her in the moment just before sleep.

Anne stared out at the view before her. A clearing, a small knoll of land surrounded by large trees. The day was chilly, spring was on the horizon but not yet here. There had been fog upon the loch this morning. Some days it wreathed the small cottage in a cloudlike miasma. She held her hands tight at her waist.

It might have been easier to have been granted the ability to hear thoughts or predict the future. She might have turned her skills to warning people of their fate, to issuing cautions. A child birth could be predicted, a marriage foretold, a crop saved. But what she saw was of no use to anyone.

Her visions were like looking through a window just as she did now. Only this view was of Stephen., living his fife. She could not choose what scenes. she might see. Nor had she any knowledge of when the window might open. At times she yearned see him. But the visions came when they willed, not when she wished.

She'd been captivated by the small glimpses into a life so alien from her own. He lived in a castle so unlike Dunniwerth that it had enchanted her. Langlinais. Even the sound of it seemed exotic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Not a good read!

    This book was very disappointing. I only made it half way through and i put it down bc i couldnt resd anymore. Do not waste your money.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Entertaining historical romance

    In 1644 Scotland, Anne Sinclair decides to act on the visions of the dark-haired man that has haunted her dreams for years. She leaves her remote home to journey to England in a search for Stephen her soul mate, a person who has not existed for her outside her own mind. However, over the years, Anne has learned much about her beloved through her sight. <P>The Earl of Langlinais, Stephen Harrington rescues Anne from his dangerous enemy. Though Anne recognizes her beloved, Stephen does not know who the beautiful woman is. Still, he finds himself mysteriously attracted to her. As he falls in love with Anne, his deadly foe mounts an attack that threatens their future together. Regardless of what happens, both know that they have each other forever. <P>MY TRUE LOVE, the sequel to the sensational MY BELOVED, is a fantastic journey into the wonderful romantic imagination of Karen Ranney. The wonderful writer provides her audience a magical historical romance that is sprinkled with otherworldly elements that cleverly blend into the main story line. The lead characters are an ardent couple who readers will cherish along with Ms. Ranney¿s latest achievement. <P>Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Last 100 pages was good!!!

    What a disappointment!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    Not quite up to Ms. Ranney's standards...

    I have to say, while I appreciated the finely written love scenes between Anne and Stephen (heroine & hero), I didn't think this was such a great follow up to MY BELOVED. Now, THAT was a superb romance novel. Even taken on its own, I did not think it was quite up to Ms. Ranney's standard, but it was still a fair read thanks to the well-written love scenes between the hero/heroine. I did not find the timeset particularly engaging.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    English vs Scottish ...in love.

    Anne Sinclair had visions of a tall, dark and proud warrior. That warrior was Stephen Harrington, Earl of Langlinais. Though he is English and she Scottish, their nationalities do not prevent them from knowing that enemies can, indeed, turn into friends and lovers. This 4 1/2 star follow-up to My Beloved is a sweet, tender romance with an interesting heroine. The hero, however, could have used more dimension. He still contributes to the story. The juxtaposition with Sebastian and Juliana of the previous book is also intriguing. A satisfying read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    TERRIBLE!

    Slow, plodding, no real character development. Only got 1/3 of the way through.

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