Sold to a Laird

Sold to a Laird

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by Karen Ranney
     
 

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Lady Sarah Baines was devoted to her mother and her family home, Chavensworth. Douglas Eston was devoted to making a fortune and inventing. The two of them are married when Lady Sarah's father proposes the match and threatens to send Lady Sarah's ill mother to Scotland if she protests.

Douglas finds himself the victim of love at first sight, while Sarah

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Lady Sarah Baines was devoted to her mother and her family home, Chavensworth. Douglas Eston was devoted to making a fortune and inventing. The two of them are married when Lady Sarah's father proposes the match and threatens to send Lady Sarah's ill mother to Scotland if she protests.

Douglas finds himself the victim of love at first sight, while Sarah thinks her husband is much too, well, earthy for her tastes. Marriage is simply something she had to do to ensure her mother's well-being, and even when her mother dies in the next week, it's not a sacrifice she regrets.

She cannot, however, simply write her mother's relatives and inform them of her death. She convinces Douglas - an ex pat Scot - to return to Scotland with her, to a place called Kilmarin. At Kilmarin, she is given the Tulloch Sgàthán, the Tulloch mirror. Legend stated that a woman who looked into the mirror saw her true fate.

Douglas and Sarah begin to appreciate the other, and through passion, Douglas is able to express his true feelings for his wife. But once they return to England and Douglas disappears and is presumed dead, Sarah has to face her own feelings for the man she's come to respect and admire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061771750
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/24/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
255,668
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.06(d)

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.

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Sold to a Laird 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1860 London, Lady Sarah busts into a meeting her father the Duke of Herridge has with a stranger. She begs him not to send her ailing mother back to Scotland. Her dad ignores her and turns to Douglas Eston seeking financial backing for his invention and offers his daughter in marriage. Sarah is stunned when Douglas accepts the deal. After he leaves, her father says to her marry Douglas or her mother will be moved from Chavensworth. Sarah informs Douglas no sex; he agrees saying they need to get acquainted. They marry and head to Chavensworth where her mother is dying. After their arrival, Sarah finds Douglas talking to her comatose mom about their marriage. He reflects back to when he was eight and orphaned and fourteen when Acano took him out of the alleys. When Sarah's mom dies, Douglas takes charge while she falls into a deep grieving sleep while her dad fails to come to the funeral. Later, Sarah informs Douglas she must go to her grandfather's home to inform him his estranged daughter died. He is shocked to learn her maternal side is the Laird of Kilmarin, the laird of the largest clan in the Perth area where he is from. As she learns the truth about her heritage, Sarah and Douglas fall in love, but neither makes the first critical move. This is an entertaining Victorian romance in which the relationship between the lead couple is excellent as it slowly evolves from distrust into one of love while the support cast enhances understanding the motives of the lead couple. Although the hero is too perfect while her dad is too odious; their polar opposite extremes compound how readers see each of them. Sold to a Laird is an enjoyable historical. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 8 months ago
A bit slow in places but worth the read! Enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story moves right along. Wonderfully written. Highly recomend. Interesting charecters.
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People say dont juge a book by its cover but it looks so cheesy
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This is one of those stories that makes you wonder if the author is sharing a personal experience. Overall, the book is well written. The challenge is that things move very slowly. There's a bit of a let down in the end as well. I have the second book, but no plans to read it anytime soon.
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Ok. I haven't even read the whole book and I feel compelled to write a review. I'm on chapter seven and I'm barely getting anywhere! So far, all I've read about is how sick her mom is and how her dad married her off to her new husband that she doesn't know anything about and how he has been exploring his new home. I read the 2nt part of this series first ( if that makes sense ) and it was pretty good. The first pages of that book pulled me in quick, so I decided to buy the first book to see what I missed. OMG. I've been in between this book and other ones just because I can't get into the story. I'll try to keep reading and hope that it'll get better soon. But so far, its just way way way too slow.
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maineladyEA More than 1 year ago
I can't put the nook down. It ca't get better than reading this this book in the rocker in front of the fire
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