The Greatest Gift is a novella originally published in the anthology Angel Love in 1996.
When an angel falls in love, Heaven isn't happy.
Septimus is one of the Seraphim, an angel who had once been human. His role was to explain mortals to the other angels, because coming too close to life caused unbearable agony for heaven's occupants.
Julia Smithson captivated him from his first glimpse of her. As he watched her progress through life, Septimus found his heart touched. To save her, he does the one thing a Seraphim is not supposed to do - visit a mortal. And worse: to fall in love with one.
New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney was first published in 1995. Since then, she’s gone on to write dozens of historical romances, most of them set in Scotland.
Her books have been described as evocative, intensely romantic stories featuring characters who leap off the page.
As an Air Force brat, Karen lived all over the world. In addition to being trapped in East Berlin and lost in Russia, she also numbers among her early adventures having her first date in Paris and traveling the entire route of the Orient Express.
She wanted to be an archeologist, a Foreign Service Officer, or a violinist. Instead, she became a decorated Navy Wave, a journalist, and the somewhat bemused mother of two sons. She’s also moderated a daily radio program, been a motivational speaker, and admits to having had more than six careers, among them Purchasing Director, Help Desk Analyst, Marketing Director, and a Human Resources Manager.
However, it is her love of books and a fascination with writing that have remained constant throughout her life. Writing allows her to live vicariously, travel to other centuries and answer that one eternal question – What if?