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A Scotsman in Love Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2009
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About 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.
Top Customer Reviews
It turns out that Karen Ranney can write rather well. I liked the way that her prose flows with excellent description and authenticity (apart from the occasional jarring Americanism). The main characters dance around each other initially, not knowing what to make of each other and being rather antagonistic. Rather than telling us what each thinks the whole time, she shows through their dialogue how they are confounding each other and how they are excellent foils as they both deal with their own experiences of grief, shame, shock, loneliness.
The heroine, Margaret Dalrousie, is a famous portrait painter; at least she was before she left the Russian court in shame and almost penniless and went to live in a cottage adjoining the Scottish estate of the Earl of Linnet. The Earl isn't at his estate, which is becoming rather run down as he spends all his time in France. But when Robert McDermott returns and bumps into Margaret, things change. He is taking up his responsibility as landowner again, whilst trying to overcome his grief over the death of his wife and daughter, but Margaret is like a stone in his shoe, continually irritating him. When he asks Margaret to paint a picture of his dead wife he doesn't realise how he is opening himself up to grieving and perhaps even to moving on with his life.
This book is focused very much on Margaret and Robert, with a few other side characters who were well written.Read more ›
The first Review by Helen Hancox, says it all so succinctly that I cannot add more; read the above, believe it and buy the book. Of course, only if you enjoy intelligent writing, sentences that contain more content in two lines than others with two paragraphs.
Karen Ranney is an exceptional writer in this genre; I have two or three of her stories on my Kindle that I have enjoyed already, all with depth and difference and a step up from the normal offerings.
Yes, there are two or three 'gotten's that I could have done without but not as many as we are usually fed. (Why are earth do they do it to us?)
I read this book slowly to savour each word, and when the passion came, it was a shock! Such sensuality, written in such a beautiful way that it hits you in the solar plexus and I held my breath for a few seconds to contain the feelings.
IF, LIKE ME, YOU LOVE WORDS AND ARE AN INCURABLE ROMANTIC, BUY THIS BOOK!!!
Oh, I forgot to say.....The cover belies the intelligence of the content; maybe a Manor House in the distance with the mountain as backdrop and a smaller 'cottage' with three storeys tucked in the trees. A real old Scottish landscape? The cover cheapens the whole thing, unfortunately.
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Margaret Dalrousie is a barren artist, who has been unable to paint. She endured a gruesome experience in Russia and trying to recover. Margaret was given the Blackthorne Cottage by a mysterious benefactor, along with enough money to live on if she was frugal. Robert commissions Margaret to paint his dead wife whom she has never met. She agrees with two stipulations: Robert has to sit while Margaret painted his wife's portrait. In addition, Robert had to describe his wife in such detail as to enable Margaret to conjure up a picture in her mind of his late wife.
Karen Ranney did a magnificent job with the story line and the two main characters, Margaret and Robert. The two protagonists were constantly irritated with each other. Nevertheless, it was only an appearance, while underneath the facade they were mutually attracted to each other.
A Scotsman in Love is not the typical historical romance.
SPOILER ALERT BELOW:
I only wish the Author led us through their pre-marriage life, (& wedding) a teensy bit instead of abruptly ending this story with a cold bucket of water to the face! Oh, and
puh-leeeeeze lose the sappy cover pictures. (gawd!)
Another reviewer indicated that she was not endeared enough to the hero and heroine in this book. I agree that is a possibility in this story. That is pretty much my only criticism of this book. I think that lack of connection with the reader for the couple could have been alleviated had there been a few insertions of more touching caring moments between the hero and the heroine that exhibited affection but not just sex, and no disagreement. That would have allowed the reader to truly believe in the love declarations when they came. On the other hand, the heroine was hard to know because she was so closed off from the rest of the world after her trauma. I could see where it would be within character for her not to be trusting or too openly caring for another. She was just too guarded. At the same time, this trait may keep the reader from loving her as well.
Overall, the story is poignant and full of original thoughts that make this story a must read and a keeper. I found myself marking pages with thoughts I wanted to go back and reread soon. This is just a well done work and BRAVO to this author on a rare gem.