Monday, February 22, 2016

*** Review, Giveaway & Book Tour for AN AMERICAN IN SCOTLAND by Karen Ranney ***

MacIain #3
Karen Ranney
Releasing February 23rd, 2016
Avon Books

ARC requested through Tasty Book Tours, and kindly 
provided in exchange for a honest review.

I was sent the info on third book and knew I had to read it. 
Now it may be the 3rd book, but do not let that stop you. It 
can be read as a standalone. I loved this book, it is well 
written and the book has natural flow. You just cannot put it 
 down. I love sweet Rose, she was one strong woman. The 
Fact that she sails all the way from America that is a midst 
the civil war to London and on to Scotland. All this to help 
save her sister, from the mess they their in. Duncan is 
completely enamored with Rose and as he thinks she is 
a widow, he tries to keep his hand off her. But as the head 
to America things start to get crazy. I understand how
 Duncan freaked when he found out the truth but man what 
a way to find out. I cannot wait toil the next book and plan 
to read the first two. So now before I ruin this for you I will
 leave off here.  I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
 If you do like this book, please consider leaving a review.
 The Authors really like it when you do, 
they value your opinions too.

New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney 
returns with the third heart-stirring novel in her latest 
series, a tale of deceit, desperate measures, and 
delirious desire

Rose MacIain is a beautiful woman with a secret. Desperate 
and at her wits' end, she crafts a fake identity for herself, one 
that Duncan MacIain will be unable to resist. But she doesn't 
realize that posing as the widow of the handsome 
Scotsman's cousin is more dangerous than she knew. 
And when a simmering attraction rises up between them, 
she begins to regret the whole charade.

Duncan is determined to resist the tempting Rose, no matter 
how much he admires her arresting beauty and headstrong 
spirit. When he agrees to accompany her on her quest, their 
desire for each other only burns hotter. The journey tests his
 resolve as their close quarters fuel the fire that crackles 
between them.

When the truth comes to light, these two stubborn people
 must put away their pride and along the way discover that 
their dreams of love are all they need.

My darling sons,

When you each came into the world, I marveled at the miracle that created you. I held you in my arms and knew I would cherish you until the breath left my body.
Now I must bid farewell to all three of you at once.
The Almighty has indeed challenged me this day.
I know you go on a great adventure and do so with eagerness and enthusiasm. The Highlands offer less opportunity to you of late. I know this and mourn the circumstances of your leaving even as I know you will do honor to the MacIain name.
When someone asks me about my sons, I’ll speak proudly of you. My eldest son, I’ll say, remained in Scotland, a few days’ journey away. But one of my sons traveled to England to make peace with the conqueror, while the other set sail for America.
You will have children of your own, each of them carrying the MacIain blood and name. Tell them about our history, how we dreamed of an empire. Tell them about the place from which we came, a corner of Scotland known for its men of greatness and nobility.
Mention your mother, if you will, who bravely relinquished her sons to the future.
The Almighty has not given us the power of foresight, but I cannot help but think years from now, your children and your children’s children will be proud MacIains, as formidable as their ancestors
Love sometimes means sacrifice, and I feel that truly on this day. I sacrifice you to honor, to your heritage, and to a future only you can create. Go with God, my darling sons. May your dreams be realized and may He always protect you.
Anne Summers MacIain
June, 1746

Chapter 1

Glasgow, Scotland
May, 1863
Rose thanked the driver as she exited the carriage and made her way down the path to the door. She didn’t know what she expected, but the three-story structure with its curved front surprised her. The bay windows, one on each side of the house, were curved as well. She had the thought that it was a friendly place, that the windows were almost like eyes. The two columns on either side of the front steps created an open mouth, almost as if the house were saying: Who are you? A stranger? Welcome anyway.
What if he refused to see her? What if he sent her away?
That couldn’t happen. She couldn’t allow it to happen.
She’d come so far.
Scotland surprised her, almost as much as its people. Everyone, from the porter to her fellow travelers on the train, had been a delight, genial and exceedingly helpful. While it was true they were curious, almost intrusively so, she didn’t mind repeating that, yes, she was an American. Yes, the war was a terrible thing. Thankfully, most of the discussions of her country ended there. She didn’t have to explain where she came from, what she truly thought about the war, and why she wore mourning. Because she was unaccompanied, no doubt most assumed she was a widow.
Assumptions were wonderful things. They kept her from lying.
Rose had expected a country filled with unique vistas: tall, craggy mountains and heather bedecked glens. She saw those and more, heart-stopping bridges that arched over gorges and rivers crashing over rocks to settle in placid pools. Sections of Scotland were green and verdant. Other places were brown, gray, and black.
When they arrived in Glasgow, her opinion of Scotland underwent a transformation.
Here was a place as bustling as New York. Cranes and spires filled the horizon. The sound of hammering and shouting obscured the call of the seabirds overhead. Docks and ships, long buildings and bustling people, wagons and carriages, all gave the appearance of frenetic activity.
She had no idea Glasgow was so large, so hilly, or so crowded.
After carefully consulting the letter in her reticule, she gave the hired driver the address to the MacIain house.
How odd that after all these weeks, all she felt was an incredible urge to sleep.
The voyage from Nassau to England had been relatively swift, and a great deal less stressful than running the blockade from Charleston outward to the Bahamas.
The train from London had been a marvel of speed and efficiency. Had she been on a different errand, she would’ve enjoyed herself immensely. As it was, each day sounded like a gong in the back of her mind, a deep-throated noise to alert her to how long she’d been gone.
Time was not on her side.

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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, Karen 
Ranney began writing when she was five. Her first published
 work was The Maple Leaf, read over the school intercom 
when she was in the first grade. In addition to wanting to be 
a violinist (her parents had a special violin crafted for her 
when she was seven), she wanted to be a lawyer, a teacher, 
and, most of all, a writer. Though the violin was discarded 
early, she still admits to a fascination with the law, and she 
volunteers as a teacher whenever needed. Writing, however, 
has remained the overwhelming love of her life.

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  1. Thanks for your review. I loved Rose's letter to her sons. Also love this excerpt. Thanks for being part of the Tour and the giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  2. Thanks for your review. I loved Rose's letter to her sons. Also love this excerpt. Thanks for being part of the Tour and the giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  3. Thank you so much for featuring and reviewing AN AMERICAN IN SCOTLAND! So glad you enjoyed!