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Running from their pasts

Margaret Dalrousie was once willing to sacrifice all for her calling. The talented artist would let no man interfere with her gift. But now, living in a small Scottish cottage on the estate of Glengarrow, she has not painted a portrait in ages. For not even the calming haven in the remote woods can erase the memories that darken Margaret's days and
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ebook, 384 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books
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Eastofoz
Apr 17, 2009 Eastofoz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highlander
All the elements of a great story were supposed to be in this book: love-hate theme, reclusive hero, I-follow-my-own-path-and-the-world-be-damned heroine and all taking place around a foreboding castle in the Scottish highlands. Well, all that’s there but the h/h are rarely together throughout the story and when they do get together it felt like the author was running out of pages and finally decided to smack them together with the I Love Yous. It’s as if you’re reading the beginning of a book t ...more
Dana
Aug 16, 2009 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually avoid Scottish historical romances because they are typically full of over exaggerated accents and heroes that are way too alpha. Thankfully those things were absent from A Scotsman in Love. I like that it featured two mature characters with tragic pasts that treated each as equals. Character development drove the plot in this one and the author never resorted to misunderstandings to drag the book out a little longer. This was definitely one of the better written historical romances I’ ...more
Cam
Sep 26, 2009 Cam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kim H
May 15, 2009 Kim H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book that really could have been so much better. I think it suffered from inadequate tension building between the H&H. They don't appear to like each other much for most of the first half, in spite of their mutually growing - AND mutually annoying - curiosity about each other. The first love scene, when it finally shows up at about the halfway point, almost comes as a surprise. I was of the impression that Ranney just sort of threw it in there when she realized that the story ...more
Ivy
Sep 12, 2013 Ivy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I recently discovered and love Karen Ranney and am plowing through every book she's written, but this was my least favorite of hers so far. Margaret was so prickly and cold, and I didn't find the H/h banter/sparring believable, or even easy to follow. One or both of them would suddenly get furious, or sad, or storm off, and it all felt out of the blue. When they first slept together, I couldn't believe that these two people would have slept together at that point. And a minor thing that really b ...more
Nicole
Sheer boredom with a shrew of a heroine.
Joyce Abell
Good story line but to much going back to what happened before so that you have to stop and think where the story left off.
Sandy M
Jul 27, 2011 Sandy M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I’d been looking forward to reading this book since we talked to Ms. Ranney here at the blog a few weeks ago. Then even more so once I heard from a friend who loved the book. While this is a good read, for some reason the whole of it didn’t work that well for me.

I think the biggest thing for me was that I never felt that connection to the characters that I normally get when introduced to them. I mean, I liked Robert and Margaret. They’re good people who have had bad things happen to them in life
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JennJ
Jul 08, 2014 JennJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen Ranney is one of those brilliant authors that sweeps you away from the present world into the lives of her outstanding characters (and believe me you enjoy every minute of it)! In A Scotsman in Love we meet two beautiful souls who have lost their way and they both feel their very meaning to live. Margaret Dalrousie thought that she had it all she had been the “Darling” of the Imperial Russian Court. She was famous for being a brilliant and ultra talented portrait artist. Now everything has ...more
Jultri
4.5/5. Miss Ranney does write angsty and introspective characters so well. Here both the widowed hero, who lost his beloved wife and young daughter, and the heroine, who survived a vicious gang-rape, have to slowly dig themselves out of the darkness. The Earl of Linnet returned home after 3 years abroad, recovering from his injuries and heartbreak following a carriage accident that lead to the deaths of his loved ones. He encountered Margaret, a talented painter, who intruded on property and lan ...more
Naomi
Margaret Dalrousie was once willing to sacrifice all for her calling. The talented artist would let no man interfere with her gift. But now, living in a small Scottish cottage on the estate of Glengarrow, she has not painted a portrait in ages. For not even the calming haven in the remote woods can erase the memories that darken Margaret's days and nights. And now, with the return of the Earl of Linnet to his ancestral home, her hopes of peace have disappeared.

From the first moment he encounter
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Linda
Margaret Dalrousie is an acclaimed artist who was bruttally attacked in Russia leaving her emotionally and physically scarred. Art had been her world before her attack; but now she was unable to paint. An anonymous benefactor has left her a home in Scotland, the land of her birth, and she has taken up residence there to hopefully find herself again.

Robert McDermott,the Earl of Linnet, has just returned to his country estate, Glengarrow, also emotionally and physcially scarred from a freak accide
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Bronwyn Rykiert
Robert McDermott, the Earl of Linnet does not approve of Margaret Dalrousie and is not happy that she is living in Blackthorn Cottage which used to be part of his estate “Glengarrow”. He lost his wife and daughter in a carriage accident in France and has not been home for 3 years, he has come home to put his affairs in order.

Margaret is here because an unknown benefactor has deeded Blackthorn Cottage to her. She has spent quite a few years away from Scotland, her last country of residence was Ru
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K
Jan 18, 2009 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K by: no-one
For me, Ranney's books are hot and cold- some I really like, some I just like, and some I don't like. This is one of the those books that I liked; but can not give four or five stars. As I said, I liked this book, and the story. I liked how the heroine was strong and independent; and how she did not give in, but stuck to her beliefs. Ofcourse, my romantic heart loved how the hero persisted after the her; eventually winning her over in the end. I must admit, I was suprised with the depth of Ranne ...more
Lynn Spencer
Aug 01, 2012 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, comfort reads often involve a lot of angst. Something about the theme of love as redemption, and seeing love heal characters and help them free themselves from their suffering reaches me on a deeply emotional level. That's one of the reasons I enjoy Karen Ranney's work; she does tortured characters quite well. In A Scotsman in Love, two characters who have experienced deep sorrow find their way to one another - and a very happy ending.

This is a partial review. You can find the full revie
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Subathira
Jul 19, 2013 Subathira rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fav-author
Margaret is famous artist in Russia who now has secluded herselves to Blackthron cottage in Scotland after the incident in her life.

Robert McDermott, the Earl of Linnet does not approve of Margaret Dalrousie and is not happy that she is living in Blackthorn Cottage which used to be part of his estate “Glengarrow”. He has returned to his home after losing his wife and daughter in a carriage accident in France 3 years ago.

For no reason their meetings is unpleasant and how they fall in love is the
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Missy Jane
I was really looking forward to this book after reading another of KR's books but wasn't as taken by this one. Her love scenes seemed stilted, part of which could be attributed to the characters, but not all. Also, the characters said each other's names so much it quickly became distracting and annoying. Other than those two flaws I really liked the story. Unfortunately those were two flaws that were hard to overlook to enjoy the book completely.
Laine
Sep 02, 2012 Laine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i simply liked how the story goes and that it is straight to the point. margaret and robert are both recuperating from their past and in order for them to at least conquer it they need to at least face it. indeed the story was touching even the proposal it melt my heart and fell in love more with robert's character.
Fay Ann Hollcroft
Jul 25, 2013 Fay Ann Hollcroft rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-i-own
Great book for life's struggles. Another story about overcoming the society of "statuses". The poor bettering their life to accomplish great deeds. The rich recognizing the talents of the misfortunate of the lower class. Then taking their fortune & helping another "human being", no matter their status.
Lynne
Dec 05, 2013 Lynne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Solid enough second-chance-at-love story of a widower still grieving and an artist. TW: contains references to a pretty brutal rape (*not* by the protagonist)which is the Heroine's Thing To Get Over. I thought it was handled okay within it's context, but YMMV. Likeable characters, sensible plot, and Highland Scotland in winter.
Anja
Sep 10, 2015 Anja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very quiet book and highly enjoyable for me. It developed in small steps and I found this development very believable. Yes, both seemed to dislike each other from the beginning, but there was an interest in each other which both kind of denied to themselves.
LInda L
Jun 24, 2009 LInda L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely Scottish romance/mystery based on a real person. If it was a bit predictable, so be it. I loved it anyway. This author writes about Scotland very very well -- apparently loves it. Hope to read more Scottish romances by her.
Tegs
Mar 23, 2014 Tegs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
DNF
Sindy Sg
Sep 17, 2013 Sindy Sg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had great potential but felt like the author rushed in the end because she ran out of pages.
Lorka
Jul 09, 2013 Lorka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was OK, could have been better.
Elaine
Good but not great read. Didn't much like Margaret's character.
Angela Parks
An author to watch for future titles. Classic historical romance novel.
Elizabeth
Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Sep 18, 2014
Sammi Mclaurin
Sammi Mclaurin rated it liked it
Sep 12, 2013
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