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Till Next We Meet

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  693 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews

In a departure from her nationally bestselling Highland Lord series, Karen Ranney brings us another emotionally intense and passionate story that will speak to her fans.

When Adam Moncrief, Colonel of the Highland Scots Fusiliers, agrees to write a letter to Catherine Dunnan, one of his officers' wives, a forbidden correspondence develops and he soon becomes fascinated with

Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published October 13th 2009 (first published April 26th 2005)
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4.5 stars, rounded up

I read this book in response to one of the prompts for the AAR Days of the Week Reading Challenge, which was for Wednesday - Read an epistolary novel, or a book where letters, phone, text or email messages are relevant to the story.

I like epistolary novels in general – I’ve read several classics like Fanny Burney’s Evelina or Laclos’ Les Liaisons Dangereuses, but I haven’t read too many when it comes to more recently written titles, so this was a prompt I was keen to take u
 ❀ Minesha ❀
No matter how many times I read this story, it's never enough.


So poignant.
So so beautiful.

I am sincerely doing my best at trying to avoid spoilers so I will tell you the best part of TILL NEXT WE MEET: the letters. I found some wonderfully-written correspondence with deep emotional thoughts that travelled between a recently married lady and the man she thought was her husband. Catherine Dunnan was barely married a month when her husband left her to serve in a war on another continent. The historical romance started off with this misunderstanding but because the reader knew it from th ...more
Miranda Davis
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miranda by: Lady Wesley, I think, my memory is shot...
After The Lass Wore Black (5 stars easy peasy for me) I wrote: Have read review summaries of this and I will hold off until I've forgotten the first KR novel I just read and loved. The premises seem to have too many similarities, even though I'm sure the H/h are different. Still, the hero here saves/falls in love with a weak/sick/addicted/wounded woman who is the target of a murderer's plot. Authors doing the same thing BUG me. That said, or ranted, KR is a wonderful storyteller and once TLWB ha ...more
Lady Wesley
When my friend Moss puts an HR book on her "clutched-to-my-bosom" shelf, attention must be paid. And so, I enthusiastically turned to this inspired-by-Cyrano book, even though I had not before heard of the author.

Catherine Dunnan pines away at her Scots estate for her husband of one month Harry, who is fighting the wars in North America (the French and Indian War as it's called in the U.S.). Harry is a bounder in every way, and he cruelly ignores the heartfelt letters she constantly sends. Harry
Hay temas que quedan en mi opinión, demasiado rápidamente resueltos (vamos, que en dos hojas soluciona toda la intriga), pero en general, la historia entre ellos es muy bonita.
De esos libros en los que lo importante es la evolución de los sentimientos y de la relación entre ambos
Una grata sorpresa
Juliana Philippa
Till Next We Meet is a beautiful Scottish historical romance with a Cyrano twist. The two main characters are excellent - by themselves and for each other - and interestingly complex; their romance is really one that slowly builds, making it completely believable and that much more precious - and the chemistry between the two is fantastic ;-). There were also a few well-executed plot twists and I only really guessed - or rather suspected - one of them before it was revealed, which was a nice cha ...more
You know the song Dust to Dust by The Civil Wars? This book kind of captures that song, for both the hero and heroine.
You're like a mirror, reflecting me
Takes one to know one, so take it from me
You've been lonely
You've been lonely too long
We've been lonely
We've been lonely too long

This was kind of a reverse Love in the Afternoon (by Lisa Kleypas) situation. Catherine Dunnan is in Scotland and she writes to her husband who is off fighting a war in Quebec... except she's not. Because her husban
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
A truly touching love story.

I loved the hero, Moncrief! He was such a fantastic man! He's not totally alpha, he has no caveman tendencies, but he's still deliciously commanding! But he's also very tender and very honorable! Loved, loved him!!!

Also the heroine, Kate, was great! She started like a grief stricken woman: she was suffering the death of her love. That he was not her love was beside the point. That I'll discover only later on. I didn't liked how much self-destructive her grief was, but
Jul 15, 2016 marked it as abandonados  ·  review of another edition
En realidad, no le he podido continuar, así que le he dejado por imposible por ahora.Y mira que me da rabia, porque nunca he dejado ninguno sin terminar!
No sé si es que no he logrado conectar con la historia o que la verdadera aventura empieza más adelante y la primera parte es más "lineal" por así decirlo, pero lo cierto es que ha habido momentos en el libro que me han chocado muchísimo y que han hecho que no vea el libro con muchas ganas. Es posible que la culpa sea mía, porque hay muchos lib
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
Love love love this book!
Love the story and the characters. Love the letters, written or the ones that Moncrief wrote in his head. The longing was heartbreaking but the love scenes were scorching!
A great read for me!
Brandy *Ahviel*
I have to say when this book first started I was not really sure how I was going to feel about it. However, I stuck with it and I am glad that I did. Yes there were part where I wanted to shoot Adam Moncrief, and his spur of the moment wife Catherine Dunnan who Adam feel in love with thru letter (sound like another story, HAHA), However, Catherine is already married and Adam is the husband's commander. Catherine's husband is a jerk no way around and then when he dies and Adam come to meet Cather ...more
4.5/5. Another beautifully written book by this author. A wonderful tale of how a woman's darkest days of heartbreak, melancholy and isolation can be slowly banished by one man's single-minded application of patience, devotion and passion.
Anna Marie
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was Sandra Brown's 'Above and Beyond' done in Georgian-era Scotland... AND done better.

In Sandra's book, decent guy married to lovely lady and stationed overseas gets killed, and his friend ends up with her letters to her husband, falls in love with her by way of them, and comes back stateside to find and woo her. Only he's a total cad that she's read about and loathes, so he doesn't tell her who he is or how he's fallen for her, and it all explodes into pain and angst at the end, whic
RomReader❤️Spoiler Giver❤️
Young widow of Scottish soldier spent the last 6 months, since being informed of her husband's death, grieving her husband's demise, re-reading his letters to her, & sleeping. Unbeknown to her, it's the colonel of her husband's troop who's been writing her husband's poetic love letters to her since her husband's too uncaring & busy womanizing & gambling. When hero finally meets heroine, he is shocked at how weak she looks & when her maids can't wake her up that same evening hero ...more
I really didn't care for Catherine for a big part of the book. She is behaving like an idiot and a stubborn know-it-all. Losing someone can surely make you feel like the world should stop and she behaves as if it really has for at least half a year. We get it, you're devastated, you lost the love of your life (or so you think) and it sucks, but wasting six months of your life lying in bed drugged and bemoaning your fate can't possibly be helping you!

I figured out Glynneth's secret almost as soon
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm often intrigued by stories with love letters as a key plot point--most likely because I think most of modern society has forgotten what love letters really are. This book was full of great love letters. Our hero starts writing letters to our heroine because her scumbag husband wouldn't write them (hero is the scumbag husbands commanding officer in the army). Then scumbag husband dies. Our hero visits our heroine to offer his condolences, but we all know it's because he really wanted to know ...more
Susan (the other Susan)
Heartache, heat, and the healing power of love. I should be shot for that string of triteness, but it's meant as a compliment. When I think of Karen Ranney, this is the book I remember vividly. There's a lot more angst than I'm usually comfortable with, and I didn't expect to fall so completely for a romance with a deception as its premise, even a deception with the best of intentions. But I did fall, hard. I fell in love with the hero, ached for the heroine in her grief, and wanted their HEA so ...more
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was quite excited when i read the book's cover page. It reminded me a lot of Lisa Kleypas's "Love in the Afternoon" But this book was a bit slow for me. The story doesn't kick up too soon, and becomes a bit dragging. I guess, the idea of the story was really great, but there was something wrong with the execution. But, whatever, the book is still a good read, just make sure you read it before Love in the Afternoon, or you'll be expecting too much...
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was such a boring book. This is 350+ page book and nothing actually happens until at least the last 30 pages. The remainder of the book is just pages and pages droning on and on and on about descriptions of rooms and the heroine's endless whining and woes about mourning her deceased husband. I skipped more pages than I actually read. What a complete bore.
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love letter-writing in a romance, and it was really well done here. Till Next We Meet had the thoughtful, three-dimensional, flawed characters that I expect from a Karen Ranney novel. The writing seemed a bit uneven and abrupt at some places, but still worth reading.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite book by Ranney. It has a somberness that's lovely.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!!!!! Set in Scotland, with a nod to the Fort in Quebec....great characters and character development. Great book!!!
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Likable characters, a sweet romance, but did not push my buttons. Maybe it was because the great misunderstanding (romantic conflict) dragged on far too long.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not sure if I would want to read this one again. The pros: well written and edited. The love story is beautiful and has a slow burn that I absolutely loved. (OK, a few times I wanted to throw the book against the wall, but it was well-done.) I also loved that not every minor character loved the main ones. Too often, we have a bustling village or manor home in which everyone loves everyone else. It's just not realistic!

The cons: there were a lot of subplots. I felt they were unnecessary and d
Fangirl Musings
Okay, so...this book, seriously, I'm so befuddled as to my overall reaction. Yea? Nah? Maybe? Perchance a little of it all?

Looking back over my book updates while reading this novel, it strikes me that I had more negative to say about this story, than positive. This is odd to be, because realistically, this book didn't bring a wrathful hatred to my reading mind. There were definitely some serious issues within, but not all was for not.

The writing style, in general, was very well done. From both
Carrie Olguin
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the story. I liked the hero right away. He's obviously lonely if he's ready to write to another man's wife (pretending to be her husband) just to have someone to correspond with.

In the beginning, the Heroine is a bit pathetic, grieving so heavily (six months, unable to eat or get out of bed, on the cusp of possible suicide) for a husband she knew for only a few months before he left her -- of course the readers know isn't worthy of her love.

Ah, but I was intrigured by the plot (so romantic
Sara G
I read this book for the A Book A Day Keeps the Boredom at Bay challenge. 10 – 10th of June is the day of Camoes, Portugal and the Portuguese communities. Read a poetry book or a book that has a writer as the main character. Or read a book where the protagonist is Portuguese or Brazilian or speaks Portuguese. Or read a book where the main character struggles to save a precious item.

This is the best I could find on my TBR shelves for something about a writer. The hero and heroine are letter write
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
In "Til Next We Meet" you meet Catherine and Moncrief.

Catherine Dunnan is devestated when her husband goes off to war; and treasures his heartfelt letters- prompting her to write in kind.
Moncrief, in favor to another officer, agrees to write warm and loving missives in a fellow officer's name; never expecting to fall in love with the woman who answered them- a woman he has never met. Returning to England to assume the title of duke, Moncrief is drawn to Catherine and the promise of her love.
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