An American in Scotland: MacIain #3 by Karen Ranney with Giveaway

An American in Scotland: MacIain #3 by Karen Ranney with Giveaway

Today I have the third book in Karen Ranney’s Historical romance MacIain series, Please read on for my review and an excerpt from the book, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a print copy of AN AMERICAN IN SCOTLAND and $25 gift card to e-book retailer of winner’s choice.  But first …

An American in Scotland

The third book in this series that uses the backdrop of the American Civil War as an entrée into Scottish society and trade.  Each story does stand alone, providing a clear plot for each of the protagonists who are linked by trade and mercenary interest until love enters the picture.  By 1863, the Confederacy was low on funds, people were struggling to survive under restrictions and blockades and Rose is determined to keep her sister’s family alive.  Posing as a widow arriving on the doorstep of her brother-in-law’s relations.  She is determined to bring back money and trade guarantees for the cotton grown in the South Carolina plantation.

Duncan McIain is a successful businessman, convinced that Rose is family and a profit can be made, if only the matter of war, trade embargoes and blockades can be avoided.  Nearly all of the drama and conflict in this story is provided by background elements of war and political climate, not from the intended pairing of Rose and Duncan.  These two show an instant attraction, tempered only with Rose’s early reluctance to fall too far.

After a lengthy voyage where the two actually started to become closer and more connected, the story winds through the Bahamas and on through the blockade only to arrive in a Charleston devastated by war and fire.  Confronted with the realities that war has wrought, a despicable human being in Duncan’s cousin / Rose’s brother in law and the devastation around them, the two bond even closer together to convince a family, which wants no help, to accept it.

History provides a solid backdrop to this story, while framing the romance without taking precedence. Rose and Duncan are wonderfully well suited to one another, and her small deception is never more than a blippet in their journey to happy ever after. Moments that bring earlier couples from the series into the plot, a nice moment to check in with earlier friends. It’s a curious world that Ranney has built here: political opinions and moral judgments on the slavery issue are non-existent and left for the reader to make: a situation in which I am sure those of the time were more concerned with their everyday life and decisions to survive than the larger questions involved in the reasons for war.  Smooth writing, polished story and descriptions that bring the worlds alive, this is a series that manages to cross continents and stereotypical gender roles for the time.

An American in Scotland: MacIain #3 by Karen Ranney with Giveaway

Title: An American in Scotland
Author: Karen Ranney
Series: MacIain #3
Also in this series: Scotsman of My Dreams
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062337521
Published on: February 23rd 2016
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 30 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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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.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


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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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About Karen Ranney

I’m a writer who’s been privileged to have attained the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. I write romance under Karen Ranney and romantic suspense and mysteries under my pseudonym, Katherine Storm.

I believe in the power of the individual, the magnificence of the human spirit, and always looking for the positive in any situation. I write about people who have been challenged but who win in the end.

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