Review: In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams by Karen Ranney

January 19, 2015 Review 2

Review: In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams by Karen Ranney

New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's first novel in a brand-new series spins the intriguing story of a beautiful widow and a devilishly handsome shipbuilder...

Seven years have passed since Glynis MacIain made the foolish mistake of declaring her love to Lennox Cameron, only to have him stare at her dumbfounded. Heartbroken, she accepted the proposal of a diplomat and moved to America, where she played the role of a dutiful wife among Washington's elite. Now a widow, Glynis is back in Scotland. Though Lennox can still unravel her with just one glance, Glynis is no longer the naïve girl Lennox knew and vows to resist him.

With the American Civil War raging, shipbuilder Lennox Cameron must complete a sleek new blockade runner for the Confederate Navy. He cannot afford any distractions, especially the one woman he's always loved. Glynis's cool demeanor tempts him to prove to her what a terrible mistake she made seven years ago.

As the war casts its long shadow across the ocean, will a secret from Glynis's past destroy any chance for a future between the two star-crossed lovers?

Title: In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams
Author: Karen Ranney
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Scotsman of My Dreams
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: 27 January, 2015
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 384
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

In the start to a new series, Karen Ranney brings the intrigue and heat with In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams.

Set against the political machinations of the American Civil War as we reunite Glynis MacLain, now widowed owner of the MacLain cotton mills with her former lost love Lennox Cameron, shipbuilder.

Ranney manages to imbue this story with so many different elements to bring the time and politics to the reader in an easy-to-understand way, while adding in a touch of mystery, murder and mayhem all wrapped up underneath the flirtation and budding romance between Glynnis and Lennox.

Their interactions are wonderful: funny, clever, fast-paced and laden with humor and emotion that shows the true connection between the two. While not over-emphasizing societal stricture, dress or background, those subtle descriptions are dropped lightly throughout the story, giving readers plenty of information for visualization, as well as (in the case of Charlotte) adding to the character’s personality and foreshadowing their likability. Ranney has several different lines of subplot that twist through the main love story between Glynnis and Lennox, that keep the reader wondering who did what, and who can they believe. One can’t help but feel for Glynnis and Lennox as they sort through everything that is happening.

You need look no further to see why I love my historic romances – with a story so full of intrigue, heart, history and turmoil, you get it all in a manageable bite as you are transported to the world between the pages.



About Karen Ranney:

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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2 Responses to “Review: In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams by Karen Ranney”

  1. carol L

    Great review.. Karen has a way with her storytelling that everything always comes together beautifully. Looking forward to startinng another new series of hers..
    Carol. l
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com