Scotland

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Doing No Harm

Carla Kelly is an auto-buy author for me. She reminds me a little bit of a modern day Jane Austen but with a tad more bite; sweet but with a dose of pepper. I am not sure there is even a mediocre book among her backlist much less a poor one. Her latest novel is another winner and I am sure Kelly fan ...

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When a Scot Ties the Knot

This is the third in Ms Dare’s current series Castles Ever After, which are loosely linked by virtue of the fact that each of the heroines inherits a castle from a godfather she barely knows. A Fairy Godfather, perhaps ;-) I’m a fan of epistolary novels, so the fact that the storyline of When a ...

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Strangers at the Altar

I’m a sucker for a good marriage-of-convenience story, and this one is very good indeed: In fact, Strangers at the Altar is one of the best historicals I’ve read this year. The book features a pair of very likeable protagonists who come across as two ordinary people trying to deal with events wh ...

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The Witch of Clan Sinclair

Mairi Sinclair, newspaper publisher, meets Lord Provost of Edinburgh Logan Harrison while attempting to crash a lecture at the men-only Edinburgh Press Club. The Press Club is a private institution, and as such denies Mairi entrance. For some reason, she decides that this is Logan’s fault, and pub ...

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The Secret

Narrated by Susan Duerden In the early days of AAR, The Secret (first published in 1992) received a DIK in a reader review. I read the review soon after I discovered AAR and immediately bought the book. I’ve read it so many times since that my old paperback is falling apart. I was a bit nervous ...

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The Sinner

Alex MacDonald, the Scots hero of Margaret Mallory’s The Sinner, has every attribute one could dream up for the perfect alpha male hero. He’s a “blindingly handsome” golden haired sex god with a killer wit and a deadly claymore. He can easily defeat, singlehandedly, groups of ferocious warri ...

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Legacy

Intersections between the present and the past, romance and just a touch of the otherworldly, and, of course, plenty of dark secrets. These are the key ingredients of the sort of books that grabbed my attention all through high school and college, and Legacy has them in spades. I don't know how I ma ...

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A Borrowed Scot

At the beginning of Karen Ranney’s new romance, A Borrowed Scot, the hero, Montgomery Fairfax, is at a London club surrounded by Latin-chanting men dressed in hooded robes. He’s there because he’s curious about the provenance of a numinous diamond-ringed mirror he’s inherited. Montgomery is ...

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Captured by Desire

Captured by Desire is a Tudor romance set in Scotland, with characters who are both commoners: The heroine is a goldsmith’s apprentice, and the hero is a huntsman for a nobleman. This scenario was certainly novel enough to catch my eye. But while the idea is fresh, the prose really isn’t. The lo ...

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An Echo in the Bone

Have you ever wondered how reviewers balance review-reading and books for fun? Everyone does it differently, but I'm fairly regimented; starting at the beginning of the month, I'll read three books for review (that's our standard reviewer commitment), then my book club book. If I have any month left ...