Avon, Aug 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1782 Sea Captain Hamish MacRae returns to Scotland a beaten man after being away for years. He recently lost his ship, his crew, and the use of an arm. He plans to live what he feels is his miserable life as a hermit so he does not have see or sense the pity of others including his brothers. His locale is a desolate castle on an islet.
However, his brother Brendan has other ideas after depositing the resigned Hamish on his isolated rock. Brendan travels to Inverness to ask healer widow Mary Gilly to leave her shop to help his sibling. Because of the family connection as one of Hamish's other brothers has been a long time customer of her late husband, Mary agrees. Hamish demands Mary leave him alone in misery, but she refuses. As they begin to fall in love, Mary is accused of killing her spouse. Brendan has a reason to live starting with proving his beloved never killed anyone.
TO LOVE A SCOTTISH LORD is a delightful historical romance that the sub-genre audience will read in one appreciative sitting due to an effective cast that makes readers believe they are on an island in the late eighteenth century. The story line is loaded with action, angst, and suspense. However, the lead couple and several support players turn Karen Ranney's latest tale into a fabulous experience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner