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After the Kiss
After losing her husband in a firey blaze, Margaret has moved to the country and lived in squallor until she discovers a trunk that survived the fire that destroyed her livelihood- and the secrets it holds. When she attempts to sell the treasures inside the trunk- she meets a dashing earl, a man she knows she can only have in her dreams, who seduces her with the promise of a kiss- and possibly more. With a vengeful brother in law closing in on Margare...
An Unlikely Governess
After the death of her parents during a cholera epidemic, lovely Beatrice Sinclair is forced to fend for herself in an uncaring world. Although Beatrice receives an offer of married from a widowed minister in her village of Kilbridden, she refuses to marry a man she doesn't love. Beatrice's pride costs her dearly, as she struggles to stave off starvation. Desperate, Beatrice seeks employment as a tavern wench and is refused employment due to her inexp...
My Wicked Fantasy
Mary Kate Bennett was married too early and widowed too young. She was left to fend for herself by her husband without money. Her path crosses Archer St. John -- Earl of Sanderhurst in a terrible carriage accident, where she gets hurt but lucky to be alive. Whispers about Archer follows him wherever he goes that he might have murdered his unhappy countess. She wakes up and had dreams of someone else's memories -- possibly Alice, Archer's wife, who mi...
One Man's Love
As a child, Alec Landers, roamed the Scottish Highlands where his grandfather, Niall MacRae, served as laird of the entire MacRae clan. Of mixed English/Scottish heritage, Alec has returned to his mother's birthplace. In Scotland, Alec was known as Ian MacRae in honor of his Highland heritage. While staying in the Highlands with his mother Moira one summer young Ian loves a local girl, Leitis MacRae, a member of his clan. The summer idyll is shattered ...

Ranney booklist

So in Love
Avon, Jul 2004, 5.99, 384 pp. ISBN: 0380821087 In 1782 Paris, Jeanne du Marchand loves her Scottish boyfriend Douglas Macrae and he loves her. They plan to marry, but her irate father learns she is pregnant. He informs her that her that her lover left for Scotland and sends his whore daughter to a convent with instructions to a female servant to kill the child. Ten years later in Scotland, Douglas visits Hartley,a business associate, when h...
Tapestry
Sneaking into her childhood sweetheart's home to gain his favor and make him love her again, Lady Laura goes by the name of Jane, and sucessfully wills her childhood love Alex into her arms. It's only after a hasty departure and a cruel secret that Laura begins to wonder if her life is worth living. With no husband and no family, it's a cloaked stranger that shows Laura how to live her life, and how to find joy in what there is to offer....
The Irresistible MacRae
Avon, Dec 2002, 5.99, 384 pp. ISBN: 0380821052 In 1778 Scotland, Harold McDougal tricks Riona McKinsey into entering the gardens by informing the heiress that her sister was there weeping. When she goes into the gardens, she quickly realizes her sibling is not there. Harold follows Riona and insures everyone sees them together so that she is compromised and must marry him. Though she prefers to reject this odious money grabber, a scandal would...
Till Next We Meet
Catherine Dunnan is beside herself when her beloved new husband Harry goes off to war. With only letters as a means of communication, Catherine dedicates herself to every single word that Harry writes to her. Despite the fact that they have only been married a short time, Catherine falls deeper and deeper in love with Harry as she reads his stylish prose. Unbeknownst to Catherine, her husband Harry has no use for her or her devoted letters. Harry is a...
To Love A Scottish Lord
Avon, Aug 2003, 5.99, 384 pp. ISBN: 0380821060 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 depos...
Upon a Wicked Time
On June 1788 at Dorset House on the Earl of Wellbourne estate, Lady Margaret Mary Teresa “Tessa” Astley, 16 years old, falls in love with a very rakish Jered Mandeville – 10th Duke of Kittridge, when he stole a kiss from her. Three years later, she wed him but it's only a marriage of convenience especially on Jered's side. She agrees to producesan heir and lives at Kittridge and stays there while Jered continues to live his rakish ways in London. Howe...


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