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This book was one of the best historical romances that I have read in a very long time. I read a large variety of books and I really like to mix things up so I don't read all that many historical romances anymore. Historical romance can sometimes be a little bit predictable but that did not apply to this book at all. This book made me question why I don't read historical romances more often.
This book is set in Scotland during the time of the American Civil War. As I read this book, I realized that I never gave a lot of thought as to how an American War would have impacted other areas of the world. I think that the Civil War and its impact on Scotland added a very interesting element to the book.
Glynis has always had feelings for Lennox but when she hears that he has plans to marry she leaves her homeland heartbroken. She soon finds herself married and living overseas in the United States. After seven years she returns to Scotland after the death of her husband. Her feelings for Lennox have never changed.
Lennox is still very single and has never married. He now runs his family's shipbuilding company with ships high in demand during this time of war. Lennox is one of those men who seem to be able to fix everything and he worries about a man trying to get close to Glynis.
The chemistry between the pair was wonderful and I loved that this couple actually talked to each other. Glynis was a little hesitant to share her past with Lennox but she comes around eventually. I loved the secondary characters in this book, Glynis's mother, the town busybody, and Lucy all added to the story even though I often wanted to slap them because of the way that they acted.
When faced with difficulties, Glynis and Lennox met them head on. Glynis's reaction to the rumors being spread was simply priceless. There were a few really touching scenes in this book as well a well developed mystery and action.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of historical romance. I have previously read a novella by Karen Ranney but this is the first full length book by that author that I have had a chance to read. I definitely plan to read more books by Karen Ranney in the future.I received a copy of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.