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american in scotland book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

How far will a woman go to protect her family? Rose MacIain, a beautiful woman with a painful past, goes from southern United States to Scotland during the Civil War to protect hers.

Rose travels to Scotland to barter with Duncan MacIaian, a distant relative of her brother-in-law Bruce, in order to save her sister and niece – and the slaves that are still left at the plantation – after Bruce leaves them to fight the Confederate cause.

Duncan owns a mill that doesn’t have cotton, and when Rose comes into his life offering just that, the last complication he needs is to be smitten with her. However, when he loses his thoughts and forgets himself anytime she is around, he knows that’s the case. After agreeing to accompany her back to the U.S. to get the cotton, he must figure out if their connection is worth his – and her – reputation.

Things only get more complicated when Rose’s truth comes to light. Will their newfound love be enough? Or will the lie come between them?

When I read the synopsis for An American in Scotland by Karen Ranney, I was excited to read it! I know how far a woman will go to protect her family, and I love reading about just that–a woman’s strength and resolve. Rose is a strong, independent, and morally just woman who always strives to do the right thing, even when it isn’t the easiest. The trauma that she has had to deal with while living with her sister and brother-in-law hardened her a bit, but she handles her growing feelings for Duncan well.

I like Rose, and Duncan is your run-of-the-mill romance guy type. However, one thing that I was disappointed with in this book was how rushed it felt. Their romance was rushed. I didn’t feel like Ranney gave it enough time to truly develop. And to make matters worse, I felt that the ending was extremely rushed as well.

Ranney’s writing style is lyrical, and she gives a lot of good description. However, when a book seems rushed, unfortunately, it ruins everything else for me.

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Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Avon. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.