Highland Fling, Book 1
From the publisher:
New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney takes readers back to beautiful Scotland in the first novel in her breathtaking new series.
Since she was a little girl, Jennifer Adaire, daughter of the Earl of Burfield, has loved Gordon McDonnell even though his station as the gardener’s son made him strictly forbidden to her. After Gordon was forced from Adaire Hall, taking Jennifer’s heart with him, he headed for London, intent on making a better life for himself. Though they’ve kept in touch through letters and Jennifer has waited patiently for him, it’s taken Gordon five years to return to Scotland. Now Jennifer doesn’t know if she can manage seeing again the man she loves—but can never have.
In the time since his departure, Gordon has achieved the success he’s always sought. When he learns that his father is dying, he returns home and discovers much to his surprise that the feelings he’s always had for Jennifer burn ever stronger.
But when a family secret surfaces, Jennifer and Gordon’s chance at a future together could be threatened…
So many secrets! Jennifer and Gordon fall in love but she is the Earl’s daughter, and he is the gardener’s son. That is no parent’s idea of a match, and Gordon disappears. Jennifer is heartbroken but doesn’t know her mother paid him to leave. He takes that money and goes to London where he parlays his windfall and becomes very successful.
A couple of years later he learns his mother Betty has died. They weren’t close, and he doesn’t see any reason to return. But a few years after that his father Sean is dying, and this time when Jennifer writes to let him know, he returns home.
Jennifer and Gordon soon realize that they were lied to and are still in love. The years didn’t seem to matter much. But as Sean is moments away from death, he reveals a shocking secret he learned about right before Betty died. Gordon is devastated, and once again disappears. Just when you think there is no way for this couple to ever get together, another secret is revealed.
This was a really good romance. I am very sorry to say that the author, Karen Ranney, passed away in June, so there may be one more book in this series or not. Only time will tell.
6/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
MY HIGHLAND ROGUE by Karen Ranney. Avon (July 28, 2020). ISBN 978-0063019928. 384 pages.
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