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Karen Ranney

Autor(a) de An Unlikely Governess

57+ Works 3,528 Membros 113 Críticas 2 Favorited

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Obras por Karen Ranney

Till Next We Meet (2005) 172 exemplares, 6 críticas
An Unlikely Governess (2005) 172 exemplares, 5 críticas
After the Kiss (2000) 148 exemplares, 6 críticas
One Man's Love: Book One of The Highland Lords (2001) 142 exemplares, 1 crítica
My Beloved (2009) 140 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Scottish companion (2007) 139 exemplares, 3 críticas
Autumn in Scotland (2006) 137 exemplares, 2 críticas
When the Laird Returns: Book Two of The Highland Lords (2002) 133 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Devil Wears Tartan (2008) 130 exemplares, 6 críticas
Upon a Wicked Time (1998) 119 exemplares
Tapestry (1995) 118 exemplares, 3 críticas
Sold to a Laird (2009) 117 exemplares, 5 críticas
So In Love (The Highland Lords, Book 5) (2004) 111 exemplares, 3 críticas
The Lass Wore Black (2013) 103 exemplares, 9 críticas
A Scotsman in Love (2009) 86 exemplares, 1 crítica
My True Love (An Avon Romantic Treasure) (2009) 85 exemplares, 2 críticas
My Wicked Fantasy (1998) 83 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Devil of Clan Sinclair (2013) — Autor — 80 exemplares, 6 críticas
A Highland Duchess (2010) 78 exemplares, 3 críticas
A Borrowed Scot (2011) 70 exemplares, 3 críticas
A Scandalous Scot (2012) 70 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Witch of Clan Sinclair (2014) — Autor — 68 exemplares, 2 críticas
The English Duke (2017) 62 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Scottish Duke (2016) 62 exemplares, 3 críticas
Scotsman of My Dreams (2015) 58 exemplares, 3 críticas
An American in Scotland (2016) 56 exemplares, 5 críticas
A Scottish Love (2011) 53 exemplares, 1 crítica
In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams (The MacIains) (2015) 52 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Virgin of Clan Sinclair (2014) 51 exemplares, 2 críticas
To Love a Duchess (2018) 46 exemplares, 7 críticas
A Promise Of Love (Lovegram Romance) (1997) 46 exemplares, 1 crítica
Above All Others (1996) 42 exemplares, 1 crítica
After Midnight [anthology] (1998) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
To Bed the Bride (2019) 33 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Texan Duke (2017) 31 exemplares, 3 críticas
My Highland Rogue (2020) 28 exemplares, 2 críticas
Heaven Forbids (1998) 26 exemplares
To Wed an Heiress (2019) 25 exemplares, 1 crítica
Return to Clan Sinclair: A Clan Sinclair Novella (2014) 13 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Glenlyon Bride (1999) 8 exemplares
The Reluctant Goddess (2015) 7 exemplares
Pranic, Pregnant, and Petrified (2015) 6 exemplares
Mariages à l'écossaise (2021) 3 exemplares
A Dance in the Dark (2017) 3 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Unmentionables (2011) 2 exemplares
What About Alice? (2011) 2 exemplares
La Institutriz (Spanish Edition) (2006) 2 exemplares, 1 crítica
En duft av lavendel (2011) 1 exemplar
Hasta el proximo encuentro (2008) 1 exemplar, 1 crítica
The Accidental Vampire (2011) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Scottish Brides [Anthology 4-in-1] (1999) — Contribuidor — 515 exemplares, 5 críticas
Angel Love (1996) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Storm, Katherine
Data de nascimento
20th century
Locais de residência
Texas, USA
Naples, Italy
Paris, France
Prémios e menções honrosas
Romantic Times Career Achievement Award



Till Next We Meet is a stand-alone, Georgian historical romance that takes place in the Scottish lowlands following the Seven Years War between Great Britain and France. Our hero, Adam Moncrief, served as a colonel in Canada during the war, where he was in command of Harry Dunnan. Harry received letters from his young wife, Catherine, which he refused to answer. Feeling that she was owned something, Moncrief took it upon himself to answer the letters for Harry, and thus began a lengthy correspondence between the two with him writing under the guise of her husband and them falling in love through their missives. Then Harry died, leaving Moncrief with the duty of writing a condolence letter as himself, the last one he sends to her. When Moncrief unexpectedly inherits a Dukedom after the untimely death of his brother, he resigns his commission to return home, but on his way there, he decides to look in on Catherine to see how she’s doing, only to find her deeply grieving and under the influence of laudanum. On his second visit to see her, Moncrief finds Catherine nearly dead of a laudanum overdose and sets about reviving her, which leads to a shotgun marriage after the vicar finds out that in doing so Moncrief compromised her. When she awakens, she’s not entirely happy about the situation, but capitulates, traveling with her new husband to his castle. There, they must get to know one another in person with her grief and the guilt of his deception hanging over their relationship. But it seems that there is also someone who is out to get Catherine and perhaps the laudanum overdose was neither an accident nor a suicide attempt.

Catherine became enamored of Harry almost immediately upon meeting him, not knowing that he was only looking for a wealthy heiress to marry to fund his gambling habit. She was happy with him for a month, but then Harry developed wanderlust so her father bought him a commission in the army. Really missing him after he went away, she wrote to him and received beautiful letters in return that she hadn’t known Harry was capable of writing (of course, not realizing that it wasn’t him at all), and fell even more in love with him through their correspondence. But then she received word that he’d died and she went into a deep grief. She started taking what she thought were measured doses of laudanum to help her sleep, but she’s very much under the influence of the drug when she first meets Moncrief with him later finding her nearly dead of an overdose. When she finally awakens to find herself married to him, she doesn’t remember any of it, but swears that she wasn’t trying to kill herself, an assertion that he doesn’t entirely believe at first. Although Catherine finds it uncomfortable to be wed to a stranger, she doesn’t fight it, instead willingly going with him to his castle, but asking for a month to make peace with it all before consummating their union. During that time, she finds herself more and more attracted to Moncrief and feeling like she’s betraying the memory of her dead husband. However, when the truth of Harry’s nature comes out, she’s the one who instead feels betrayed, but if she learns that her new husband is the one who really wrote the letters, it could spell doom for her burgeoning feelings for him.

I found Catherine to be a very likable heroine. Although her father was a wealthy landowner, which made her an equally wealthy heiress when he died, she didn’t grow up with all the lush trappings of the aristocracy. She’s a very approachable woman who treats her servants with kindness and respect. Even though she’s confused by her feelings for Moncrief when they start to surface, she doesn’t really fight them. And once she experiences the pleasures of love-making (something she didn’t have with Harry), she embraces it and finds herself falling for him more and more. She also trusts him when he tells her the truth about Harry and was smart enough to figure out the rest by herself.

As the second son of a duke, Moncrief (I don’t recall anyone, not even Catherine, ever calling him by Adam, his Christian name) bought a commission in the army and ended up as Colonel of the Highland Scots Fusiliers. It was during their service together that he met Harry, a man he never liked much because of all his vices. When Catherine first writes to Harry, Moncrief encourages Harry to write back, but he refuses and tells Moncrief to do it. So he does, thinking only to give her the courtesy of one letter from her errant husband, but then more letters from her arrive. He finds himself drawn to her missives, and since no one is writing to him, he’s lonely and can’t resist writing back over and over, falling more in love with her with each one. When Harry dies, Moncrief writes what he believes will be his last letter to Catherine informing her of her husband’s demise. But when he’s called home after the death of his brother to take up the dukedom, he simply must stop in to check on her. On his first visit, she’s very unkempt and clearly drugged, as well as deeply grieving. Then he returns to find she’s overdosed. Since her servants don’t seem to be doing anything about it, he jumps into action, trying to revive her by putting her in a cold bath, after which the vicar takes issue, forcing him to marry her. Already in love with her, Moncrief doesn’t find it to be a hardship to do so, but when Catherine fully awakens, still seeming depressed and unable to stop talking about her dead husband, he worries she may never be the woman he fell for through her lovely letters. He knows he should tell her the truth about being the one who answered her missives, but at first, thinking she’d just attempted suicide, he fears what she might do. The longer he keeps the truth from her though, the more he worries what she’ll think, and then after another “accident” that he realizes was anything but, he must focus on keeping her safe.

I completely understood why Moncrief was so tempted to write back to Catherine and then keep writing her. Since he was a far better man than Harry ever was, it didn’t bother me at all that he was corresponding with and falling for another man’s wife. He also had good reasons for keeping the truth from Catherine when they first met as well, but it left him feeling guilty and also like he was fighting the ghost of a man who was really himself. Moncrief was every bit the imperious commanding officer, and now duke, taking charge of situations as needed, which is how he ended up in Catherine’s bedroom after she overdosed, leading to their hasty wedding. However, he was a patient man who understood that not only was she still grieving Harry, even though he didn’t deserve her devotion, but she was also thrust into a new marriage with someone who she thought was a complete stranger and needed time to adjust. Once they consummate their union, Moncrief is a very attentive lover who gives her all the pleasure Harry denied her, and it’s in those moments that he becomes more vulnerable, expressing his feelings with his body and becoming even more enamored with her. I also like that he was smart enough to figure out someone was trying to harm Catherine and did his best to protect her.

Till Next We Meet is very much a low-key, slow-burn kind of romance. At first I wasn’t feeling a strong connection between Moncrief and Catherine because she’s still grieving for someone who didn’t really exist, when in reality the man she really fell for is right in front of her but she doesn’t know it. This put a little distance between them, but happily the author did create some moments for touches of romance and lust that helped to start building the connection I craved. However, it’s not until the full truth of Harry’s character comes out that things really start to take off between them. The love scenes are sensual and full of promise, showing their feelings before they can articulate them, and I love how they both embrace those times together. The mystery perhaps could have been woven in a little more. Given Catherine’s assertions that she didn’t intend to overdose nor wanted to die, I wondered right from the beginning if someone was trying to harm her. Once she goes with Moncrief to his castle it’s pretty much forgotten until another “accident” occurs. Even still, I wasn’t entirely sure who it might be or why until the reveal, and the denouement of that part of the story had some pretty decent suspense. Till Next We Meet wasn’t quite perfect but I did find it to be an enjoyable read. It was my first book by Karen Ranney, who I was saddened to find out passed away in 2020, but it looks like she has a pretty extensive back list that I look forward to checking out.
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mom2lnb | 5 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2024 |
Prelim Review: I'm a bit torn on this book honestly. On the one hand I think its great that Ranney wrote a heroine who is truly disfigured, who had a realistic reaction to that disfigurement and the guy didn't turn into a gibbering nodcock about it.

On the other hand Catriona is SO unlikeable for SO much of the book. I didn't read the preceding books (of which some events are eluded to and her sister's happy marriage is written about), but I can't think Catriona is very much more likeable BEFORE the accident. She even says she wasn't likeable.

That said she manages to find a way to be selfless even while still making it all about herself. That takes some true talent right there.

Full review to be posted
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lexilewords | 8 outras críticas | Dec 28, 2023 |
I am marking this one as a DNF. I just really struggled with this one and it also wasn't what I was expecting it to be. This one just wasn't clicking for me and I have been trying to read this one for over a week and its just not clicking for me. So I am passing on this one unfortunately. I might try this later in ebook sometime. I don't think the narration is working for me very well, not as much as I expected it to be.
addictofromance | 4 outras críticas | Aug 29, 2023 |



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