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by Karen Ranney

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: 1832 Scotland

2006 Historical Romantic Mystery/Gothic Nominee

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Her parents' deaths left Beatrice Sinclair penniless and desperate enough to
take the position at Castle Cranoch as
governess to a terrified child.

As Beatrice strives to make a safe haven for her charge, she's drawn
to her employer, the puzzling Devlen Gordon. Though she's attracted to the handsome, sensual rogue, she dare not trust him. When their sanctuary is threatened and they flee Cranoch, Devlen leads them to safety.

Devlen has his own secrets and, though he appears to care greatly
about young Robert and Beatrice,
his personal demons could threaten them as easily as their enemies. Falling
in love is simple compared to believing
in a man who could be her friend and lover or evil incarnate.

You can add Ranney to a list
of authors that begins with the
Brontë sisters, Mary Stewart and
Daphne du Maurier. She enlivens
the classic gothic for a modern audience. Strong, intelligent and admirable characters, a chilling backdrop, suspense and the surprises readers
crave in an exceptional gothic mystery
are all here. Savor the joy of this
passionate tale. SENSUAL (Jan., 380
pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Avon

Published: January 2006

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