Margaret Dalrousie is a talented
painter. She was once the belle of the Russian Court, but
Margaret fled Russia when circumstances forced her hand.
Now she is content to paint and hide out in a small house on
the estate of the Earl of Linnet. However, her idyllic time
has come to an end for it seems that Earl Robert has
returned. Robert and Margaret each have secrets and while
their attraction is immediate, both have ghosts in their
pasts that do not allow them to trust the other.
Robert and Margaret’s relationship is
often stilted and formal. Margaret is very hesitant and
very distant. She is obsessed with painting and allows it to
take over her life. I felt angry at Robert’s request for
Margaret to paint a portrait for him – betrayed might be a
better word because after that request, I wanted nothing to
do with him. I love the storyline and felt that the angst
and heartache had the ability to be a great plot. However,
I never felt Robert and Margaret’s connection to each
A Scotsman in Love had
the ability to be a great historical romance. My dislike of
Robert’s character altered the way I looked at this book.
Karen Ranney’s writing is not at fault – simply the
opposite. I just did not buy into the characters and for me
that is a must.