Friday, August 2, 2013

The Devil of Clan Sinclair-Karen Ranney

The Devil of Clan Sinclair

Karen Ranney

Avon, Jul 30 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780062242440

In 1868 London, Lady Virginia Traylor prays her sweetheart Macrath Sinclair arrives at the ball because her usually frowning father agrees to meet the man she plans to marry. When her beloved arrives, Virginia is at the happiest moment in her life until her father informs her she will wed Lord Barrett in front of her future mother-in-law, Enid the Countess.

One year later her husband dies from what his mom says was a bad heart leaving no heir. With her family in dire straits, Enid suggests Virginia visit wealthy Macrath the renowned inventor. Virginia tells him nothing about her horrific marriage or her father’s duplicity as they spend blissful weeks together. Then abruptly she leaves without a word; twice burned Macrath learns she carries his child; he wants his offspring but not the mom.

The first Wicked Widow Victorian romance is an engaging historical starring two fascinating but obstinate protagonists. Readers will empathize with Macrath even as he takes his son from the mother with the law on his side, while understanding Virginia’s desperate ploy yet question her morals with our twenty-first century ethics. Love has proven insufficient for this couple to form a permanent relationship.

Harriet Klausner

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