An American in Scotland takes place after Scotsman of My Dreams and is the third book of the MacIain trilogy.
The settings are varied, from Scotland, to the Atlantic crossing, to the Bahamas, to Charleston, and finally the plantation where the American MacIains live.
Here’s the blurb:
New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney returns with the third heart-stirring novel in her latest series, a tale of deceit, desperate measures, and delirious desire.
Rose MacIain is a beautiful woman with a secret. Desperate and at her wits’ end, she crafts a fake identity for herself, one that Duncan MacIain will be unable to resist. But she doesn’t realize that posing as the widow of the handsome Scotsman’s cousin is more dangerous than she knew. And when a simmering attraction rises up between them, she begins to regret the whole charade.
Duncan is determined to resist the tempting Rose, no matter how much he admires her arresting beauty and headstrong spirit. When he agrees to accompany her on her quest, their desire for each other only burns hotter. The journey tests his resolve as their close quarters fuel the fire that crackles between them.
When the truth comes to light, these two stubborn people must put away their pride and along the way discover that their dreams of love are all they need.
Now, let’s talk about writing the book. It had to be one of the most challenging books I’ve written in the past few years, but not because of the varied settings or even because of the craft. I’ve always maintained that a writer has to feel what the characters feel in order to make the book authentic. I identified with two characters in the book and what they went through was difficult. I was so grateful they had a happy ending that I could have cried. After the book has been out a few months, I’ll tell you who the two characters were.
Also, the timing of the book is smack dab in the middle of the Civil War and I had to discuss slavery. The heroine is a New Yorker who had been active in the abolitionist community. With much reluctance, she went to live with her sister after her last relative went off to war. What she saw and experienced on the plantation changed her greatly. She became one of the most courageous characters I’ve ever written, taking chances most women wouldn’t have dared.
It’s rare when I feel so intimately involved with a book. Some of the experiences I wrote about were taken from notes I made while talking to my Kentucky relatives. My great grandmother always talked about the War of Northern Aggression (her words) as if it were only a few days ago and she’d experienced it, although her memories came from stories her father told her. She was born after the Civil War, but he’d fought in it. It was interesting to be able to interweave what I’d learned from my own family into the story of the American MacIains.