By Karen Ranney

Working from their pasts Margaret Dalrousie was keen to sacrifice keen on her calling. The proficient artist could allow no guy intervene together with her present. yet now, residing in a small Scottish cottage at the property of Glengarrow, she has no longer painted a portrait in a while. For no longer even the calming haven within the distant woods can erase the stories that darken Margaret's days and nights. And now, with the go back of the Earl of Linnet to his ancestral domestic, her hopes of peace have disappeared. From the 1st second he encountered Margaret on his land, the Earl of Linnet used to be not anything yet frustrated. The grieving nobleman has his personal secrets and techniques that experience lured him to the solitude of the Highlands, and his personal purposes for desirous to be on my own. but he's intrigued through his hauntingly appealing neighbor. may possibly she be the spark that would draw him out of bittersweet sorrow—the girl who may remodel him from a Scotsman in disappointment to a Scotsman in love?

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Janet’s my cook. ” 34 KAREN RANNEY “Are you helpless? ” He frowned. “Of course I know where the kitchen is. But I’m not as good a cook as Janet,” he said. ” “Then let me have them at night,” she said, her mood suddenly lightened. He studied her for several moments. “I’ve brought two maids with me from Inverness. You’re welcome to hire either if you wish. ” There was nothing wrong with his suggestion. In fact, it was very charitable, all in all. She had it in her mind to retain Tom and Janet, however, a bit of obstinacy that wasn’t at all charitable or reasonable, perhaps.

She was not given to overt acts of empathy. Most of the time she studied people simply with an eye to composition, the curve of a cheek, the highlights in the hair, the exact shade of their skin. She was an observer, and rarely moved to involve herself with the subject of her intense scrutiny. Once, a princess in St. Petersburg had started sobbing so much during her sitting Margaret had no choice but to put down her brush and engage the girl in conversation. Her story was not unexpected—the princess had fallen in love with a man not her equal, and, of course, her parents objected.

Coming home had been like pulling a bandage off a newly healed wound. The house was in as good a shape as Tom could keep it, without funds or manpower. He’d asked for an accounting from the shopkeepers in the village and been pleased to find he didn’t owe all that much to them. His mother was a different matter, and he would have to address the issue as quickly as possible. He’d given the care of Glengarrow to his mother. She’d never before acted a flighty woman with the focus of a gnat. Why now?

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