Rosalie’s Review – Romancing the Scot (The Pennington Family #1) by May McGoldrick

This book had me hooked, literally, from the very beginning. Every now and then I like to read some mystery to my romance and this book definitely fit this bill! ~ Rosalie, Guilty Pleasures 


In this stunning series starter by USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick, meet the new generation of Penningtons…five brothers and sisters of passion and privilege. Enter their aristocratic world…where each will fight injustice and find love.

Hugh Pennington—Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts, hero of the Napoleonic wars—is a grieving widower with a death wish. When he receives an expected crate from the continent, he is shocked to find a nearly dead woman inside. Her identity is unknown, and the handful of American coins and the precious diamond sown into her dress only deepen the mystery.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.

Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve…until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.

Historical romances are some of my favorite. Throw in some mystery and heat and you’ve got Romancing The Scot. This book was set in the 1800’s and the two characters, Grace and Hugh, are on opposite ends of the war. Hugh is a Lord Justice in Scotland (kind of like a judge) and Grace is Irish. Her father had fought the English at Waterloo and was gravely injured, leaving only Grace to care for him. His death, however, is not due to his injury (first major gut wrenching moment). Running from killers, Grace finds herself being helped by street urchins who help her hide…in a gondola box that ends up sealed up and on its way to Scotland by ship.

Cue Lord Hugh…who finds the gondola he bought and received holds a now almost dead Grace (second major gut wrenching moment…and we are only in Chapter 2!). Hugh is immediately struck by this woman, reminding him deeply of the wife and sweet child he recently lost while he was fighting the war. He tries not to get attached to, still unknown, Grace, but the attraction is too great.

Grace tries to hide her identity when she gets better, for fear of her life. Getting her strength back has her spending time with Hugh, and really growing feelings for him. Still guarding herself, Hugh wants more, but it too much of a gentleman, worrying she has someone at home she doesn’t “remember”.

Eventually the charade must come to an end and the two find out each other’s secrets. Watching the journey they take to get to the end point had me reading this whole book in two days (and it’s a longer book!). A new to me author, but I’ll definitely be checking her out after this one!!

4.5 stars

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One thought on “Rosalie’s Review – Romancing the Scot (The Pennington Family #1) by May McGoldrick

  1. oh yay…I am so glad that you picked this author up and LOVED this couple writing team. They are just wonderful. They do a great job of mixing good mystery with romance. I fell in love with this author many years ago and still love the style of writing so much.

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