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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (Nov. 4 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061771759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061771750
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #953,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved that she wasn't that shy after all. Yet she prefers to keep her current adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I'm with reviewer MaryS on this one. Nov. 29 2009
By OLT - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The biggest complaint I have lately with Karen Ranney books is the cheesy covers the publisher puts on them. The one on SOLD TO A LAIRD was almost enough to turn me off but I like Karen Ranney enough not to judge a book by its cover and anyway she's not to blame for it. As to the story, the heroine did not strike me as cold, but rather repressed by her upbringing, and the hero is to die for. Sensitive and a hunk. What more could you want? The author develops the romance and love slowly with none of that unrealistic immediate sex in a closet kind of situation. Ranney makes you feel the love developing and it is romantic, not just lustful. And she writes far better than the majority of romance novelists.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Disagree Nov. 26 2009
By MaryS - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I disagree with the above review. I also love Karen Ranney and there are a few of her books that did not click with me. I really loved this one. The heroine was not cold, she protected herself by reining in her emotions. She was vulnerable and she needed a hero who could break through that shield and get to the person beneath. Douglas was a great hero. The Duke was a bit of a caricature, but it still worked.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Another Touching Love Story! Dec 2 2009
By Amy C - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have only recently began reading Karen Ranney, the first being Devil Wears Tartan. And since that book, two more have released and I've rushed out to buy both...A Scotsman in Love (which by the way, is one of my top historical reads. Loved that book!) and now this one, Sold to a Laird.

In Sold to a Laird, Lady Sarah is the daughter of a Duke. Her father raised her with fierce strictness and no love at all. She is forced by her father to marry a stranger, Douglas Eston, in order to spare her dying mother from a trip to her homeland of Scotland. Lady Sarah appears cold and emotionless, but Douglas Eston warms her bit by slow bit. It's a sensual game that Eston plays with Sarah, and one that undoubtedly left me in awe of the amount of emotional intensity some of their scenes are filled with.

Sarah struck me as an honest, innocent young woman. Her fears and emotions towards Eston didn't feel like they were coming from a naive woman, but an unknowing, inexperienced one. I've read books where the heroine had no clue what took place between a man and a woman or the desires that could rise up and consume them and they seemed a bit much. A bit over the top. Not very believable. But in this book, I found myself saddened by, and wholly believing Sarah's lack of knowledge and her fight to deny the passions Douglas begins to fill her with.

This book, as with the previous two books I've read, has such a somber mood that really makes your heart ache for the characters. Douglas was the epitome of heroes for Sarah, holding her and comforting her when she most needed it, simply being there for her, understanding her. He took into consideration her upbringing and accepted her for who she was. And Sarah, I loved that she never grew angry with the liberties Douglas took, the way he, at times, pushed her. He did it in just a way that gave her time to think through the turmoil of feelings swirling through her.

Another fantastically done, heartfelt and moving romance between two people that need each other, especially Sarah. And Douglas Eston is her perfect match. The two meld together beautifully. This is another book that I'll look back on with a warm heart remembering the gentle, soothing touches Douglas bestowed on his Lady Sarah.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good story...Wish it had a better Title and Cover Dec 14 2009
By Lovely D.M. - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a good book, I enjoyed it.

Douglas Eston meets lady Sarah when she barges into a meeting he is having with her father, and starts pleading with her father to let her mother remain at Chavensworth, because her mother's health is too poor - if she is moved to Scotland she wouldn't survive the journey. Sarah does not even realize that someone else is in her father's office at first. The duke of Herridge wants Douglas to produce diamonds for him, and since Douglas has the formula the duke finds a way to cut a deal with Douglas. The duke will give him some money and his daughter's hand in marriage, in return for the diamonds. Douglas is shocked at first that the duke would just offer his daughter's hand like that, but since he is smitten with lady Sarah he decides to agree. The duke threatens his daughter, if she wants her mother to remain in Chavensworth, she will agree to the marriage. So both Sarah and Douglas find themselves married.

Douglas is a great hero, he grew up on the streets and built himself up. He doesn't know how a gentleman is supposed to behave, so he keeps a small notebook where he writes everything he learns about proper behavior, so that he wouldn't forget. He sees Sarah and instantly falls for her, and then sets out to win her. Sarah is a likable heroine, who grew up learning to hide her feelings in the face of her father's wrath, and always be restrained. So it is no wonder that she sometimes comes off as cold.

The two things that could have been done better are:
1. Douglas expected Sarah to sleep with him in the same bed, on the first night of their wedding, even though they both acknowledged that they were still practically strangers. He told her that he wouldn't get intimate with her yet, because she would need to know him better first. Yet, he expected her to share the same bed with him, even though he's sleeping completely naked. I found his carelessness about being naked to be amusing, in comparison to lady Sarah's blushing and huffing lol. But I couldn't understand Douglas's reasoning (I mean he could have slept in his drawers at least, to make Sarah more comfortable in the beginning).

2. I loved the part when Douglas took care of Sarah when her mother died, and it was in that scene that the reader really sees how deeply Sarah loves and cares. However in contrast, when Sarah should have shown as much emotion towards the end, when she thought that Douglas had died, she didn't. At that point in the book, she should be showing much more emotion in contrast to the beginning, or else the character development weakens. Hence while I like Sarah, her character development was not as good as it could have been.

So in the end this is a good 4 star read, and I liked it. Despite the flaws, the H/h are both likable. I also really liked the descriptions, the author has a knack for describing for example the grounds of Chavensworth or the gardens, and elegantly tying it to the character's emotions and thoughts - like somehow there's a connection between the two, and I love that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Not Karen Ranney's Best" Jan. 13 2010
By Stars - Published on
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I was disappointed in Sold to a Laird. It moved along to
slowly. There was only one thing that kept my interest.
Therefore, I had to finish the book.

Douglas Eston believed his invention would be profitable.
He went to see the Duke of Herridge, if he would be one
of his investors. The Duke agreed, with one stipulation
if Douglas would marry his daughter Lady Sarah.

Douglas and Lady Sarah are the main character.
They were totally opposites. Lady Sarah didn't have
any physical chemistry for Douglas until the end of
the story. Lady Sarah was a cold dignified person
throughout the book. I liked Douglas he's warm kind
and gentle with lots of patience for Lady Sarah.

I do recommend Karen Ranney other books. I enjoyed
reading they were excellent.
"Autumn in Scotland" "Unlikely Governess" "Till Next We Meet"