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From USA Today best-selling author May McGoldrick, Sleepless in Scotland is a charming tale of loss, justice, and passion. 

Captain Ian Bell is a tortured man fighting through grief and guilt over the loss of his sister. When she went missing, he searched for months until he found her remains. Now, three years later as the deputy lieutenant of Fife, Ian still hunts for her murderer in the dangerous criminal underworld of Edinburgh. He is the "Night Watch" bent on revenge even as he saves others from the same violent fate that claimed his sister. Then one night, a young woman narrowly escapes death and lands at his feet...his late sister’s best friend, Phoebe Pennington.  

Lady Phoebe Pennington - dreamer and storyteller to her family - is a committed reformer writing articles anonymously for an Edinburgh newspaper. One night, in an effort to acquire documents embarrassing to the city’s political leaders, Phoebe descends into the corrupt and seething netherworld known as the Vaults. When she tries to save a street urchin from an assailant, she becomes the target of a violent attack, only to be saved by the one man she has desired for years.  

Ian’s attraction to Phoebe is as undeniable as it is unexpected, and she awakens in him passions he thought long dead. Fearful that she doesn’t understand the dangers of this criminal world, he is determined to save her from the risks she takes. 

Phoebe’s blood burns for Ian, but when she learns that he may be implicated in the scandal she is set on exposing, she finds herself torn between love and truth. But even as they strive to find the meaning of trust, fate is taking a hand. For Phoebe is the only one who has seen the face of the killer, and the sinister shadows of evil are closer than they imagine.

©2018 Nikoo K. and James A. McGoldrick (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • DR
  • 16-08-2019

What???

Boring boring boring! I liked the family but this was so hard to get into. Good luck.

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  • Shanna
  • 18-07-2019

Best book so far

This the best book in the series. The characters and mystery are well written.
The narrator does a great job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-2019

excellent narrator

I thought the story was overall good, but the main character told a Lot of lies at the beginning that made me dislike her at the inception. I nearly returned the book at that point. I decided to keep listening though &. she does improve as the story goes on. it's worth a listen an for all the interesting little plot twists, and because the narrator is quite good. Easy to listen to, with a voice that supports well, without actually taking away from the story as some heavily accented narrators do.

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  • Nana Mar
  • 08-04-2019

Good History, weak story

It was confusing yet suspenseful. The romance characters needed more background, and the villan more information. I found it confusing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-2020

Very enjoyable!

I have really enjoyed all 3 books I have listened to! Very likable characters, interesting historical plots and most of all uplifting and happy endings! A very pleasurable escape into a past world! One reason I chose To listen to these books is the narrator, Saskia Maarleveld. She is fantastic and brings the story, characters and plot of anything she narrates to life. The books are at their best with her as the narrator! Please continue writing more like these!!

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  • Sportochick's Musings
  • 28-02-2020

Pure magic

Author May McGoldrick never ceases to amaze me with the depth of feelings they invoke with their written word. Each story is carefully plotted and well executed drawing the reader into their fantasy world.

My heart has been won over by Phoebe as she seeks truth to write about. Though to be honest there are times her stubbornness blinds her to the danger. She is still a woman who seeks truth and to help others so I was able to overlook her naivety in this area.

Ian is a torn soul seeking retribution for the death of his late sister. Phoebe drives him crazy when she continually puts herself in danger to get her story and he will do anything to keep her from ending up like his sister. Dead. He and his family has been destroyed by his sister's death and not knowing why his sister was killed. He can't let go of his need for revenge. I could feel my heart hurting for him on every page of the book and I wanted him to find his peace and move on with his life.

What evolves between the pages is pure magic and the authors wind the drama of a killer into this well written love story. Now you should know this is more than a normal love story. This is the love for a dead sister, the love of a grieving mother and brother and the love of friend. You will see in the pages of this story how it is possible to find peace amongst all the pain and that love will always win.

The suspense added to the storyline with explicit detail will keep the reader enthralled with the storyline.

5 STARS for the depth of this storyline.

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  • Frances Brown
  • 01-04-2019

Sleepless in Scotland

I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and characters. It was exciting and had me wanting to jump ahead with each page. I would highly recommend the Penningts to Scottish stories.


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