Romancing the Scot

Book 1 of the Pennington Family Series

In this stunning series starter, 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.

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FIVE STARS… The story was excellent! This couple faces some severe challenges that would not easily be overcome by anyone, and yet together they pull through and become stronger. I really really loved the story line…This book was the best I’ve read from an author I didn’t already know in a long while. I do hope you will grab it up as soon as you have a chance.
- Showie, SHHHWeAreReading WordPress Blog and Goodreads Review

RECOMMENDED... Hugh and Grace are a well-matched pair, and the authors give their relationship ample, and realistic, room to grow....This is a series, and readers will be happy to follow into the next installment.
- Jane Jorgenson, Library Journal Review

FIVE STARS… An outstanding read….The characters in this book are phenomenal. Grace and Hugh’s story is loaded with suspense, action, drama, humor and sizzle. This story grabbed me on page one and didn’t let go until the last page. I loved reading Romancing the Scot and look forward to reading more from May McGoldrick in the future. Romancing the Scot is Book 1 of The Pennington Family Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
- Deb Diem, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… From start to finish, it was packed with action, mystery, romance, spy vs spy, murder, you name it, it has it all! and darn, I just couldn’t seem to put it down that I just had to finish it in one sitting - finally ended at 4 am (thank you for the eye bags, Ms. McGoldrick!)
- V SB, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… What a totally captivating story, from beginning to end!! I loved that the heroine was a strong woman. It is a story that about romance, murder & mystery. This book is very well written! I can’t wait to read more books by this author!
- Denise, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… Extremely enjoyable. What a great story! The flow was so perfect, I found it hard to stop reading.
- La Cava, Goodreads Review

RECOMMENDED...War is a terrible thing that attacks victims and survivors alike. Romancing the Scot explores this difficult subject with empathy and depth, all wrapped in a lovely and moving romance.
-Cheryl Sneed FIRST LOOK - Heroes and Heartbreakers


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It Happened in the Highlands

Book 2 of the Pennington Family Series

Coming on March 27,2018

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It Happened in the Highlands

Book 2 of the Pennington Family Series


A jilted bride...

A duel at dawn...

A long-hidden secret...

A second chance at love...


Lady Josephine Pennington was jilted by her fiancé once rumors spread about her questionable origins. Her adoptive parents have always provided her with the love and protection she’s needed to feel secure, and over the last sixteen years she’s molded herself to meet the expectations of others. When she receives a package from the Highlands containing sketches where the subject is eerily familiar, Jo believes she might have found a clue to the identity of her birth mother.

When Captain Wynne Melfort ended his engagement to Jo Pennington sixteen years ago, he never imagined he would see her again. But after he uncovers information that could reveal the truth about Jo’s parentage, Wynne feels bound by duty to right an old wrong and inform her of his find. He didn’t expect for feelings long thought dead to resurface, for in his mind a love departed was gone forever.

As they strive to unravel the mystery of her birth, Jo must learn how to trust the man who’d once rejected her and Wynne must reconcile his head with his heart. But as secrets of the past begin to surface, evil forces will stop at nothing to keep Jo from uncovering the truth and reclaiming her legacy. Together, Jo and Wynne must fight the deadly menace lurking deep in the Highland mists.

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Reviews of It Happened in the Highlands

“A warm historical romance that smartly incorporates a couple of social issues. It’s well-written, thought-provoking, and has a happier ending than most. The lighthearted romance is of the second-chance variety that includes the families, not just the MCs, and it complements the serious themes quite well. This book is the second novel in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone. The female lead is a passionate and caring woman searching for her past and the leading man is a protective and intelligent gentleman who helps her find her future. The scenery is beautifully described and historical facts are interwoven into the story. A good book for a rainy day. I look forward to the next installment. For historical romance fans.”

”This was a lovely story about love lost and rediscovered. And Jo does find out the truth of her origins. Bittersweet but rewarding story. “

”An amazing historical romance. Ms. McGoldrick has delivered a book that is well-written and loaded with fantastic, lovable characters. Jo is an orphan raised and loved in the Pennington household as a daughter and was jilted days before their wedding by Hugh. Their story will take you on an emotional roller coaster. There is plenty of drama, humor, action, suspense and spice to keep readers glued to this book. I enjoyed every page of this book and look forward to reading more from May McGoldrick in the future. It Happened In The Highlands is book 2 of The Pennington Family Series but can be read as a standalone.”

”Woven with hope, despair, love, envy jealously and cruelty, Ms. McGoldrick covers a range of human emotions and gives the couple the strength to rise above them. It is a wonderful read evoking hope despite obstacles.”

”Love, love, love May McGoldrick! This is the second book in The Penningtons series and can be summed up with the phrase (sing along with me), “Love is easier, the second time around.” .... Great characters in this sweet historical romance. A real page-turner as several mysteries unfold.”


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Christmas in Kilts

"Sweet Home Highlands" A Pennington Family Story


'Tis the season to fall in love!

Five bestselling authors bring you great tidings of Highlanders and romance this holiday season!

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An encounter between an English officer and a desperate aunt trying to keep custody of her young niece leads to a little Highland magic during the holidays. 


A Highland Holiday Box Set!


FIVE STARS - This little tale was sweet, sexy and a wee bit funny. I was so sucked in by this story that I’m desperate to read more from this author.
- Stacey is Sassy Review

FIVE STARS… Hilarious.
- Danielle Urban, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… A sweet and touching story filled with love and dedication….Their chemistry is amazing.
- Rosemary K, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… I absolutely loved this book! I had never heard of this author but this book made me love her! This one….really surprised me as this is an unknown author to me. Loved it! Great read!!
- Sandy Kelly, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… I loved everything about this short story!....Penn and Fie are two very compelling characters with great chemistry....I enjoyed this story so much that I downloaded Penn’s parents book Borrowed Dreams.
- Lori Meehan, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… The drama, sizzle and antics…will keep readers glued to their e-readers. I love the humor. Kudos to Ms. McGoldrick.
- Deb Diem, Goodreads Review


"Sweet Home Highlands" is Part of the new Pennington Family Series

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