Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Highland Blessings is the story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise he made to his dying father. Bryce MacPhearson, a highland warrior, kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day to honor a promise he made to his dying father.
While Akira's strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce, she struggles to overcome her anger and resentment when he forces her to wed him, hoping to end a half-century-old feud between their clans.
While Akira begins to forgive, and Bryce learns to trust, a series of murders leaves a trail of unanswered questions, confusion, and a legacy of hate that once again rises between their families. Clearly, a traitor is in their midst. Now the one man Akira loves no longer trusts her, and her own life is in danger. Can Bryce look beyond his pain and seek the truth? Will Akira discover the threat against her before it's too late? How will God turn a simple promise into bountiful Highland blessings?
I love historical novels set in Scotland. I don't care which time period, I just love novels about Scotland! And, for the most part, I enjoyed this one. It has feuding clans, kidnapped brides, heroes and villains. The characters are a bit one-dimensional, but still likeable. Akira is strong in her faith and in her belief that marriage to Bryce will unite their clans and end the feuding.
One minor pet peeve was that there was never any mention nor implication of the marriage finally being consummated. We understand in the beginning that Akira refuses to consummate the marriage because she was married by proxy. At the end of the story, she is pregnant. Now, I don't expect, nor do I want a sex scene in a novel like this. However, I do think it would have been a good idea to let the reader know the relationship had changed between the Akira and Bryce.
Still, this is a great debut novel. I think that Jennifer Hudson Taylor is only going to get better and I look forward to reading more. I enjoyed the fascinating Author's Note at the end of the book which talked about kilts and plaids.
Thanks to First Wildcard and the author for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Jennifer Hudson Taylor here. You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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