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Monday, February 3, 2014

For Love or Loyalty...Review

About the book:
Can Malcolm MacGregor exact his plan for revenge, even if he dooms an innocent woman in the process? To atone for her father’s evil, Lauren Campbell agrees to help Malcolm MacGregor. By the time she realizes she’s the bargaining price to free Malcolm’s mother from indentured servitude, it’s too late.

Malcolm MacGregor only wants to free his family and exact revenge against Duncan Campbell. As the pride and joy of Duncan’s life, his daughter Lauren is the perfect answer, but during the voyage to America, her faith continues to witness to Malcolm. He becomes enraptured with her, and upon their arrival, discovers he’s sold her into a fate worse than death. Now Malcolm has the dilemma: free his family or rescue Lauren? Time is short and with little means, he needs a miracle.

I will admit that this one took a bit of effort to get into.  I nearly set it aside.  Part of that was the fact that there isn't much back story to explain why Glenn Campbell kidnaps and sells the MacGregor women.  Malcolm's anger is understandable, but I never did really understand why Lauren's father was so suddenly and uncontrollably angry, even as some questions were answered in the end.  He was a true example of how unfettered hatred can destroy a person.

Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel.  Full of terrific characters and a Scotland to South Carolina setting, this was a captivating story.  Lauren's faith is strong and her ability to recognize her father's wrongdoing and forgive Malcolm for his part in wanting revenge is admirable.  Her faith strengthens his resolve.  When Lauren herself is kidnapped from Malcolm's care and has her own faith tested, Malcolm is the one to help her regain it.  Malcolm's mother and sister have such different experiences with indenture. I have always been fascinated by the practice of indenturing and how at the end of their indenture, people were able to gain prosperous lives of their own.

First in The MacGregor Legacy series, this was a compelling book and I look forward to more.

Thanks to Abingdon Press for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Jennifer Hudson Taylor here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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