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Lady of the Glen A Novel of 17th Century Scotland and the Massacre of Glencoe

Lady of the Glen tells of a time and a place like no other when political treachery and royal intrigue ruled the day a time when countrymen battled. Superb Storytelling and a Keeper a Highland Love that endures the Massacre of GlencoeI absolutely loved this story a keeper now ensconced on my to read again shelf It has everything I love in a Scottish historical romance an epic love story a noble hero a strong heroine real history attention to detail and enough suspense and drama to draw me in Even the music of the Highlands is included I could hear the pipes and their mournful sound as Roberson described themThe story begins in 1682 when Catriona Cat Campbell first encounters Alasdair Dair Og MacDonald She is an awkward uncomely girl raised like one of her brothers by her druken father but Dair pays her a compliment when no one else does telling her that she has bonnie eyesall bluey green and bright The sort of eyes a Highlander likes to come home to How could Cat ever forget him after that Not even though he is one of the dreaded MacDonalds the enemies of clan Campbell could she fail to harbor a tenderness for himMuch happens in this intricately woven tale that spans a decade It s the time when King James was exiled to France and William and Mary ruled England The Scots battle each other as much as the English Grey John Campbell Earl of Breadalbane seeks to be the power behind the throne and he thinks it is William who will sit in that throne He exerts his influence to unite the clans pretending to support King Jamie while planning on serving the Highland clans up on a silver platter to William The clans don t trust him but the lairds have little choice seeing the English Ft William erected as a symbol of their dominanceFamous battles like Killiecrankie are vividly described as Dair fights with the MacDonalds of Glencoe and the Stewarts of Appin Both the MacDonalds and the Campbell s kill each other s young men caught reeving cattle and Dair saves Cat from harm and she saves his life All this while another woman shares Dair s bed Then Cat s father agrees to wed her to the Earl of Breadalbane s son Duncan Campbell in exchange for money to pay his many debtsPerhaps the most intense moment is the Massacre of Glencoe when the Campbells joined with the treachery of the English including the king murder nearly the entire clan of MacDonalds without provocation The massacre of Glencoe is still remembered to this day it was such great perfidy on the part of the Campbells and England A very sad chapter in Scotland s history As Roberson says of Glencoe Tis a glen of sorrows an empty place of blood and broken stone of charred timber and burial cairns I did not want to put this one down The author truly captured the heart of the Highlands and the characters she vividly portrays bring to life one of the most incredible periods of Scotland s history If you love Scotland and real Highlander romance the deep ones you will love this book Highly recommended It s going on my Top 20 list

Review Ô eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ï Jennifer Roberson

For their freedom and usurpers sought crowns At the novel's center is a love story of breathtaking scope a man and a woman enemies from birth know f. This is a fairly historically accurate story of what led up to the massacre of Glencoe a horrible episode of Scottish history that took place during the Jacobite uprisings one of many sadly but not anywhere near as bad as Culloden and of all the people that were involved in it from the victims to the perpetrators to people who were caught in the middle The book weaves multiple stories together including that of the machinations that led to the massacre and that of the the two people who fell in love despite clan rivalries It does this by having the viewpoint switch between a number of different characters all of whom we get to know throughout the years from 1682 through 1695This book is incredibly wonderfully Scottish The characters wear trews and arisaids and ride garrons and drink usuabae and do other things you may not recognize and when talking use many expressions that the average reader who isn t obsessed with Scotland may not ken Och but dinna fash dinna greet just bide a wee and ye ll get used to it ayeUnfortunately the Scottish ness was my favorite part of the book The love story once it finally got going was enjoyable for a while and the politics and behind the scenes of the royal courts were interesting but for some reason not enough It took me what felt like forever to get through this book I had to renew it once especially the first 180 pages I wasn t really interested until the gathering of the clans at Achallader and I didn t reach the point where I was waiting for just one chapter just one or maybe two the next one s short before I would get up to find food or take a shower or something until pretty late in the book I had really high hopes for this book both because its subject seems right up my alley I love Scotland and Scottish history and highlanders I even wear a Jacobite rosette pin on my coat plus there s a recommendation from Diana Gabaldon on the cover and she s one of my favorite authors I hope it didn t work for me because it was just the wrong time for me to be reading it a lot is going on in my life right now I did enjoy the book uite a lot because the parts I liked I really liked but I fear that was outweighed by how frustrated I was at how long it took me to get into it I wanted to give the book 35 stars but since I liked it so much I couldn t bring myself to round down so it s four Another reason I can t round down is that while reading I was bothered by how Jennifer Roberson portrayed John Hill as so sympathetic to the Highlanders because it seemed unrealistic but it turns out that he actually was so I can t complain about that any

Jennifer Roberson Ï 8 Characters

Rom the moment they meet that they will lie in each other's arms someday But their love for centuries forbidden comes at the most dangerous of times. Read this many moons ago Recently unearthed from a box in storage Need to re read before ratingI do remember liking this just not as well as Lady of the Forest


10 thoughts on “Lady of the Glen A Novel of 17th Century Scotland and the Massacre of Glencoe

  1. says:

    This was a very good book and an enjoyable read I really enjoyed the two main characters Catriona Cat and Alasdair Dair a lovely Romeo and Juliet story A pleasant change to have the heroine not be drop dead gorgeous Their characters were well drawn intelligent and displayed great chemistry I enjoyed their playful banter as they courted and afterward when they become lovers LOL when she became worried after their first time together in be

  2. says:

    Superb Storytelling and a Keeper—a Highland Love that endures the Massacre of GlencoeI absolutely loved this story—a ke

  3. says:

    It's a shame that this book is out of print because it's a real treat for Scottish history lovers romance politics violence and bloodshed The cheesy title and steamy cover do this book a real disservice in my opinion because though it's a love story it's not a bodice ripper featuring men in kilts; the story has depth of character and complexity of plot than any other highland romance I have read Most of the characters are based on real Sco

  4. says:

    This is a fairly historically accurate story of what led up to the massacre of Glencoe a horrible episode of Scottish history that took place during the Jacobite uprisings one of many sadly but not anywhere near

  5. says:

    I wanted to love this book but it just didn

  6. says:

    This may be my favorite Historical Fiction book ever For one thing I am totally intrigued with Scotland and especially the Highlanders I loved the descriptions of the places the battles to the people who made the story The author not only brought them to life but she took historical people and using what she could discover about what they DID

  7. says:

    I picked this book up solely on the fact it was set in Scotland and a recommendation from Diana Gabaldon goes a long way I'm a huge fan I love to read about Scotland's history and this book had a lot of that but I had a hard time getting into the story on this one There was a lot of history but it came across without the

  8. says:

    Read this many moons ago Recently unearthed from a box in storage Need to re read before ratingI do remember liking this just not as well as Lady of the Forest

  9. says:

    What a moving account of the Massacre at Glencoe This book is why I love historical fiction Every character excep

  10. says:

    Scottish history has been a passion of mine for uite some time and the story of Glencoe as horrific and tragic as it was remains most intriguing It's surprising that novels aren't written based on that event but Roberson's retelling is good The romance itself is rather implausiblewhile inter clan marriages occurred all the time I have a hard time swallowing one between such hated enemies But I guess that's what makes it such a go

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