While the download has issues (will be on one page and it skips to another page, making reading difficult), the book itself is really good. A book that could be read several times and still be just as much of an impact. Look forward to reading other books by this author.
Having grown up on the historical romances of the 80s, before they learned the accolade of bodice ripper, Taylors book caught my attention at once. It reminded me of those stories where the heroes were tough, but respectful and chivalrous to the heroines. Abduction isnt seduction; its the beginning of a new life of renewal leading to peace. This is for the lover of Scottish books indeed.
Bryce McPherson kidnaps Akira McKenzie on her wedding day to keep a promise made to his dying father.The fact that the McKenzie and the McPherson clans are sworn enemies won't save Akira from marrying the McPherson Chiefton. But can such a marriage bring peace, especially when a series of murders seems to indicate otherwise? And can Bryce and Akira find love in the midst of hatred?With fine prose and deft skill, Jennifer Hudson Taylor takes us to the highlands of Scotland at a time when men lived and died by the sword. But the struggles woven into this book's plot are not of the flesh alone. Akira needs to make peace with both her earthly and heavenly fathers, and Bryce must learn to trust an enemy. But a greater threat waits in the shadows...I recommend Highland Blessings for readers who enjoy historical fiction and historical romance.* A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me by the author for purposes of review.
This debut author took on the challenge of writing a medieval romance for the Christian market and she did a fantastic job! Brawny, bold and slightly untamed Highland warriors are a staple of the secular publishing market, but rarely found in the CBA trade. I loved the unique setting and the courage of both the author and publisher (Abingdon Press) to give Christian readers something different to read.Bryce is a drool worthy candidate for a rough and tumble hero, but its his tenderness that stole my heart from the very first chapters. What a lethal combination!And Akira is such a contradiction of gentle Christian and fiery warrior woman. She keeps Bryce on his toes, constantly delighting (and infuriating) him with her surprising behaviour. Of course he falls hard, and she doesnt realize it until tragedy strikes and then, just when you think they have a chance to build a loving life together, something sinister creeps into their midst.Taylor does a magnificent job with the time period and I especially appreciated the authenticity she gave to the Scottish dialogue. It wasnt overdone so reading it was easy but it helped immerse me in the setting, adding flavour to a rich reading experience.
I LOVE Scottish romances, and I can only find them on the non-Christian bookshelves. So, when I saw Highland Blessings and read on the book jacket that Akira gets kidnapped on her wedding day, I HAD to get my hands on it. Let me just say, Jennifer Hudson Taylor didn't disappoint. From being kidnapped by a highland warrior, to getting in mud fights on Scottish soil, to falling in love with the enemy, it was a great escape from everyday life. Thanks for the great read, Jennifer!