Highland Crossings: North Carolina
In Healer of My Heart by Pamela Griffin, you will get drawn into the story from start to finish.
Seona leaves Scotland running from superstitous notions that would have gotten her hanged. Her cousin helps her stow away aboard a ship.
Colin's brother becomes ill and beause Seona ran into him and spilled her pouch, he'd seen her herbs. So he seeks her out to treat his brother.
She thinks she is fleeing her past but it follows her to America. Yet she finds freedom and trust in Colin.
In Printed on My Heart by Laurie Alice Easkes, again you will get drawn into the story from start to finish.
Fiona leaves Scotland to come to North Carolina. She has suffered so many hardships since her sister left Scottland. She feels if she finds a brooch that has been the family, it will solve everything. Like Fiona, we like to blame our bad luck on something.
Owain tries to rescue her from a public whipping. Thus she ends up indentured to his family. Owain and his family are printers. Fiona cannot trust anyone since everyone she loves disappears or dies.
Fiona is Seona's cousin. She is trying to find her sister. But she finds so much more than she expected.
A story of love, finding faith and rewards. As Owain buys Fiona to save her, so does God buy our salvation. Then Owain sets her free just like Jesus does for us.
I can hardly wait for the next story of course. I don't have to as it is in the same book.
In Sugar Plum Hearts by Gina Welborn, another story that will hold you.
Seren Cardew is the daughter of Fiona and Owain from last story. This is the third story about a family heirloom brooch.
Seren has sold the brooch to fulfill her dreams of opening a Confectionery. People in town will not buy her sweets.
Enters Finley who has arrived in town trying to get some business as a broker. He wants to buy a farm and settle down. God tells him Seren in his answer. She is hard to convince to trust him.
Both Seren and Finley get more than they expect as God puts two people together. Fingley gives up his dream as a Farmer to help Seren fulfill her dream. That is pure love. He even surprises her with a special gift to wear their wedding day.
In Hearts Inheritance, the beginning takes a while to get into story. But stick with it.
Brynna has a dream to open a museum. But the towns people do not think a woman should. Her sister, Bonnie, has the brooch these stories are all about.
Niall arrives in town from Scottland. His Uncle has died and left him the mill, his house and the place where Brynna works. Brynna sets out to dislike him from the start.
Brynna is well liked in town yet the Mayor sells the property she wants to Niall. She tries to kill his plans. Instead it turns around to surprise her.
Museum people are in town to advise her when the museum is announced by the Mayor. Things go wrong and Niall risks his life for the brooch.
All four stories are about a family heirloom - the brooch. They all find out the brooch is not what they expected and find faith instead. Yet the brooch keeps getting returned to the family.
March 28, 2012
Delightful, fun, fast-paced anthology.
Highland Crossings is a delightful, past-paced read of four excellent novellas by four different authors. A Scottish heirloom, a broach, ties these romantic stories together as each of these journeys takes place at different times, starting with 1739 with Healer of my Heart, 1758 with Printed on my Heart, 1789 with Sugarplum Hearts, and then jumping to 1815 with HeartÃ¢ÂÂs Inheritance.
Each story grips you with fun and believable characters, and events that are great entertainment. Even the names of these charactersÃ¢ÂÂSeona and Colin, Fiona and Owain, Seren Cardew and Finely Sinclair, and Brynna Sinclair and Niall Cameron---breath life onto the page.
If you love books that have a Scottish flair then youÃ¢ÂÂll enjoy
this anthology. You can hear the rolling of the Ã¢ÂÂRÃ¢ÂÂs in the dialogue for sure. Not only does it have all the dash and passion and swagger of Scotland, but by bringing the characters to the new world we get a true sense of what these immigrants experienced.
Not once does the story bog down, but prances forward and is very hard to put down.
The first author, Pamela Griffin, is new to me but a writer
that I enjoyed very much in this anthology. I am already a huge fan of Laurie Alice Eakes, and her story in this book confirmed my good taste in this author. Highland Crossings was the debut for Gina Welborn, who really impressed me with her writing and I must say was a delightful read about her heroine, SerenaÃ¢ÂÂs candy story and the roguish and attractive Finley. The forth author, and certainly not the last, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, is also an author of whom I am a big fan.
I highly recommend this book for a nice, fast-paced, inspirational and fun read.
March 6, 2012
A Delightful Collection of Love in a New Land
A delightful collection of stories that follow the journey of one treasured broach through four generations of young Americans.
Four novellas all linked together by one broach, spanning generations. It all begins when Seona flees her native land in hopes of escaping a past of lies and misunderstandings, taking with her, her dear friend's family heirloom. The stories follow, an immigrant, wrongly forced into being made an indentured servant, a confectioner, and a young woman determined to perserve her community's heritage with a museum. For each of these young women, love is found in the most unexpected places, and their faith keeps them strong in times of hardship.
Each of the stories were well crafted and made the most of the lack of length to develop the characters and the plot expertly. I would say that the broach showed up more porminantly in some stories than in others, so sometimes I was sitting there thinking, "When is the broach going to show up?" One of the tings I loved most about this book was the variety. Variety in the plots, and variety in the different authors' voices. The character development was amazing in all four novellas for such short stories. If I had to pick a favorite story, I'm sure that I couldn't do it. Which is a great thing!
Overall, a great read. And especially great when you want to finish a story quick, and be able to lay it down and pick it up again in short intervals. Great book for those who like Irish/Scottish historicals, and Christian fiction in general :)
Final Rating: 4 out of 5
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thank you!
March 5, 2012
This is the 2nd book of the series Romancing America that I have read and I really like them. They are a group of shorter stories but they fit together in such a way that it seems like one book. I am looking forward to reading more of these books.
What I liked: The first story starts out in Scotland with Seona. She sails to the new world to get away from certain death. Along the way she finds love and we learn about the early settlements of America. Each story has different plots and characters but builds on the story before it some. ItÃ¢ÂÂs also the same family just generations forward. A good read.
What I did not like: The last two stories the two main characters did not know each other very long at all or spend a lot of time together yet they fell in love very fast. Just not as believable as the first two stories where there was more time (story would jump forward weeks or months) for the characters to interact.
Over all I liked this book and recommend this book. ItÃ¢ÂÂs an easy and quick read which can be nice when your looking for something not as deep as a regular novel.
February 20, 2012