When I first agreed to read Highland Blessings by Jennifer Hudson Taylor, I was a little apprehensive about the book because of the country setting and brogue issues. I am so glad I chose to read it! It was engaging the whole way through the book, and the whole storyline flowed naturally, particularly for the time era and country setting and clan rules, keeping me intrigued.Akira had been jilted at the altar, kidnapped on her wedding day, and forced to wed another man from an opposing clan, one that had been feuding with her side of the family for a half-century.Akiras character was humble and yet strong and steady when necessary, dealing with all the emotions of the circumstances. She relied on the Lord to help her through each situation, and there were many intense moments from beginning to end! Bryces character was just as compelling, with his deep loyalty to promises he made and his tenderness amidst the tenacity and decisiveness needed for his clan position and enemy threats and murders.Upon reading the book, I found some similar analogies of Akira to Esther and Joseph from the Old Testament, with testings and trials to bring out Akira and Bryces characters. The storyline will impress you. Jennifer is one fine writer! I highly recommend her book!This book was provided free by Mark Yeh at Abingdon Press for my honest, personal review. I consider it a privilege to recommend good novels for your reading delight.
Scotland 1473Akira MacKenzies wedding day has turned into a nightmare. First, she shows up for the ceremony, but her bridegroom doesnt bother. Then, even as she stands heartbroken by the abandonment, shes kidnapped by Bryce MacPhearson, a highland warrior from an enemy clan. Shes hurt and angry, but her allegiance to a forgiving God dictates that she also forgive the man who took her from her family. But it isnt an easy thing to do, especially when shes forced into an unwanted marriage with her kidnapper.Bryce MacPhearson is determined to honor a promise he made to his dying father. He has no intention of harming Akira, but neither has he any plan to set her free. She will be a MacPhearson bride. As his new wifes life becomes a witness to him of her faith and an indomitable spirit, he finds himself falling in love with her and drawn to her God. But when a series of murders points to Akiras disloyalty, will Bryce trust her enough to protect her from a hidden threat? Can they find the murderer before that murderer seeks revenge on the new MacPhearson bride?A young lads promise. A brides broken dreams. A womans faith. Can God use them all to unite two feuding clans and bless two hurting Highland hearts?Highland Blessings is an engaging look at Scottish history, with its customs and traditionssome familiar, others not-so-much. It offers a captivating storyline with a wonderfully three-dimensional cast of characterssome to love and some towell, only to love because God would. The heroine is endearing, with an admirable show of pluck for a female during the century in question. This young womans courage and stamina at a time when women were expected to have neither is itself a Highland blessing! Definitely well worth the read.
I love to read about this time in history, but it's hard to find any christian books from this time period and place. I was so excited to get this book and I was not dissappointed...I loved it! I hope this new author writes more from the Highlands.
Ok, I just need to get this out of the way first. There was one thing that I did not like about this book, the dialogue. There was a lot of ye twas yer, and so on, which really slowed me down. I understand the book was written that way for the sake of authenticity, but I found it distracting. Of course, I always feel that way when authors use authentic language in their stories, so my dislike of it in this book is nothing unusual. Im sure most people dont even notice that sort of thing and they are not bothered by it at all. Its just a personal preference for me. As I said earlier, the dialogue was used to give the book an authentic feel, and it was very effective. As I read this book, I was not sitting in my apartment in North Carolina in 2010. I was transported to Scotland in 1473. The author did a fantastic job with setting up the time and place of the story and the dialogue was the only part of this book that I did not care for. Everything else about this story was beautiful and I am thankful I took the time to read it. Jennifer Hudson Taylor is a very talented writer who has obviously done a lot of research to make this book real and believable. So, dont let me negative comments at the start of this review discourage your reading of this book. Like I said, it is simply my personal preference. If using authentic language does not slow you down, you will find this book flawless. I look forward to much more from this author. I love all things Scottish and this book makes a nice addition my Scottish delights.