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Vendor: Abingdon Fiction
Publication Date: 2011
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alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5May 5, 2012alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A wonderful read. The author keep the "scottish words" authentic but readable, which is always scores points with me. I enjoyed the plot and the characters were written well.
MaryLu TyndallSan Jose, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Utterly Charming!November 28, 2011MaryLu TyndallSan Jose, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Dive into a wonderful tale of medieval Scotland filled with romance, intrigue and adventure! Yet the story is so much more than that. The author's creativity shines with her creation of the village of misfits. It reminded me of the island of misfits toys from Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer, a place where the world deposits those who don't fit in, who are different. Unlike Rudolph, it isn't Santa who rescues these misfits, but the power of self-sacrifice and God's love for the downtrodden. Throw in a multitude of twists and turns, a fierce enemy, and a love story that will warm your heart, and Highlands Sanctuary will fast become your favorite book of the year.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Misunderstood illness or demon possession?November 9, 2011bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It is the mid-fifteenth century and Evelina just gave birth to a daughter, much to the dismay of her husband, Devlin Broderwick. When the newborn has some kind of seizure, Devlin is convinced the child is possessed and takes her away.
Twenty years later Gavin, on his way to restore Braigh Castle and protect the new laird, comes across Evelina Boyd and her daughter Serena, who had just had another fit. The Boyds lived in a poor village nearby, known as the Village of Outcasts - the blind, the lame, those unfit for life with others not of their kind. Serena wakes to the view of the handsome Gavin before her eyes, the MacKenzie heir.
Something strange is going on in the village. A cow of one of the village people is found murdered. Then a burning hay wagon is run up against the church doors during the Sunday morning worship. And Cara, a blind lass, is attacked. It appears that someone is out to do harm to the villagers.
The laird of the castle has eyes for Serena, but then, so does Gavin. Neither of them know her secret. It seems Serena's heart is toward Gavin but her mother is more for Ian, laird of the castle. She knows Gavin will return to his own lands a some daynd she wants Serena to stay close by.
It looks as if everything might fall apart when Serena has a fit at the market. Others see her fall and writhe and begin to spread the accusation that she is demon possessed. Will the kirk condemn her and burn her at the stake? Will she and her mother lose all they managed to make of their lives?
Jennifer has done a great job writing about a misunderstood medical condition (epilepsy) in the fifteenth century. Her writing kept my interest, even thought I am a reluctant historical romance reader. I'd be willing to read her next book - it was that good.
This book is the sequel to Highland Blessing but I had not read that book and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. This book is really a complete story unto itself and can be read on its own with great satisfaction.
I received an egalley of this book from the author for the purpose of this review.
CarrieVirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Full of Bibliotherapy UsesNovember 3, 2011CarrieVirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5people overcoming problems, through time, with God's help. In Highland Sanctuary, Jennifer's characters live in a village of outcasts. Serena Boyd has suffered since infancy from seizures, which the people, including her father, believe reflects demon-possession. As Jennifer shared in her interview on Monday, she has a daughter with seizure disorder so she well knows what the heroine, Serena, in her story is going through. Mothers will relate to Serena's mother, a true lady in every way and heroic in her love of her daughter.
The hero, Gavin, comes to help repair the castle in the village, along with his men. He is as faithful and steady as they come, something I really like. Those rogues are fun to read about once in a while but in my way of looking at things, a loyal steady man is a lot more romantic than an impulsive dashing rogue! The laird of the castle has his eye on Serena, too. I won't do any spoilers here, but you will have to read to find out how the two compare. The laird is a kind and thoughtful man who goes to great lengths to include Serena in activities at his castle and to make her feel welcome.
Be prepared to set all other activities completely aside as you get near the end because you will not be able to stop reading the last tenth of the book until you are entirely done! Great wrap up, a nail digger! Well done, Jennifer!
Bibliotherapy: This book really packs a punch when it comes to people overcoming problems, through time, with God's help.
This book could be used for bibliotherapy in mental health practices and by special education teachers, also, as well as by other groups who minister to persons with disabilities.
The entire book ministers to people with disabilities. Seizure disorder, blindness, stuttering, and more are addressed in the village of the Outcasts. It also tells a great story.
A J HawkeDallas TXAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Intriguing View into Medieval ScotlandOctober 31, 2011A J HawkeDallas TXAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Highland Sanctuary by Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an intriguing medieval tale filled with delightful characters. Set amid the trappings of both castle and village, the plot weaves through all their lives. Filled with sacrificial love, which ends with life threatening choices, through it all is a sense of God's caring and guidance for even the frailest among us. Well worth the read." A J Hawke, author of Cabin on Pinto Creek and Caught Between Two Worlds.
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