Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jennifer Hudson Taylor's Highland Blessings ~ Reviewed

Highland Blessings
By Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Abingdon Press
ISBN: 978-1-4267-0226-6

Review by Michelle Griep

Scotland, 1473. Highland warrior Bryce MacPhearson kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day to honor a promise he made to his dying father. When he forces Akira to wed him, hoping to end a half-century-old feud between their clans, she struggles to overcome her anger and resentment. Yet her strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce. But there is a traitor in their midst…and murder is the ultimate weapon.

Highland Blessings is Jennifer Hudson Taylor’s debut novel—and a smashing debut it is. She captures all the elements of fifteenth century Scotland and ties them into one memorable tale. Big beefy warriors, creepy castles with dungeons, tempers and tantrums and treachery weave together in an action-packed story that will leave you wanting more. Good thing I hear she’s working on a sequel.

The hero of the story, Bryce MacPhearson, is the character that stole my heart. In trying to do what is right, he sometimes ends up in more trouble than he bargains for. He’s carefully compassionate, an interesting quality in a man born with a sword in his hand.

Akira, the heroine, is a bit impetuous and sometimes downright careless in her actions, which is quite the contrast to Bryce. Beneath that layer, however, is a heart that cares deeply for people, no matter into what family they were born.

If the bonnie homelands of Scotland intrigue you, then don your kilt and hie yourself over to the nearest bookstore. This is one trip to the past you won’t want to miss.

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