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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Repack edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800758161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800758165
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kathleen Morgan is a marvelous storyteller."--Romantic Times -- Romantic Times

From the Back Cover

Are they willing to risk love and freedom for queen and country?

Heather Gordon has enjoyed the privileges of sixteenth-century Scottish nobility her entire life. Despite this comfort and ease, she yearns for a more fulfilling existence. Her prayers are soon answered--though not quite the way she expected.

Duncan Mackenzie has never known a life beyond the rugged Highland countryside. When a daring rescue is planned to free Mary, Queen of Scots, Duncan finds he is the key to unlocking the fortress where she is imprisoned. But first he must shed his rough Highland ways and learn to behave as a fine gentleman--something only a member of the nobility can teach him.

Heather and Duncan find themselves drawn together against their better judgment to complete this daring rescue. But in the close quarters of Duncan's remote Highland cottage, there is more stirring than political rebellion. Deceit, betrayal, and unexpected love draw you into this gripping story.

"Hold on to your plaid! In a sweeping romance set against the Scottish Highlands, Kathleen Morgan weaves a love story rich in ancestry, betrayal, and the passionate journey of two stubborn hearts destined to war--and to be conquered."--Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of Rekindled, Revealed, and Remembered

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About Kathleen Morgan

Kathleen was born in sunny Long Beach, California, one of four daughters of a career Army officer.

As a former Army nurse with a master's degree in counseling, she has lived in Germany, Korea, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, Louisiana, Florida, Washington, D.C., Alabama, California, and Colorado.

She is married to a retired Army helicopter pilot and is the mother of two sons-one deceased- and stepmother to another son and a daughter, both of whom have been very busy making her a grandmother.

In her free time, Kathleen likes to quilt, play the Celtic harp, and be companion and caretaker to an aging English cocker spaniel. She is also a companion and the wifely caretaker to her husband, who is not quite so aged :)

Kathleen the Author

Kathleen began her career writing contemporary romances and soon moved to historical and futuristic romances. She sold her first book, a futuristic romance, in April 1990 while stationed in Korea as an Army nurse. Additional romances soon followed, until she had sold a total of fifteen books in the general market, establishing a loyal readership along the way.

Since that time, she has received numerous awards for her work, including a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice award and Career Achievement award, and The Literary Times award for Literary Excellence in the Field of Romantic Fiction. She was also a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist.

Kathleen now focuses her writing talents in the area of inspirational fiction, offering readers characters who struggle to redefine their growing faith in everyday life.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on January 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an inspirational story and historical romance.

Although she is betrothed, Heather Gordon knows she will never love the man she plans to marry. And that's just fine with her. Because of other betrayals in her family, Heather vows never to fall in love.

When her father's plan to rescue Mary, Queen of Scots, requires Heather's help, she gladly agrees-until she meets the braw and bonny highlander, Duncan MacKenzie. Duncan's raw masculinity and tender compassion towards his parents threaten to undo the chains around her heart, much to Heather's chagrin.

Duncan can't imagine a scenario that would allow him to marry the lovely heiress who is acting as his tutor. His strength, forged by working alongside his father in the highland hills, is no match for a simple smile or kind word from Heather. She proves impossible to resist. Duncan protects Heather from outlaws, bad weather, and meddling relatives. But who will protect him from the pain of her impending departure?

Secrets are revealed. Betrayal, danger, and interfering fathers threaten to keep Duncan and Heather apart. Will the love they share be strong enough to survive?

Kathleen Morgan's fiery characters take on a life of their own, thanks to the wishes, hopes, secrets, and hurts that the author gives them. Well-crafted and likeable, the hero and heroine fight for what they believe in, even when the odds seem impossibly stacked against them.

The sixteenth century brogue used by the characters takes a bit of getting used to, but Morgan keeps it consistent throughout the novel and it does add to the feeling of being in the highlands of Scotland.

Morgan's research into this time period shines through by not being obvious.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lanam on June 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I agreed with the others who commented that this does not fit in the Christian category. It felt like a toned-down Harlequin romance, and most of the romance was deeply steeped in lust.

Here are just a few examples of the prevailing tone of the book:

"His mouth descended, claiming hers in hungry, demanding possession."

"And she ached for him. Ah, how she ached!"

"Lips she frequently, as she ate, licked with a small, pink tongue, moistening them until they glistened, making her mouth appear even fuller and more ripe. a lush, sweet berry...a berry all but begging to be devoured."

Seriously?? If all of this type of writing was removed, the book would be half as long, and all that would be left is a couple of angry people who nobody would believe could EVER end up together.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michele on July 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've tried numerous new-to-me Christian authors over the past two years and haven't had much luck at finding a new author to love; quite the contrary, most of them have been very disappointing. So when I decided to give Kathleen Morgan a try, I was quite honestly expecting to be disappointed once again. Happily, I was wrong and very pleasantly surprised.

There really isn't anything all that original about As High As The Heavens; romances set in the Scottish Highlands have become ubiquitous. And the main story line -- gorgeous hunk meets beautiful girl, makes her angry, and they then spend the remainder of the book sparring with one another while becoming more and more mutually attracted -- is so over-used it's a cliche.

And yet, Kathleen Morgan is a skilled enough writer to take even these tired and over-worked elements and turn them into a story that, if not deep or emotional, is yet very readable and entertaining. Her plot centers on one of the numerous attempts to return Mary Stuart to the Scottish throne, and her main characters are all (fictional) people who find themselves caught up in this plot. Although I found parts of it highly improbable, again the author was skilled enough to keep me from ever rolling my eyes (no small feat when a plot starts to feel contrived to me!!) and to actually, by the book's end, convince me that something like this probably actually could have happened. After all, men like Robert Gordon, who are so self-centered and ambitious as to sacrifice anyone on the altar of their own twisted motives, have always existed; he was the scheming, deceitful glue that largely held the story together and made it work.

This is a historical romance, with the historical elements being fairly light.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
In 1568 illegitimate James Stewart claims the Scottish throne when he imprisons his half-sister Mary Queen of Scots in Lochleven Castle. Mary's loyal supporters are outraged by this affront and plot to rescue the woman they feel is the rightful English queen.

One of Mary's most ardent defenders Lady Heather Gordon concocts a daring but dangerous scheme to liberate her Queen. To enter Lochleven, which is strongly guarded by usurper loyalists, she must persuade Duncan Mackenzie, who has lived his life in the wilds of the Highlands to masquerade as foppish Colin Stewart who has access to Castle. Pretending to be a tutor, she struggles to convince the rugged Duncan to abet her cause; instead he wants nothing to do with the plot except that enables him to spend time with Heather who tries to teach him to be a fop.

AS HIGH AS THE HEAVENS is an engaging sixteenth century Scottish romance in which the male lead provides a fresh face. Heather is a heroic loyal person, but it is the outdoors craggy Duncan who makes the tale as she tries to polish the diamond in the rough by turning him into an aristocratic fop. Fans of the sub-genre will appreciate the tale of love between the tutor and the student with the royal intrigue in the backdrop.

Harriet Klausner
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