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Blue Bells of Scotland: Book One of the Blue Bells Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Laura Vosika
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Book Description

Shawn Kleiner has it all: money, fame, a skyrocketing career as an international musical phenomenon, his beautiful girlfriend Amy, and all the women he wants-- until the night Amy has enough and leaves him stranded in a Scottish castle tower.

He wakes up to find himself mistaken for Niall Campbell, medieval Highland warrior. Soon after, he is sent shimmying down a wind-torn castle wall into a dangerous cross country trek with Niall's tempting, but knife-wielding fiancee. They are pursued by English soldiers and a Scottish traitor who want Niall dead.

Thrown forward in time, Niall learns history’s horrifying account of his own death, and of the Scots’ slaughter at Bannockburn. Undaunted, he navigates the roiled waters of Shawn’s life-- pregnant girlfriend, amorous fans, enemies, and gambling debts--- seeking a way to leap back across time to save his people, especially his beloved Allene. His growing fondness for Shawn’s life brings him face to face with his own weakness and teaches him the true meaning of faith.

Blue Bells of Scotland is both a historical adventure and a tale of redemption that will be remembered long after the last page has been turned.

Editorial Reviews


Being a retired minister and of Scottish decent, I began Blue Bells of Scotland with hesitation. Soon I couldn't wait to turn pages.  This is the most interesting book I've read in a long time. The charcters and story are so real. Amazing research turned into a wonderful, imaginative story. I can't wait for the next book. ~Sue Alger, Walker, MN

About the Author

Laura spent many years as a freelance musician on trombone, harp, and flute, and as a music teacher, before returning to writing. She is the mother of nine children, currently living in Minnesota.

Product Details

  • File Size: 650 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984215107
  • Publisher: Gabriel's Horn Publishing; 2 edition (September 11, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002T460DG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read September 20, 2009
Blue Bells Of Scotland is some of the best writing it has been my pleasure to read in some time. At first I was beginning to wonder where it was going. The more I read the less I cared where it was going because Ms Vosika kept me wrapped up in what was happening every moment. Each switch from medieval to modern times was so smooth and integrated that places and characters all felt perfectly natural and plausible. To meld two individuals diametrically opposite in morals and attitudes, alike only in personal appearance into each others cultures and customs separated by seven centurys is a daunting challenge. The author handled it skillfully enough that the reader feels involved and apprehensive. A throughly enjoyable read.
J.R.Jackson author of The ancient Mariner Tells All, Reilley's Sting and Reilley's War
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous Story September 22, 2009
What if you could swap your life with someone in years long past? It's one of those questions I ask myself a lot. This book explores the possibilities of time travel and changing personalities.

Shawn Kleiner has it all, including a shallow, self serving personality to boot. Niall Campbell is Shawn's twin from the past - everything that makes a man a man - the complete opposite of Shawn. When circumstances cause them to trade places in time and history - we see one man remain loyal to himself and one man change dramatically.

This book puts you right there, next to both men. Whether at the symphony or in battle, Ms. Vosika spins the web so well you are a part of all the action. If you love history, if you love romance, if you love music and if you like the believable unbelievable...this book is for you. I started it and couldn't put it down until I closed the cover on an ending I never expected.

Three cheers for Blue Bells of Scotland. Cannot wait to read the next volume of this trilogy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Romp Thru Time October 1, 2009
One of the most intriguing stories of Scottish history I have ever read. The characters came alive and through their experiences of love, loss, hope and redemption, I learned there is a bit of good in everyone. The time travel adventures combined with the historical perspective were riveting. I eagerly anticipate the sequels that are to come!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for time travel genre lovers November 13, 2011
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But truthfully, it's a lot more than that. It is a complex love story, with bits of faith wound throughout but not preachy. The character development shows how people become the way they are, and how it is possible to change. Thankfully it is the first of a trilogy, so we'll get to read more about Shawn, Niall, Amy and Allene in the future. Laura Vosika is an excellent writer, and obviously a dedicated researcher. The moves between eras are smooth, the pacing is exciting, the descriptions thorough without getting bogged down. I'm looking forward to the next installments.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluebells of Scotland December 30, 2011
By A. S.
This time travel story is brilliant!!! The characters are interesting and the history is a great learning experience!! The ending will definitely surprise you! A must read!!

A. Sandford - Member of the Society of Children's Books
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, whimsical and emotional August 6, 2011
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I loved reading this and was so impressed. Not usually my style of story (time travel?) But gave it a read and was very impresses and immediately drawn in. Do wish I could find the other 2 books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking good start to a promising new trilogy! October 26, 2010
Did you know that everyone's name has a meaning? For example, Shawn Kleiner's name means self centered. And he certainly lived up to his name. As the critically-acclaimed virtuoso of the orchestra and an unabashed ladies man with an undeniable gift for blarney, Shawn didn't care who he took advantage of or who got hurt as long as everything always went his way. But eventually the day came when his disenchanted girlfriend Amy, weary of his selfish ways, had finally had enough and left him high and dry in the tower of a ruined Scottish castle. Surprised by Amy's behavior and totally defensive of his narcissistic motives, Shawn decided to remain where he was, enjoy the picnic he had brought with them, and worry about finding his way back to their hotel and the orchestra in the morning. Except when morning arrived, his entire world was changed...

Fourteenth-century bard Niall Campbell of the Clan MacDonald was as talented with the harp and song as he was with the sword. Well known as a mischief maker as well as warrior, Niall was the clan chief's future son-in-law and most trusted champion. When Niall suffered an injury on the day before he was to embark on an extremely dangerous mission for the clan, his fiancée Allene, fearing for his health and safety, tried to talk him in to letting her accompany him. They argued about it in the castle tower, and Niall, having imbibed too freely of the ale that evening in the hopes of easing some of his physical discomfort, ends up falling asleep on the top of the parapet. As the mist swirled around him and he drew his cloak close around his body, his last thoughts were for the mission he was to embark upon in the morning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Time Travel Story October 25, 2010
This book is amazing. It grabs your attention from the beginning and you get so involved with its characters that when it ends you wish there was more... and fortunately there will be!
The plot goes around a famous musician (that has everything in life, but has a questionable morale) and a medieval warrior. When the musician got stranded in a Scottish castle tower, magic begins and he switches places with the warrior, that some hundred years before him was exactly at that same place. And the story goes on and Laura Vosika was amazing on the development of the plot and the switch to and from the medieval world to the modern world is done very properly and does not disturb at all the smooth of the reading.
The author did a magnificent job on the creation of the atmosphere of both worlds.
There is this feeling that your are in the Mists of Avalon, where magical things happen. If you like movies like Timeline, you will simply love this book. And the subtle message about redemption in my opinion is what makes this book one of the best three books I read the whole year. It is magic. It is powerful. It is a must have in any library of a serious reader.

This book was written by Laura Vosika and it was published in 2009 by Gabriel's Horn Publishing. Pump Up Your Book was kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing through their Virtual Book Tour Program. The book was kindly sent directly to me by the author. Thanks, Mrs. Laura Vosika! I am anxiously waiting for your next book in this wonderful trilogy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... going to be just another Scottish time travel book like the...
I was afraid when I started this that it was going to be just another Scottish time travel book like the hundreds popping up after Outlander. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Hanmel
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The book was ok. Not too rivoting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of an interesting ride...
This is a great twist on the time travel romance genre; it introduces the reader to a medieval character that is likeable and honorable, and a modern character who is not so... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SJZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful entertainment!
Enjoyed the present as well as the past. Entertwined, they fit together into a wonderful adventure back in time. Super good read!
Published 1 month ago by Janet K Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved the story...
Published 1 month ago by Wendy Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars A little time travel and two men born 700 years ...
A little time travel and two men born 700 years apart who look identical- sound interesting? The author pulled me in immediately as she wove a facinating story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating
I was impressed by this story. She brought the two worlds together very well and ended the book excitingly. I'm still sitting on the edge of my seat. On to book two.
Published 2 months ago by Ruth Justice
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope second book is as good.
Bit dubious at first, but once got into it really enjoyednit, couldn't put it down. Hope second book is as good.
Published 2 months ago by Judy Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the series
Loved the series. I enjoy books that weave actual history into interesting tales with fascinating characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Terri Pinkis
5.0 out of 5 stars ... the Outlander series and have found this almost as good. Have...
Fan of Diana Gabaldon and the Outlander series and have found this almost as good. Have enjoyed the read so far, with it being just a little difficult to get started but has... Read more
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More About the Author

Laura Vosika is the author of the Blue Bells Trilogy. In addition to the Trilogy, she is working on several other novels and a non-fiction book on raising a large family.

Laura grew up in the military, visiting castles and pig fests, and seeing many parts of the United States. She earned degrees in music and education, and has worked as a freelance musician, music teacher, band director, and instructor of private music lessons

She currently lives in Minnesota with her nine children, and assorted menagerie.

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I know the second book will be out soon. I can hardly wait! I love Ms. Vosika's writing!
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