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

Laura Vosika
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

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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.


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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,093 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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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6 of 6 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.
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story August 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Slainte, Laura Vosika!
As both a professional musician & a member of the Clan Buchanan([...]) who has traveled to Scotland several times, the accuracy & imagination in the story-line in this novel both caught my attention & kept it--to the very end. I can hardly wait for the next one in the series! So to air ais gus do ghàidhlig a thoirt air adhart, I can hardly wait for the next one in the series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best historical fiction I've read in decades! February 22, 2012
By kwirki1
Format:Paperback
The story just keeps me turning pages! The characters are interesting, and have a deep resonance with the hard choices many of us make throughout our lives. Well written + well paced = brilliant!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading
It was good reading but the skipping back and forth between times sometimes confused me when I stopped and started back up. I had to go back a page to reread. Read more
Published 1 day ago by dorisannie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Just finished the first book. It had a good balance of history and fiction. Recommend it to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction.
Published 9 days ago by Thomas A. Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
This was amazing! I could not put it down and can't wait to read the next two books! Very impressed with the character development!
Published 10 days ago by tracy stough
4.0 out of 5 stars A great beginning for the series.
The characters are believable, love them or hate them! Great story line. Couldn't wait to see what's next! Book two, here I come!
Published 1 month ago by Sjd
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Bells of Scotland Trilogy
Once I received all the books, then I started them. So glad I did! I got to the end of the first book and started the next one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Arnold
1.0 out of 5 stars bampots abound
Once you get past the repetitive character summaries, the drubbing Christian overtones, the desperate need of a good editor, BBoS is kind of meh. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written book
I advise anyone who reads Diana Gabaldon's books to read this one while waiting for Gabaldon's next release. Well written.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth M. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Bells Of Scotland
I found that it sort of dragged on until the very end when it started getting good and then the adventure was over. I doubt I will buy an more by this author.
Published 1 month ago by J.Pitts
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I love stories that have time travel, romance and history. Especially of Scotland! It was an easy read with characters that are believable. Look forward to finishing the trilogy.
Published 1 month ago by Lasca J. Donchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is the first book of at least 3 and I was desperate for the second one to come out. It has time travel and Scotland which are my two favorite themes. I really enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by linduncan
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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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