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Child of the Mist (These Highland Hills, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Morgan
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Book Description

In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1565, superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It's a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell-the heirs of the feuding families.

While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne's actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne's safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead.
Will Niall discover the traitor's identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best.

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In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1564, superstitions threaten a truce . . . a traitor plans his attack . . . and a new love is born.

An arranged betrothal was never the course Anne MacGregor imagined her life would take. Yet when her father explains that her cooperation is the only way to bring about the long-sought truce between feuding families, Anne has no other choice.

A simple ceremony pledging Anne's hand in marriage after one year of commitment is the only seal to the promise of peace. But when the arrangement requires the reluctant Anne to follow Niall Campbell back to his home, she soon discovers that peace is not so easily achieved. Before they even arrive, rumors about her abound, and her safety is threatened. Meanwhile, Niall's ascension as leader of his clan is in jeopardy, as a traitor works to bring about his downfall.

As Niall and Anne begin to see beyond each other's defenses, love takes them by surprise. But will it be enough to defeat their foes? Or will the truce be broken, their lives forfeit, and war return to their beloved land?

About the Author

Kathleen Morgan is the author of many books including All Good Gifts, The Christkindl's Gift, and the Brides of Culdee Creek series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2561 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (December 31, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00275EDPO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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119 of 125 people found the following review helpful
Romance, faith, history and suspense will keep readers turning the pages of CHILD OF THE MIST, this well-paced first installment of Kathleen Morgan's series "These Highland Hills."

It's 1564, and for eight years there has been bitter feuding between the MacGregor and Campbell clans. To bring about the end of the feud, Anne MacGregor must leave her father's castle in Western Perthshire, Scotland to "handfast" with the brooding, dark-haired Niall Campbell, "Wolf of Cruachan," tanist and successor to the chieftainship. Yet, despite their union, Clan MacGregor (nicknamed "Children of the Mist," from which the book gets its title) may be doomed to lose its lands through the treachery of the Campbells.

Barely 18 years old, Anne is already a wonderful healer, skilled with herbs and in midwifery. Her strange gray eyes and remarkable healing abilities spawn uneasy rumors, and some call her the "Witch of Glenstrae." Yet Anne looks only to Jesus for help and assistance, and refuses to let rumors keep her from her divinely appointed work. "I've a God-given gift to help others. Just because my talents lie in paths different from most women, I cannot serve the Lord by hanging back in fear."

A romantic relationship is the last thing on the mind of the handsome Niall, who still mourns the loss of his wife, also named Anne, and their son in childbirth. But he cares deeply for his clan, and an alliance with the MacGregors seems the best way to bring peace to the land.

The ancient custom of "handfasting," a man and woman pledged to each other and living together without marriage, will be new to many readers. Morgan explains that handfasting was socially acceptable at this time in Scotland --- the woman suffered no loss of reputation if it didn't result in marriage.
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150 of 159 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A weak three stars August 3, 2011
By Michele
Child of the Mist is the third book I've read by Kathleen Morgan (I'm not counting the one I couldn't finish). Like the other two, this one is set in the Highlands of 16th century Scotland and focuses on the romance between a gorgeous, hunky Highlander and a beautiful Scottish lassie who is thrown together with him through the actions of her manipulative father. And like in the other two books, there is never any doubt that these two people are going to fall in love and live happily ever after; although the ending is a foregone conclusion, the book is nevertheless a fun-but-fluffy ride through their trials, tribulations and sparring on their road to true happiness.

However, Child of the Mist is the weakest of the three Kathleen Morgan books I've read so far (again, not counting the one I DNF'd). Prior to writing Christian fiction she wrote romances for the general market, and that is evident in this book (as it is in As High As The Heavens). It's probably no coincidence that both of these books were originally published as mainstream romances years ago, then cleaned up and re-published as Christian fiction years later. Although the sex scenes have been removed, so the book is technically clean and appropriate for readers of Christian fiction, the heavy petting and preoccupation of each main character with the other's physical attributes were not removed. The result is a romance based on mutual lust which neverthless remains chaste: a weird combination, and one that many readers of Christian fiction may not be comfortable with. Indeed, I wouldn't be comfortable recommending this book to any of my Christian friends.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleadingly categorised September 7, 2012
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I love historical fiction. I was looking forward to an escape book with a bit of love story. I got characters that behaved in ways that didn't quite work, cliches and very little history. I felt like I was reading a first attempt. Excessive use of the word "Highlander" does not a Scottish story make.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing December 12, 2005
Had I read this book prior to reading Liz Curtis Higgs trilogy I might have given it a higher rating. But, after reading it on the heels of "Thorn In My Heart", "Fair Is The Rose" and "Whence Came A Prince" doesn't compare. The story line is under developed and the characters unbelievable. I enjoyed reading it, but my recommendation would be to spend the money and time on the Liz Curtis Higgs' trilogy.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unlikable main characters December 19, 2012
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I did finish this book but I was tempted multiple times to just forget about it. I found the main characters, Niall and Anne, to be thoroughly unlikable. They fought constantly through the book, except when they were kissing. Apparently the kissing was enough to make them fall for each other even though they couldn't agree on anything or stop fighting even after they "fell in love." Reading this I kept wondering how they fell in love with each other. It seemed ridiculous.

I read in another review that this was originally published as a mainstream romance and that makes sense because this book as a Christian book doesn't make sense at all. Yes, she threw in some times when Anne would pray or say how she is fully devoted to God but she certainly didn't act like it. Her actual behavior was pretty much non-Christian with the way she fought with Niall and was dishonest and generally rebellious. While I certainly don't expect the characters to be perfect, I prefer to see some kind of evidence of real faith in their lives. This author should have done a full re-vamp of this novel instead of just taking out the sex scenes and adding a few lines here and there about their supposed faith.

I also found both main characters to not be very bright. Anne knows that people hate her because of her clan so she wears her plaid to throw her identity in their faces and she leaves the castle alone, even knowing people want her dead. Really? Could we please have a character with common sense. Niall was just as bad. He would say that he has to consider everyone to be the traitor but he didn't. He chose one man and then wouldn't even consider anyone else in spite of his words. This was typical of both characters. Their words pretty much never coincided with action and while that would be fine if that happened once or twice, having that happen the entire book made me truly hate these horrible characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 2 days ago by Amy S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Intense storyline with a twist of romance and suspense that has you on your toes the entire time. Very clean too. Loved it.
Published 6 days ago by Hannah Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Well cultured
I loved the culture of this story and the way the author paints the scenes and the characters. The storyline took much thought but all came together well.
Published 11 days ago by Panaman
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably a nice story if you're looking for a Mills & Boon
It's a romance. Probably a nice story if you're looking for a Mills & Boon.... just not quite my cup of tea
Published 11 days ago by snailythebookmollusc
5.0 out of 5 stars Prompts the reader to complete Morgan's Trilogy
Interesting realistic story that prompts the reader to complete the Trilogy Morgan so aptly presents. Well done and entertaining.
Published 12 days ago by Teena
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect book!
Have enjoyed reading it. Excellent book!
Published 13 days ago by Martie George
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading
Well a good read about the child of the mist the the clans mcgregeor and the Campbell's and their feuding ways
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Published 14 days ago by Iralene
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A really great read
Published 17 days ago by Maureen
3.0 out of 5 stars child of the mist
this was a gift, did not read myself
Published 19 days ago by rance chilafoux
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it.
Very interesting book, giving me insight into how the clans of Scotland worked during the 19th century. I enjoyed it.
Published 20 days ago by Opal Barr
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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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