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Far Horizons (The Emigrants Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Hewitt
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Book Description

On the eve of his departure for the New World, Allan MacDougall asks his beloved Harriet to wait for his return, when he will be established and able to marry her. While Harriet gladly gives her promise, Allan's father insists he is acting dishonourably and so he must free Harriet to marry another while he continues to keep the faith himself.

Through years of hardship, heartache, tragedy, and betrayal, Allan and Harriet cling to the love that first brought them together--yet it is the treacherous doubts of their own hearts that could prove to be their undoing, and drive them farther apart than ever. From the Highland clearances of Scotland to the dangers of the untamed Canadian wilderness, Far Horizons will sweep you away on a grand and romantic adventure that is based on true events and letters, and celebrates the strength of a promise and the enduring and redeeming power of love.

Written by a USAToday bestselling and award-winning author, this book was previously published in hardcover and has been fully edited and revised. Find out more about Kate Hewitt's books at

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“It's not them I want to talk about,” Allan said, his voice sounding rusty. “It's you... and me. I've just been working up the courage to say it.”
Harriet’s heart fluttered so she felt almost breathless, even dizzy with both trepidation and excitement. “You've no need of courage with me, Allan MacDougall,” she said, but her voice sounded strange to her own ears. She could hardly believe that Allan was only finding the courage now--now, when he was to sail with the dawn--to speak his mind, and perhaps his heart. “We've always had plain words between us.” She met his gaze squarely.
“I know.” Allan grasped her hands in his own. “And it's plain words I'll use. I love you, Harriet Campbell, and I always have, since the day I found you here, hiding among the rocks. It was meant to be, between us. I've always known it.”
“Oh, you have?” The note of cold skepticism in her voice took them both by surprise. These words were ones she’d longed to hear, but not now. Not now, when it was surely too late.
Allan frowned. “Surely you’ve known it.”
“If I did, it wasn’t because of your many words on the subject!” Harriet retorted, and Allan smiled wryly.
“I didn’t want to bind you...”
“Why not?” Her demand came out harsh, and she pulled away, her back to him. She couldn’t face him, face the useless promises he was making now, when he left on the morrow.
She’d imagined this conversation so many times, had expected to feel joy, not pain. Not anger, and certainly not despair.
“Harriet...” Allan began. He sounded lost, as lost as she’d been all those years ago, curled up among the stones of Duart Castle. Her anger drained away and she closed her eyes, summoned a silent prayer for strength.
Straightening, she turned around. “What is it you want to say to me, Allan?”
He drew in a deep breath. “I know it's much to ask. I ask it anyway, for love of you and believing the love you have for me. Will you wait for me, Harriet? Wait for me to come back to this land when I've made my fortune and bring you home to the New Scotland with me?”
Harriet was silent. She struggled with the bitterness and resentment that surged up inside her at his presumption to ask such a thing of her, and so late! “You’ve known you were leaving for months,” she finally said. “Why ask me now? If you loved me...?”
“I told you, I didn’t want to bind you...” Allan’s gaze was steady upon her but Harriet still sensed he was not speaking the whole truth.
“Bind me?” She shook her head, her words nearly carried away on the wind that was now rising, ruffling the surface of the sea. “What are you doing now, Allan, but binding me? Binding me to an empty promise, for you’re sailing on the morrow!” She felt tears sting her eyes and she blinked hard.
Anger flashed in his dark eyes. “My promises are not empty!"

Editorial Reviews


  • '"Far Horizons" by Kate Hewitt is a romantic historic fictional book based on some true events and ancestors of the author. The author cleverly embellishes upon the stories to create a book that will keep you on edge from the beginning to the end. Can true love wait for two years and with an ocean between them? Kate Hewitt uses a great writing style to keep multiple plot lines moving forward, but yet keeps you in suspense the whole book.'  --The Kindle Book Review
  • 'Highly recommended for readers of historical fiction and family sagas and anyone with an interest in Scottish and north American history.  --Romancing The Book
  • Ms. Hewitt has set the stage for an intriguing trilogy spanning several continents and intertwined the lives of many well-developed characters.'  --Amazon Customer, verified purchase
  • 'A wonderful read. It was hard not to read it in one sitting. I am looking forward to reading other books by Kate Hewitt.'  --Amazon Customer, verified purchase
  • 'New author for me and so glad I discovered her! Just finished this book and loved it. Easy to read; I like her writing style. I love the history of Scotland and this was right up my alley.'  --Amazon Customer, verified purchase

From the Author

I hope you enjoy this story that is inspired by the letters between my own ancestors that have been passed down through the generations. Having heard about Allan and Harriet from my mother since I was a little girl, I am grateful for the opportunity to bring them to life on the page. You can learn more about the Emigrants Trilogy as well as my other books at my website, Thanks for reading!  -Kate

Product Details

  • File Size: 1137 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kate Hewitt Ltd (November 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z3QVGW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,102 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
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Though it is more a Romance than a History, this is a book that would definitely have potential in print and could compete with most of the historical novels I've reads in terms of the quality of the writing. The author is working from actual letters handed down in her family and does a good job of keeping language and facts in period and setting.

Unlike many ebooks, this novel is very well proofread. The writing is also of very high quality and believable. I'm a reader who loses interest in clumsy writing, but this book presented no such problems.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that you can't put down! May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Far Horizons" by Kate Hewitt is a romantic historic fictional book based on some true events and ancestors of the author. The author cleverly embellishes upon the stories to create a book that will keep you on edge from the beginning to the end. Can true love wait for two years and with an ocean between them? Kate Hewitt uses a great writing style to keep multiple plot lines moving forward, but yet keeps you in suspense the whole book.

The main plot line is about a romance between Allan MacDougall and Harriet Campell which is split up due to Allan moving with his family to Canada and Harriet not getting her father's approval for marriage. After great hardships from both families and doubts of the future of their relationship, they are driven apart with little hope of coming back to each other. I won't ruin the ending of the book, but will tell you that it isn't going to disappoint you.

I found myself having a very hard time putting this book down. I constantly was left with wanting to know how something was going to turn out, or what was going to happen next. It is a little predictable, but still keeps you interested. I can't wait for the next book in the "The Emigrants Trilogy" to be released! This trilogy is definitely on my "watch for new release" list.

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read. December 12, 2012
By Celeste
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I love books that span generations and countries. I especially love the fact that I could give this book to any of my young nieces, and they would not be morally corrupted. This book embraces good family values, and that is hard to find these days.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read February 24, 2013
By gigi
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This was an easy read, but somewhat predictable story. I will probably read the sequels, but don't have any urgency about finding out what happens to the characters.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner May 20, 2012
By clhh
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I couldn't put this book down (as other reviewers noted) and read it in 2 days. There was hope, drama, joy, tragedy - everything that makes for a good story. Strong, multidimensional male and female characters that don't resort to stereotypes. I loved both settings - rural Scotland and rural Canada - as well as the historical context. Can't wait for the next book in the trilogy.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Dissapointed in the writing of this one May 28, 2013
By S. Ford
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I enjoyed the first book in this series and gave it a better review. This book was hard for me to follow the concept of the writing. You would be reading about one character, deep into his or her story and location and the next paragraph would change to a different character, his or her story and location. The first time it happened early on in the book- I found myself completely lost and had to go back probley 5 to 10 pages and reread only to find that the person, location, problem had changed. I found myself going backwards in the book over and over again to not get lost in the story line. Very confusing and distracting. Also the continuation of the storyline wasn't as interesting. This book to me was hard to follow the story line and the list of characters and just not as interesting as the first book. A dissapointment to me.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book one April 22, 2013
By Lucy
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This was an enjoyable read. Nice to find out that much of the book was based on real people and places. I would recommend it. There were no graphic encounters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Glacial pace and packed with self-inflicted victims July 30, 2014
By Lmaris
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We are supposed to be enthralled with a pair of spineless individuals who choose to be victims of their fathers' agendas. So much time whining and thinking or talking about their problems, with little effort made to change them. Just when one character's story starts to build up steam, the focus is shifted back into the slow lane of another character's story. I made it through just over half of the book before I gave up.

I prefer historical novels to romances, and this was below par on both.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected pleasure
When I realized early on that this was a romance novel, I wondered why I had gotten it as I do not particularly enjoy romance novels. Read more
Published 3 days ago by MalBur
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this great adventure
This was a great book. It held my interest throughout. The author did a great job of making the characters so interesting and you felt like you were right there. Read more
Published 11 days ago by GJS
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
This moving story kept me reading it straight through. Suspenseful, nearly heart-breaking at times, I loved every line! I think you will too
Published 14 days ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I really enjoyed this book and read it almost non stop. The story is set in both Scotland and Canada and is about the trials of that time in the 1800's. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Anthea R. Close
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful.
I love stories like this. People coming over from the old country. To make a new life in America. Or Canada as in this case. Great story , happy endings for everyone involved. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeanne Loriol
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
One thumb up one down
Published 1 month ago by D. L. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
flat characters, slow plot, mediocre writing, stopped reading at the end of chapter 4
Published 2 months ago by W. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Love the story of the Scotish emigrants to Canada. Love story, emigrant story, sad and endearing. Will follow with the rest of the books. Needed some editing though.
Published 2 months ago by Merry G
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This was the beginning of the trilogy and it made me read the other two. Good story
Published 2 months ago by Susan Chouinard
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Horizons
Although this story is not "Christian," it is a clean, sweet, historical romance. The writing is rich and compelling, and I liked the characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jean H.
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More About the Author

Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of over 40 novels of romance and women's fiction, including The Emigrants Trilogy set in Scotland and North America, the Hartley-by-the-Sea series set in the Lake District, and Tales From Goswell written as Katharine Swartz.

She lives in England's Lake District with her husband and five children. You can read about her experience as an ex-pat living in a tiny village on her blog,

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