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Highland Blessings [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Hudson Taylor
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Book Description

Highland Blessings is the story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise he made to his dying father. Bryce MacPhearson, a highland warrior, kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day to honor a promise he made to his dying father. While Akira's strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce, she struggles to overcome her anger and resentment when he forces her to wed him, hoping to end a half-century-old feud between their clans. While Akira begins to forgive, and Bryce learns to trust, a series of murders leaves a trail of unanswered questions, confusion, and a legacy of hate that once again rises between their families. Clearly, a traitor is in their midst. Now the one man Akira loves no longer trusts her, and her own life is in danger. Can Bryce look beyond his pain and seek the truth? Will Akira discover the threat against her before it's too late? How will God turn a simple promise into bountiful Highland blessings?

Editorial Reviews


This romantic story is full of tender moments and the author adds suspense by examining an arranged marriage with an extremely rocky beginning. Readers will be totally hooked... This book deserves applause!" --Romantic Times Magazine

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Product Details

  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426702264
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (December 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNIJ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Highland Blessings" by Jennifer Hudson Taylor May 26, 2010
My Review:

When I first agreed to read Highland Blessings by Jennifer Hudson Taylor, I was a little apprehensive about the book because of the country setting and brogue issues. I am so glad I chose to read it! It was engaging the whole way through the book, and the whole storyline flowed naturally, particularly for the time era and country setting and clan rules, keeping me intrigued.

Akira had been jilted at the altar, kidnapped on her wedding day, and forced to wed another man from an opposing clan, one that had been feuding with her side of the family for a half-century.

Akira's character was humble and yet strong and steady when necessary, dealing with all the emotions of the circumstances. She relied on the Lord to help her through each situation, and there were many intense moments from beginning to end! Bryce's character was just as compelling, with his deep loyalty to promises he made and his tenderness amidst the tenacity and decisiveness needed for his clan position and enemy threats and murders.

Upon reading the book, I found some similar analogies of Akira to Esther and Joseph from the Old Testament, with testings and trials to bring out Akira and Bryce's characters. The storyline will impress you! Jennifer is one fine writer! I highly recommend her book!

This book was provided free by Mark Yeh at Abingdon Press for my honest, personal review. I consider it a privilege to recommend good novels for your reading delight.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Depth July 7, 2010
By Hinds24
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My main problem with Highland Blessings is that is lacks depth. There is very little character development, certainly not enough to make the reader feel invested in the main characters until well into the novel. I was over halfway through the novel before enough was known about the characters for me to want to continue reading to find out what would happen in the end.

I felt as if I was reading a Reader's Digest version of the story with all the details stripped from what could have been a great novel. The story jumps from one event to another without explanation: explanation of either the situation, the characters' thoughts and feelings or why the story was jumping to the next event. For example (warning: slight spoiler): One of the main reasons that Akira trusted Bryce was because he did not force her to consummate their marriage, yet there is no discussion of when she finally decided to allow the consummation...they are kissing, they say they love each other,then at the end she is pregnant.

I also felt that the story was fairly predicable with a Romeo and Juliet storyline (without the death scene). The traitor in their midst was exactly who you were led to believe. So many hints are given, that there is no surprise when you find out who it is. There was no misdirection to make the reader think for a moment that it could have been anyone else. My only surprise was the lack of misdirection.

After making it two thirds of the way through the story, I finally was caught up enough in the story and characters to make me stay up late in order to finish the story. I just wish that there was more depth and detail in the storyline and characters; it so easily could have been a 4 or 5 star novel if a little more time would have been put into the development of the story.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Debut May 12, 2010
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The beautiful cover of this book opens to a great read I didn't want you to miss.
Since this blog is called "She's Got Character" I had to talk about Highland Blessings,, as the heroine, Akira, is a feisty female character you'll love.

Here's my brief review of the book:

Highland Blessings is a surprisingly adept first novel from Jennifer Hudson Taylor. The book serves up a truly likeable heroine, a satisfying romance, and all with a lush backdrop of castles, clans, plaids and a Scottish brogue to boot. A good supporting cast brings depth to the story, and I can recommend this book for a good dose of blessings, indeed. I look forward to seeing more from this new author.

There were a couple of plot points I stumbled over a bit, but the good far outweighs the bad in this medieval Scottish tale.
Click the title of this blog to learn more about the author, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, and congratulations to you, Jennifer, for a strong debut novel.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm confused? August 20, 2010
By Lach
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

How is she pregnant? When did she decide to consummate the marriage? I wasn't expecting a sex scene but I think it was an important fact to be mentioned for us to understand the true turning point in the level of trust and love. Other than that, it was a nice story. I liked the constant reference to the Lord at the beginning of the book because it truly set the stage for the mindset of the characters. However, I felt that the religiousness got heavy handed in the middle and it felt less like part of the story and more about educating the reader on Christianity.

Bottom line:
Would I read it again? No, there was not enough depth to feel I could gain better insight with a second pass.
Was it worth the time to read it once? Yes, it is stylistically well written even if the story itself has a few flaws.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus lives!
I loved this book. Never a dull moment. Hard to put down to take time to eat or sleep. Very intriguing and the way the author introduced Jesus and prayer was clever. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katherine Pollock
5.0 out of 5 stars My Highland Blessings review
It was a good read from beginning to end...filled with excitement! I only would've liked the author to fill us in a little more on the intimate details of the two main characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Macneil
5.0 out of 5 stars Highland history fiction!
The story line kept me reading. I loved the scottish language. It reminded me of my mum!! Looking forward to more of the author's books.
Published 1 month ago by L. Harbaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars No explicit sex, and the story did not falter
excellent !!
no explicit sex, and the story did not falter without it. Deo gratias for a good writer, excellent story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Oz Kindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing author loved this story!
This was a wonderful book. I couldn't put it down after I started. This would make a great movie. It's action packed and rich with history. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bland
This is a Christian romance. This book had a nice flow to it and I did want to finish reading it to find out all that happens. But I found myself less and less interested. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BOOKFreak!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
I enjoyed the story Akira's faith, love and kindness is a great example for all of us. I enjoyed the history woven into the story.
Published 6 months ago by RJD
2.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Love Story
This love story was a nice little, light Christian book. Bits and pieces were unrealistic (like the timeframes it took people to really trust one another after decades of... Read more
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More About the Author

Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe and the Carolinas. She's a speaker on writing, publishing and social media marketing. Her work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, RT Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism. When she isn't writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, visiting historical sites, parasailing, cycling, horseback riding, genealogy, and reading.

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