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The Minstrel Boy (The Blue Bells Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Vosika
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On a misty night in the Scottish Highlands, Shawn Kleiner, a womanizing modern American musician, and Niall Campbell, devout medieval warrior, both fall asleep in the tower of Glenmirril Castle, seven centuries apart. They wake up in each other's time.

In The Minstrel Boy, Shawn's girlfriend Amy resigns her position with the orchestra and stays behind in Scotland to trace Niall’s fate through historical records. What she finds is not answers, but more questions. Niall Campbell, a man larger than life, who recovers miraculously from multiple injuries, walks through walls, and appears in two places at once—fact or myth? The thieving MacDougalls built a gallows to hang Niall—were they used? Why is the cop assigned to Shawn’s case pursuing her long after the files are closed?

And what can she tell the police and everyone in the orchestra? They want answers, and unlike Shawn, she’s not good at lying. But she can’t tell them the truth: they’ll never find him. Because Shawn Kleiner, the notorious twenty-first century musical phenomenon is dead.

And has been for seven hundred years.

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  • Product Details

    • File Size: 764 KB
    • Print Length: 316 pages
    • Publisher: Gabriel's Horn (February 15, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007A389JY
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! February 27, 2012
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    I absolutely loved the first book and anxiously awaited this second book, and it didn't disappoint. I loved seeing how the characters progressed and advanced, and the antics that Shawn and Niall got into. Laura introduced some new characters, too, which I absolutely adore. I'd love to pull two of them right out of the pages and into my life. I don't want to post spoilers, so I'll just say that while this one may not have had as much action as the first, it has just as much charm. Anxiously awaiting book 3!
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Minstrel Boy (The Blue bells Chronicles) February 25, 2012
    By Fawn
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    Another great read by Laura Vosika! This is book 2 of the Blue Bells of Scotland Chronicles. It was so good to see Shawn/Niall & Amy/Allene again. Not just them but so many characters old and new. I love the way the author has them interact with each other. Reading each scene for me was like watching a show or movie. Going back and forth between characters and time.
    In the first book[book:Blue Bells of Scotland|6810566] I was wanting to knock some sense into Shawn. In this book I found my self wanting to knock some sense into about 5 of the characters. I was talking to them as if they could hear me, actually mad that they were not hearing me!
    The scenery is written so well, I could see it; be it out side or in. I love seeing the castles both in their original time and on the tours in present time. I could just imagine going through the archives as Amy and Angus were doing. I really liked the new characters especially Rose, Angus & Christina. When I saw the words The End I literally said NO! I wanted to keep reading!
    This books takes you on a wonderful ride through Scotland both in the 1300's and present time (its never bad to learn some history!) with characters you love and characters you hate. I am hanging on the edge of my seat to see how things work out! I highly recommend this book! Ooooh it is going to be hard waiting for the next one!
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 2013 too far away March 19, 2012
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    2013 is far to long to wait for the next book. Would love to have it much sooner.
    this author was unknown to me until I saw her first book on Amazon.
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love it. I loved the first one. February 22, 2012
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    Well, here it is and I really don't want to do this, but I must. I read the first one and couldn't wait for the next installment. This is almost like watching paint dry. The Amy parts are SO slow...mourn, mourn, research, research for pages. Flip over to the other time period and it's somewhat similar, not much really happening for pages. This story shouldn't have been expanded, it needed to be clear and concise with movement to keep the readers interest. I really don't see me reading any more of these. I'm really disappointed. I loved the premise and the characters, was really sucked in by the first one. Unfortunately, more is not better here, it's just more.
    I finally finished the book. Most of the action takes place in the last 20 to 25 percent of the book. It was hard to keep reading to get to the that point, once I got there it was good. Sadly, I think most authors think that making something longer is better. If the next installment is like this, readership will drop off if they are anything like me. It's hard to spend that much time to get to the end where something is actually happening.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Vosika has done it again! March 19, 2012
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    Laura Vosika has so many remarkably well-developed characters in her novels, they almost become like a circle of friends. From the arrogant Shawn, who is learning some grave lessons in humility, to the grieving Amy, who is beginning to learn just how strong she can be, on to the mysterious Christina, for whom we must wait to learn more about in the next book of the series. Each has wonderful qualities. I've read this novel three times already, and still I find myself holding my breath, even though I know what is coming next. Laura's writing is excellent, the adventures as realistic as time-travel can be, and each scene is extremely detailed. Every page, I can practically see as well as if it was in a movie. These books are a treasure on any bookshelf!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars slow and boring October 22, 2012
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    this book was a real disappointment for me after the first of the series. there were a lot of mistakes regarding terms, phrases and historical facts. many were out of the wrong century or just wrong. i have a kindle and its attached to a dictionary so i can look up anything im just not sure of and many of the terms she used were not from the century her story was taking place in. also, to many uses of the same terms over and over. the book got really slow and almost silly towards the end, of which i skipped to out of boredom. i realize she is not diana galbaldon, but it seems she needs to do some homework regarding facts and terminology for her story.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it! March 20, 2012
    By bfarr
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    After reading Blue Bells and I could hardly wait for Minstrel Boy to come out. It was easy to dive right in to this one and continue on with the characters I love (Nial) and others I wish I could shake some sense into (Shawn). The love story that developed between Angus and Amy has left me on pins and needles waiting and wondering....I have a feeling there might be more to Angus, time travel and the past that what has been revealed so far??? Diana Gabaldon was number one with me but I don't know if she could write a book now that I would enjoy as much as this series with Laura Vosika. I am SO happy that she's turning a trilogy into a chronicle with five books. Anyone who loves any part of time travel, Scotland, romance, history will absolutely LOVE these books!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Book two
    There was better character development in book two. The relationship between Amy and Angus did not seem plausible to me.
    Published 2 months ago by Kathleen A. Mandel-Pillar
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Loved this and am looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy.
    Published 3 months ago by Shirley Morris
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Can't wait for the next book.....
    Published 4 months ago by nancy l lawson
    5.0 out of 5 stars I have thoroughly enjoyed this book
    I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love the historical influence possible by interjecting new possibilities. I keep wondering how I would handle this same situation.....
    Published 5 months ago by Adelle E Fox
    3.0 out of 5 stars Drags quite a bit in this installment
    This is the second installment of her trilogy, but it neither stands alone, nor entertains the same way as the first book. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by SJZ
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Really enjoying this series and already well into third book.
    Published 6 months ago by Judy Cox
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Pretty good reading
    Published 7 months ago by Leen
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Just loving this series! Every page another twist.
    Published 8 months ago by Terri Pinkis
    4.0 out of 5 stars the story has good merit-- there are times it gets confusion as to ...
    the story has good merit-- there are times it gets confusion as to who is who-- other times it is very clear. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Faith Boston
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
    Live this series and will be sorry to see it end!Historical fiction is great and she does an outstanding job.
    Published 9 months ago by Kevin Nicholas
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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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