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Marti Talbott's Highlander Series 1 (Anna, Rachel & Charlet) [Kindle Edition]

Marti Talbott
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Book Description

ANNA -- In love with a woman he had only seen once and could not find, the Highlander, Kevin MacGreagor was growing older and needed a wife to give him sons. No other woman pleased him, not even the daughters of other lairds, so he finally settled for Anna sight unseen. But when his men went to meet her guard, she was all alone and badly beaten. Who could have done such a thing and why?

RACHEL -- had a dark secret and even she didn't know what it was. She was seventeen, determined to become as good a warrior as any Highlander, and was firmly against taking a husband. Connor had other ideas. He loved Rachel and when a rival clan took her, he thought he would lose his mind. How would he ever get her back and if he did, would her dark secret separate them forever?

CHARLET -- The King of England asked the Highlander, Kevin MacGreagor, to hide a baby girl and save her life. But sixteen years later, someone discovered where she was. To Blair Cameron fell the duty of hiding and protecting Charlet. It was not an easy task. She was furious, head-strong and determined to run from him. Could Blair keep her alive? And if he did, could he keep himself from falling in love with her?

NOTE: All of Marti Talbott's Scottish Highlander Books are suitable for young adults 14 and older.

Follow the MacGreagor Clan into Colorado's twentieth century in the new Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series).

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About the Author

Marti Talbott lives in Seattle and has written several full length novels, including The Billionaire's Will, Seattle Quake 9.2, The Promise, and Broken Pledge. She began writing the Highlander Series in August of 2009. The first five books are a collection of 20 short stories followed by: Betrothed, book 6, The Golden Sword, book 7, Abducted, book 8, A time of Madness, book 9, Triplets, book 10, Secrets, book 11, Choices, book 12, Ill-fated Love, book 13, and The Other Side of the River, book 14. Follow the MacGreagor Clan into Colorado's early 20th century in her new Marblestone Mansion series. To be notified when new books are available, visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 3408 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XF1E36
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,384 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Beginning to a Great Saga September 21, 2010
By lawlady
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I first heard of this author and this book when I was in a discussion about another book. At first, I was annoyed that the author was self-promoting in a discussion because this is my pet peeve. But then something made me take a look at the book and boy am I glad I did. I purchased it immediately and began reading it that same day. Now two weeks later, I have bags under my eyes from lack of sleep, my house is a mess, my errands are mostly undone, I blew off my friends 2 weekends in a row and been late to work. But I have read all 5 volumes and all I can say is "I want more !!" This series is awesome and I could not put the Kindle down. I feel like I have lost friends now that I have finished the 5th volume. This entire series as a whole is so wonderful but because this review is about this Volume, I will attempt to keep my remarks to this book.

When I first purchased this (Volume 1) and started reading, the book did not grab me because I could not really see where the story was going. I felt like the author rushed the story to get to the ending. Quite often, something happens or a character has knowledge he or she should not have. It was like the author was so excited to get the story out that she skipped some steps or becasue the story was so clear in her mind, she did not realize we might miss something. Also, the editing is pretty bad and there are lots of grammatical and spelling errors. These sometimes brought me out of the story. And, the heroines seemed to do alot of giggling even when this was not appropriate to the situation. These are the reasons for the loss of a star for this awesome book.

I was not impressed with Anna's story. It seemed silly and unrealistic.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appallingly Bad Writing January 19, 2013
I did not expect too much from this book. I got it for a discount and was looking for something easy to read that I didn't have to think too much about. Even so, this book is a disappointment. The dialog is choppy, the characters mostly bland and formless, and the book is filled with unnecessary scenes. By this I mean that a scene should show some plot progression. Half of the scenes in this book don't even do that.

Another annoying part of this book was the pacing, which was too quick when developing the main plot and too slow when getting through tedious scenes as though the idea was not properly edited or planned out. Half the time it seems like the author forgot there was meant to be a story. Random characters switch points of view from paragraph to paragraph which leaves you fed up of the story before anything has happened.

The story is also ridiculously unbelievable, from a man being allowed to keep his wife chained to a bed forever to the King of England miraculously appearing for no good reason in the flesh and seemingly alone somewhere in the Scottish highlands. It takes characters seconds to travel long distances but pages to tackle a set of stairs. And of course there is the love at first sight, but its underdeveloped and poorly handled here.

There's the potential for some good stories from this author, but the delivery is so bad the story hardly exists at all. I hope in the future for some better storytelling because the story that should have been told here got lost somewhere along the way. Even for a book that was meant to be a mindless read it was tedious to get through.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stories!!! December 26, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This review will really encompass all of the Highlander Series because I think you will find it quite difficult to stop at just one! These are wonderful stories that instantly pull you into the life of the characters. You will outright giggle at times and will literally cry at others. I tend to typically not enjoy short "novella" type stories, because it never feels like there is enough time to tell a full story, but that is not the case here. Each story is beautiful and complete on each own and they flow together easily. I loved being able to know what all of the "old" characters were doing as they were revisited in many of the following stories. You will love these people and will find yourself hurting when they hurt and wondering what creative solution they will have to each problem they face. You will miss them when the series is over. There is only one other author whose books I can say that about!
The series does need an editor - what should be "patience" is often "patients", "being" was often "begin", etc. It is mildly distracting from the flow of the stories, but don't let it stop you from reading them.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance in the Scottish Highlands January 23, 2012
By sloan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fiction, romance,Christian, historical- I would definitely recommend this book. From a distance Kevin MacGreagor, laird of the MacGreagor Clan, sees a beautiful girl with long, dark hair in a meadow with the most magnificent black horse he's ever seen. It looks as if the huge horse is about to run her down and at the last moment she grabs the horses mane and swings up on his back. She rides into the woods and Kevin tries to find her. Will he ever find the mysterious woman on the horse or will he be forced to marry someone he's never met in order to have sons? The novel is broken down into 3 short stories that progress through generations of MacGreagor's. I loved the romance in this story and it's great to read a romance without a lot of R rated details. This is the second time I've read this book. I loved the entire series and couldn't put them down.
Read The Viking first and then read Book 1 in the Highlander Series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book but not enough to read all of ...
I liked this book but not enough to read all of the series. I did like the girls in this book they really got on my nerves a few times, so much so that I wanted to smack them... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Heather WIltshire
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Read
Published 17 days ago by D Canavan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I really enjoyed this book.The character's were developed well and it was a good story.
Published 27 days ago by Denise Rinard
4.0 out of 5 stars The writing style isn't super descriptive, but that's not a problem...
The writing style isn't super descriptive, but that's not a problem once you get into the storyline. The stories and plots are exciting and enjoyable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gabby Myrice
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good
Didn't like this book at all. Won't be getting anymore from this author.
Published 1 month ago by Allaroundhorse2011
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Wife liked it
Published 1 month ago by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the keep
I highly recommend this book and the story is full of action war and love shows how one can enjoy freedom and love thru whatever may come about....
Published 1 month ago by Deamertoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Great chronological writing. Especially following the MacGreagor family as they come into adulthood. Each of the women have important pieces to play. Very well done
Published 1 month ago by Susan M. Carames
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice short stories
This book contains 3 short stories that span's over generations. I love it. It saddened me to say goodbye to characters but the one's that took over made me feal better again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 Very good novellas
All three stories were connected, with recurring characters appearing. My favorite was the first story but all three were good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by romantic fuel
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More About the Author

After I retired in 2010, I had lots of time on my hands, so I started writing ANNA and just for fun, posted the story on my website for people to read free. ANNA, typos and all, was a huge success, so I wrote the story of Anna's little sister, Rachel, and a third story called Charlet. Charlet was the most fun to write, and after her story, came seventeen more stories of life, laughter and love in the MacGreagor Clan.

I then divided the twenty stories into five volumes and published them as Kindle books. Like my readers, I could not say goodbye to my characters, so after the first five, I wrote nine more novels, bringing the total to fourteen. The Viking is a prequel to the series. Now, and to my amazement, my Highlander Series is being read all over the world.

Before my grandparents passed, they wrote a journal about their courtship in the early 1900's. Thus, Marblestone Mansion (The Scandalous Duchess Series) was born. There are now ten books in that series.

Seattle Quake 9.2 was written years ago and since then I have added two more books to the Jackie Harlan Mysteries. The Carson Series was already written before I retired.

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