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- Publisher: Revell (February 1, 2005)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2005
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B5J4XK8
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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? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Wolf of Cruacha, Niall Campbell, is of the Campbell Clan. He is known as bloodthirsty, and a murderer.
The two feuding clans want an end to the years of fighting, but how can this occur?
Alistair MacGregor (Anne MacGregor’s father) is the one who offers a plan. He will give his daughter to Niall for a year of “handfasting (trial marriage)” and then to wed so the two clans can unite in peace and stop the raiding of each clan.
Anne MacGregor is a young woman who can hold her own against a warrior, and yet is not inclined to be betrothed to the enemy. Those in Clan Campbell aren’t ready to accept a woman in their midst, who they say, has witch-like characteristics. Niall Campbell is grieving his dead wife and is trying to find a traitor among his people. He isn’t looking for romance.
The story Morgan weaves is page-turning. Between the danger to Anne and to Niall, rejection of Anne’s medical ministrations, kidnapping, and action battles, the reader is kept guessing who wants to take over the Campbell Clan.
As a mystery, Ms Morgan keeps you guessing to the very end, though it really doesn’t come as a surprise. Sometimes the struggle seems to go on a bit long, but it’s all worth it in the long run. I also got a little tired of the male lead’s bull-headedness and temper, but it was all part of his charm. Overall, a very good read, and I look forward to reading more by Kathleen Morgan.
The story begins slow, and it does have a Christian theme, but it doesn't kick into overdrive until the end. My rationale is that during the 16th century, the characters would be motivated by faith in action and deed. Alas, it's a story light on historical facts, and utilizing Christian rhetoric to move the storyline, never works. Deux ex machina. If you're into Christian lit with an inspirational overlay, it will disappoint. If you're not fond of Christian lit, it will disappoint. There's a lot of linguistic lip-service, but the protagonists behave like lusty Harlequin romance characters. I suspect that a Christian overlay was added to the story later. A revisionist pastiche that does not seamlessly move the story.
The plot weighs heavily on the central characters inability to choose love, or each other, so they sit on the fence of indecision, and argue throughout the novel. The author's use of colloquial language woven with modern speech acts sometimes makes for a hard read. The plot's predictable and the story may be trying to cover too many genre bases at once: historical, romantic, Christian, etc., I enjoyed reading it, but Outlander, it's not. According to other reviews, this first book is the weakest one in These Highland Hills trilogy. Wings of Morning, and A Fire Within have drawn more positive reviews.
Niall wrestles with suspicions about a traitor in his clan and Anne's actions aren't unnoticed. Anne is a "healer", known by the MacGregors for her knowledge of herbs and nursing others. But she is considered a witch by the Campbells. As the accusations of witchcraft grow increasingly stronger, Niall must fight for Anne's safety among his anxious and perturbed clan members. His own safety is threatened by someone who wants him dead.
Kathleen Morgan has written for both the secular and the Christian markets and has won numerous awards. Ms. Morgan’s work on CHILD OF THE MIST has once again proven that she is a quality writer. She manages to mix the historical romance suspense novel with Christian values without making the story give you the feeling of sitting in church. Even though the ending is true to form, the journey from beginning to end is very well told. I enjoyed CHILD OF THE MIST and proclaim it worthy of 5+ stars.
Top international reviews
Worth reading for a laugh if you like terrible clichéd romance books written by Americans that have clearly never been to Scotland, but nothing more.
Also, this is a 'Christian' romance....meaning everyone in it is saving themselves for Jesus.
Nae kilt lifting until after marriage.
The basic story was interesting enough but I felt that it dragged on more than necessary. It was plain to me pretty much right from the first quarter of the book who the villains were, and found it difficult to believe that it took the main characters so long to figure that out, which made for an unnecessarily long read for me. The story was drawn out, in my opinion, and the author's attempt at making the story suspenseful fell flat. There was no suspense for me...just a looooooooooooooooonngg drawn out story, with twists and turns that were more annoying than interesting
In addition, for all the portrayal of the story being about followers of Jesus, the main female and male characters didn't really express much Christian virtues, in my opinion. Niall, the male protagonist so easily flew into rage after rage, and Anne, for all her sporadic prayers to the Lord, didn't seem to care much for the Lord's feelings as much as for her own personal interests and desires.
Where other reviewers found the language grating and irritating, I felt that given the time the story is set in, the authenticity of the language is important, and for me that didn't in any way detract from the storyline or distract me. I hate reading modern English when a story is set in ancient times.
All in all, this was an ok read but not enough to entice me to read the next 2 books in the set.
Niall Campbell is called a Wolf and Anne McGregor, known for her help in healing, is being branded a witch.
After being captured by the McGregor's, to avoid all out war between the clans because of a blood feud that has gone on for too long, Niall is given the opportunity to bring it to an end.
Anne will be handfasted to Niall and unite the clans. But there is a traitor in the Campbell Clan. A traitor who not only wants to see the feud continue, but also wants to see Niall, who is next in line for chieftain, dead.
Niall now feels he can't trust anyone and alienates his family and clansmen.
Now, those who would see this union fail, are now going a different route and turning their Machiavellian schemes towards Anne.
But things come to a head when Niall is poisoned, giving his enemies fuel for their plans and Anne is to burn as a Witch.
This is a cracking book that will keep the reader gripped from start to finish. It involves a feud that has lasted for ages between the Clan McGregor and the Clan Campbell. The latter are always stealing cattle, burning down McGregor villages and in general being obnoxious. Annie McGregor, our heroine is the oldest daughter of Alastair Campbell and therefore his heir so when he finds a way to effect a truce between the two clans it involves Annie and Niall who is Tanist of the Campbells (on his Father's death, he will become Chief of the clan). Annie soon finds herself handfasted for a year and day to a man she hates and a clan she hates but she will do anything to stop the constant feuding and deaths that accompany it.
So starts her life as the Lady of Niall Campbell. She finds herself unpopular first for being a McGregor and secondly because she is a healer and was known in her own lands for her prowess in this art. She now finds she is no longer allowed to practice this art because Niall has a cousin who is a Preacher and has decreed that healing with herbs is Witchcraft. There are more troubles in store though because there is a traitor in their midst one who would do harm to both Niall and Annie. Who is this traitor and who was the cloaked and hooded man speaking to her Father at the beginning of the book which ended with Niall being taken prisoner by the McGregors.
Will Annie return to her Father and her old life in a year and a days time or will she marry the handsome Niall? It certainly doesn't seem likely.
Sadly I could only give the book 4 stars because of the US spelling otherwise I'd highly recommend it as it had a solid storyline and wasn't full of unnecessary sex scenes to pad it out. I also liked the use of the Scottish vernacular.
The plot was obvious and the two protagonists are so bloody annoying. Yes, I get it, they found love in a strange situation and the love/hate thing is understandable, but it was like two opposing currents affected by the tide - backwards, forwards, backwards, forwards, backwards, forwards, backwards, forwards, backwards, forwards ... getting nowhere. I normally would have stopped at two sets, but this book does not.
Other characters, even poor Iain Campbell, get little chance to be real people, they are caricatures placed as plot markers. Only Hugh's father manages to become a little bit human.
Well, yes, I did read all three. And they didn't get any better.
Anyway, this book... skipped sweetly and swiftly through the author's imagined version of 16th century Scotland. An American with a penchant for very basic love stories and virtually no historical knowledge, would probably love it.
I liked and could visualise the characters, and the 'happy endings' were a feel good factor. But I'm not sure why I went on to read the others as the American vernacular ran through all, the poor historical research was always evident, the attempts to portray the Scottish accent were infuriating and often inaccurate. I wanted to shake the author out of her seemingly arrogant assumption that she could guess her way through another country's history, speech and lifestyle.
But if you like Mills and Boon, can ignore all the errors and need to escape reality and its stresses for a few hours, go for it.
I did find the characters engaging and thoroughly enjoyed reading the book although as the story progressed it became a little predictable about where it was heading. Having said that I did want to find out what happened to the characters and would be interested in reading the next in the series.
All the main characters have extremely strong personalities but I am not entirely convinced that Anne would really have been allowed to act the way that she did for the time period this was set in but then again, if she had been subservient then there wouldn't be a storyline!
Overall a good read.
The first quarter of he book, it was good. There were some really beautiful passages of writing, initially I also quite liked the use of the old scots dialect. However quite quickly the use of scots, with AMERICAN English, began to grate on me. The word 'mayhap' was almost comically over used as was the obligatory 'aye' and 'och'... Perhaps I'm being overly critical of the language.
Regardless, I didn't like any of the main characters. They all seemed to annoy each other and Anne & Niall niggle at each other throughout. I got frustrated by it.
The plot line is so predictable, I almost laughed when I reached the end as EVERYTHING happened that you expect to happen. Don't expect any plot twists here.
It was an easy read and the first couple of paragraphs did suck me in - frustratingly they sucked me in so much so that I bought the second two "not-free!" books while I was still enjoying it. PLEASE don't make the same mistake as me!!!
What I did like about it was it showed Niall and Anne were just like the rest of us. We presume what we think was the truth yet we can be misguided by not listening or trusting people. For eg. Niall tells Anne he does not want her to see his cousin on her own again, when she does he just presumes the worst without hearing her reasons.
Also the author brought Anne's love of God to the forefront on many occasions which is a refreshing change in this modern world.
If you are new to this writer I would say have a read you might just enjoy it. I didn't particularly but for all that it is well written just a shame the 'plot' is not very interesting.
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.
the men are very masculine, good looking and brave, the women feisty and beautiful. Ok perhaps some were but they all appeared too good to be true or so bad to be obviously so. It was a free book and am glad I did not have to pay any money for it. But good or bad I read it all the way, I wouldn't say it was a not to put down book, it was just OK.
Having said that if you are into this type of romantic twaddle you will love it!