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- Print Length: 232 pages
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- Publisher: An Tig Beag Press (April 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BKNR7RY
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The Hostage of Glenorchy (The Highland Ballad Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Abby’ father’s idea was that she should be a companion to the wife of the Laird of Glenorchy. But Abby is not pleased with the idea of being the companion to a sour old lady. After parting with her father, she disguises herself as a boy, slightly alters her father’s note to the steward of the castle, and upon arrival at Kilchurn Castle presents herself to the master of music as a musician to the laird’s wife. He agrees to take her on, and she is skilled enough to pass muster as a musician.
But though she tries to hide the fact, several people over the next weeks quickly become wise to the fact that she is a woman. Among these are the music master, the laird’s wife (who is not nearly so bad as Abby had imagined), and a certain Iain MacGregor. Iain is the laird’s wife’s cousin who is being held hostage there until Iain’s father agrees that certain lands which he claims actually belong to the laird’s barony. All these people are friendly enough, but there are others who appear to wish to discredit Abby with the laird, or worse, to do her harm, and she must steer her way carefully among them in an increasingly tense atmosphere.
In the end, it is clear that Abby and Iain still face many dangers and likely have many more adventures ahead of them.
This is a good story, based on real situations in a troubled time.
It is the reign of the Scott’s Queen, Mary, a complex woman where plots are rampant. Abby must go to Scotland to learn the customs before the Queen returns. She has never heard of the Laird of Glenorchy and has little knowledge of her father’s Gordon roots, and to become the companion to the Laird’s sickly wife fills her with dread. But there is far more to this scheme than meets the eye. Abby must keep her identity a secret.
What I specifically enjoyed about this book were the scents and sounds a young girl would encounter in a land of fragmented kin groups and blood feuds uncharacteristic to her life in France - a dramatic shift in environment and a hard one to get used to. Well-crafted dialogue that never misses a beat and pulls you into the period keeping you there throughout. With Gleeson’s sophisticated research and a superbly readable prose, we come to see Abby as skillfully maneuvering her way among a dizzying array of courtiers and servants.
There’s a certain mood I look for in books and The Hostage of Glenorchy has it all - that undefinable character and charm all historical fiction readers will enjoy. An intimate and well-ingrained image of no ordinary Scottish lass. It was a pleasure to read.
Love is in the air – and this particular air is an auld Scottish ballad with special meaning for Iain, the mysterious – and very attractive – hostage of Glenorchy. The song is only one of the mysteries that intrigue Abby, our intrepid heroine in male guise, as she carries out her duties, teaching the lute to the young heiresses in this dour Scottish castle. Why did the mistress of the household take to her bed? Who is doing what to whom in this most dysfunctional of extended families? How is Abby going to stay safe with her unwanted Frenchness and femininity?
Kristin Gleeson’s Scottish background rings true in all its detail. My parents were Scottish and the auld words took me straight back to childhood, where ‘dinne fash yersel’ was a regular instruction. From description of the landscape to depiction of early Calvinism, the reader is completely immersed in 16th century Scotland.
It’s not just the Scottish details that make the story so real; when Abby teaches the girls to play a lute, both the musical expertise and the relationships are beautifully written. Even the dogs are real, whether the aggressive mastiffs of the Laird’s spiteful son, or the loyal sheep hound Cou, who forms a bond between Abby and Iain. Kristin Gleeson is quite right – collies did not exist as a breed at this time – and her attention to historical detail lets the reader enjoy the trip to the past with no modern jolts.
I’m a fan and this is my new favourite Kristin Gleeson novel. My only complaint is that it falls into the modern trend of being a short book and I like a BIG read. If I had more self-control I’d wait till the series is complete and wolf the lot in one go but I guess I’ll just have to read the first book again when the second one comes out – soon, I hope!
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