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- ASIN : B00D2XJJP4
- Publisher : Kensington Books; Reissue edition (August 1, 2013)
- Publication date : August 1, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1785 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #777,834 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kings William II and III's policy in Scotland was to force clan chieftains to subscribe an oath of loyalty to the crown. MacIain of Glencoe was slow in doing so and eventually missed the deadline by a matter of days, although he did swear the oath. For his tardiness he and his were made "examples of." Those who were able to escape, primarily women and children, hid in the surrounding snowy mountains and died of exposure after their homes were burned. The MacDonald's and Campbell's, already immersed in bitter feuding, still maintain the feud three hundred years later. Campbells continue to suffer the opprobrium of the massacre and generations of Scots children have been taught "never trust a Campbell."
"Lady of the Glen's" subtitle is "a novel of 17th century Scotland and the Massacre of Glencoe," and the book accurately describes the heinous event which took place that morning in 1692 and the history leading up to it, as well as the fictitious Romeo and Juliet love story between Alasdair Og MacDonald, youngest son of the MacIain, and Catriona Campbell of Glen Lyon. Although Alasdair Og did, in fact, marry a Cambell of Glen Lyon, she was a niece to Glen Lyon not his daughter.
While Jennifer Roberson's narrative bogs down occasionally, she writes a fluid, intelligent prose and has an amazing grasp of the historical events, characters and political intrigue of the times. Her fictitious characters, especially Cat and Dair are wonderful, strong and believable - a really terrific and unusual heroine and hero. Because of the violence and terrible sadness, this is no light read and therefore not for everyone. The brutality of the clan wars is depicted with tremendous realism, as are the wonderful customs and culture of the Highlands. One can almost hear the bagpipes play. If you are a fan of good historical fiction and Scottish history in particular, you'll find this novel to be a winner - as I did. ENJOY!
Even though when Cat and Dair get together they are a loving and lusty couple, the sex scenes are mostly left to the imagination and not overly drawn out, which helps make this book more appropriate for a younger reader than many books available these days. The author was able to convey much just with the subtle sexual banter betwen these two, it was very funny and sweet.
Although there is the "romance" of the book with the two main characters, this is more about the massacre of Glencoe, a little known piece of Scottish history, and a very sad tale for so many members of this clan. Don't let the cover of the book fool you, this is not a Julie Garwood type of book where the story is mostly fluff to place the H&H in in order to write steamy love scenes. And I'm not knocking Garwood, I loved Ransom -- this is just a different type of book altogether despite what it appears from the cover. If you are looking for a light book heavy on romance and light on the history, this book is not for you.
All in all quite an enjoyable read.