To Support A King (The Turnberry Legacy) Paperback – April 23, 2017
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I cannot say enough great things about Mangus and Catriona. Both with horrible pasts, they each must find a way to put all the pain behind them and look to the future. Catriona is trying to save her brother and Mangus must protect his clan. And in doing so, they each must make difficult decisions and forego their wants for the good of others, never putting themselves first. But in the end, for love, both of them will make any sacrifice.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I do hope Mangus’s sister and Catriona’s brother get their own books!!
Filled with beautifully descriptive scenes and a wonderful cast of characters, this book is difficult to put down. I fell in love with secondary characters as well as the main characters, and I'm looking forward to their stories as the series unfolds.
I recommend this for anyone who loves dark heroes, strong heroines, and villians who get their just desserts.
The action packed novel kept me turning the pages to see if Catriona would save the life of her brother or the man she loves, the Scottish Laird, Mangus. Oops...No spoilers!
Mangus and Catriona's love story evolves from sweet to steamy as the narrative pushes forward.
The twist at the end is brilliant!
If you love Historical Romance then this is the book for you!
I bought a paperback version of To Support a King. When I was a standing-on-the-train-D.C. commuter, I read mostly in electronic format, but now I find that I prefer being off the devices and holding the book in my hands and turning the pages. This read has a gorgeous cover, and I was drawn to its classic look right away. I don’t know who did the cover design, but it looks classy. It discloses the setting for part of the story and has a cameo of the main characters, Mangus and Catriona—nothing embarrassing to be seen with at Starbucks. I read to escape, and have to escape to read quite literally, so I do most of my reading in the bathtub. You know when you’re reading in the bathtub, you don’t want anything too clunky, (Outlander, anyone?), so to me, size matters. The text is comfortable size as well, since I don’t like to wear glasses in the bathtub.
In TSAK, after learning of her brother’s imprisonment across the sea in Ireland, I quite like the scene where Catriona takes out her mother’s jewel box, so desperately missing her love and guidance. The passages where Mangus arrives home and passes through the keep are visually written with some light touches, too. While not burdensome with back story, the first couple chapters are a little slower paced than the rest of the book. They do lay a good foundation for who Mangus is, what he’s been through, and what his problems are with his shipping business. He carries a lot of guilt caused by his quick temper, but his crew and clansmen are supportive of him, and there is some fun interplay between him and his men throughout the story. Mangus and Catriona are attracted to each other right away, but neither has the time for the other—Mangus must find who ambushed and killed the crew of one of his ships, and Cat has to save her brother. I did wonder that since Cat had lived several years with Mangus’ family (his sister is her friend), didn’t she have some other interaction with him or even see him before? I got the impression that she hadn’t.
After the introduction of Robert the Bruce in Chapter 3, the book takes off running. Each chapter is a page turner, and I found myself looking forward to the time I could grab a few minutes and get back into the story. Mangus accepts the mission given him by the Bruce to unite men of importance behind a single leader, so the reader knows he’s not all about himself or just his own clan, despite the reputation he may have earned. I liked Cat quite a bit, and without giving away the plot she really sticks her neck out for Mangus and her brother—the villain holding him was vile beyond crude, and I had to keep reminding myself that customs in 1301 are just nothing like life today. Amidst the era’s violent events and uncertainty McFarland delivers a well-rounded tale of villains and heroes. Many scenes between Mangus and Cat and are sweet, like when he shows her sailing by stars, and the northern lights. And this is why we read romance—for the courtship. Despite the odds of their success—Mangus’ temper gets him in trouble again—I found myself cheering for them, hoping that Cat would be rewarded and not be made to suffer horribly like so many women (her mother, for instance) really did back then, dependent on the favor of the men governing their lives. The hero and heroine build a relationship based on love and mutual respect. With a medium heat level, I recommend it for any reader. I look forward to reading another of McFarland’s books, and I know this one will be a re-read for me.
I have read 4 other books by this author and still favor "Lindsey" the most. I would recommend "The Daughters of Alastair MacDougall" series also.