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Highland Blessings [Paperback]

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Highland Blessings is the story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise he made to his dying father. Bryce MacPhearson, a highland warrior, kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day . While Akira?s strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce, she struggles to overcome her anger and resentment when he forces her to wed him, hoping to end a half-century-old feud between their clans. While Akira begins to forgive, and Bryce learns to trust, a series of murders leaves a trail of unanswered questions, confusion, and a legacy of hate that once again rises between their families. Clearly, a traitor is in their midst. Now the one man Akira loves no longer trusts her, and her own life is in danger. Can Bryce look beyond his pain and seek the truth? Will Akira discover the threat against her before it?s too late? How will God turn a simple promise into bountiful Highland blessings?

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2011 Holt Medallion Award Winner - Best First Novel

Highland Blessings is the story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise he made to his dying father. Bryce MacPhearson, a highland warrior, kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day to honor a promise he made to his dying father. While Akira s strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce, she struggles to overcome her anger and resentment when he forces her to wed him, hoping to end a half-century-old feud between their clans.

While Akira begins to forgive, and Bryce learns to trust, a series of murders leaves a trail of unanswered questions, confusion, and a legacy of hate that once again rises between their families. Clearly, a traitor is in their midst.Now the one man Akira loves no longer trusts her, and her own life is in danger. Can Bryce look beyond his pain and seek the truth? Will Akira discover the threat against her before it s too late? How will God turn a simple promise into bountiful Highland blessings?"

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Pages   299
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 27, 2010
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  1426702264  
EAN  9781426702266  


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"Highland Blessings" by Jennifer Hudson Taylor  May 27, 2010
My Review:

When I first agreed to read Highland Blessings by Jennifer Hudson Taylor, I was a little apprehensive about the book because of the country setting and brogue issues. I am so glad I chose to read it! It was engaging the whole way through the book, and the whole storyline flowed naturally, particularly for the time era and country setting and clan rules, keeping me intrigued.

Akira had been jilted at the altar, kidnapped on her wedding day, and forced to wed another man from an opposing clan, one that had been feuding with her side of the family for a half-century.

Akira's character was humble and yet strong and steady when necessary, dealing with all the emotions of the circumstances. She relied on the Lord to help her through each situation, and there were many intense moments from beginning to end! Bryce's character was just as compelling, with his deep loyalty to promises he made and his tenderness amidst the tenacity and decisiveness needed for his clan position and enemy threats and murders.

Upon reading the book, I found some similar analogies of Akira to Esther and Joseph from the Old Testament, with testings and trials to bring out Akira and Bryce's characters. The storyline will impress you! Jennifer is one fine writer! I highly recommend her book!

This book was provided free by Mark Yeh at Abingdon Press for my honest, personal review. I consider it a privilege to recommend good novels for your reading delight.
 
A Strong Debut  May 12, 2010
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The beautiful cover of this book opens to a great read I didn't want you to miss.
Since this blog is called "She's Got Character" I had to talk about Highland Blessings,, as the heroine, Akira, is a feisty female character you'll love.

Here's my brief review of the book:

Highland Blessings is a surprisingly adept first novel from Jennifer Hudson Taylor. The book serves up a truly likeable heroine, a satisfying romance, and all with a lush backdrop of castles, clans, plaids and a Scottish brogue to boot. A good supporting cast brings depth to the story, and I can recommend this book for a good dose of blessings, indeed. I look forward to seeing more from this new author.

There were a couple of plot points I stumbled over a bit, but the good far outweighs the bad in this medieval Scottish tale.
Click the title of this blog to learn more about the author, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, and congratulations to you, Jennifer, for a strong debut novel.
 
Highland Blessings  May 10, 2010
Scotland 1473

Akira MacKenzie's wedding day has turned into a nightmare. First, she shows up for the ceremony, but her bridegroom doesn't bother. Then, even as she stands heartbroken by the abandonment, she's kidnapped by Bryce MacPhearson, a highland warrior from an enemy clan. She's hurt and angry, but her allegiance to a forgiving God dictates that she also forgive the man who took her from her family. But it isn't an easy thing to do, especially when she's forced into an unwanted marriage with her kidnapper.

Bryce MacPhearson is determined to honor a promise he made to his dying father. He has no intention of harming Akira, but neither has he any plan to set her free. She will be a MacPhearson bride. As his new wife's life becomes a witness to him of her faith and an indomitable spirit, he finds himself falling in love with her and drawn to her God.

But when a series of murders points to Akira's disloyalty, will Bryce trust her enough to protect her from a hidden threat? Can they find the murderer ... before that murderer seeks revenge on the new MacPhearson bride?

A young lad's promise. A bride's broken dreams. A woman's faith. Can God use them all to unite two feuding clans and bless two hurting Highland hearts?

Highland Blessings is an engaging look at Scottish history, with its customs and traditions--some familiar, others not-so-much. It offers a captivating storyline with a wonderfully three-dimensional cast of characters--some to love and some to...well, only to love because God would. The heroine is endearing, with an admirable show of pluck for a female during the century in question. This young woman's courage and stamina at a time when women were expected to have neither is itself a Highland blessing!

Definitely well worth the read.
 
Highland Blessings  May 7, 2010
Set in 1473 in Scotland, Jennifer Hudson Taylor's debut novel is definitely a book you want to read! This novel was an exciting book to read.

Bryce MacPhearson, rides in on a large gray horse and sweeps the bride away, right in the midst of her wedding. A shock to say the least, but between two fueding families, a downright declaration of war it seems. However Bryce isn't trying to declare war, he is keeping a promise he made to his father, as his father died.

The MacPhearson's and the MaKenzie's have been fueding for a half century, and no one really knows why. Bryce's father and Akira's father pledged peace and their children to wed, in order to end the fued, but a warrior kills Bryce's father, and the fued continues. Bryce is determined to see peace and if kidnapping Akira and bringing her to wed his brother Evan, the cheiftan of his clan will bring that peace, so be it.

However things do not turn out as Bryce planned, but as God has planned, and Evan is killed. Bryce and Akira wed and both pledge to bring peace. However there seems to be a plot afoot to sabotage that peace. Akira's life is in trouble, and others die as the murderer draws closer and closer to Akira.

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering how it will end, and what happens next, most definitely a book you will want to read and add to your library. Discussion questions for book clubs at the end, 298 pages $US 13.99 5 stars
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review
 
Highland Blessings  May 4, 2010
Ok, I just need to get this out of the way first. There was one thing that I did not like about this book, the dialogue. There was a lot of "ye" "'twas" "yer", and so on, which really slowed me down. I understand the book was written that way for the sake of authenticity, but I found it distracting. Of course, I always feel that way when authors use authentic language in their stories, so my dislike of it in this book is nothing unusual. I'm sure most people don't even notice that sort of thing and they are not bothered by it at all. It's just a personal preference for me.

As I said earlier, the dialogue was used to give the book an authentic feel, and it was very effective. As I read this book, I was not sitting in my apartment in North Carolina in 2010. I was transported to Scotland in 1473. The author did a fantastic job with setting up the time and place of the story and the dialogue was the only part of this book that I did not care for. Everything else about this story was beautiful and I am thankful I took the time to read it. Jennifer Hudson Taylor is a very talented writer who has obviously done a lot of research to make this book real and believable.

So, don't let me negative comments at the start of this review discourage your reading of this book. Like I said, it is simply my personal preference. If using authentic language does not slow you down, you will find this book flawless. I look forward to much more from this author. I love all things Scottish and this book makes a nice addition my Scottish delights.
 

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