3/06/2010

Highland Blessings

Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Abingdon Press
2010 (May)
Fiction/Historical

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

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

About the author....
Jennifer Hudson Taylor is the author of historical and contemporary Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas. Her fiction has won awards in the American Christian Fiction Writers' Genesis Contest. Her debut novel, Highland Blessings, will be released May 2010. Other works have appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, Everton’s Genealogical Publishers, and The Military Trader. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Journalism. When she isn't writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, genealogy, and reading. She resides with her husband and daughter in the Charlotte area of NC.

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