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Highland Blessings by [Hudson Taylor,  Jennifer]
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Length: 306 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Fiction (1 June 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ES91NHM
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm confused too... Spoiler alert 8 July 2012
By Anne D. - Published on
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I thought this book was amazing for being the author's debut! The story was believable and well written and captured me so completely that I read it almost straight through.


I got to the part that said there was a wee bairn inside of Akira... ??? Half of the joy of the story was witnessing Bryce and Akira growing in their love together and the anticipation of Akira's trust finally culminating in consummating their marriage -not that I expected any kind of sex scene, because I didn't expect or want that at all, but there are clean ways to allude to their relationship having finally reached that point!! It was such a huge part of the plot and was completely left out! There are mentions of maybe 3 kisses at separate times and then suddenly at the end she announces that she is with child --??!! It was awful. I actually skipped back through the pages over and over trying to find the chapter I must have missed somehow. :(. It could have been as simple as a conversation between Bryce and Akira in which they admit their love to each other and he takes her face in hands and kisses her and then it just mentions that she was fully his and he fully hers or something dumb like that! (Clearly I'm not a writer, but don't drop a bomb at the end of the book and say she's pregnant without ever having alluded to them sleeping closer than "several feet apart"!)

Other than that, I thought it was GREAT. The lack was definitely an editor's error!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time line Scotland 1463. Bryce is a very honorable man and Akira is a very devout person, they are great characters. 2 November 2014
By Germaine Rosenquist - Published on
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Bryce MacPhearson, the middle son, found his father dying, he was stuck down by a MacKenzie warrior, when Bryce was 14. Thinking of the century old feud, the father made him promise he would make his older brother Evan, now the laird, honor the peace he just signed with the MacKenzies by marrying the daughter, Akira MacKenzie to join the families together.. 10 years later the MacPhearson sends a letter stating he would not honor the betrothal their parents pledged. Byrce, kidnapped Akira at her wedding to someone else. Byrce is a very honorable man. The story has many intrigues, and is very interesting with weddings, kidnapping, revenge and threats of wars and traitors and betrayal. I have not come across this author before but she is very good, she writes a book that is very hard to put down. I will look for more of Jennifer Hudson Taylors books they are very good.

Germaine Rosenquist
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't really work 1 July 2013
By morehumanthanhuman - Published on
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As a portrayal of medieval Scotland, this book fails. There is nothing specific about the time -- these characters are just anybody wearing plaid.

As a mystery, it's laughable. There is never a bit of doubt as to who the killer is.

As a romance, it's a disappointment. Bryce and Akira have no spark. We don't even know that their marriage has been consummated until the end, when we find out she is pregnant (even in a Christian romance, wouldn't it be a good idea for us to know she had finally decided to trust him after promising that she never would?).

The only reason to read this book is because you're so hard up for Christian romance you'll literally read anything. And there are better Christian romances out there.

Generic and bland.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Highland Blessings 1 April 2012
By mgr - Published on
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I agree with other reviews that this book lacks depth. It is a nice read, however I did not fall in love with the characters - I liked them, but I did not get to really "know" them. This book would have been very good, if the characters had more inner dialogue, to let you know how they were feeling, or what they were thinking.

There is no surprise when you find out who the villain is, which was a bit disappointing. Part of what keeps you interested in reading a novel that has several murders in it is figuring out who the murderer is. In this book there is never a question as to who that murderer is.

Bryce (hero), tells Akira (heroine) that he will allow her time to get to know him before they consummate the marriage. There are a few chaste kisses the suddenly at the end of the story she is pregnant. There should have been at least one scene where the two snuggled in bed to let you know they had consummated the marriage.

This story is a Christian Romance, with a lot of references to God and the Bible. Akira is much more knowledgeable about the stories in the Bible. At the beginning of the story Bryce knows very little about those stories. But by the end of the novel he is quite religious. The author needed to add in at least one scene where Akira and Bryce sat in front of the fire while she told him a story about the bible, with a comment that this had become their nightly routine. Then the fact that he is turning to the Lord for guidance would have been expected. Instead he just suddenly began to seek that guidance.

This was a nice little story, but could have been much better with more depth. As a free download it was okay. I would have been very disappointed had I paid for it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highland Blessing, a search for peace 12 July 2012
By Terry - Published on
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This is the first book I've read by Jennifer Hudson Taylor, but you can be sure I will look for more. Her story is set in the early centuries of Scotland and features two clans, the MacPhearsons and the MacKenzies. The clans have been enemies for generations, and no one truly remembers the kindling of their fiery battles. But when the two chieftains meet and discuss a peace, to end the bloodshed and loss of their people, they make a vow together that their clans will unite through the marriage of their children. Soon after, before their clans have had time to hear of the peace agreement, one of the chieftains is slain by a warrior of the other clan. Before he dies, he is found by his younger son, and shares the promise with him, asking him to be sure his older brother carries it out.

If that premise doesn't hook you in the story, the descriptions of the natural setting on the journey years later by the younger son to the MacPherson's castle and back to the MacIntyre's own with the young daughter of Chieftain MacPherson capture and thrown across his saddle ... well, the descriptions cannot be replicated here but will surely hold your attention and admiration.

Will he succeed in bringing the bride to his older brother? Will the brother accept her? Will their marriage take place, and if so, will it bring peace to the warring clans? When it is discovered that a murderer is hidden within the McIntyre's castle, and that the bride to be is in danger, will her father learn of it and come to fetch her back?

I give this one Five Stars ... and am planning to find more of these historical mysteries set in Scotland.