Lady of the Glen: A Novel of 17th-Century Scotland and the


Lady of the Glen: A Novel of 17th-Century Scotland and the Massacre of Glencoe ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ Lady of the Glen: A Novel of 17th-Century Scotland and the Massacre of Glencoe Author Jennifer Roberson – Thomashillier.co.uk Lady of the Glen tells of a time and a place like no other when political treachery and royal intrigue ruled the day a time when countrymen battled for their freedom and usurpers sought crowns At the Lady of the the Glen: Kindle Ñ Glen tells of a time and a place like no other when political treachery and royal intrigue ruled the day a time when countrymen battled for their freedom Lady of Epub / and usurpers sought crowns At the novel s center is a love story of breathtaking scope a man and a woman enemies from birth know from the moment they meet that they of the Glen: PDF/EPUB ç will lie in each other s arms someday But their love, for centuries forbidden, comes at the most dangerous of times Lady of the Glen tells of Catriona Campbell s enduring love for Alasdair Og MacDonald, the second born son of her clan s most powerful enemy, the Laird of Glencoe It is MacDonald who alone shows the young Catriona kindness in a harsh and violent world As the years pass, the heart proves stronger than the sword, and they boldly pledge their love to handfast forever While the Dutch King William conspires against the Scottish rebels who seek to return the exiled James Stuart to the throne, Catriona and Alasdair share a passion that joins them forever although the lovers become pawns of war and of history.


10 thoughts on “Lady of the Glen: A Novel of 17th-Century Scotland and the Massacre of Glencoe

  1. Misfit Misfit says:

    This was a very good book and an enjoyable read I really enjoyed the two main characters, Catriona Cat and Alasdair Dair a lovely Romeo and Juliet story A pleasant change to have the heroine not be drop dead gorgeous Their characters were well drawn, intelligent and displayed great chemistry I enjoyed their playful banter as they courted and afterward when they become lovers LOL when she became worried after their first time together in bed, as her brothers had always told Cat her ton This was a very good book and an enjoyable read I really enjoyed the two main characters, Catriona Cat and Alasdair Dair a lovely Romeo and Juliet story A pleasant change to have the heroine not be drop dead gorgeous Their characters were well drawn, intelligent and displayed great chemistry I enjoyed their playful banter as they courted and afterward when they become lovers LOL when she became worried after their first time together in bed, as her brothers had always told Cat her tongue would shrivel a man s well you know what 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 bookappropriate 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 isabout 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 HH 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


  2. Regan Walker Regan Walker says:

    Superb Storytelling and a Keeper a Highland Love that endures the Massacre of Glencoe I absolutely loved this story a keeper, now ensconced on my to read again shelf It has everything I love in a Scottish historical romance an epic love story, a noble hero, a strong heroine, real history, attention to detail and enough suspense and drama to draw me in Even the music of the Highlands is included I could hear the pipes and their mournful sound as Roberson described them.The story begins in 1 Superb Storytelling and a Keeper a Highland Love that endures the Massacre of Glencoe I absolutely loved this story a keeper, now ensconced on my to read again shelf It has everything I love in a Scottish historical romance an epic love story, a noble hero, a strong heroine, real history, attention to detail and enough suspense and drama to draw me in Even the music of the Highlands is included I could hear the pipes and their mournful sound as Roberson described them.The story begins in 1682 when Catriona Cat Campbell first encounters Alasdair Dair Og MacDonald She is an awkward, uncomely girl raised like one of her brothers by her druken father, but Dair pays her a compliment when no one else does, telling her that she has bonnie eyes all bluey green and bright The sort of eyes a Highlander likes to come home to How could Cat ever forget him after that Not even though he is one of the dreaded MacDonalds, the enemies of clan Campbell, could she fail to harbor a tenderness for him.Much happens in this intricately woven tale that spans a decade It s the time when King James was exiled to France and William and Mary ruled England The Scots battle each other as much as the English Grey John Campbell, Earl of Breadalbane seeks to be the power behind the throne and he thinks it is William who will sit in that throne He exerts his influence to unite the clans, pretending to support King Jamie, while planning on serving the Highland clans up on a silver platter to William The clans don t trust him but the lairds have little choice, seeing the English Ft William erected as a symbol of their dominance.Famous battles like Killiecrankie are vividly described as Dair fights with the MacDonalds of Glencoe and the Stewarts of Appin Both the MacDonalds and the Campbell s kill each other s young men caught reeving cattle, and Dair saves Cat from harm, and she saves his life All this while another woman shares Dair s bed Then Cat s father agrees to wed her to the Earl of Breadalbane s son, Duncan Campbell in exchange for money to pay his many debts.Perhaps the most intense moment is the Massacre of Glencoe when the Campbells, joined with the treachery of the English, including the king, murder nearly the entire clan of MacDonalds without provocation The massacre of Glencoe is still remembered to this day it was such great perfidy on the part of the Campbells and England A very sad chapter in Scotland s history As Roberson says of Glencoe, Tis a glen of sorrows, an empty place of blood and broken stone, of charred timber and burial cairns I did not want to put this one down The author truly captured the heart of the Highlands and the characters she vividly portrays bring to life one of the most incredible periods of Scotland s history If you love Scotland and real Highlander romance the deep ones you will love this book Highly recommended It s going on my Top 20 list


  3. Mary Mary says:

    It s a shame that this book is out of print because it s a real treat for Scottish history lovers romance, politics, violence, and bloodshed The cheesy title and steamy cover do this book a real disservice, in my opinion, because though it s a love story, it s not a bodice ripper featuring men in kilts the story hasdepth of character and complexity of plot than any other highland romance I have read Most of the characters are based on real Scots, the key players in the drama and traged It s a shame that this book is out of print because it s a real treat for Scottish history lovers romance, politics, violence, and bloodshed The cheesy title and steamy cover do this book a real disservice, in my opinion, because though it s a love story, it s not a bodice ripper featuring men in kilts the story hasdepth of character and complexity of plot than any other highland romance I have read Most of the characters are based on real Scots, the key players in the drama and tragedy of the Glencoe Massacre, and the author has done her research The prose is solid, workman like, the pacing was just right, and even though I knew how the story had to end, I was still turning pages into the wee hours of the morning I wish that Roberson had gone on to write other stories about Scotland and its people tracking down a copy of this one was well worth the trouble Recommended


  4. Rachel Rachel says:

    This is a fairly historically accurate story of what led up to the massacre of Glencoe, a horrible episode of Scottish history that took place during the Jacobite uprisings one of many, sadly, but not anywhere near as bad as Culloden , and of all the people that were involved in it, from the victims to the perpetrators to people who were caught in the middle The book weaves multiple stories together, including that of the machinations that led to the massacre and that of the the two people who This is a fairly historically accurate story of what led up to the massacre of Glencoe, a horrible episode of Scottish history that took place during the Jacobite uprisings one of many, sadly, but not anywhere near as bad as Culloden , and of all the people that were involved in it, from the victims to the perpetrators to people who were caught in the middle The book weaves multiple stories together, including that of the machinations that led to the massacre and that of the the two people who fell in love despite clan rivalries It does this by having the viewpoint switch between a number of different characters, all of whom we get to know throughout the years from 1682 through 1695.This book is incredibly, wonderfully Scottish The characters wear trews and arisaids and ride garrons and drink usquabae and do other things you may not recognize and, when talking, use many expressions that the average reader who isn t obsessed with Scotland may not ken Och, but dinna fash, dinna greet, just bide a wee, and ye ll get used to it, aye Unfortunately, the Scottish ness was my favorite part of the book The love story, once it finally got going, was enjoyable for a while, and the politics and behind the scenes of the royal courts were interesting, but for some reason, not enough It took me what felt like forever to get through this book I had to renew it once , especially the first 180 pages I wasn t really interested until the gathering of the clans at Achallader, and I didn t reach the point where I was waiting for just onechapter just oneor maybe two, the next one s short before I would get up to find food or take a shower or something until pretty late in the book I had really high hopes for this book, both because its subject seems right up my alley I love Scotland and Scottish history and highlanders I even wear a Jacobite rosette pin on my coat , plus there s a recommendation from Diana Gabaldon on the cover, and she s one of my favorite authors I hope it didn t work for me because it was just the wrong time for me to be reading it a lot is going on in my life right now I did enjoy the book quite a lot, because the parts I liked, I really liked, but I fear that was outweighed by how frustrated I was at how long it took me to get into it I wanted to give the book 3.5 stars, but since I liked it so much, I couldn t bring myself to round down, so it s four Another reason I can t round down is that while reading I was bothered by how Jennifer Roberson portrayed John Hill as so sympathetic to the Highlanders, because it seemed unrealistic, but it turns out that he actually was, so I can t complain about that any


  5. Ellen Ellen says:

    I wanted to love this book, but it just didn t happen I was bored for the majority of it, and I kept rolling my eyes at Cat and pretty much the rest of the characters The massacre of Glencoe itself is fascinating and tragic, but this novel didn t move me nearly as much as reading accounts of it did As this is the second book of Jennifer Roberson s that I have read, I have come to realize that her writing style is not to my taste that doesn t make her a poor author rather, I simply need to I wanted to love this book, but it just didn t happen I was bored for the majority of it, and I kept rolling my eyes at Cat and pretty much the rest of the characters The massacre of Glencoe itself is fascinating and tragic, but this novel didn t move me nearly as much as reading accounts of it did As this is the second book of Jennifer Roberson s that I have read, I have come to realize that her writing style is not to my taste that doesn t make her a poor author rather, I simply need to look elsewhere when I turn to historical fiction particularly when it comes to Scotland or Robin Hood


  6. Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) says:

    This may be my favorite Historical Fiction book ever For one thing I am totally intrigued with Scotland and especially the Highlanders I loved the descriptions of the places, the battles, to the people who made the story The author not only brought them to life but she took historical people and using what she could discover about what they DID, she gave them personalities and let me understand what drove them whether it was insecurities, a desire for power, or just plain cruelty I will neve This may be my favorite Historical Fiction book ever For one thing I am totally intrigued with Scotland and especially the Highlanders I loved the descriptions of the places, the battles, to the people who made the story The author not only brought them to life but she took historical people and using what she could discover about what they DID, she gave them personalities and let me understand what drove them whether it was insecurities, a desire for power, or just plain cruelty I will never forget Maclain, laird of the MacDonalds and most feared of all by his enemies In his sixties with his premature snow white hair falling around his shoulders, white beard, blazing blue eyes dressed in full Highland dress and standing a head taller than any man in the room Bigger than life but history showed that he was just that By half way through the book I admired some, loved some, disliked some, and hated some of them In the author s notes it is revealed that the main players were all real and the things that happened were real as far as history tells us Catriona Cat Campbell who is our main female lead is fiction but our hero, Alasdair Og the younger McDonald 2nd son of Mclain, the Laird was real and did marry a Campbell of Glenlyon so she is roughly based on a person who existed Jean Stewart, twin of the heir of Appin, is also fiction and plays a part in the romance part of the story.This is a Historical Romance I suppose some will like it or not because of the romance and some will beinterested in the historical significance and telling of the story of the intrigue and treachery of what happened at Glencoe I loved it all, but admit the way this author took me right into the seventeenth century Scottish Highlands was what made it beyond a great read for me If one is looking for a torrid romance, this is not it The two main characters, a Cameron and a MacDonald are not even together for a large part of the book I believe the author used their love story to illustrate just how deep the hatred ran between these two clans and that it was one that went back centuries I finished it three days ago The night before I finished it I had read about 2 3 of the book In the wee small hours of the morning I just had to give up and go to bed I proceeded to lie awake for two hours remaining in Scotland in the seventeenth century and worrying about what was going to happen I did not know this history before I read the book and refrained from looking it up But I knew it was called a massacre Some authors like to kill characters they have led us to care about Others do not But history was driving this story, not the author, and I was afraid.I think it might illustrate what I loved about this book to give some examples from it so will below There is fighting and it is very very real I should mention throughout this book in the dialogue and descriptions Scottish words and terms and forms of speech are used Dair was in that moment a man alone, a man completely apart, the skirl of pipes retreated, and the screech of steel on steel, the grunts, the cries, the screams the crack of muskets as yet unsilenced by Highland dirk or sword He heard only the noise of his own survival the rasp of breath in his chest, the catch gasp of a grunt in his throat, the throttled almost bestial growl as he stood his ground beside the dead man and warded off his own death as it snooved through the heather in the guise of Mackay s man Dair s best friend in the heir of Appin, Robbie Stewart Robbie was a contradiction as he was not a good person and capable of cruelty, but he was a true friend during a time when brutality was the rule, not the exception I have read enough Scottish history to know that cattle stealing was perhaps the biggest recreation and joy these Highlanders had It is a big part of this story too From the book One could not go cattle lifting without irritating the laird who owned them Maclain was proof of that, whenever MacDonald cattle were stolen.But then, it was Robbie s nature to revel in irking folk, particularly Campbell folk, though he had less reason than MacDonalds The heir of Appin, plain and simple, enjoyed stealing cattle no matter whose they were Highland wealth was measured in cows, but Robbie didn t do it for wealth He did it for the risk Dair did it for the cattle And the Earl of Breadalbane A Campbell and his is a story of a thirst for power no matter who suffers for it Here he has called the clans together to try to get them to sign a peace which in reality will only buy his English King time to bring in men and arms The Highlanders do not recognize King William but are Jacobites and serve their exiled king, James Och, I am of them, but wiser, aye And he would use them as he must to change the face of Scotland For now the land and its future yet lay in their trust, which he could not easily win But he knew that the greatest strength of all lay in unity, and that if he permitted them to use that unity against him as they had used it against Hugh Mackay at Killiecrankie, he would lose Unity perforce must serve me in another way And to make it so he would destroy it And Cat She began as a homely little child whose mother died and was raised by a drunken father who gambled away their future Four older brothers who teased her and insulted her all of her young life made her a rebel Her heart was caught when she was just ten by the first person who had ever said a kind word to her, young Dair MacDonald in a brief encounter It was tenyears before she saw him again Cat, who with her sharp tongue cut her way through most conversations but who was a survivor and a true Highland lass She knew there were those who cursed the pipes, Lowlanders and Sassenachs, who lacked the blood of the Highlands, the burn water and usquabae that ran so hot in their veins But she was not one of them.Another piper took up the lament The ceol mor squeezed Cat s heart, winding itself around her bones until she believed they might break of the longing There was pipe horn grief, and taut earning, and a loneliness of spirit she could not fully acknowledge, not knowing its name, its need.As the pipe music rode firesmoke to Uaigh a Choigrich, high on the brae above MacDonald razed Achalladar that once was Campbell built, Cat could not but know what it was she wanted, how badly she wanted it, and that she could not have it He was, after all MacDonald, and she a Campbell Later He held out his hand and waited Fingertips at first, the merest brush of flesh on flesh But it was enough It was always enough, there was no room for denial, nowish for escape She put her hand into his Come with me, he said come home with me to Glencoe Manythings happen both politically and personally to these amazing people and others The utter treachery and horror of Glencoe made meangry that I can remember in any other book If not for a few brave people we would not know this story as there were supposed to be no survivors But I will not reveal what is to come in the book As I went through to find some little lines to share in this review I almost read it again as I would find something and just keep reading Highly recommend if you are interested in a fascinating piece of history and especially if you love Scotland The cover of the book has on it, A marvelous tale Diana Gabaldon I bought the paperback version at Half Price books based on this recommendation I have ordered the hardback this is a keeper The events take place about 50 years before Culloden in Outlander.NOTE five months after reading this book I am currently reading another book about this event, The Highland Witch Mid way through I got on the internet and looked up Glencoe on Wiki It states on there that what happened at Glencoe was George RR Martin s inspiration for the Red Wedding Wow I threw that book across the room and never finished it I stated above how I felt when reading this true tale But I can see the parallels very clearly I think I felt closer to the characters in this book but could not be so angry at the author because it really happened and my anger was aimed at those who betrayed a trust


  7. Toni Toni says:

    I picked this book up solely on the fact it was set in Scotland and a recommendation from Diana Gabaldon goes a long way I m a huge fan.I love to read about Scotland s history and this book had a lot of that, but I had a hard time getting into the story on this one There was a lot of history, but it came across without the emotion it should have had, for me, anyway The characters were interesting and the story tooIt was just hard to get into, it felt like forever before I got to the I picked this book up solely on the fact it was set in Scotland and a recommendation from Diana Gabaldon goes a long way I m a huge fan.I love to read about Scotland s history and this book had a lot of that, but I had a hard time getting into the story on this one There was a lot of history, but it came across without the emotion it should have had, for me, anyway The characters were interesting and the story tooIt was just hard to get into, it felt like forever before I got to the point where I couldn t put it down But I did get there, so don t take this as a negative review I did give it 4 stars What I liked about it, I really liked Maybe it s just not fair of me to compare everything I read to Diana Gabaldon


  8. Christine Christine says:

    Read this many moons ago Recently unearthed from a box in storage Need to re read before rating.I do remember liking this, just not as well as Lady of the Forest.


  9. Christy Christy says:

    What a moving account of the Massacre at Glencoe This book is why I love historical fiction Every character except 2 are real historical figures the MC being one, but even she is based on a IRL figure just the familial relationship was changed I would call thisa historical biography than fiction Obviously, the dialogue between the characters is created by the author, but her extensive research really shows thru It was realistic to the times participants really did help to tell t What a moving account of the Massacre at Glencoe This book is why I love historical fiction Every character except 2 are real historical figures the MC being one, but even she is based on a IRL figure just the familial relationship was changed I would call thisa historical biography than fiction Obviously, the dialogue between the characters is created by the author, but her extensive research really shows thru It was realistic to the times participants really did help to tell the story in an accurate way, often backed up by genuine historical documents I loved learning the political reasons maneuverings of the parties involved How a human being a fellow Scot could conspire to exterminate an entire clan The slowly developed relationship between the two MCs seemed realistic, particularly since they were from warring clans IRL Since the author took liberties with the female lead, I really appreciated her not making Cat a stereotypical romantic heroine Instead, she gave her a real intelligence, prickly personality, wicked tongue, awkwardly built, rather plain of face Best of all, she showed how those things shaped Cat how she learned grew from her mistakes misconceptions Bravo Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my first book by Jennifer Roberson a fellow Arizonian look forward to readingfrom her


  10. Colleen Martin Colleen Martin says:

    Scottish history has been a passion of mine for quite some time, and the story of Glencoe, as horrific and tragic as it was, remains most intriguing It s surprising thatnovels aren t written based on that event, but Roberson s retelling is good The romance itself is rather implausiblewhile inter clan marriages occurred all the time, I have a hard time swallowing one between such hated enemies But I guess that s what makes it such a good yarn You might want to brush up on your histor Scottish history has been a passion of mine for quite some time, and the story of Glencoe, as horrific and tragic as it was, remains most intriguing It s surprising thatnovels aren t written based on that event, but Roberson s retelling is good The romance itself is rather implausiblewhile inter clan marriages occurred all the time, I have a hard time swallowing one between such hated enemies But I guess that s what makes it such a good yarn You might want to brush up on your history a bit before undertaking this bookit will make muchsense if you get a general background of the people and events of the time


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