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Destiny (Lochinvar) [Mass Market Paperback]

Kathleen Givens
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22 May 2003 Lochinvar
'The Legend' introduced the Highland prophecy that bound the MacCurrie men to battle, and the fiery women they dared to love. Now the adventure continues in this tale of strangers whose lives are destined to be entwined.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Import (22 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446610534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446610537
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,253,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Destiry 21 Jun 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kathleen Givens' books are excellent - well thought-out story plots, 'nail biting' stuff at times and heros 'to die for'! I was so sorry to learn that Kathleen died in January 2010. I have all her books and they're keepers - well worth reading again, and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FIRST TIME KATHLEEN GIVENS READER 2 Nov 2003
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This book is a sequel to The Legend which tells the story of Jamie MacCurrie and his lady love. The hero of The Destiny is Neil MacCurrie, Jamies twin, who shares a Highland prophecy and a telepathic link to his brother.
On his return to England from France Neil must travel overland through a hostile England on the way to his beloved Highlands. He is told of a safe house where he may rest on his journey, however, he is betrayed and taken hostage. Eileen, the possible grand-daughter of a king tries to protect Neil and ultimately helps him to escape. Neil promises to return and when he does finds Eileen in danger at the royal court in London. Neil is promised to a scottish woman from another clan. His loyalty to the Clan, his king and Eileen conflict and he must choose which path his future will take.
This was the first book by Kathleen Givens I have read. I found it very informative about the period, although the names to remember seemed daunting at times. I read it in one session without any breaks because I wanted to see how it ended, so it obviously held my attention! The heroine was strong but the author did not lose track of the fact that in the period depicted women did not have a great deal of choice in their lives!
You do not have to read the Legend before you read this book , but it does give you clues as to the story of the first book.
Although I liked The Destiny and it was well written I have to admit that I only finished this book yesterday and I have had to re-read a few lines at the end of the book to remember the storyline and how it ended - so probably not a keeper!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific historical romance from Ms. Givens 4 May 2003
By baltimore0502 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was first introduced to this author in "The Legend", the wonderful predecessor to this book and I'm glad I discovered her. "The Legend" introduced twin brothers James and Neil MacCurrie and the prophecies involving their lives, loves, war, peace and the future of their clan.
"The Destiny" is laird Neil's story and opens with Neil returning from a meeting with exiled King James in France. Posing as a French Huguenot, he arrives at what he has been told is a safehouse and there he meets Eileen Ronley. She has been asked to translate French to English so that it can be determined who he is and why he has come. During the exchange, Eileen comes to doubt that he is, indeed French, since he seems to know of her Scots mother. Neil is stunned to discover that Eileen is the long lost cousin of his own cousin Duncan. They begin to feel an attraction to one another immediately. When Neil is imprisoned, Eileen helps him to escape and he leaves her with a kiss and the words "I will see you again".
Eileen is the granddaughter of King Charles II. Her father was the king's illegitimate son, but there are rumours that Charles did, in fact marry Jane Ronley. If that could be proven, Eileen would then be the rightful queen. This makes life quite dangerous for Eileen (which worries Neil even more than Eileen) and creates most of the intrigue and conflict in this story. Will Neil return to London and find her? Will Eileen pursue her claim to the throne? Are Neil and Eileen each other's destiny?
If you need to have hero and heroine constantly together and having sex, you likely won't enjoy this book. Neil and Eileen are seperated often, but there are enough sweet, romantic encounters along the way that turn your heart to mush and keep the romance alive for Neil, Eileen and the reader. Though I liked "The Legend" better, this is still recommended and I hope that Duncan will get his story next. :)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping grand tale! 17 May 2003
By Tara A. Green - Published on Amazon.com
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Set against a backdrop of turbulent historical times and inter-mingled with an ancient prophecy that can't be denied, THE DESTINY shines!
Jacobites, supporters of the exiled branch of the house of Stuart are seeking to restore James II to the English and Scottish thrones. When William III and Mary II ascended the throne after the flight of James II to France, strong Stuart partisans remained to offer rebellion. Neil MacCurrie, a highland Chieftain is in England, a very dangerous place to be during these times.
Eileen Ronley first meets Neil MacCurrie disguised as a Frenchman seeking shelter and a safe place to stay at her father's home. Unfortunately her father has mysteriously died several years earlier along with her mother, and the house is now owned by Milford, a man who is both suspicious and weary of this strange visitor to the Ronley home. Neil is on dangerous ground and his true heritage must not be discovered. Knowing this he answers untruthfully the questions set before him by Milford and he is taken prisoner. Eileen suspects he is not what he seems but regardless of this bravely helps him escape. Neil and Eileen feel a compelling and strong attraction and share a kiss farewell. They meet again in the royal courts of King William III and Mary II, a dangerous place for any Scot. There they fall in love and just might find their 50 years of peace.
THE DESTINY is a sweeping grand tale of political intrigue, personal ambition and romance that should not be missed!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Follow Up to The Legend 11 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast, entertaining read and the charaters were well rounded. I have come to love Jamie, Neil and Duncan (I hope his story is next!)
If you like Highland romances, this will not disappoint!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Destiny 12 Mar 2009
By Deb Kay - Published on Amazon.com
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With this book I have read all of Kathleen Givens books and they are a little hard to find but definitely worth the effort of finding. If you like historical romance set in Scotland it is a good read. Mrs. Givens has just enough historical detail that the book is not boring the ending is a little out there but still an excellent read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting seventeenth century romance 12 April 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1691, the Scottish Earl of Torridan Neil MacCurrie travels to France to discuss the future with exiled King James. However, the despondent monarch delays his meeting before finally encouraging Neil to swear alliance to his son-in-law and daughter. The wait in France forces Neil to quietly cross the Channel to England.
Disguised as a Huguenot, Jean Paul Belmond, Neil seeks sanctuary at the home of Ronley only to learn that the Earl is dead, his daughter Eileen a "guest" with no prospects, and the keep run by Milford. The new earl imprisons Neil, but Eileen helps him escape. After getting home, Neil goes back to retrieve Eileen only to learn she is staying with her cousin Princess Ann in London. Pretending to be Jean Paul, he struggles to keep Eileen safe as evidence has surfaced that she is the legitimate claimant to the throne even as he falls in love with her.
The sequel to THE LEGEND, THE DESTINY is an exciting seventeenth century romance that hums with real persona augmenting the love story between the lead characters. The story line is filled with intrigue and non-stop action, as it seems every major player has an agenda. Kathleen Givens gives her fans a rousing sequel that brings perspective to the early days of the reign of William and Mary (with a few fictional twists) that make for a fun time.
Harriet Klausner
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