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Highland Blessings

Highland Blessings [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Hudson Taylor
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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 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: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426702264
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (1 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNIJ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of historical Christian fiction and a speaker on topics of faith, writing and publishing. Her work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, Romantic Times Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. She serves as the in-house Publicist and PR/Marketing Advisor of Hartline Literary Agency. 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.

Her family history, and discovering more about her Scots-Irish, Welsh and English roots. Her Scottish surnames include Gregory, Galloway, and Fraser. Her husband's Scottish surnames include Henderson, Campbell, and Grant. Her Welsh surnames include: Morgan and Robbins.

She lives by these two verses:
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1

"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

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3.0 out of 5 stars highland blessings 17 July 2013
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this was a fair book it was easy read with a thin storyline
but not terrible
it was just a fair story that fine to relax with
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highland Blessing 13 Jan 2013
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highland blessing i really enjoyed this book sad funny and romantic it was a delight to read and a happy ending
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Initially, despite loving Scottish historical novels, I didn't download this one, as it was some 300 pages long, but I didn't have much to read and decided to go for it, and I wasn't disappointed. Before I knew it I was on page 104, and it felt as if the tale had only just started. It is fairly heavy on utterances of God's wishes, the Almighty, living a Christian life, but not in an overtly preachy way at all; it was all simply in line with the era in which the novel is set, but Faith questions do appear at the end of the novel, which I did avoid. It is written with Scottish brogue, so I did find it a touch hard to understand some of the dialogue, but that's something that most novels set in this time-period in Scotland feature.

It's a tale that's fairly typical of olde Scotland, where to try to avoid clan feuds, from a very young age, a female from one clan is betrothed to a male from the feuding/rival clan, but that's just part of it...

We get to meet Akira, who's just been jilted by her fiance Gregor, as the night before their nuptials, he's had a premonition via a dream, in which he's been shown that Akira is not for him, so he leaves her at the altar. They are childhood friends who had been marrying for convenience and so it's no great loss for her, but before she can gain her wits, she's being abducted by Bryce MacPhearson, the middle son of his late clan-chief father, who is honouring his father's dying wish by taking her to wed the new clan chief, his older brother Evan. Though Akira is feisty and skilled in fighting, she agrees to go with Bryce to avoid bloodshed, and to try for peace between their clans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange ending 27 Nov 2011
By Lily
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It was almost as if the book was editted in the last chapter as it moved and ended so suddenly, where one minute it is tense, the next it is all over and happy even after etc..
I really enjoyed it mostly but the end left me short changed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Highland Blessings" by Jennifer Hudson Taylor 27 May 2010
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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.
57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Depth 7 July 2010
By Hinds24 - Published on
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My main problem with Highland Blessings is that is lacks depth. There is very little character development, certainly not enough to make the reader feel invested in the main characters until well into the novel. I was over halfway through the novel before enough was known about the characters for me to want to continue reading to find out what would happen in the end.

I felt as if I was reading a Reader's Digest version of the story with all the details stripped from what could have been a great novel. The story jumps from one event to another without explanation: explanation of either the situation, the characters' thoughts and feelings or why the story was jumping to the next event. For example (warning: slight spoiler): One of the main reasons that Akira trusted Bryce was because he did not force her to consummate their marriage, yet there is no discussion of when she finally decided to allow the consummation...they are kissing, they say they love each other,then at the end she is pregnant.

I also felt that the story was fairly predicable with a Romeo and Juliet storyline (without the death scene). The traitor in their midst was exactly who you were led to believe. So many hints are given, that there is no surprise when you find out who it is. There was no misdirection to make the reader think for a moment that it could have been anyone else. My only surprise was the lack of misdirection.

After making it two thirds of the way through the story, I finally was caught up enough in the story and characters to make me stay up late in order to finish the story. I just wish that there was more depth and detail in the storyline and characters; it so easily could have been a 4 or 5 star novel if a little more time would have been put into the development of the story. Jennifer Hudson Taylor has promise as an author, but needs to work on creating more depth to her characters and storyline.

Considering I got this as a free Kindle download, it was worth reading. If you are looking for substance in your reading, you may not want to purchase this novel...unless you are able to get a hold of a free copy.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Debut 12 May 2010
By Linore Burkard - Published on
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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.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm confused? 20 Aug 2010
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How is she pregnant? When did she decide to consummate the marriage? I wasn't expecting a sex scene but I think it was an important fact to be mentioned for us to understand the true turning point in the level of trust and love. Other than that, it was a nice story. I liked the constant reference to the Lord at the beginning of the book because it truly set the stage for the mindset of the characters. However, I felt that the religiousness got heavy handed in the middle and it felt less like part of the story and more about educating the reader on Christianity.

Bottom line:
Would I read it again? No, there was not enough depth to feel I could gain better insight with a second pass.
Was it worth the time to read it once? Yes, it is stylistically well written even if the story itself has a few flaws.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not a good read at all 14 Dec 2012
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After just finishing the Diana Gabaldon series and turned to this book and what a disappointment. I found it disjointed - I got no real sense of time and timing, the key female character went from no sex to pregnant without the storyline indicating that the relationship had developed. And the language! would a 15th century person really say "you will not do.... period". Period? come on now. Also using the term 'okay'. I don't think so.

I found no depth to the characters, events moved swiftly without the build up of the scenes. As a non-Christian I could wear the religious overtones - it would be appropriate for the period the story is set in - but it really did start going over the top again without much character development (eg Bryce slowly coming to God under the influence of his wife - that could have been really well written about, but again the progression was glossed over).

Sorry - can't recommend this author.
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