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Pamela Griffin, Jennifer Hudson Taylor and Gina Welborn Laurie Alice Eakes

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1 Feb 2012 Romancing America
Head to historic North Carolina where a brooch unites the lives and loves of four women. Dangerous accusations force Seona to leave Scotland with the brooch in tow, but will she find peace before her past is revealed? Years later, Fiona hopes to recover the brooch only to wind up on the whipping block. Can she trust the man who comes to her rescue? Seren sells the brooch to open a confectionery, but will the precious heirloom be lost to a hopeless dream? When the brooch is stolen, can Brynna reclaim it before she loses something even more valuable?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet and Satisfying Collection! 4 Mar 2012
By S. Dietze - Published on Amazon.com
From Scotland to colonial North Carolina, an heirloom brooch passes through four generations of related women in Highland Crossings, a collection of four inspirational novellas. Romantic, sweet, and historically rich, the stories in Highland Crossings make for quick but satisfying reading. Written by four authors, the stories differ in style and tone but complement one another well, appealing to readers of varying tastes.

Pamela Griffin's Healer of My Heart (1739) tells the story of Seona, who flees Scotland with the brooch, hoping for peace and anonymity in North Carolina. But when she's caught as a stowaway aboard Colin'a ship, will her gifts as a healer help her cause, and in the New World, too?

In Printed on My Heart (1739) by Laurie Alice Eakes, Seona's cousin Fiona comes to America for one reason: to bring the brooch back to Scotland. When she ends up tied to a whipping block, her only hope lies in becoming indentured to the town printer, Welsh immigrant Owain, who has secrets of his own.

Seren sells the brooch in Sugarplum Hearts by Gina Welborn (1789), in order to open a confectionary...but her business plans falter, and she questions her decision to sell such a precious heirloom. Scottish immigrant Finley's business proposal will benefit them both, but when sabotage strikes, can Seren regain what she's lost?

Jennifer Hudson Taylor's Heart's Inheritance (1815) follows Brynna, whose love of history and stability make her resistant to change. Her world is thrown into turmoil when Niall buys the building she wanted for a museum...and when the heirloom brooch is stolen. Will Brynna be able to restore her hope and embrace the changes God sends her way?

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. Historical detail is woven with humor, depth, and romance in these fast-paced plots. These authors are talented, and I wished for more when I was finished!

A copy of this book was furnished by one of the authors. A review, positive or otherwise, was neither promised nor expected.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 21 Feb 2012
By weatherlover1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the 2nd book of the series Romancing America that I have read and I really like them. They are a group of shorter stories but they fit together in such a way that it seems like one book. I am looking forward to reading more of these books.

What I liked: The first story starts out in Scotland with Seona. She sails to the new world to get away from certain death. Along the way she finds love and we learn about the early settlements of America. Each story has different plots and characters but builds on the story before it some. It's also the same family just generations forward. A good read.

What I did not like: The last two stories the two main characters did not know each other very long at all or spend a lot of time together yet they fell in love very fast. Just not as believable as the first two stories where there was more time (story would jump forward weeks or months) for the characters to interact.

Over all I liked this book and recommend this book. It's an easy and quick read which can be nice when your looking for something not as deep as a regular novel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Linked Stories 19 Feb 2012
By Valerie Comer - Published on Amazon.com
In February's release, Romancing America takes us to the 1700s, when many Scottish immigrants came to North Carolina. The characters in this collection are related to one other, though the stories don't follow a strictly generational format.

A family heirloom helps tie the tales together. This brooch is of a lion's head with topaz eyes, and was given to an ancestor 200 years earlier for service to the crown. It's by far the most valuable item this family owns, and it's taken on mythic proportions.

In "Healer of My Heart" by Pamela Griffin, dangerous accusations force Seona to flee Scotland with the brooch in hand, but will she find peace before her past is revealed?

This novella starts out in Scotland as Seona is smuggled aboard the Thistle as a stowaway, bound for North Carolina. If she's caught-or recognized onboard-she may well be burned at the stake. A well respected agent, Colin Campbell, discovers her presence, and doesn't turn her in because she's a healer who can cure his younger brother of his ailments. He's also attracted to her and sets Seona up to live with his cousin in the New Land. But if she can't trust him with her past, how can they build a future together?

In "Printed on My Heart" by Laurie Alice Eakes, Seona's cousin Fiona arrives in North Carolina years later in search of the brooch. Nothing has gone right in their Scottish village since the brooch disappeared, and superstition demands its return. Fiona is down on her luck and bitter besides. There's a nasty law that allows the town constable to whip her because she isn't employed, but she's rescued by Owain, the printer's son. He pays the fine, which indentures her to the family for a year.

Fiona chafes at the sentence, knowing it slows down her search for her family's treasure. But the love she sees between the members of the Cardew family, and between them and God, begins to tug at her heart. Can both she and Owain trust God to meet their needs and provide them a future filled with love?

In "Sugarplum Hearts" by Gina Welborn, Seren sells the brooch to open a confectionery, but will the precious heirloom be lost to a hopeless dream? After all, no one understands candy just for the sake of candy. Now, if she only made sweet-tasting medicines, her neighbors would understand.

Finley Sinclair is a broker with a dream. He only wants to make enough money to buy a farm, and the only item he can find to resell in the city are Seren's candies. And if this should happen to endear him to their maker, that wouldn't be all bad. He's a man with a wee bit of self-confidence where the ladies are concerned, and Seren is not amused.

This novella is Gina Welborn's debut and I must admit I really enjoyed Finley in particular. It's difficult to write a character who's convinced he's God's gift to women and have him come off as endearing rather than arrogant. Gina managed to pull this off.

In "Heart's Inheritance" by Jennifer Hudson TaylorThe heirloom brooch belongs to Brynna Cardew's older sister, and that makes Brynna a little jealous. She's the one with a deep love of history, after all. So it's doubly annoying when Niall Cameron comes to town determined to update his deceased uncle's businesses. Has he no respect for heritage? As Brynna's employer, Niall has no idea what he's done to annoy her, but he wants her love, not her ire. When the brooch is stolen, Niall knows just how he can win her over.

Something I really enjoyed about this collection were the voices of the various authors. In general, I prefer reading contemporary romance over historical, so it takes a stronger voice to pull me into historical fiction. These gals have that voice in spades. A few times I got hung up on the Scottish lingo, but it wasn't overdone.

If you enjoy historical and/or Scottish fiction, you'll love this glimpse into the Campbell/Cardew family of the 1700s in North Carolina.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Collection of Colonial and Early American Inspirational Romance Novellas 18 Feb 2012
By Carrie F. Pagels - Published on Amazon.com
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Highland Crossing is a four-novella collection of Scottish immigrants, centered around an heirloom brooch. This was an EXCELLENT collection. If you love colonial and early American inspirational fiction you do not want to miss this collection!

Healer of My Heart, By Pamela Griffin
1739 - To keep from being killed, Seona sneaks aboard a ship sailing to America. A healer, on the crossing she saves Colin's brother. When they reach the colony of North Carolina, Colin brings her under his wing, placing her in a home near his in an isolated settlement. I love this novella and felt like Pamela took me right to the backwoods of colonial North Carolina. Wonderful love story by a fabulous story-teller!

1758 - Printed on My Heart, By Laurie Alice Eakes
The really fun part of reading this novella was that I took Laurie Alice around Colonial Williamsburg, with Gina, last year when she interviewed the printer there. Laurie Alice is blind but the reader would never know that reading her work. This novella is yet another example of this author's ability to pack a shorter book (novella) with unbelievable details without sacrificing the integrity of the story. Laurie Alice has you loving poor Fiona and her hero Owain before you can say "I do"!!!

1789 - Sugarplum Hearts, By Gina Welborn
Seren Cardew is a candy maker. Finley Sinclair, a new immigrant from Scotland, aspires to become a broker. Except that he has no clients! These two were made for each other!

This is Gina Welborn's debut. Well done, Gina!

1815 - Heart's Inheritance, By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Brynna Sinclair aspires to bring a museum to her town and cherishes history. She likes things to stay as they are. When Niall Cameron, a new Scottish immigrant, takes over at her workplace, she is sure his changes will bring ruin to the community. When he buys a building that Brynna has coveted for a museum, sparks fly.

Jennifer Hudson Taylor has two other Scottish trade length books under her belt and it shows in her knowledge. She also lives in North Carolina, where the story is set!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interconnected Novella Collection 25 Mar 2012
By bookluvr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This collection of four novellas are linked by a brooch given by Mary Queen of Scots. These inspirational stories are set in different time periods with the women characters related to each other. The stories are set in the same area of North Carolina. This collection is unlike some of the other collections that I have read where the stories only have the setting in common. I think that it is a good idea to interconnect the stories which makes the reader interested in where the brooch is headed next. The authors also give a little bit of taste of the time period that the stories are set in which gives you background information. I would recommend this collection of four novellas to those who do enjoy inspirational historical fiction. I did receive this book from Netgalley in return for a review.
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