Nora Roberts has created a wonderfully romantic love story set against the backdrop of Scotland's doomed Jacobite rebellion.
Coll MacGregor, eldest son of the MacGregor clan laird, returns from Paris with his closest friend Brigham Langston, earl Ashburn, an English nobleman. Coll and Brigham are Jacobites, as is the MacGregor family, who are willing to risk all to put their Stuart King back on the throne of Scotland and England. The two men travel together to Scotland to meet and gather the clans in preparation for the arrival of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and war.
When they reach the MacGregor home in the Highlands, Brigham is prepared to meet Coll's family, but he is taken totally unaware by the vibrant, hot tempered Serena MacGregor, Coll's eldest sister. Sparks fly and tempers flare, as Serena makes her views known about all Englishmen, and Brig, the 'Sassenach,' in particular. As war plans are fleshed out, Brig and Serena fall in lust and then in love. The characters are terrific, and the mixture of humor and intensity, with the historical background, make for a winning combination.
The secondary characters, the MacGregor clan, its retainers, and Brigham's valet really add to the novel and make the story come to life. They each have their own tale to tell and their presence does much more than act as filler between the chapters where Serena and Brig interact.
"Rebellion" is an absorbing light read. If you are a fan of historical fiction, and/or Scottish romance, as I am, that is definitely a plus. ENJOY!!