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MOBI Ê DOC On a Highland Shore 9781416509905 FREE µ From acclaimed historical novelist Kathleen Givens comes a magnificently conceived intricately detailed novel that brings to vivid life the tumult adventure and passion of thirteenth century Scotland when Norse invaders laid claim to the land and its people—and an explosive clOnceived for political gain will she find safety? Or should she put her trust in an imposing half Irish half Norse warrior? Gannon MacMagnus alone offers her hope of reuniting her family and vanuishing the barbarous Norsemen who would continue to rob her people of their God given right to determine their own destinies In whom should Margaret entrust the fate of the rugged magnificent land she calls hom Gannon MacMagnus is a beautiful strapping man half Irish and half Norsemana proud man a decent man an honourable man He has left his home in Ireland to accompany his uncle to Scotland to help those who have been raided by a band of vicious Vikings It is here that he encounters Margaret MacDonaldhis destiny Margaret MacDonald is the eldest daughter of a prominent laird in Scotland She is betrothed to a powerful man Lachlan a cousin to the King But when Lachlan betrays Margaret with her best friend she is determined to end the betrothal But as the times dictate Margaret is to wed Lachlan for the good of her clan But this becomes the least of her worries when upon her return home from court Margaret and her brother and sister discover their village in ruins every man and women brutally murdered and the carnage left for them to see Margaret must somehow rebuild her life and help her people She is told her destiny is to be with the golden one and that she will fight dragons Is Gannon her golden one? Will she choose the right path and be forever happy or die a tragic death?I was totally engrossed with this story I have never read a book set in the early 13th century or one that deals with Norsemen in Scotland I was intrigued by the history of this time period including the battles for land and the raids by the Vikings on the people living on the Western shores of Scotland But what truly held me were the characters created by this author I was immediately taken with Gannon His strength of will and commitment to his family and people were remarkable But I feel that it was the heroine Margaret that took center stage She was one strong willed loving smart and determined woman She was not one to be easily bullied by men something rare for a female of the time She knew what she wanteda safe land for her people a place to call home and true love with a partner who would honestly listen to her I could feel her emotions so often in the storyI felt her outrage at her betrayal her overwhelming grief at the loss of her family and the soaring of her heart when she looked at Gannon Although this is a historical romance it is so much There isn't the usual happy fluff This is an intense tale filled with the political and social realities of the time There are suspenseful and sometimes graphic battle scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat Woven within all of this is the emotionally satisfying love story of Margaret and Gannon I could not put this book down and I highly recommend it to all readers You will gasp cringe cry and laugh You will become immersed in a time and place that could be both brutally harsh and epically beautiful And you will want to read just as I do

MOBI ✓ On a Highland Shore ↠ Kathleen Givens

From acclaimed historical novelist Kathleen Givens comes a magnificently conceived intricately detailed novel that brings to vivid life the tumult adventure and passion of thirteenth century Scotland when Norse invaders laid claim to the land and its people and an explosive clash of cultures politics and personal pride changed the world foreverOn Scotland's western shore the village of Somerstrath prep Minor plot spoilers but nothing that will ruin the story for anyoneThe Biblio gods must be smiling down on me because the last few books I’ve read have been “cannot put it down” fabulous On A Highland Shore is no exceptionAbout the storyWhen you’re the laird’s daughter what you want is not as important as what is best for your people Margaret MacDonald learns this heartbreaking lesson the hard way when she finds her future husband in the bed of her very best friend Fiona and is expected to marry him anyway Refusing to listen to those around her including her own parents who tell her that “for the good of her people” she must marry Lachlan despite his “lack of judgment” Margaret tries to find ways out of the betrothal without breaking her marriage contract and shaming her family As it turns out that is the least of her problems and she finds herself working to reunite her family while helping overthrow a barbaric Norseman who has begun terrorizing Scotland Of course she can’t do it alone and finds herself having to put aside her social and cultural biases while learning to trust a man she barely knows yet finds herself falling in love withMy thoughtsThis was my first read of Kathleen Givens’ writing and it won’t be my last While On A Highland Shore is a romance novel it is also so much Not your run of the mill fluffy historical romance novel – which I love as much as the next gal – it is a complex novel full of twists and turns political maneuvering and treachery I appreciate the detail Givens gave to historical accuracy and at the end of the book she lists those events that were real and how she was able to weave them into her own storyUsing these actual historical figures and events to fill out this tale Givens takes us to a time and place of great turmoil Years of peace have left the Highlanders complacent vulnerable and an easy target for one greedy and power hungry Norseman who has decided that the best things in life are his for the plundering Who cares if a few lives – or a few thousand – are lost in the process? He’s just the kind of bad guy you love to hate and by the end of the story as far as I was concerned there was nothing brutal enough or too heinous that could have been done to him in the pursuit of punishment or revenge On A Highland Shore has a strong cast of characters too many to name but memorable all the same In ways it reminded me of The Lord of The Rings in that everyone was willing to do their part no matter how difficult trusting in their fellow men and women to also be doing their own parts as well And because everyone did what they needed to do and trusted in each other it all came together and worked out beautifullyKathleen Givens took what could have been mere words on a page and breathed life into them The characters are wonderfully developed and are all people we care about Margaret the eldest daughter is such a strong opinionated woman yet so full of love and trust I cried at the loss of her innocence sharing the pain she felt upon learning of the betrayal To see her so vulnerable and so hurt is heart wrenching She loved and trusted both Lachlan and Fiona and could never have imagined what was going on right under her nose – then to learn her mother and others knew of it I can’t imagine what she must have felt another level of betrayal by her mother the woman who was supposed to love and protect her and look out for her? I can't imagine how hurt she must have feltThough Margaret no longer wants the marriage and knows it was for her own personal reasons – pride being one of them she would never turn her back on her people She understands the necessity of uniting clans for the betterment of all but she isn't going to lie down and be Lachlan’s doormat either I was completely invested in her and cheered her on as she kept stating her case exhausting every avenue available to her so as not to have to marry LachlanGannon MacMagnus is the perfect hero Strong compassionate honorable and committed to aiding the Highlanders in rebuilding what they had lost and ridding them of the constant threat of attacks he was a force to be reckoned with Having endured much loss in his own life he well understood the emotional pain Margaret was going through and was one of the few people who knew how to help herDo you love a good battle or two or three mixed in with your romance? Then this is the story for you The battle scenes were so well described that I could truly see in my mind’s eye the fighting as it played out I could see the layout of the shore the men defending the keep the ruthless Vikings as they charged up the hill and the brave Highlanders who awaited them sigh Again I am rambling on The bottom lineWhile I wouldn’t compare this to War and Peace or The Lord of The Rings on the greatness scale On A Highland Shore is an amazing tale of love loss and the willingness to risk everything you have and everything you are in the fight for freedom and all you hold dear

Kathleen Givens ↠ On a Highland Shore KINDLE

On a Highland ShoreAres for the joyous wedding celebration of Margaret MacDonald the laird's daughter But a dark storm of bloodshed and betrayal is closing in as a merciless band of Vikings threatens the Highlands Margaret is determined to hold the MacDonald clan together and to locate her abducted younger brother But can she trust the noblemen from King Alexander's court who insist that only by adhering to a betrothal c This definitely makes you want to read the next one I loved all of the real history woven into the story