Friday, February 25, 2011

Book Review #18 Lady of the Glen by Jennifer Roberson

Lady of the Glen
by Jennifer Roberson

Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance
Ages: 16 and up

This is the story of Catriona "Cat" Campbell and her tumultuous romance with Alasdair Og "Dair" MacDonald. Their two families have a long-standing feud and it is only by the purest chance that the two of them keep meeting, sometimes under less than fortunate circumstances. Scotland is in turmoil, the MacDonalds of Glencoe fight for James while the Campbells are loyal to the King of England. Cat is fiercely proud, but she is tired of all of the bloodshed and strife. Dair is slightly more easy-going but no less stubborn. They will have to overcome their families, childhood conditioning, and the politics of the time if they are to be together.
I have always loved novels about the Jacobites and their attempt to regain their liberty from England, I always root for them even though I know that they lose. I loved the characters in this story, and Jennifer Roberson is a brilliant storyteller (her Robin Hood novels are also very good). The only slight problem I have with this novel is that there are a few more sexual references than I am entirely comfortable with, but that seems to be unavoidable in novels about Scotsmen. (I think it might be because of the kilts.)

This book gets a 4.10 for profanity, there were some insulting terms used as well as a great many "bluidys".

I give it a 7.10 for sexuality because of a few varyingly graphic scenes and quite a few rather crude references and innuendos.

There are several scenes of violence in Lady of the Glen, some more graphic than others, including a massacre. I rate it as a 7.10.

                                          Lieder Madchen

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