On A Highland Shore

On A Highland Shore

Paperback - 2006
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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 forever.

1263: On Scotland's western shore, the village of Somerstrath prepares 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 conceived 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 vanquishing 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 home?
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9781416509905
1416509909
Branch Call Number: Fic
813.54
Characteristics: viii, 384 p. : map ; 21 cm.

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sasie
May 01, 2011

Historical romance. Light read, but pretty good.

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becker
Apr 27, 2010

I enjoyed this book very much. I would consider it to be a light historical fiction with a bit of romance thrown in. I thought it got better as it progressed. If you typically like historical fiction, this is a nice easy break from some of the big complex stories that the genre is famous for.

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ilanaaq
Nov 29, 2009

The premise was very promising, but I found the execution poor. This book has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer – I felt like the characters are the author’s puppets rather than living, breathing beings. Before the Norse raid, the heroine is an unbelievably (unforgivingly) stubborn woman in the stupid, I’m-a-spoiled-crybaby way; I’d expect someone growing up in those times to have more of a sense of duty. Characters go from I-hate-you to you’re-cute-let’s-kiss in the blink of an eye. Girls worry about whether someone loves them when all around them, everyone they ever knew was killed. (Yeah right. I wouldn’t be worrying about make-out sessions right then…) Then there’s the missing brother, Davey, for whom we are supposed to search, and again, the main character Margaret is either snottily telling the Irish warrior (Gannon MacMagnus/Magnusson) that he’s an idiot for not scouring the whole of Scotland for Davey, or alternately, she sneaks off on idiotic escapades to search for Davey herself. I eventually had to give up on the book because I just couldn't stand it anymore, but I stuck it out for a couple hundred pages because I really did want to see this brooding Irish/half-viking guy fall in love. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t stop cringing at every scene that went by, and how it lacked any sort of subtlety.

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