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Blood On The Tartan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    A reviewer

    Chris weaves a wonderfully colorful tale of highland lasses and lassies in his book Blood On The Tartan. I enjoyed how he tells about a rich but sometimes very brutal time in history. The heroine Catherine Ross lived through the First Writs of Eviction, rebuilding her life in the Scottish Highlands, while what is left of her family leaves for Canada . Ten years later it is happening again. In comes the new constable, Ian MacGregor, who has been sworn to uphold the law... but, he finds himself falling in love with the beautiful Catherine. Will he follow his heart and make a stand against the evictions, or will he do the duties he has been sworn to uphold?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

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    Blood on the Tartan is a lovely, lovely romance. Set mostly in the Highlands of Scotland of 1854, the author¿s use of the values, morals and the unsettled times propel and explain the troubling clearances. As the title implies, there is bloodshed. Whose blood it is on the tartan, and when the bloodshed occurs, are questions that keep you turning the pages. As a child, Catherine Ross witnessed her family and village evicted from their homes, so the homes could be torn down, the land leased to sheepherders. She remained in Scotland, eventually married and had a son. Her husband enlisted in the British army so they could meet their rent. He died in India. She does well on her own with just her son. Family is near in the village. She is still young though, and when the new constable, Ian MacGregor, introduces himself, she realizes how lonely she has been. Love slowly builds between the two. At the same time, Catherine sees signs the evictions are coming closer, this time to her village. She will not allow that to happen again. Enough of the Highlands has been depopulated of people, only to be populated with sheep. As constable, Ian is torn between his feeling for Catherine and wanting to protect her, and his oath to uphold the law. He fears there will be a showdown, and he doesn¿t know which side he¿ll take. *** The author has done his research, and the book is enjoyable, not a history dump. For a reader in 2008, it can be difficult to understand many actions of the past. Unless you¿re a history buff, or deep into all things Scotland, the clearances sound unreal. The author explains the clearances, the reason they began, why they continued, and the terrible effect they had on the population of Scotland. *** As I said, Blood on the Tartan is a lovely romance. It¿s also disturbing because it¿s based on things that actually happened, and some of those things reflect the dark side of mankind. The author is a medical doctor, and his description of wounds was thorough, which made them all the more heart-rending. That said, I recommend this book to all. The sensual level is on par with Lynn Kurland, a big plus with some. Catherine¿s moral values were refreshing, and rang true. The descriptions of birds and fauna were familiar to me, which I liked. The other characters and side plots were engaging, and at the end of the book they were like family and I wanted to know what happened to everyone. Some of my ancestors were from Scotland, and very probably arrived In South Carolina because of being forced out. For that reason I wasn¿t sure I wanted to read this book, but I¿m glad I did. Blood on the Tartan is very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    One woman uniting her people┬┐

    One woman uniting her people¿ Catherine Ross is one woman uniting her people to the stand together against those that cared more about the money sheep would provide than the lives of the common people. Constable Ian Macgregor¿s emotions and sensibilities were in conflict. He was sworn to uphold the law, but he loved defiant Catherine. Was their love strong enough to survive? Blood on the Tartan is based on actual historical events. The plot demonstrates the honor and resolve of the Highland people. The Scottish inflection is a little difficult to decipher at first. Once I got into the rhythm of it, I enjoyed the book. I have never been to Scotland but have it at the top of my wish list. Chris Holmes has increased my desire to see the Highlands, to hear the brogue with my own ears. Holmes transports the reader back in time to an era unsurpassed in history. The Scottish citizens were never known to back down from a fight. They stood their ground regardless of the threat. Romance, history, drama--what more could a reader ask for?

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