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Roberson's latest is an under-two-flags (or under-two-plaids) romance between a MacDonald based on an actual figure and a fictional Campbell, a lad and lassie of warring clans. Catriona Campbell, daughter of the weak, hard-drinking laird of Glen Lyon, meets Alasdair "Dair" Og, a MacDonald and son of the mighty MacIain (described at one point as "a massive Gael swathed in plaid and hostility"), when she is ten, during a parley between her family and the MacDonalds. Dair is kind to the fierce child, but she hates the MacDonalds: They are skilled cattle thieves (as are many of the clans) and sworn enemies of the Campbells. When grown, Cat pleads with her father for the life of Dair, caught during yet another MacDonald cattle raid. But as the forbidden love of Cat and Dair grows, tragedy looms. The proud, honorable Highlanders are tricked by the Earl of Breadalbane, a Campbell, and through the machinations of some Scots in high places and the silent acquiescence of King William, the MacDonalds—despite a last-minute submission to William by MacIain—are slaughtered. Cat and Dair, betrayed by her father (in the employ of the King), are parted and then, after the slaughter, tearfully reunited.
If at first you dinna ken your MacDonalds, your Campbells, Stewarts, Camerons, etc., without a score card, struggle on; the Highlanders, striding on bare feet with their pride flapping, are a likable bunch, and the action is gey lively. With original documents and responsible research, well worth a Highland journey.
Posted June 11, 2001
Having become a Diana Gabaldon fan, I did not hesitate to read The lady of the Glen when she (Diana) recommended the book. It is indeed a romance,historically based on events that did occur in the bloody & devious history of the Highlands subserviance by the English. A fast research into the Glencoe Massacre will show exactly how throughly sneaky,vile,underhanded, and awful the English crown was to the native people of Scotland . There was no 'human rights doctorin'at the time, fire & sword was the way of the British Crown.And to with stand the certain slaughter and unspeakable atrocities laddled out by the Government hunta, people were force to turn against their own family ties to survive. This novel shows all the layers of the political ,social, & moral tribulations Scotland and her people went thru. The fact that a novel can interweave a love story with the history,albeit a bloody one, is a major coup. You meet the herione 'Catriona', a woman in a household of stubborn men,trying to make them see the foley of their pride,'Dair' the young man who must follow in traditions footsteps, even if it means the loss of all that is dear to him,the Fathers, Cat's & Dair's, neither willing to give an inch,willing to sacrafice all that is special to them for the sake of Stubborness, and the family on both sides that pay the price for the foolishness, This book paints a picture of the depths men are willing to go to,to obtain what they think is 'necessary'. I felt this book was on a par with Diana Gabaldon's series, I wished there was more of Catriona's & Dair's life to share.
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Posted January 3, 2014
LADY OF THE GLEN by Jennifer Roberson is an interesting medieval Scottish Historical Fiction set in 1685 Scotland. For a romp through 17th century Scotland you must read "Lady of the Glen". It is riveting tale of treachery, betrayal,savagery and a splendor set against a Scotland background. Catriona Campbell and Alasdair Og MacDonald know they are destined to be together although,their clans are enemies, but can their love outlast the times? They are used as pawns of war,during the dangerous times between England and Scotland, will their love survive? Please be aware as with most Highland stories, the language is unique to them, if you don't read many Scottish stories, it can be a bit confusing, but "Lady of the Glen" is an enjoyable read and one not to miss. Very emotional, yet a very satisfying read! I enjoyed Dair and Cat's story and learning more on the Massacre of Glencoe on February 13, 1692. I love Scottish tales and "Lady of the Glen" is a unique tale of love, sacrifice, betrayal and the struggle to survive during the 17th century in a country England wants badly enough to murder the innocent and guilty alike,every Scot under the age of seventy was to be murdered. What a tale! Well written with engaging characters and an intriguing storyline. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted September 24, 2010
A very good book. It was sometimes hard to understand the Scottish dialect especially at the beginning, but once I got into the flow of it, it helped immerse you in the story. Cat and Dair are strong, honorable characters that I liked instantly. My only complaints are that the lead up to the climax seemed to drag in several places and I wished that more time had been spent getting to know Cat and Dair as a couple and how they dealt with the aftermath of the betrayal that upended their lives so drastically.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 31, 2006
A tale as beautiful as that of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, the story of the forbidden love of Catriona Campbell and Dair MacDonald touched my heart. The bold highland maid was an ideal heroine and the romance she found with an enemy is a classic theme. Roberson's elegant storytelling brought this tale to life and captured my heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2004
Scottish history has been a passion of mine for quite some time, and the story of Glencoe, as horrific and tragic as it was, remains most intriguing. It's surprising that more novels aren't written based on that event, but Ms. Roberson's retelling is good. The romance itself is rather implausible...while inter-clan marriages occurred all the time, I have a hard time swallowing one between such hated enemies. But I guess that's what makes it such a good yarn. You might want to brush up on your history a bit before undertaking this book...it will make much more sense if you get a general background of the people and events of the time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2001
I discovered this book while searching for literature/historical romance and was intrigued by the setting (Scotland) and the description given by the publisher. I didn't expect this book to be more than an average read but I was wonderfully surprised to enjoy every word of this story. It was well researched and was a part of history I was unfamiliar with. It is a tragic story that needed to be told both for its' cruelty and for its' courage. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys history come alive with real people as well as anyone who just likes a great story. I intend to find out more about Scottish history because of this book. Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2001
I really like Jennifer Roberson's books and all but this one was so bad that instead of not being able to put it down, I couldn't pick it up. There was no action, no plot, no suspense. It was incredibly slow. The two main characters seemed just to indifferent to each other. The main character, Catriona, was an idiot. It was very predictable. I didn't like Alasdair either. He didn't have a mind of his own. I recommend that you give the book a try and see if you like it for yourself. It was well written and everything but the plot was dry and used up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2000
I do not usually read this type of romance, but a friend loaned it to me, so I tried it. It was a good book, and hard to put down book. I have been in love/ hate relationships before and this sort of reminded me of them... the author did a good job with character and plot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.