The Talisman [NOOK Book]

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When Ailis O'Brien's family is murdered in the Highlands, she vows to find the murderer and repay the blood debt. Though not of his clan, Laird Gavin MacPherson vows to aid her. Will their growing love fill the emptiness in their hearts or will the secret of the talisman shatter it forcing them to choose between love and vengeance?<br><br>Scottish Highlands A.D.1570 <br><br>A terrified scream pierced the quiet of the Highland forest startling Ailis O'Brien. That was her sister Jenny's ...
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The Talisman

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When Ailis O'Brien's family is murdered in the Highlands, she vows to find the murderer and repay the blood debt. Though not of his clan, Laird Gavin MacPherson vows to aid her. Will their growing love fill the emptiness in their hearts or will the secret of the talisman shatter it forcing them to choose between love and vengeance?<br><br>Scottish Highlands A.D.1570 <br><br>A terrified scream pierced the quiet of the Highland forest startling Ailis O'Brien. That was her sister Jenny's voice! Dropping the firewood she'd gathered in an old blanket, Ailis ran back through the woods toward the traveling wagon she shared with her father and sister. <br><br>The fading light of twilight hampered her as she hurried through the thick undergrowth. Limbs and roots appeared out of nowhere slowing her progress. The screams stopped abruptly filling Ailis with panic and she couldn't run through the forest fast enough. <br><br>Flames lit the area as she burst free of the trees and ran into the clearing where her family had made camp. Sweet Mother Mary, their wagon was on fire! For a moment, the silence of the night was broken only by the sharp snap and crackle of flames as they began to climb up the front end of the wagon. Then she heard a man's harsh shout and the sound of a horse's hooves retreating in the distance. She glimpsed a man in a tartan plaid riding away. Frantic, Ailis shouted, "Da, Jenny, where are you?" <br><br>Ailis' heart pounded in her throat as she forced herself to climb into the back of the burning wagon to search for her family. She tripped just inside it and looked down. Her father's body lay in a crumpled heap. Grabbing his tunic to pull him to safety, she felt a sticky wetness and stared down at her fingers. They were coated with blood. Dear God, he was dead!<br><br>But where was Jenny? <br><br>The smoke was getting thicker. Coughing, Ailis stumbled through the wagon until she found her. "Jenny!" Her sister lay naked; her neck broken.<br><br>Dear God, no! Not her, too! <br><br>Something clutched in Jenny's fingers caught Ailis' eye. She pulled a strange talisman on a leather thong from her sister's hand. Jenny must have pulled it from her murderer's neck. This would prove who killed her father and sister. She would find its owner and avenge her family! <br><br>Coughing and gasping for breath, she jumped from the wagon as her skirt caught on a flaming timber, setting it ablaze. Oh God, she was on fire! Tossing the talisman from her, she tore at her clothing, freeing herself of the flames. Naked and dazed, she watched the inferno burn out of control. Grief and rage overwhelmed her and she began to scream. <br><br>Later, she came to her senses. The wagon and everything in it was nothing more than a large pile of charred, glowing cinders.<br><br>Her family was dead! Murdered.<br><br>She looked down at her nakedness and saw the strange talisman at her feet. Pulling it over her head, she stumbled into the woods. She would find the murderer. Aye, no one would stop her from avenging her family! The glow of the cinders faded as she found the old blanket, tore an opening in the center and slipped it over her head. Pulling it down around her, she staggered further into the forest. <br><br>Within minutes, it began to rain. Her foot slipped on wet rock and she pitched forward. The last thing she felt was her head hitting the ground.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013458499
  • Publisher: Deborah Gafford
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Series: Heart of the Highlander , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 695,518
  • File size: 434 KB

Meet the Author

<P>Deborah Gafford loves writing and traveling and has lived in and visited many places in the Far East. She has traveled all over the United States as well as in Mexico and in Scotland.

In tracing her family genealogy, she found Scotland to be the predominant home of her ancestors, thus strengthening her fascination for that country with its majestic mountains, eerie mists, and ancient castles. Touring through Scotland with its small villages and rugged castles is a delight she takes to heart when doing research for her books.

When not writing or traveling, she enjoys spinning on her antique spinning wheel and weaving on a floor loom using her own handspun yarn.

For Deborah, writing is a daily dose of love and adventure.
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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    If you liked Gone With the Wind, then you will like The Talisma


    If you liked Gone With the Wind, then you will like The Talisman. Ailis and Gavin have many obstacles in their way,but just when I thought I knew how they would be( married or not )something exciting would happen to them. This book is not only a romance novel but it has a mystery to be solved. With the use of authentic dialogue the story makes you feel as if you are reading a true story not a romance novel. I am looking forward to reading other books by Deborah Gafford in the future. Great read you will enjoy this one.

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

    Great Read!!

    Having truly enjoyed Deborah's first book, Highland Bride (it's on my keeper shelf!) I was happy to learn she had written another. And once again, Deborah doesn't disappoint. In The Talisman, the book's hero, Calum, is to die for! If only we could all have a man that hunky, sexy, good-natured and strong. Sigh. And after the tragedies and hardships the heroine, Ailis, encounters, he is exactly what she needs. Calum is a vivid compliment to Ailis's strong will and fiesty nature. Besides the strong sexual tension and romantic storyline of the main characters, Deborah does a great job intertwining a murder mystery and secondary character relationship into the book. Her setting and world-building skills are quite impressive. The detailed descriptions and authentic dialogue she uses make 16th century Scotland come alive. I truly enjoyed the read, Deborah! I can't wait to read You're in Good Hands with Al Tate next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Very interesting.

    This is much better than the first. In fact just skip the first book- juvenile characters. The author does use a lot of middle english words inconsistently which is more of a distraction than interesting but it's ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Was she raped?

    ???????

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