Highlander Redeemed

Highlander Redeemed

by Laurin Wittig


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Scotia MacAlpin may be only eighteen years old, but she’s no stranger to trouble. Her latest incident—which resulted in a death and forced her clan into battle—has made her an outcast among her exiled people. Scotia is tired of being ignored and overshadowed by her sister, a gifted Guardian of the Targe, and she’s become hell-bent on destroying the army out to capture the ancient Highland relic for their English king.

Duncan of Dunlairig has looked out for Scotia since she started to walk. She was as restless and reckless then as she is now—only the stakes have become higher and more perilous. While the rest of Clan MacAlpin ostracizes her, Duncan secretly helps Scotia become the warrior she yearns to be. But the real test of her skills may come when he needs her help—and her long-forgotten heart—in this thrilling and romantic Guardians of the Targe tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477829769
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Series: Guardians of the Targe Series , #3
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laurin Wittig was indoctrinated into her Scottish heritage at birth when her parents chose her oddly spelled name from a plethora of Scottish family names. At ten, Laurin attended her first MacGregor clan gathering with her grandparents, and her first ceilidh (kay-lee), a Scottish party, where she danced to the bagpipes with the hereditary chieftain of the clan. At eleven, she visited Scotland for the first time, and it has inhabited her imagination ever since. Laurin writes bestselling and award-winning Scottish medieval romances and lives in southeastern Virginia. For more information about all of Laurin’s books, please visit her at LaurinWittig.com.

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Highlander Redeemed 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
After unwittingly leading a young man to his death in defense of her and her clan into battle to rescue her from the English because she defied an order from her clan chief, troubled lass Scotia MacAlpin now finds herself openly shunned. Still grieving her mother's murder at the hands of the English and suffering her own trauma from being held their hostage, Scotia is hell-bent on vengeance. Always her champion, clansman Duncan is now her only friend and assigned minder, charged with keeping Scotia from causing more trouble for the clan and herself. In exchange for her cooperation, Duncan begins training her in the ways of warriors. But while her body is truly gifted and her quick mind able to grasp tactics and strategy, is her fiery temperament capable of learning the discipline necessary to become a warrior? What will the rest of the clan think when they find out the outcast--a female--is training with weapons? This is the best of the Guardians of the Targe novels. Over the course of the three books, we see Scotia's character evolve fully from bratty, self-centered girl, to loving, giving adult. Her pain from losing her mother and the isolation she feels from being excluded by Jeanette and Rowan's close friendship and then their role as Guardians, as well as by her clan's shunning is palpable. If you skip the first two books in this series, Scotia probably seems like a spoiled child and not the complex, flawed and hurting young woman a more thorough look at her reveals her to be. Duncan, while clearly besotted with Scotia, develops over the three novels into the guiding hand she needs to become her best self, but she also brings out the best in him. Book three is a great ending for this series, but it probably wouldn't work nearly as well as a stand-alone novel.
RhondaRFK More than 1 year ago
EXCITING HIGHLAND ADVENTURE I consider Lauren Witting one of the best authors writing today, and she is a rare treasure. Highlander Redeemed continues Guardians of the Targe series. Open up the book, begin with page one, and escape on an adventure you will not soon forget. The heroine, Scotia MacAlpin, at 18 is no stranger to trouble with her latest incident forcing her clan into battle and resulting into her exile from the clan. She wants to eventually become a Guardian of the Targe, a mystical stone which bestows powers to the clan who possess it. She has the idea, as she is tired of standing in the shadow of her sister, of destroying the army determined to capture the relic her clan protects. Scotia has been reckless as well as restless throughout her life. Duncan of Dunlairig, while looking out for her throughout her life, recognizes the strength in her. When she becomes outcast, he is as well as he must still look after her. It is up to him to find her when she takes off on her own, doesn’t listen to anyone, and becomes headstrong. Helping her overcome her boredom he encourages her training and helps her become the warrior she wants to be. She discovers through her hard work and dedication to training that she has the gift of knowing. Can she use this to help destroy the enemy? She will soon be thankful for her skills as she will soon have to help the one who taught her. Duncan and Scotia bond, although it doesn’t come easy with her temperament, through friendship and grow closer through training and spending so much time together. She must fight her way back into the clan and prove she is worth being part of the clan. I highly recommend this and any other book written by Lauren Wittig. Her characters are strong, passionate, and each book of the Guardians of the Targe are fast paced page turning don’t want to lay down books. Anyone who enjoys passionate romance will enjoy this author.
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
*I received this ARC via Netgalley* *This book can be read as a stand alone but reading the previous books in the series would enhance the overall experience of the reader* Highlander Redeemed nicely rounded out the first two books in Laurin Wittig's Guardian of the Targe series. While a romance this story spent a lot of time showing the transition of the heroine from a girl to a woman. Ms. Wittig skillfully transitioned the heroine, Scotia, from the selfish, immature girl portrayed in the previous books in her series to a woman deserving of a patient and loving hero. This was an enjoyable and touching read and a good continuance of the Targe series.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic and deeply emotional Scottish tale! 6 stars The cover of Highlander Redeemed really reflects Scotia MacAlpin, the heroine of Highlander Redeemed. Laurin Wittig, a talented writer, has touched, me again, with this amazing Scottish tale and very emotional ending! This trilogy Guardians of the Targe really pleased me! It tells the story of three determined women, proud of their origins and heritages that held them together. In fact it's a dramatic Scottish adventure filled with strong emotions. Highlander Redeemed closes the loop around the mystery of who are really the Guardians of the Targe! In this one, we meet Scotia MacAlpin, an eighteen years old, wild, ignored by her clan, because of an accident she had been involved in and determine to become a female warrior to get her revenge against the English. Let's recall some details about the mystery surrounding the Targe. Deep in the Highlands of Scotland rests the Targe, an ancient stone that bestows mystical powers upon those who possess it. This magical stone can shield the heart of the Highlands from invaders, and the brave women of Clan MacAlpin have been charged as the Guardians of the sacred relic…but the English king and his allies draw ever closer, determined to use the Targe and its magic to crush the Scottish rebellion. Get ready for battle lines to be drawn and hearts prepare for war. What will happen next? The story starts with Scotia, ignored by her clan, feels responsible for the death of a young soldier, because of her trouble to accept orders. Her heart is now filled with revenge, but a man who has know her since her childhood, will offer to become her protector and teach her to become a better warrior. Duncan a man of patience and tenderness, will slowly help her in her quest so she can become a determine and responsible member of her clan. But, as Duncan, spends many moments with Scotia, they will soon discover mutual loving feelings. While training, she also discovers that she has the talent of ''knowing''. Did she posses the Guardian gift? What does it mean and how can she use it against the English? Enters Lord Sherwood, with his English soldiers, who will try to cause trouble for the Scots. Will her new talent help her against the English? We meet again some of Ms. Wittig's characters along with Jeanette and Rowan, who will play a major part along with Scotia to will find out the source of the Targe's power. Will the three also discover their inner strength that holds them together? This novel ends with a touching family and friends scene, filled with strong emotions. In the ending, we finally understand the strong emotional connection that the Guardians held with the Highland Targe. Ms. Wittig, a talented storyteller, will make you fall in love with her strong heroines Rowan of Highlander Betrayed, Jeanette of Highlander Avenged and finally Scotia of Highlander Redeemed. Haven't read these three novels, then go and grab them, they will please you. I highly recommend Laurin Wittig's books, her words flow and the pages. Excellent Scottish tale with rich female characters and their strong and charming warriors that helped them along their journey.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review:  Stars:  Overall: 5 Narration:  5 Story: 5 I had a toss-up decision with this title, read the ARC or listen to the audio – I chose Audio for my introduction to  this series.  Highlander Redeemed is the third title in the Guardians of the Targe series from Laurin Wittig, and brings the series to a close.  I love my Scottish-based historical stories: Scotland and her people are as diverse and tough as the landscape, and both set neatly on a deep vein of otherworldliness and tradition. The Highland Targe is a relic stone, said  to shield the Scottish heart from invaders. Much like other nods to history, the Targe, for me, felt similar to the Stone of Scone, thought to be a provender of destiny and spent several years below the seat of the Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey.  But, I digress. The Targe has been guarded for centuries by the MacAlpin Clan, and this story is set in the time of Edward I (Longshanks) who, after conquering Wales and bringing it to heel  under English rule had set his sights on Scotland.   Scotia starts this story as the outcast: Wittig explains that Scotia’s impulsive nature and anger for the English  led her on a foolish quest to battle, and the clan is now bearing the brunt of the retaliation.  In many ways, I felt  badly for her: ostracizing her from the life, petting and companionship is not easy when that is the only life you  know. But, her anger, stubbornness and tendency to lash out just made her petulant. Determined to do ‘ something’ her goals were no more solidly thought through than fog, but her relentless determination to work on her fighting skills, however badly at first, was commendable.  Duncan had a solid position in the clan as a respected warrior and expected to continue in his favored position serving the new chief, Nichola, but as one who always was championing Scotia as a young girl, when her  fortunes in the clan fell, so did his.  From warrior to babysitter, Duncan enjoys Scotia, even when he r brashness overtook her good sense.  As the daughter of the last chief and cousin to the current  Lady Guardian, her position as a young child was solid. But to be relegated to broken toy, good only for scolding and the most menial tasks, with her downfall, being tasked with finding her, yet again, after she  disappeared into the forest is for him, a thankless task.   Yet, these two manage to cleave to one another for support, friendship, encouragement, training and eventually  love.  Duncan is surprised by Scotia’s improvement in handling herself in battle, and her ability to quickly learn and master the new skills he is teaching her. He’s the first to realize that she is bored and undirected: with everyone treating her as a child and expecting little from her, she has yet to find her own purpose or reason to grow.  He bargains with her – dedicate herself to learning and training, and he will petition for her inclusion with the warriors tasked to protecting the clan.   Scotia’s growth is a hard-fought battle: she desperately wants to ‘do something’ to prove herself to the clan,  but she is still chafing against the ill-treatment. Duncan is a bit of a martinet with her training, but each skill she masters, he sees more promise and change in her.  Slowly, they stop battling one another and learn to come together to better strengthen their own chances against the naysayers and trouble, and their love and  passion starts to grow.   From a throw-away girl to the potential of her assuming the guardianship and becoming a useful member TO the clan, rather than a solidly accepted member that has more than atoned for mistakes and mishaps, the path of Scotia is a rocky one. And the clan did not come off very positively in regards to their attitude or  treatment of her. But, she is, above all, determined to take her rightful place in the clan and aid in the clan’s  business, and Duncan with his stalwart support and love is by her side.  Narration for this story is provided by Phil Gigante, my first introduction to his work. I have to say that he quickly moved up the ranks for me, from unknown to near the top of my “read the phonebook list and make it compelling’ list. Scottish accents are solid without becoming hard to understand, slight variations in delivery and emphasis of words give each character a slightly different patois.  Women’s voices are pitched  slightly higher, with a touch of breathy push for Scotia that doesn’t trip over the edge into caricature.  Suspense, frustration, anger and even insecurities are presented with aplomb, never overshadowing the written words, simply enhancing the emotional impact for the listener. Small insets of music are added to the story in places that solidify the sense of place and time, bringing an otherworldliness to the tale.  While not a traditional historic romance, the story is solidly character driven and laden with historic elements, action and conflict that will keep you engaged and hanging on every word. The romance is a gradual one:  more real for the steady pacing as both Duncan and Scotia learn to see one another’s hearts and know their  true desires, as it should be.  I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
snaggelpuss71 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing ending to the series. I loved this series and am so glad  I got to read it early. This is such a well written story of loss and finally love.  this one is about our little trouble maker Scotia and Duncan the man who loves  her and she him. They just don't realize it like everyone else dose. Scotia  caused a death and fails to see that what she did caused the death even if she  did not stab the young man herself. she wants to be a warrior to protect the  clan and as Duncan is the only one willing to talk to her she reluctantly lets him  train her. but can he teach her the most important lesson of all? as f he dose  not no one in the clan will be safe not even the guardians.  I hope you enjoy this book as Much as I did. If you do like this book, please consider leaving a review. The Authors really like it when you do, they value your opinions too.
YvonneD26 More than 1 year ago
I received a ARC to read and review. I rate it Five Stars ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿. Three Flames¿¿¿¿¿¿. This is my first book of Laurin Wittig I have read but it won't be my last. What I love about her book is the characters they are amazing, compelling, lovable, strong and interesting. The pace of the book has a good flow. The dialogue is fabulous and well written. Scotia MacAlpin is eighteen and she isn't a stranger of trouble some may say it's her name. She feels she has been in her sister's shadow long enough and wants to be a warrior. She wants vengeance for the deaths. Duncan of Dunlairg has watch over her and he intends to teach her to be a warrior and keep her out of much trouble as he can. Scotia test his patience when she disobeys him.But they wants keep the highland relic from the English King. Even if it takes fighting the army to do it. This is the third book in Guardians of the Targe series. I Haven't read the first two books but reading this book makes me want to read the previous two books. I like that Laurin explains things so if this is the first book you can pick up on things. I had no idea what happened to Scotia in the past. But is hard to like Scotia's stubbornness. I like that it shows her changing and getting better. I enjoyed reading this book so much I will read the first two books also. This is a Great Book. I recommend this book to Everyone who enjoy reading a Great Book.
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Laurin Wittig's "Highlander Redeemed" is the third book in the Guardians of the Targe series, but it can easily be read as a standalone (I haven't read #1 and #2, but I understand everything just fine). I thought the mythology of the girls' gifts was excellent. A real page turner with a nice ensemble cast. Some hot chemistry between the leading lady, Scotia, and the leading man, Duncan. Their relationship has the feel of Katniss and Gale from Hunger Games. I need to go back and read #1 and #2!