The Wild Rose of Kilgannon

The Wild Rose of Kilgannon

by Kathleen Givens


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The Wild Rose of Kilgannon by Kathleen Givens

She came to the Highlands an innocent bride, but one man's love and two nations' enmity would make her a woman....

In her unforgettable novel Kilgannon, Kathleen Givens brought to vivid life the tempestuous romance of Mary Lowell, an English aristocrat, and the Scottish chieftain Alex MacGannon, who claimed her as his bride. Swept into a world of ancient customs, fierce passions, and political treachery, she never expected her life to take root in the Highlands, that she'd become...The Wild Rose of Kilgannon.

Now Mary and Alex's love story continues. As the fires of war engulf Castle Kilgannon, beautiful Mary stands fast, protecting her family and home. But when news comes of the capture of her beloved Alex, Mary vows to rescue her brave husband, who offered his life to save his men. As a defiant Alex is tried in London as a traitor, Mary unleashes her own campaign on London society, determined to win justice on the most dangerous battlefield of all. Even as Alex remains imprisoned in the Tower, she seeks his passionate embrace, forbidden and unforgettable, risking everything to free the rugged freedom fighter who has claimed her, body and soul . . .

Don't miss the first novel in the breathtaking MacGannon Family Saga, Kilgannon, available from Dell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440235682
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1999
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.23(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Givens lives in Laguna Beach, California. She is also the author of Kilgannon.

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December 1716

Kilgannon. Home. There were times I'd thought I'd never see it again. The air was cold this winter morning, and the sun glinted off the water, turning it from sapphire to silver. Above us the mountains loomed deep blue against the pale sky; white clouds scudded overhead. And the bare branches of the trees reminded me that this was the season of death. So much death.

All those months, when I had dreamed of coming home, I'd assumed we would all be together. If we were wise, we would visit those who were still here, and the grave, and then we'd leave, away in the dark like the criminals we'd become. I glanced at the blond man standing so quietly next to me, then gripped the rail of the Mary Rose and watched us turn into the inner loch. And a few moments later, as we sailed around the headland, there it was, the most beautiful home on earth. The dark stones rose into the sky, the roof of the keep pointing at the clouds. The gulls overhead called their welcome to us. Kilgannon. Home.

It was the same and I sighed with relief. There was our room, there the parapet where I'd watched so many sunsets. And there, in the meadow beyond the castle itself, was the knoll where Alex had given the prizes, and where I had welcomed him home. And in front of us now, the dock where we had welcomed the MacDonald to change our lives. Next to me the boys bounced impatiently and I smiled at their eagerness as I took a deep breath. Nowhere else on earth smelled like Kilgannon. The sea met the mountains and their scents mixed with the fragrance of roses. Roses. Impossible, but there it was. Kilgannon smelled like heaven. I turned to look over the boys' heads, to the other side of the loch, where the grave was, and I sighed. It would be, I knew, the first place we'd visit.

"Home," I said.

"It seems so strange without him," said Matthew quietly, following my gaze. "How can it be home if he's no' here?"

"He is here," I said softly, turning to him as he towered over me, his handsome face drawn. "He is here, Matthew," I said again.

Next to me, Ian nodded. "It is home," he said and looked up at me. I smiled and put my hand on his shoulder.

"And I'm glad to be here," said Jamie, his voice bright.

"So am I," said the blond man next to me, his voice full of emotion. When I turned to him, he gave me a weary smile and I patted his arm, knowing he felt the empty space next to us.

I had imagined that Kilgannon would be deserted, that all the people would be gone, but the hills were dotted with tartan-clad figures running toward the loch, and on the dock a small group waved. Despite my best efforts, I felt tears fall as the first lonely strains of "MacGannon's Return" came over the water to us.


I closed my eyes for just a moment. And remembered.

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Wild Rose of Kilgannon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of the Kilgannon series and I hope the others are out soon. I really loved this book; it kept me up well into the night and that just doesn't happen to me. Since it was written in the first person, I felt I was there with Mary at every moment, feeling her fear and her love for her husband. Alex is a hero with integrity and honor, and he's a hunk! Who could ask for more? Givens has done her homework as far as the historical research too. I'm a history buff and very picky about such things. I found her research to be right on. I'll be looking for anything this author writes in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Follow-up to the book Kilgannon. I loved Kilgannon and couldn't wait to read this to see how the story evolved . I was so sad when I finished the book - it's one of those books that you get totally absorbed in then hate to see it end. I'm hoping for a third in the series, I love the characters and the story.
JLdeBrux More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as much as the first one, Kilgannon. Please read both, they are both excellent.
Hammbone More than 1 year ago
An action, adventure, romance with well developed characters. I found it hard to put down, as I looked forward to seeing how the story unraveled.
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Can't wait for a sequence to Alex and Mary's saga!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all the books in this series and really enjoyed them. I wish she would continue with it. I may go back and read the series again.
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Molly Edwards More than 1 year ago
I rarely cry at books but this one got me three times
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't praise this book enough!! I picked up KILGANNON, the first book in this series, as a quick read. It sure was quick! I couldn't put it down and had to rush out to get the second book WILD ROSE OF KILGANNON. I thought the author did a great job of drawing you in with wonderful descriptions of characters, highland scenery and historical accuracy. I felt as though Mary Lowell, the main character, was personally telling me this story in the first person and got me emotionally involved. A wonderful romantic read! Can't wait for more from this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent sequel to the first gripping book - a series that you cannot stop reading. This second book really touched me and drew me in as well as the first. Historically accurate & human to a tee, this is a must have for any historical romance reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Romance is for fantasy, laughter, crying and sighing. Ms. Givens has the crying down but nothing else. This book has no laughter and no fantasy (love scenes are almost non-existent). The only sighing is that of digust and boredom, not wistfulness. The main characters are locked in a quagmire of sadness that can't even be dispelled by a long awaited pregnancy or birth of a child. Ms. Givens does a better job of closurer, leaving only a window open for the next book rather then all the doors and windows open and the roof missing, like she did with 'Kilgannon'. However, the plot is so depressing, this reader is forced to say farewell to these characters rather then waste time reading the rest of their story. I am very disappointed. Ms. Givens is an excellant technical writer. Now, if she could put together a plot and story line worth reading, I might reconsider. But as the saying goes twice burned, shame on me. I feel my money is better spent elsewhere.