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Child of the Mist (These Highland Hills Book #1)
 
 

Child of the Mist (These Highland Hills Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Morgan
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In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1565, superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It's a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell-the heirs of the feuding families.

While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne's actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne's safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead.
Will Niall discover the traitor's identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best.

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In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1565, superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It's a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell - the heirs of the feuding families. While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne's actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne's safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead. Will Niall discover the traitor's identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 726 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Revell (1. Februar 2005)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00B5J4XK8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Immer die Heilerinnen 9. Januar 2012
Von C. Kraus
Format:Kindle Edition
Manchmal denke ich, dass es offensichtlich zwischen dem 15. und 17. Jahrhundert nur Heilerinnen und Hebammen gegeben hat, alle wurden als Hexen beschimpft und verbrannt oder zumindest angeklagt.
So auch hier, der Held eilt zur Rettung herbei, alles wird gut.

An sich wäre die Grundidee der Geschichte, dass die Tochter eines Clanführers aus politischen Gründen den Clanführer eines anderen heiraten muss, mit allen Wirrungen und Irrungen, Verrat und Intrigen, samt korrekter historischer Hintergründe und einer Portion Humor und Romantik ausreichend gewesen. Warum es nun auch noch (mal wieder) eine Heilerin und dann die Anklage wegen Hexerei sein musste...

Vielleicht zu viel gewollt und auch etwas schlecht recherchiert, denn im 15 Jahrhundert trugen Frauen in den Highlands sicher keine Petticoats, die Kilts kamen auch erst etwas später, soweit ich weiß.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Annoying characters 6. Januar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I had to stop reading this book after 1/3 through because it was too frustrating how weak the main characters were. The heroine had no stability in her personality and went from hating to loving to hating her husband 5 times on each page. He was brutal, but a promise and a kiss would set her heart pounding again. I dont understand why men can get away with harsh and abusive behaviour in novels like this. It would have made more sense for me if she was consistant in not liking him, and he had to win her over by changing his behaviour for good. The constant back and forth was too much.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Langatmig und vorhersehbar 4. Januar 2012
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Im Stil von Groschenromanen gehalten, zieht sich die Handlung endlos hin, bis es dann nach vielen Missverständnissen zwischen den Liebenden, Errettung der Guten und Bestrafung der Bösewichte natürlich das erwartete Happy End gibt. Echt langweilig, woran auch die Verlegung der Handlung in die schottischen Highlands nichts ändern kann. Die Brüder Grimm hätten die Geschichte auf zwei Seiten gepackt, was völlig ausreichend gewesen wäre.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Liebe und Verrat in den schottischen Highlands 24. Juli 2009
Format:Taschenbuch
Historischer Roman über eine junge Schottin, die zwangsweise mit dem Fürsten eines feindlichen Clans verheiratet wird. In dessen Burg lernt sie Verrat, Feindschaft, aber auch Vertrauen kennen. Romantisch.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A weak three stars 3. August 2011
Von Michele - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Child of the Mist is the third book I've read by Kathleen Morgan (I'm not counting the one I couldn't finish). Like the other two, this one is set in the Highlands of 16th century Scotland and focuses on the romance between a gorgeous, hunky Highlander and a beautiful Scottish lassie who is thrown together with him through the actions of her manipulative father. And like in the other two books, there is never any doubt that these two people are going to fall in love and live happily ever after; although the ending is a foregone conclusion, the book is nevertheless a fun-but-fluffy ride through their trials, tribulations and sparring on their road to true happiness.

However, Child of the Mist is the weakest of the three Kathleen Morgan books I've read so far (again, not counting the one I DNF'd). Prior to writing Christian fiction she wrote romances for the general market, and that is evident in this book (as it is in As High As The Heavens). It's probably no coincidence that both of these books were originally published as mainstream romances years ago, then cleaned up and re-published as Christian fiction years later. Although the sex scenes have been removed, so the book is technically clean and appropriate for readers of Christian fiction, the heavy petting and preoccupation of each main character with the other's physical attributes were not removed. The result is a romance based on mutual lust which neverthless remains chaste: a weird combination, and one that many readers of Christian fiction may not be comfortable with. Indeed, I wouldn't be comfortable recommending this book to any of my Christian friends.

Although the basic story idea of Child of the Mist is a good one, it is weakly developed with too much attention given to the aforementioned love scenes between the two main characters and not enough attention given to everything else that was supposed to be going on around them. Outside of the love scenes, the characters' actions and dialogue was handled with a lack of depth and deftness that often descended into downright amateurish writing -- such as when Anne declares "I am a Christian!" (a line that was obviously shoe-horned in as part of the Christianization of the original book) or when she whirls around in circles exclaiming "I love Niall! I love Niall!" The "suspense" over who was the traitor within the Campbell clan was no mystery whatsoever; the author made it obvious from the start that it was one of two people and, although I kept expecting/hoping for a surprise twist to reveal that it was someone else entirely, alas, it was one of those two people.

In spite of all my criticisms this isn't a terrible book -- I've certainly read better but I've also read worse. It is simply a steamy romance that's been cleaned up for the Christian market, and is held together by a weakly-written plotline. But if you are looking for yet another romance set in the Scottish Highlands and want something light, fast and fluffy to read, this should fit the bill.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A promising mix of romance, faith, history, and suspense 2. März 2005
Von FaithfulReader.com - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Romance, faith, history and suspense will keep readers turning the pages of CHILD OF THE MIST, this well-paced first installment of Kathleen Morgan's series "These Highland Hills."

It's 1564, and for eight years there has been bitter feuding between the MacGregor and Campbell clans. To bring about the end of the feud, Anne MacGregor must leave her father's castle in Western Perthshire, Scotland to "handfast" with the brooding, dark-haired Niall Campbell, "Wolf of Cruachan," tanist and successor to the chieftainship. Yet, despite their union, Clan MacGregor (nicknamed "Children of the Mist," from which the book gets its title) may be doomed to lose its lands through the treachery of the Campbells.

Barely 18 years old, Anne is already a wonderful healer, skilled with herbs and in midwifery. Her strange gray eyes and remarkable healing abilities spawn uneasy rumors, and some call her the "Witch of Glenstrae." Yet Anne looks only to Jesus for help and assistance, and refuses to let rumors keep her from her divinely appointed work. "I've a God-given gift to help others. Just because my talents lie in paths different from most women, I cannot serve the Lord by hanging back in fear."

A romantic relationship is the last thing on the mind of the handsome Niall, who still mourns the loss of his wife, also named Anne, and their son in childbirth. But he cares deeply for his clan, and an alliance with the MacGregors seems the best way to bring peace to the land.

The ancient custom of "handfasting," a man and woman pledged to each other and living together without marriage, will be new to many readers. Morgan explains that handfasting was socially acceptable at this time in Scotland --- the woman suffered no loss of reputation if it didn't result in marriage. (Handfasting is still practiced today but mostly associated with non-Christian religions.) Anne insists on chastity during the handfasting, which adds sexual tension to the story, as the widowed Niall strives to keep his promise not to take advantage of Anne (which becomes more and more difficult for him as he spends time in her company). While angry at her situation, Anne also finds herself "stirred" by him....

Well, you can guess the rest. The way the romance will end is telegraphed to readers from the moment Anne curses Niall in the early pages and muses, "even the thought of touching him sickened her, vile, vicious beast that he was..." (Isn't it always the man the protagonist hates who she ends up falling desperately in love with?). Although Niall obviously desires her, right up until the end there is the "he loves me, he loves me not" sort of worries by Anne. No surprises here.

The real suspense comes in discovering who else is working behind the scenes to usurp Niall as leader of the clan. Is it Uncle Duncan, with the cold, steely eyes? Is it Hugh, a cousin of Niall's who everyone believes has gone mad after betrayal by his love, Dora (who is burned at the stake)? Or is it Nelly, the voluptuous serving wench who tempts Niall with her seductiveness? Is it handsome and charming Cousin Iain, who falls in love with Anne and may have designs on becoming chief? Or could it be the harsh clergyman, who is zealous in his persecution of witches? Morgan knows how to spin out the suspense right up until the very end.

Although dialect can be tricky and has been the downfall of more than one good novel set in an exotic historic locale, Morgan uses the Scottish brogue with discretion, enriching the story. There are a few unfortunate moments, such as when Niall compares a man taming Anne's strong spirit with a man taming a spirited filly. It's a tired analogy that crops up in too many romance novels. And occasionally readers will find themselves confronted with unusual Scottish words, such as "clarsach," "murrain" and "tanist," some of which can be figured out from their context in the story, while others are a bit more elusive.

However, CHILD OF THE MIST is a smoothly told historical Scottish romance, complete with clan feuds, interesting characters, historical details, and Christian faith versus superstition. It's a promising start to the series.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby. Contact Cindy at phrelanzer@aol.com.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Misleadingly categorised 8. September 2012
Von Literate Lassie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I love historical fiction. I was looking forward to an escape book with a bit of love story. I got characters that behaved in ways that didn't quite work, cliches and very little history. I felt like I was reading a first attempt. Excessive use of the word "Highlander" does not a Scottish story make.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing 13. Dezember 2005
Von Soozie Q - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Had I read this book prior to reading Liz Curtis Higgs trilogy I might have given it a higher rating. But, after reading it on the heels of "Thorn In My Heart", "Fair Is The Rose" and "Whence Came A Prince"...it doesn't compare. The story line is under developed and the characters unbelievable. I enjoyed reading it, but my recommendation would be to spend the money and time on the Liz Curtis Higgs' trilogy.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Unlikable main characters 20. Dezember 2012
Von javamama - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I did finish this book but I was tempted multiple times to just forget about it. I found the main characters, Niall and Anne, to be thoroughly unlikable. They fought constantly through the book, except when they were kissing. Apparently the kissing was enough to make them fall for each other even though they couldn't agree on anything or stop fighting even after they "fell in love." Reading this I kept wondering how they fell in love with each other. It seemed ridiculous.

I read in another review that this was originally published as a mainstream romance and that makes sense because this book as a Christian book doesn't make sense at all. Yes, she threw in some times when Anne would pray or say how she is fully devoted to God but she certainly didn't act like it. Her actual behavior was pretty much non-Christian with the way she fought with Niall and was dishonest and generally rebellious. While I certainly don't expect the characters to be perfect, I prefer to see some kind of evidence of real faith in their lives. This author should have done a full re-vamp of this novel instead of just taking out the sex scenes and adding a few lines here and there about their supposed faith.

I also found both main characters to not be very bright. Anne knows that people hate her because of her clan so she wears her plaid to throw her identity in their faces and she leaves the castle alone, even knowing people want her dead. Really? Could we please have a character with common sense. Niall was just as bad. He would say that he has to consider everyone to be the traitor but he didn't. He chose one man and then wouldn't even consider anyone else in spite of his words. This was typical of both characters. Their words pretty much never coincided with action and while that would be fine if that happened once or twice, having that happen the entire book made me truly hate these horrible characters.
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