By Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Published by Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tennessee
ISBN 13: 978-1-4267-1421-4$ 9.67 at Amazon, Kindle Version ASIN B00607YH74 $9.19, NOOKbook $10.19
I really enjoyed Highland Sanctuary by Jennifer Hudson Taylor. I was immersed in the story from the very beginning. Hudson Taylors’s main characters Gavin and Serena stay in your mind long after the story is over.
Set in Scotland during the reign of James the Third, Hudson Taylors’s story was, for the most part, believable. Her attention to detail helped make the story come to vivid life and found myself eager to know what was going to happen in this tale. I read it through in two evenings.
It’s so easy to empathize with Serena. She’s in a very difficult situation and can really see no way out. Her mother, who has protected her for years, knows that both she and Serena’s old nursemaid are growing old. She wants Serena to find happiness but how can Serena do this and protect her secret?
Gavin is a stranger to the Village of Outcasts, sent to work on rebuilding Braigh Castle and to protect the villagers and the laird from harm. But only the laird knows Gavin and his men are there for protection, so when strange things start happening in the village it looks as if Gavin and his men are to blame. Could there be a traitor among them?
I felt that Highland Sanctuary was well-written with believable characters and an interesting and somewhat complex storyline that was brought to a satisfying conclusion that left no loose ends. My only complaint is that there are several grammar and spelling mistakes. It’s not an overwhelming amount by any stretch of the imagination. I would estimate there were about fifteen mistakes in all, but it was enough to distract me slightly from was otherwise a terrific story.