Sunday, September 25, 2011
Title: HIGHLAND SANCTUARY
Author: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Genre: Inspirational/medieval romance
Serena Boyd has epilepsy since she was born, but everyone considered her seizures more evil, a sign that she was demon possessed. Her own father tried to take her away and kill her, but kind-hearted servants helped Serena and her mother escape, where they lived in peace in a village made up completely of misfits.
Gavin MacKenzie is a chieftan heir, but he is helping his younger brother get a start with a career. Hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh, and protect the new Laird from whoever murdered the previous Laird, Gavin stumples upon a village of outcasts when he rescues the lovely Serena after she falls out of a wagon and is unconscious.
Despite himself, Gavin can’t keep his distance from the lovely lass, and Serena is desperate to keep her “falling sickness” secret from the handsome man and from the Laird of the Castle of Braigh. When a fierce enemy launches an attack against the Village of Outcasts, the villagers unit in a bold act of faith. But is it enough to save them?
HIGHLAND SANCTUARY is the long awaited sequel to Highland Blessings, but it easily stands alone. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Serena and Gavin, as well as the cast of ‘misfits’ that surrounded them. The characters were all realistically developed and interesting.
Jennifer Hudson Taylor has penned a heart-warming medieval romance full of mystery and intrigue with HIGHLAND SANCTUARY. This book grabbed my attention from page one and kept it as I hoped Serena would recover from her “falling sickness” and find true acceptance and freedom. The ending came as a complete surprise. $14.99. 332 pages.