Monday, April 7, 2014

New Review: Kathleen Givens’ KILGANNON – A Classic and a Highland Keeper – Superb Storytelling!

After reading ON A HIGHLAND SHORE and its sequel RIVALS FOR THE CROWN, I became a devoted fan of Givens and her amazing talent for weaving a story from history that sweeps you away. She gave us six stories that are all classics. Givens is a superb storyteller.

KILGANNON is a story of the same Highlander family from ON A HIGHLAND SHORE, but ten generations later--in 1712. Set in Scotland and England, it tells the story of Mary Lowell, a pampered debutante, swept up in London's society of parties and entertainment. Mary saw no suitors that appealed to her but then it was expected she'd marry the Campbell. Then Alex MacGannon, the Earl of Kilgannon, a rough Highlander, shows up at a London soiree one evening wearing a kilt. Mary is intrigued and captivated.

They said Lord Kilgannon was a barbarian, a Scottish clan chief of the MacGannons who sailed the seas in his ships. But Mary finds the Scottish lord polished and with a wonderful sense of humor. Alex is a Scot who knows what he wants and he wants Mary Lowell for his wife, to live with him and his two young sons in Castle Kilgannon. As the Highlands are torn by rebellion, Mary is drawn into the conflict as another man competes for her love.

Alex is every bit the man his ancestor, Gannon, was and I could not help falling in love with him as he pursued the English heroine, a strong woman of character who would leave her own land for his. You will want this one on your keeper shelf, I promise. Givens' writing is wonderfully descriptive and the feelings between the two characters develop subtly and believably. You are drawn into their world without realizing it. And when the obstacles come, you will be rooting for Gannon.

The sequel, THE WILD ROSE OF KILGANNON, continues the story of Alex and Mary as together they face England's wrath. When you can't stop reading, you know you've found a keeper. The two books comprise a rich tale of the 18th century you will want to re-read!

It’s on my Best Scot/Highlander Romances and Favorite Heroes & Heroines lists--and my Top 20!

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