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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
New Review: Nora Roberts’ REBELLION – Superb Storytelling of the Rising of 1745 and a Love That Would Not be Denied
It begins in 1735 when Serena
MacGregor’s home in the Highlands is invaded by British dragoons and her mother
is raped by their leader who wants to shame a Highland’s chief’s wife. And that
night hatred for the English was born in Serena. Ten years later, in 1745, her
brother Coll brings home his friend, Brigham Langston, whose mother might have
been a MacDonald but he is English.
Serena means to hate Brigham
but ends up falling in love. Brigham wants the fiery tempered lass and means to
have her. But there is a matter of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 that will interfere.
It’s a time of rebellion in
the Highlands as the Scots, sick of English oppression, long for their Bonnie
Prince Charlie, their “king across the waters” to return and reclaim his
throne. The Germans may reign in England but the Scots want their true king
When I read about the Battle
of Culloden that took place in 1746 and see the images that represent that
fateful day, I am always deeply saddened. Not just for the battle that was lost
or the thousands of Scots slain, but for the cruelty of England inflicted
thereafter on a generation of Highlanders. The English destroyed a way of life.
Roberts brings this time in
Scotland’s history to life with superb storytelling, wonderful characters and
brilliant dialog. Rich in historical detail and passion-filled love. This is a
keeper. I fell in love with Brigham whose heart beat to the Highlands though he
was an English lord. And I cheered on Serena as she finally decided to claim
the man her own heart could not deny.
First published in 1988, this
is the story of the historical roots for Roberts’ contemporary MacGregor
series. I am so sorry she gave us only two historical romance novels before moving
on to other genres as her historicals are very, very good.