Highland Sanctuary

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Title: Highland Sanctuary
Author: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pages: 336
Released: October 1, 2011

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Gavin MacKenzie job at the Castle of Braigh is simple, restore the castle and protect the new laird and get out of there. But there are a few things standing in his way, one of which is the gorgeous Serena Boyd. He quickly becomes enamored with her and sets out to win her heart.
Serena Boyd has a dark secret. One that could not only destroy love before it begins, but her future and her life. The last thing she wants is a ton of strangers crawling around the castle and the village, even if one of them is very handsome and charming. She refuses to let love grow, but does God have a different plan?
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I first had the pleasure of reading Jennifer Hudson Taylor’s first book Highland Blessings on my Kindle and was ecstatic when I found out the sequel was available for review. I loved her writing so much, in fact her book was actually the reason I’m such a fan of books in this time frame.
Ms. Hudson has a way of making a book based 1477 just come alive. Though the language is more inclined to how they spoke back in medieval times, the Scottish accents are accentuated and you can hear them in your head every time a character starts to speak.
Another thing I noticed was that the author likes to make the heroin of the story have some sort of gift or disorder that makes people think that they’re possessed and want to burn them at the stake. This adds a ton of drama to novel that is very dramatic already due to the suspense that’s woven in as well.
The story is diverse as well. It’s dominant genre is historical romance, but it could be categorized in suspense or drama in addition to historical romance. It brings a new perspective on how many genres a book could really be placed in without stretching the truth.
Though it’s not advertised as such, it is a sequel to the author’s first book. But they can be read independently though I really wouldn’t recommend it. The first story follows Akira MacKenzie and this one follows her brother Gavin MacKenzie.
This book deals mostly with Serena’s fear of being seen in one of her “fits”, which you later find out are seizures versus the suspense part of the storyline. And honestly, the fear of her being caught was way more suspenseful than the actual suspense, mostly because I called the culprit at a quarter of the way in.
The romance in this book is appropriate for the times in which the book is set, so don’t expect hot and steamy; expect sweet and gentle.
I loved this book. It was great to get read another top notch book based in this time line. The author articulates everything perfectly and stays true to the historical value of the story all while keeping the reader entertained. Here’s the strange part, one of my favorite parts was the ultimate display of love Serena’s mother showed her. If and when you read this book you will understand.
Overall, top notch. Though, not as good as the first, it’s still a very good book. Though not recommended for steamy romance readers it’s perfect for the reader who just wants to curl up with a good romance to relax and get away for just a few short hours.
I give this book four out of five.

I got this book free from NetGalley and Abingdon Press in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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