This is the story of Sarah, a brave young girl growing up in the Scottish Highlands during the 18 th century. It is a time of civil war in Scotland as the Jacobites try to install Bonnie Prince Charles as the rightful king. At the tender age of eighteen, Sarah is left alone to provide for her younger siblings in desperate times.
She falls in love with a dashing young man who disappears for months without any contact. He reappears later to find Sarah betroth to another man. Sarah loves both of them and finds herself with a dilemma. However, her main responsibilities are the survival of her siblings and herself during harsh times with sparse resources available around her.
Sarah is a very strong and determined young woman and becomes even more so as she faces the challenges of life in the Highlands.
She battles tragedies alone as her men go off to war.
Sarah discovers she is pregnant, unsure of who the father is, and this brings its own trials and tribulations.
"A. L. MacDonell is a great writer and storyteller and once I started reading her novel I couldn't put it down."
"I loved the drama and flow of the story ,which kept you engaged. A great read."
"A beautifully crafted intriguing story with the writers unique wit throughout."
My heroes in this book were young siblings, Sarah and Ian Og. They were very brave against the harsh times they lived in. During their adventures they encountered all sorts of characters, some quite unsavoury. The author is a wonderful storyteller and kept me gripped the whole way through. I can’t wait for more!
I have just finished reading this wonderful book which was gifted to me. I just loved Sarah 13 years of age and her 11 year old brother Ian Og. I can’t wait for the next book which I see from the back of the book takes place five years later when Sarah is 18 and Ian Og is 16.
I was gripped by the drama and excitement in the story and the courage and bravery of the characters. The novel is descriptive, imaginative and informative in the ways of life in the Scottish Highlands in the 18th century.
There were so many parts of the book which I really liked and it is difficult to choose between them. If I am pushed I guess I would have to say I especially liked how Sarah stood up to a bully much older than her and helped to rescue the young boy.
I loved how this story unfolded. The story flowed and I appreciated the author’s use of language and the brilliant descriptions of people and scenes. Lots of drama and some hair-raising moments.
My favourite character was Sarah, a gutsy, determined young girl of 13, but I also liked her mysterious cousin Alistair who is a few years her senior. Can’t wait to see what happens between these two characters in Book 2 when Sarah is aged 18 !
I loved this book, especially Sarah and how she was so brave and determined at such a young age. I loved how the story was set in the 18th century and can’t wait to read the next book.
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