Many who read this story are here today because their ancestors survived during these harsh times. In this book, we meet the spirited Sarah, aged thirteen; her courageous brother Ian Og, aged eleven; their uncle Angus, an illegal whisky distiller; their cousin Alistair Glic, a courier for the rebel army of Jacobites; ‘The Frenchman’, a double agent; MacCannie and his sons, trouble-making cattle rustlers; Granny Morag, a wise old healer who holds the family together, and many more interesting characters.
Their adventures, romances, dramas, feuds and battles are woven together to show how they struggled and survived at the time of the Jacobite rebellion which was an attempt to install Bonnie Prince Charlie as the rightful King of Scotland and England and to topple King George ll.
While historical background events are accurate, the rest of the book is a work of fiction based on stories handed down the generations and the writer’s own thoughts after 20 years of research.
Maddie Ellis (verified owner)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Reading Glen Rowan turned into a remarkable trip down the memory lane. It evoked many memories of my childhood in Scotland.
I’m so grateful to my friend for recommending this novel. It arrived sooner than expected, perfectly packed. Being a historian and Scotland lover, I’m really enjoying reading this story. Author’s style is one of a kind and as a non native English speaker I’m amazed. Can’t stop reading.