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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In a novel that sizzles with passionate intrigue and breathtaking romance, Marsha Canham whisks the reader back to war-torn Scotland as a legendary warrior fights for the two things most precious to any man: his country and the woman he loves.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Blood of Roses Highlands, 2. Jul 24, Mojca rated it it was amazing Shelves: scottish-irish-celtic-hh-setting , favorites , jacobite-rebellion , marsha-canham , historical-romance. We saw them fall hopelessly and helplessly in love in the first book, so the author was now free to more fully delve into the background story, the history of the final rebellion.
The story begins just a few days after the first book ended, in Blackpool, where Alex had sent Catherine to be safe from the upcoming war, then proceeds with intertwining scenes of rural and still peaceful Derbyshire, England and the battles both on and off the field in Scotland.
Until the Scots oh, ye, foolish, foolish Bonnie Prince Charlie , cross the river Esk in the middle of winter, might I add, and march into England. And there's only one person in England whom Alexander Cameron wants to see. The reunion is hot, sweaty, rapturous, tumultuous And it's in Scotland that this story comes to a close on April 16, , on the barren, windswept, gore-filled field of Culloden This book is much more historically oriented, yet the detailed descriptions of the politics of the time, military tactics, battles, and troop movements, don't slow the pace, on the contrary in fact, and offer an even more realistic background to the touching love story between Alex and Catherine.
There is enough of their "interaction" to satisfy our curiosity, and the true facts of the history unraveling around them add a touch of truth to the fictitious romance, the constant threat of danger keeping the reader at the edge of the seat, hoping against hope sometimes, that these two truly star-crossed lovers might actually get to have their much deserved HEA.
The narrative of the rebellion ends with the horrific battle on the plain of Culloden Moor and its gruesome aftermath having seen Culloden the reading experience was all the more chilling for me , yet Ms. Canham chose not to start with the battle itself, but to bring goosebumps on the skin and chills down the at least this one reader's spine through Catherine's ears as she listens to the distant rumblings of the cannons and then She ran to the front door and flung it open, straining now to hear and identify the cause of yet another shocking sound: the sound of absolute, deathly silence.
I've seen Culloden three times already and every single time I'm amazed by the fact that even though the road passes just alongside the battlefield, the visitor can hear only the wind sweeping across the plain, billowing in the grass.
That sentence perfectly describes that feeling of isolation and silence I experience everytime I stand there at Culloden. In the next paragraph, the reader is thrust straight in the middle of the battle without having been given a moment to brace, to prepare for the pointless, tragic, wastefull loss of life and humanity on that moor. The reader is in the thick of it alongside Alexander Cameron, as he charges with his clansmen, as he plunges in the middle of the scarlet-clad soldiers, as he slashes his broadsword, roars the cath-ghairm of his clan And when it ends the reader accompanies Catherine and Deirdre onto that same field, as they stumble over the dead and dying, make their way between torn limbs and dead horses, in their desperate search for their husbands.
And we're once more whisked over the Highlands into Lochaber, walking alongside the vanquished Camerons, alongside Gentle Donald on his stretched, and Alexander enduring the fever brought forth by his wounds, share his desperation, his anguish, his need to see Catherine, to let her take the pain away. And knowing the heartbreak that awaits him at home.
Oh, God! I thought after putting the book down and indulging in one last, cathartic bout of crying that was a combined result of the emotions this story evokes and the Pearl Harbor soundtrack that seems to fit so well, I'd be back to normal. Not yet, so you'll have to forgive this rather strange review. Typing and trying to read the screen is tough though a film of tears. Anyway, as mentioned before, the last battle on the British soil was just the first climax of this novel which ends with the final confrontation that's been building since the first book—the fateful night in which Alex won Catherine in a duel.
The epilogue is bitter-sweet, so many lives and so much love lost, yet the glimmer of hope is there, a steady guiding light on the horizon. This is a truly beautiful and amazing story.
View all 5 comments. Shelves: favorites , highlander. This story is part two of Alexander and Catherine's story. With the start of war Alex sends Catherine away back to her home in Derby.
To be honest there were parts of this book i skipped, all the "war" talk and there was quite a lot of it was not my thing, but the story of Alex and Catherine was compelling and kept me going. Normally I don't skip parts of books, I just don't finish. I am so happy happy happy I stuck with this book. I came to care about all the secondary characters in this book This story is part two of Alexander and Catherine's story. I came to care about all the secondary characters in this book as well, Diedre, Aluinn, Damien.
The war scenes were hard to read for me sometimes, gruesome and so heartbreaking, but quite necessary for the story of course. I also enjoyed the twists in the story that I didn't see coming.
And i really hated the bad guys in this book, I mean really hated them!! I found myself wanting to reach into the book and just stick my sword into them myself!
I can be dramatic. In The Pride of Lions, Catherine was immature to say the least, spoiled, entitled and I did't like her much. She started to mature and in that book and I grew to like her much more, In this book I loved her! And Alexander I just grew to love more and more in both books I love Highlander books, I think because I find them so romantic, and they touch a special place in my heart. View all 17 comments.
Apr 01, Kari Kaz rated it it was amazing Shelves: highlander-scot-irish , favorites. As good or better than the first book, Pride of Lions which should definately be read before. This is a stunning sequel to Alex and Catherine's story. For me, it's one of the best historical Scottish romance novels I have ever read. I was literally an emotional wreck when I finished the book, I was completely caught up in the story.
The descriptions were amazing, loved it! View all 7 comments. Sep 20, Krista Claudine Baetiong rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , historical-romance , highlander , period-early-modern. Reading this book is like feeling a poignant hush in the air as it takes you at the heart of the Jacobite rising of and relives all the important events of the period in a rather explicit manner—including the devastating loss and gory details at the infamous Battle of Culloden—that it seems to cut off your sense of detachment as a reader and demand you to take sides.
At least that is how it felt like for me. There has never been a more disturbing book and it has affected me the way I should Reading this book is like feeling a poignant hush in the air as it takes you at the heart of the Jacobite rising of and relives all the important events of the period in a rather explicit manner—including the devastating loss and gory details at the infamous Battle of Culloden—that it seems to cut off your sense of detachment as a reader and demand you to take sides.
There has never been a more disturbing book and it has affected me the way I should've had had I lived in that exact period and seen the monumental defeat of the Jacobites firsthand.
And to be honest, I did spend some time actually fuming at the Bonnie Prince for his intransigence and lack of military foresight! Not that it matters now, anyway, but this was one of those rare preposterous moments when I had allowed myself to turn into a nit-picking bookworm and rant at a long-departed someone. Now, on to a more objective commentary: The fusion of historical events and literary imaginings is commendable.
Miss Canham has obviously spent so much time on research with her full account of events, wins and losses from warring parties, military strategies and routes, the number of troops and movements on both sides, and even what usually happens in an army camp, and allows her made-up characters to blend in with these facts as effortlessly as if they had also been part of history. Also, while this period viewed women as weak, coddling individuals whose sole responsibilities included tending the homes and caring for their children, the author has created characters like Catherine and Deidre and introduced us to historical icon Colonel Anne who do not easily succumb to male dominance or intimidation and are astute enough to know the consequences of being at war.
Jan 15, Stevie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: fans of Outlander. Shelves: historical-scotland , favorites , favorite-author , feisty-heroine , author-auto-buy , alpha-male , part-of-a-series , hot-as-hell-hero.
This and Pride of the Lions were hidden treasures. I fell in love with story almost immediately. I fell in love with the character as the story progressed. They were vivid and well written. The second book I am so tore over because know history the results of the final battle of Calloden, yet so moved by the story line I found my self putting the book down only to pick it back within seconds. This was a wonderful romance, with substance and an adventure with authentic facts and real stories and This and Pride of the Lions were hidden treasures.
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