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Highland Sanctuary (Highlands #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  518 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Highland Sanctuary is the story of a chieftain heir who is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh.
ebook, 338 pages
Published 2011 by Abingdon Press
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Christine Lindsay
What an awesome plot! Highland Sanctuary has one of the freshest storylines I’ve come across in a long time. The heroine, Serena, is like no heroine I’ve ever read. She’s beautiful, sweet and inspiring. A heroine you genuinely root for right away. So what’s unique?

Serena has a disability that in Scotland during the clan wars puts her in danger of being burned at the stake as a witch or as one demon possessed. Author, Jennifer Hudson Taylor does a wonderful job in leading up to this threat, and
Jun 21, 2011 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Highland Sanctuary Jennifer Hudson Taylor has written a fine Historical Christian Novel that gets to your heart.

After endless supplies of Novels with eloquent erotic scenes and innuendo this is a story that can truly be read by all. It is a story of struggle against prejudice, finding strength in faith and bonding together in love. The book review says that the story is showing how God's love is more powerful than any human force on earth. In my oppinion it actually shows how God's love ca
MaryLu Tyndall
Nov 28, 2011 MaryLu Tyndall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dive into a wonderful tale of medieval Scotland filled with romance, intrigue and adventure! Yet the story is so much more than that. The author’s creativity shines with her creation of the village of misfits. It reminded me of the island of misfits toys from Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer, a place where the world deposits those who don’t fit in, who are different. Unlike Rudolph, it isn’t Santa who rescues these misfits, but the power of self-sacrifice and God’s love for the downtrodden. Throw ...more
This was a interesting book. It had some interesting twists and turns. I had a hard time with the whole story line and there was some really sad stuff. This book had some violence and talk of burning witches at the stake. I hate that whole story idea and it was in the first one. The leading lady frustrated me. But over all a fast paced good romance with lots of good tension. I love the Highlands and the kilts:} This was Christian but the story was not bogged down with too much. There was so kiss ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I normally enjoy historical books, and appreciate Christian themes. But this fell short. Having the speech of every character sprinkled with "ye" and "canna" does not make a story medieval and Scottish. There were far too many modern phrases and actions. Add to that an overly drawn out story, lack of suspense, and the need for better editing of grammar (for example "assume" where "as soon" was intended, and incorrect past tense) ,and I had a hard time getting through. I did appreciate the idea o ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Having read the first book in this series, Highland Blessing, by the talented Jennifer Taylor, I was eager to discover what new adventure awaited readers inside of Highland Sanctuary. While the opening of the book was a bit slower from the kidnapped-bride scenario of the first book, this next installment to the series did not disappoint!

Serena was a vibrant, easy to love character who I found very easy to sympathize with. I thought the author took a ve
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

I thought the concept behind this book was very good. It was intriguing to examine how a well understood modern malady-such as epilepsy-could be interpreted in the Middle Ages as an evil threat to a community through demon possession and witchcraft. All the ingredients were there for a fresh take on historical romance, but the story didn't have enough time to marinate and truly come into its own.

There were numerous elements of this st
Cana Elene (
Serena and her mother have been living in secret exile after Serena's father tried to kill her for her seizures (he thought they were a sign of evil). When Gavin goes to the town where Serena and her mother lives to help protect the new laird, he is surprised that he finds someone he is interested in. But so much will happen to keep them apart, what with murders, fires, and even a 2nd love interest. Will they get to live and love each other, or will someone not make it?

So, I started reading this
Margaret Metz
Sep 26, 2011 Margaret Metz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's not to love about a romance novel with a great romantic hero and an intelligent female lead set in Scotland? I can't think of much. lol I'm a sucker for historical romances set in Scotland and this one has a lot of unique qualities.

Gavin and his brother are renovating the castle of another laird. They are doing everything from making it more sound from weather damage to more secure from any kind of threat. I don't think I've read about anyone doing that sort of thing in any of my books be
Sep 18, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RATING:4.5)HIGHLAND SANCTUARY by Jennifer Hudson Taylor is a delightful inspirational historical romance set in Medieval Scotland. It is written with depth,details,with characters that will steal your heart and a few reappearing characters from "Highland Blessings". Gavin MacKenzie,a chieftain heir,who is hired to restore the Castle Braigh,finds a village of Outcasts,and finds the love of his live. Serena Boyd,comely lass,has falling out fits(seizures),considered an outcast,her mother and nurse ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow... Ok, so this is only acceptable reading for when your stranded in the airport or some strange hotel room. This book is so formulaic, you can skip entire pages without missing anything: chaste, beautiful, but poor maiden suffers from some terrible secret. Despite her poverty two handsome and rich men want her. Alas! Her secret is revealed, and the bad men come to get her. Luckily true love prevails.
Let's see... did I forget anything? Oh yes, it's set in Scotland - as is evident by the frequ
Quite an intriguing story. I like books that challenge you to think of something you've never thought of, and I've honestly never thought of how epilepsy must have seemed to people who knew little or nothing about medical dignoses. I think the author did a great job of portraying how it would effect someone living in historical times. Add to that some Scottish romance and you have a story worth reading.
Lindi Peterson
Dec 01, 2011 Lindi Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Jennifer Hudson Taylor. Authentic cast of characters---an intriguing setting and storyline. I loved everything about this book. Especially the Village of Outcasts. If you like historical novels you must read Jennifer's books.
Incredible historical fiction weaving strong characters, masterful storyline and great attention to historical detail. One of the best historical novels I have read in a while. Looking forwrd to reading more from this author.
Jenny Q
Not for me. The writing is not very polished and it's kind of cheesy and sappy. Setting it down at page 36.
Sep 30, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of Christian fiction or romances set in the Scottish highlands and read them as often as I do you are always looking for new authors in the genre. Last May I discovered new author Jennifer Hudson Taylor through her sweet inspirational, Highland Blessings (currently free for Kindle download!) and I became an immediate fan. This time she once again takes us back to the Highlands with the second book in the series, Highland Sanctuary. You won't be disappointed and the great thing is ...more
Oct 29, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highland Sanctuary by Jennifer Hudson Taylor Book 2 in the Highland Series
Book 1 in this series is called Highland Blessings.
Serena and Evelina Boyd along with Gunna, her nursemaid, live in a village by Braigh Castle, called the Village of Outcasts. Twenty years ago they left after Serena's father wanted her gone because of her seizures, Evelina refused to give up her only daughter so she left. Too many people feared the falling disease and would burn her at the stake as a witch, so only the vil
Aug 13, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Publisher: Abingdon Press
October 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4267-1421-4
Genre: Inspirational/medieval romance

Serena Boyd has epilepsy since she was born, but everyone considered her seizures more evil, a sign that she was demon possessed. Her own father tried to take her away and kill her, but kind-hearted servants helped Serena and her mother escape, where they lived in peace in a village made up completely of misfits.

Gavin MacKenzie is a chieftan hei
Dawn Teresa
Originally published on my blog, Read Love.

Where to start? I was intrigued at the idea of reading a historical novel set in the medieval Scottish highlands. I began with high hopes. In the early going, the novel had promise -- reading was gentle and easy, and there was a fairytale-like quality to the book. The setting and characters seemed almost enchanted. To her credit, Taylor created a village nestled into the highlands seemingly hidden from the world and all its evils. Its inhabitants were d
Beverly Frisby
Oct 06, 2011 Beverly Frisby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I fell in love with Jennifer Hudson Taylor's writing style and her highland characters last year when I read "Highland Blessings" so I was eager for a chance to read the continuing saga of the Mackenzie clan.

In "Highland Sanctuary" we meet Serena Boyd, her mother and nurse who live in the "City of Outcasts." The little village is inhabited by people with various handicaps and deformities who use their talents to help each other survive. Most of the villagers are not aware of Serena's handicap,
Ada Brownell
Oct 05, 2011 Ada Brownell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever felt like an outcast because you don't quite fit anywhere?
Serena Boyd becomes an misfit shortly after her birth in 1457 in the highlands of Scotland and her life is in danger. Her mother takes Serena and escapes with the baby and the nurse, Gunna. They find the City of Outcasts. The people there have various deformities and handicaps, but use all their other talents to help one another. They think little about their deficiencies.
Yet no one knows why Serena and her mother live there. The
Tracy Riva
Dec 18, 2011 Tracy Riva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highland Sanctuary
By Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Published by Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tennessee
ISBN 13: 978-1-4267-1421-4$ 9.67 at Amazon, Kindle Version ASIN B00607YH74 $9.19

I really enjoyed Highland Sanctuary by Jennifer Hudson Taylor. I was immersed in the story from the very beginning. Hudson Taylors’s main characters Gavin and Serena stay in your mind long after the story is over.

Set in Scotland during the reign of James the Third, Hudson Taylors’s story was, for the most part, believable. Her
Received this earlier in paperback ~ part of my 3 book prize pack from MaryLu Tyndall's giveaway [Thank you! MaryLu] looking forward with anticipation to this 2nd in the Highland series from Jennifer Hudson Taylor. She definitely won me over with book 1 !

Highland Sanctuary – finished Jan 17
2nd in Jennifer Hudson Taylor’s Highland series and as riveting as her first. I’ve been emotionally invested in these characters and the intrigue of their story for the entire 331 pages. There was no putting d
Dec 04, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful book! From the fully developed characterization to the imagery and costumes, this medieval story of love and ultimate sacrifice is sure to capture the heart and release the imagination. I loved the setting that takes place in 1477 Scotland. The author creates vivid details not only to the scenery, but the dialogue betweem the main characters. I especially loved the story of trial, triumph, honor, sacrifice,committment, faith, and overcoming obstacles in both the characters perso ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another GREAT book from Taylor!! The beginning got my interest immediately and I fell inlove with Serena and her mother right away. I promised myself I'd only read a few chapters and then get ready for the night. Didn't happen.....I couldn't put the story away and cried in amazement the last 100 pages.

Loved these characters:
Cara Grant, Serena's best friend
Phelan, the village wolf dog and faithful companion to Quinn
Father Tomas
Gunna, the maidservant
the outcasts of the village
the King (who shows
Julie Witt
I received an ebook free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

What a refreshing book! I am so glad I had a chance to read this story because I enjoyed it very much! I wasn't aware when I requested it that it was the second in a series, but it can easily be read as a stand alone. After reading this one, though, I am definitely going to go back and read the first book, because if it was half as good as this one, then I know I'm going to love it!

Serena Boyd has had 'fits', or s
Terri Harr
Nov 25, 2011 Terri Harr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highland Sanctuary is book two in the series. I loved book one, Highland Blessings. This one is with the brother of the lady in book one. I loved this one just as much. Jennifer is able to make the characters come alive and the setting seem as if you are right there with them.

In Highland Blessings you meet Gavin. He is actually one of my favorite side characters in that book. I am so glad he got his own story. He is a strong and compassionate person. Serena is a sweet and caring young woman who
Dec 03, 2011 Kav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a refreshing read! And Gavin MacKenzie is a welcome diversion from the plethora of cowboy heroes parading through Christian Fiction these days. Not that I have anything against cowboys, you understand -- oh my heaven's no! (she says, fanning herself vigorously at the images that come to mind from recent reads.) BUT there is something about a warrior hero with a brogue, isn't there? Be still my wildly beating heart! Gavin is the perfect candidate for the role too. Level-headed, strong, compa ...more
Cindy Huff
Nov 20, 2012 Cindy Huff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highland Sanctuary is the follow up book to Highland Blessing by Jennifer Hudson Taylor. I have not read the first book, but it wasn’t a problem in following the story. Serena Boyd has a secret, and all her neighbors in the Village of Outcasts are helping her keep it. Gavin MacKenzie, destined to be chiefof his clan, is smitten with the comely lass whose kindness and faith inspire him. His desire to protect the lass grows with every new thing he discovers about her, even her secret. Jennifer has ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is Christian Historical fiction. See summary from cover below.
"Gavin MacKenzie, a chieftain heir who is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh, discovers a hidden Village of Outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass, who captures Gavin’s heart in spite of harboring a deadly past that could destroy her future. The villagers happen to be keeping an intriguing secret as well, and when a fierce enem
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Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe & the Carolinas. She provides keynotes and presentations on the publishing industry, the craft of writing building an author platform & social media marketing.

Her debut novel, Highland Blessings, received a 4 1/2 star review from RT Book Reviews and won the Holt Medallion Award for Best Firs
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