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Rivals for the Crown (Highland #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  606 ratings  ·  63 reviews

1290: The Scottish throne is for the taking after a child queen perishes ... and while bitter foes clamor to seize power, England's Edward I has his own designs on the embattled northern nation. Thrown into the maelstrom of politics, bloodshed, and a
Paperback, 521 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Pocket Star (first published July 24th 2007)
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick
Edited to remove spoilers and correct mistakes.

Honestly, I can’t put into words how much I love this book. The battles, the political maneuverings, the pettiness at court, the romance, the passion… so few books have it all, but once again, as she did in On A Highland Shore, Kathleen Givens has given me so many things to love about Rivals For the Crown.

One of my very favorite things about this author is her ability to weave fact and fiction together, creating an amazing tapestry which tells a tal
Kathleen Givens does not disappoint! The plot is fascinating with allusions to the 1290 expulsion of the Jews in England, the invasion of of Scotland in 1296 by the English and the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Absolutely fascinating. Givens makes history truly come to life; I found myself researching a lot as I read. I loved that she included William Wallace (aka Braveheart).

Givens can also be counted on for a heartwrenching love story... or two in this case. I thoroughly enjoyed both the Isabel/
Rio (Lynne)
3.5 Stars. For those of us who love historical fiction, this is a fresh and enjoyable story. It takes place during Edward I's takeover of Scotland. The author's heroes and heroines are fictional. We have Isabel and Rachel, two best friends who are torn apart when Edward forces all Jews out of England. Isabel is left in London as one of the queen's ladies in waiting. Then we have Rory and Kerian, two rugged, handsome and brave cousin Highlanders. The author takes us on a decade ride from 1290 to ...more
4.5 Stars - Rivals for the Crown flashes forward a couple decades in the lives of the MacMagnus (becoming MacGannon) , MacDonald and Crawford families from On a Highland Shore. It opens with young Rachel de Anjou and her family being expelled with other Jewish families from England, ordered by King Edward in 1290. She is torn from the only life she's known and her best friend Isabel de Burke. Rachel and her family resettle in Berwick, Scotland where she eventually meets Kieran MacDonald who is d ...more
Oct 25, 2008 Alaine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Scottish history.
Recommended to Alaine by: Sheree
I loved this book from start to finish. It covered many characters and included historical figures such as William Wallace, Robert Bruce and King Edward Plantagenet. It did jump around a little but that enhanced the book and sustained my interest easily. This book is a fantastic historical novel and the second book I've read of Kathleen Givens. Can't wait to read more!
Hunky heroes?
Political turmoil?
Headstrong, believable heroines?

If you're looking for a fantastic historical fiction set in Scotland you can't go past this novel. Givens has written the spirit of the Scottish people into the pages of this book and it is difficult to be unmoved by their struggle for freedom from the English crown. This story is tight with suspense and is filled with passionate characters whom I guarantee you will barrack for.

Part of t
Dee Dee Walker
I love historical romance and this book was fantastic. I'm a sucker for great love stories. What I really love about this author is that she can create such an intense love story without the graphic sex scenes. Think, The Last of the Mohicans. My only complaint is the ending seemed a little rushed and forced with historical information. If you like historical romance this book is a must!
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Rivals for the Crown, a historical romance fiction story that was captivating.

The characters of Isabel and Rachel were compelling. They both faced times of uncertainty and turmoil.
Both girls found themselves in circumstances in which they needed to make life and death decisions.
I was impressed with Isabel's growth from a naive young girl to a woman whose courage and strength is admirable.
Rachel, a Jewish girl, is torn between her faith and a lo
Ughhh. I remember enjoying On a Highland Shore a lot more than this sequel (used very loosely) written by the same author. Part of the problem for me was that I just came off reading The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman who happens to be one of my favorite authors. The Reckoning dealt with the same time period but was written 100 times better than Rivals for the crown. When I started to read this one I was excited to see another authors point of view and all I got was a corny romance novel that re ...more
I absolutely loved this book. I only give 5*****rarely, and wish I could have rated this 4 and 1/2 but they don't show that. But that is my rating. It combines Scottish and English History during the reign of Edward Plantagenet of England, and the fighting between John Balliol and Robert the Bruce to be king of Scotland. William Wallace (Braveheart) is also in this book. it has great romance, and a terrific Highland love story. there is a tiny bit of descriptive sex, but not overboard, and it on ...more
This book was too much historical fiction and not enough romance. The book follows two different couples, so that got confusing at times. There was also a point in the book where the plot jumped ahead a year without any warning. This was very jarring and really pulled me out of the story. The historical detail was good but I didn't enjoy the romances so this book is not a favorite. I would only recommend it if you are interested in the setting and time period.
Whew...what a ride....loved it!

Interesting sequel in The Highlander series, but didn't quite like it as much as I did the first one. On the other hand, it answers a lot of questions that were left when I completed the first book in the series "On Highland Shore."
I'm a sucker for anything about Scotland...what can I say. As always, she grabs my attention and keeps it for the entire book.....can't wait to read the other two I have. If you love historical fiction, you can't beat this one!
The historical setting for this novel is what first drew me to it. I've always been interested in the Scottish struggle for independence in the 14th century, with all its inherent drama, emotional content, and struggle against tyranny. This novel doesn't disappoint in that aspect. The author captures the emotions of the times in all their harsh glory. The author has captured enough historical detail to make 14th century Scotland and London come to vivid life for her readers.

Most of the character
Aug 18, 2008 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction buffs
This is a wonderful sequel to Givens's earlier novel, "On a Highland Shore." I didn't know she'd written a sequel, until I picked it up at the library and the characters sounded familiar. Whereas I enjoyed the first novel, I absolutely LOVED this one. I just finished it tonight. It weaves the story and struggles of several very believable characters into the fabric of the upheaval and conquests of King Edward Plantagenet upon the Scottish people. Key historical figures, such as William Wallace ( ...more
Rivals for the Crown is a sequel, of sorts, to On a Highland Shore, though the author skipped forward nearly thirty years to tell the story of the next generation of MacGannons, MacDonalds, and Crawfords. Two new characters are introduced: Rachel de Anjou and Isabel de Burke, English girls and best friends. The book opens in 1290, the year King Edward expelled the Jews from England, and as Jews, Rachel and her family are forced to flee London for the northern border, where they settle in Berwick ...more
Allison G
This sequel moved the story forward 30 YEARS - wow, that's a lot! Okay, I think I get why though - writers of historical fiction have to have some great history as a background for their story. In order to do that, they sometimes have to skip forward decades to find it. At least that's what I've decided and I'm sticking to it.

Once again, I learned a ton of things about the history of England/Scotland in the time leading up to William Wallace of Braveheart fame. I love that Givens's novels are fu

Here is the Goodreads description.....1290: Turmoil erupts when the seven-year-old queen of Scotland perishes en route to claim the crown. Two bitter foes -- John Balliol and Robert Bruce -- emerge as possible successors, but England's Edward I has his own designs on Scotland.In London, Edward has expelled all Jews from his kingdom. Rachel de Anjou is heartbroken to leave behind her best friend, Isabel de Burke, and travel with her family to the Scottish border town of Berwick. Danger
In 1290 the young queen of Scotland dies and there are now many rivals for the crown.

But in England Edward I also wants the kingdom and is ruthless enough to try to overtake Scotland.

Kieran MacDonald and Rory MacGannon are two young Highlanders whose parents have sent them to Berwick to get some sense of what is going on. Kieran meets Rachel, a Jewess, whose father has just started up an inn. Rachel and her family were expelled from England because of their faith. Rachel asks Kieran to find out
Nicomus Hall
I enjoyed this book. Kathleen Givens has a terrific talent for intertwining history and romance. This story is about war and separation and death. It is also about friendship, family, traditions, religion, and last but least of all love. If you want a good book to curl up to, this is it.
Laura Stenzel
I inadvertently read what I think is the second book in a series first, and while it does stand alone, the author references a lot of history that it would have been nice to know...

That said, this is one of my favorite formats for historical novels, the main characters are fabricated out of the time, but the world they live in is accurate. This story takes place in England and Scotland at the time when William Wallace is becoming the man who will eventually lead Scotland into independence.

The la
This was one of those books I couldn't put down because if I did I would never want to pick it up again. I understand this is more historical romance than historical fiction, but for me it failed to impress on both counts. The historical accuracy left something to be desired, and I was not at all moved by the romance, which came across as cheesy and predictable. I was never able to understand how Isabel managed to attract one man's attention, let alone succeed in having men fight over her, since ...more
A lot of people raved about this and I'd really enjoyed Kathleen Givens' other books but this one, I don't know, it was just okay for me. I was never able to really get into it. I adore Scottish history so I had high expectations for this. Truthfully for me there was so much going on it was really hard for me to focus and get engaged with the characters. From the expulsion of the Jews from England to the court of Edward Longshanks, to the quest for Scotland, the Comyns, John Balliol, William Wal ...more
I liked this one better than the first. Some of you friends out there may not enjoy the sex scenes. I'm not one to get uncomfortable about sex, but there was a scene or two in it that made me want to puke. She did a good job writing her characters. I was nervous/happy/disgusted/scared/excited for all of them throughout so that made it fun. The Scottish/English history was pretty interesting too. And, unlike the first story, I didn't once think of the Three Amigos. "NO we will not die like dogs! ...more
Nov 13, 2008 MichaelAnn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Carol and Hugh,
Recommended to MichaelAnn by: Betsy Shine
The follow up to "On a Highland Shore". If you have read "On a Highland Shore" and wondered what happened later this book is for you. Katherine Givens tried to stay as true to the facts of history as possible and you can read at the end of the book what she made up to add to the story. Although the cover, to me, seems to aimed at the female reader, men would love it. I never understood the difference in a Highland Scotsman and a Lowland Scotsman, never understood why the Scots hated the English ...more
Eleanor Groom
Another lesson in the history of Scotland. I always enjoy learning more about Scotland its problems with England. England was quite a bully!
This was pretty good. It continued the story from before, but a generation later. It felt like I had missed a book, I guess they assume we didn't want to hear Nell and Daveys story? It reminded me a lot of the Phillipa Gregory books except about Scotland. This one focused on Scotland, when they couldn't figure out who would be king and Edward of England stepped in and it ends with William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. I enjoyed it, but it felt like we never really got a good ending for Rachel's ...more
❥ Azzurra
Molto storico e un pò meno romance

Mi è piaciuto molto leggere una storia così dettagliata di informazioni sulla guerra scozzese, anche se ha perso nella parte romance.
E' anche vero che non è mai semplice gestire due coppie all'interno di un unico volume, senza abbassare la qualità della loro rispettiva storia.
Quindi, suppongo, che il puntare più sullo sfondo storico che sulle relazioni dei personaggi sia stata una scelta come un'altra...poco adatta però, forse, a questo tipo di collana.
E' un cam
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 08, 2015 12:46PM  
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Kathleen Givens was born in New York City, but spent her early years living in the Northeast and Georgia before landing in Southern California at the age of ten. As a result, she is fluent in Valley Girl, Steel Magnolia, and Manhattanite.

From an early age, Kathleen was entranced by the history, legends and sagas of the people who mixed together to form Scotland, Ireland, England and later the Uni
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