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Kilgannon (Kilgannon #1)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,050 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
A place where love and war collide--and she would be possessed by the Scottish chieftain they called . . . barbarian

Enter a world of breathtaking romance and rugged adventure. Enter the world of Kilgannon--an unforgettable story of love and treachery in a great Scottish clan. Kathleen Givens's magnificent novel sweeps from Queen Anne's London to the Highland wilderness . .
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 12th 1999 by Dell
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Lori McD
The Kindle edition is FULL of errors and mistakes... made it really tough to read the book. I put in a complaint to - someone needs to fix this.

Overall, I got really tired of Mary's attitudes towards Alex. She doesn't ever exhibit TRUST in him, and he never gives her cause to not trust him. She's constantly worrying and complaining about him and their "relationship" before they're married, and then afterwards, she can't accept him for who he is. When war comes, she throws a temper-tan
This book is written in first person, which is not usually something I like. I actually enjoyed the use of first person in this book because I felt like I was more immersed in the time period. It was almost like going along with the heroine on her adventures or reading her diary. The hero is really great, he was a strong, sexy Highlander. The historical detail is amazing, I enjoyed learning more about this time period (I think it was set in the mid-1700's). The setting changed between England an ...more
Nov 12, 2011 Stephanie rated it liked it
I probably would have given this 4 stars, but the characters seemed very similar to the characters in 'Outlander' and this book was published 8 years after 'Outlander'. Not only the main characters, but some periphery characters, as well. The writing did not seem to draw me in nearly as much as DG's writing (and, truthfully, I just pretended the main characters WERE Jamie and Claire!). I think that helped take the book to a solid 3 stars. I will read the second book, though.
May 22, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Not as exciting as Outlander, but a good read none the less!
Oct 15, 2008 Janice rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-novel
I went through a Scottish period and loved them all.

From Publishers Weekly
Givens's debut romanceAset in England and Scotland in the early 1700s, when tensions ran high during Queen Anne's reignAsubtly weaves a tale of personal and historical conflict. Mary Lowell, a sheltered young Englishwoman, is shocked by her strong feelings when she meets barbaric Scottish chieftain Alex MacGannon, Earl of Kilgannon, at a ball in London. After a rocky courtship, MacGannon whisks Mary back to his clan in the
Nov 01, 2008 Amy rated it liked it
I just loved this story. Yes it is lighter than Gabaldon's Outlander, but it is a sweet romantic adventure nonetheless and deserves to be recognized for what it is. If you compare everything to Outlander you are bound to be disappointed with anything else you read. I loved the lead and supporting characters. The Earl of Kilgannon is no Jamie Fraser, but he has his own unique qualities and is very worthy to be considered one of my favorite most romantic heroes. He was very sweet and sexy.
Apr 22, 2011 Stevie rated it really liked it
Just started this last night, (I am in my "need-a-brogue" mood). It's done in first person which always throws me, not the format of choice for me, but I found I was at page 68 in a blink of an eye. So far, I like the style of writing, it's engaging and well thought out, and definitely has my interest. Let you know in a couple days!

I am torn. The book is very (verra) good. The writing style is different, in a good way, in that it is a sort of recollection of narrator's life centered around the l
Regan Walker
After reading ON A HIGHLAND SHORE and its sequel RIVALS FOR THE CROWN, I became a devoted fan of Givens and her amazing talent for weaving a story from history that sweeps you away.

KILGANNON is a story of the same Highlander family in ON A HIGHLAND SHORE, but ten generations later--in 1712. Set in Scotland and England, it tells the story of Mary Lowell, a pampered debutante, swept up in London's society of parties and entertainment. Mary saw no suitors that appealed to her but then it was expect
This is for both Kilgannon and Wild Rose of Kilgannon - Even though these are two novels, it is pretty much one continuous book which was split up by the publishers due to size, so it counts as one. The books follow Mary Lovell and Alex MacGannon, who fall in love and marry shortly before the Rebellion of 1715. Like a lot of books on this list, these follow an established relationship facing the world - the Rebellion fails quickly and ignominiously and even though Alex was reluctant to join, he ...more
Serena Miles

La historia esta muy bien ambientada en su epoca, se nota que la autora se ha preocupado en investigar la epoca donde se desarrolla.

Pero lo demas me ha resultado aburrido... es muy lento y repetitivo en algunas cosas, por ejemplo en pedir matrimonio, que pesadez... y con todo lo demas me ha pasado lo mismo..

Es cierto que al final me quede con muchas ganas de saber lo que ocurre en el siguiente, pero tardare en leermelo porque como sea igual que este me da un patatus

Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Jun 28, 2011 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it really liked it
Shelves: scotland
I love a good historical novel about Scotland, and this one that begins in 1712 was a really good read. Although it begins in London with the story of Mary Lowell and introduces the reader to society in England at that time, when Mary meets Alex MacGannon, Earl of Kilgannon the story is about to change. A Highlander in a kilt is a novelty at the time and not accepted by all even if he is an Earl. This is a love story and a story of treachery and betrayal that takes the reader from London to a be ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Rauli rated it it was ok
Argh, my head hurts from all the crying I've done since picking this book up. It's been unbearably hard for Mary and Alex to form a lasting happiness and it's truly heartrending to see a loving couple having to continuously face odd that are not in their favor. From their courtship in the ballrooms of London, to the relentless and cowardly acts of Alex's brother Malcolm and the horrible repercussions the MacGannon clan face toward the end of this book at the prospect of war. It's too much!!

Jennifer Brown
Good story for those not bothered by the writing style

The bones of a great story are here but I'm left feeling that the author published an outline verses a complete, fleshed out, and well developed tale. Days, then weeks, then years fly by in no more than a paragraph or two and it feels like the author either doesn't understand or ignores the importance of actual words the characters say to each other. Of course, I have been spoiled with the Outlander Series, so understandably, any highland sto
Mirah W
Jul 22, 2011 Mirah W rated it really liked it
After I read two previous novels by Givens I thought I would give Kilgannon a shot. It's a little more 'romancy' than I like (but not the cheesy heaving bosoms kind of romance). There's always lots of misunderstandings in the relationship bwteeen Alex and Mary that could just be solved with honest communication. But, the primary plot story is interesting...Alex, the clan leader, having to decide what to do politically...try and get a Scot on the English throne or ride the tide of politics and ho ...more
Jade aka MrsTosh
I was recommended this book by one of my Goodread friends :) and I have to say I loved it.

I found it refreshing to read a historical romance where two people are introduced and not forced to marry for Country or wealth but fall in love naturally.

The setting and descriptions used in the book are breathtaking and would love to visit Kilgannon :) the author managed to paint a wonderful picture.

The story is full of passion, love, adventure and many humours moments, I found myself laughing out loud
May 03, 2014 Becky rated it liked it
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, but not as much as I could have. The romance at first was refreshing since Mary and Alex were honest and did not play games with each other. But as the book went on, the typical romance novel miscommunications and misunderstandings came up. That was disappointing but I guess is just the way of the genre. I also liked the author's attempt to keep the dialogue realistic, but then again as the book went on, the dialogue became repetitive. The heroine woul ...more
Kilgannon is the courtship story of Englishwoman Mary Lowell and Scottish laird Alexander MacGannon. Mary and Alex meet at a party in early 18th century London, and despite their initial attraction, a series of misunderstandings as well as the general animosity between the English and the Scots effectively keep the couple apart. The characters are likeable, and even though the story is predictable, I found the first half entertaining. The pacing slows considerably once Mary moves to Scotland, an ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Daneesha rated it liked it
Shelves: highlanders
Breathtaking? No. Epic, no? I enjoyed it, but it was very light. The first hundred pages flew by and so did the time frame. I think 2 years passed in the book and it was mostly summarized except for a few instances. I began to dislike Mary. She's the reason I don't want to read book 2. She has major trust issues and NEVER puts her trust in Alex. He has never given her reason to doubt him. He's one of the most steadfast and honorable heroes that I have encountered Yet, in multiple instances, Mary ...more
Aug 30, 2011 SandiegoSuzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I like about Kathleen Given's books is that character is revealed in the dialog not in a lot of side self talking or description of what the character is feeling. Because of the strong dialog the author doesn’t have tell the reader how to feel about the characters either. None of that “He was wickly handsome with a look that put a shudder into all but the unwise.”

In the Kilgannon series Givens gives us very likeable characters who I came to care about. The attention to historical detail whi
Allison G
Apr 05, 2013 Allison G rated it liked it
Hmmm, not enough history to be great historical fiction and not enough sex to be a great historical romance. The main characters Alex and Mary really aggravated me as well - could they not just stop jumping to conclusions and getting into fights because they made assumptions! I kept reading hoping to find more history in the book than just the time period setting, but it never materialized. The book ends at the beginning of the '15 Jacobite uprising to reinstate a Stuart to the throne of Scotlan ...more
Sep 16, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
It was alright, I’ll say I enjoyed it because when I finally did get into it, I read it rather quickly. When I found out it was Given’s first novel, it made sense that it moved in the way that it did. There was a definitely lack of emotion on the author’s part, especially when an action scene took place. I felt like those were particularly dull or lacking in excitement.

I also felt like some of the characters started to sound like broken records. I’ll be picking up the sequel soon though, I’m rel
Mandy Boulware
Sep 28, 2013 Mandy Boulware rated it liked it
So far it moves quickly but the characters are one dimensional, as a first person narrative I have enjoyed the point of view and the Alex character is interesting but he leaves me wanting more about him and his life. I am also extremely disappointed with Amazon and the kindle version which is so full of errors it makes it difficult to read the book at times.
I have stopped reading, lost interest and the errors are overwhelming. Re-reading the bronze horseman.
Sep 25, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I really enjoyed how there was an immediate attraction between the two characters (and none of the usual, she likes him but he hates her, then he likes her but she hates him now crap) I also thought that there was a lot of depth to it for being a romance story. I thought it a 5 star read, but 3/4 of the way through... it began to drag a little bit. Other than that, I would def recommend this book!
April Dinucci
Aug 16, 2009 April Dinucci rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-favorites
I would have given both the Kilgannon novels a 4.5, they were so great to read (i devoured them in a day!) These books had all the history and tragedy of the outlander series with less detail or should i say with fewer side stories. And an added bonus was that the pivotal jacobite rising battle was not Culloden in this novel. I hope Kathleen givens continues on with more novels of these great characters and their family line!
Jul 01, 2011 Gina rated it really liked it
I did really like this book. I thought that the characters were actually quite well thought out for a romance novel and that there was a deep connection between the characters that kept me connected to them. I loved the story and how it flowed although toward the middle it did get a little long. I'm curious to see where the sequel takes me. Definitely worth a read.
Apr 10, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it
This is the third one of Kathleens books about Scotland that I have read, and I loved every one of them. She writes well, knows her history, and this one has a sequel, and I definitely will plan to read it. My only sorrow was to find this wonderful author and find she died this year.Highly recommended.
Danette Steward
Mar 22, 2011 Danette Steward rated it liked it
Shelves: givens-kathleen
First book by author. Written in 1st person which was strange, but it worked well. Very engaging plot and a fast read. The book is very tame in the sex department, but I didn't mind. Only thing I hated was the FREAKIN STORY CONTINUES INTO THE NEXT BOOK!!! I HATE that!! I will not read the next book.....I'll just read the reviews and figure out what eventually happened. UGH.
Feb 17, 2016 Piroska rated it liked it
It was good and more realistic than I expected, although the heroine sometimes acts so irrationally that you know the only reason for that is to be able to write 20 more pages. The end was just not interesting, although it was good that they had actual problems and differences in opinion like a normal couple would do. I recommend it only if you have too much time with nothing to do with it.
Kayla Holthe
Nov 20, 2012 Kayla Holthe rated it liked it
It was a good book and I enjoyed it, until I got to the end. When I started it, I didn't think about the Rising. So when I got to the end it was really tough to read, knowing what happens. I'd love to read the next one, however, I don't think I will. To sad! I don't want to hear of the characters I grew to love dying!!
Tina Reid
Sep 22, 2015 Tina Reid rated it really liked it
This book is full of history and romance. Truly enjoyed reading it and the sequel Rose of Kilgannon. As some of you may know, Kathleen Givens is no longer with us. But her stories are and they are worth reading.
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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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