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Lady of the Glen: A Novel of 17th-Century Scotland and the Massacre of Glencoe

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,195 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Bestselling author Jennifer Roberson once again captures readers' hearts and imaginations in this haunting, lyrical tale of an era of savagery and splendor. Set against the heather-strewn hills of a divided Scotland, here is the story of a man and a woman whose love cannot be denied."Lady Of The Glen" is the spellbinding story of Catriona Campbell's enduring passion for Al ...more
Paperback, 556 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Kensington (first published April 1st 1996)
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Misfit
This was a very good book and an enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the two main characters, Catriona (Cat) and Alasdair (Dair) a lovely Romeo and Juliet story. A pleasant change to have the heroine not be drop dead gorgeous. Their characters were well drawn, intelligent and displayed great chemistry. I enjoyed their playful banter as they "courted" and afterward when they become lovers. LOL when she became worried after their first time together in bed, as her brothers had always told Cat her ton ...more
Regan Walker
Superb Storytelling and a Keeper—a Highland Love that endures the Massacre of Glencoe!

I absolutely loved this story—a keeper, now ensconced on my “to read again” shelf. It has everything I love in a Scottish historical romance: an epic love story, a noble hero, a strong heroine, real history, attention to detail and enough suspense and drama to draw me in. Even the music of the Highlands is included. I could hear the pipes and their mournful sound as Roberson described them.

The story begins in 1
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Mary
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scottish history lovers
It's a shame that this book is out of print because it's a real treat for Scottish history lovers: romance, politics, violence, and bloodshed. The cheesy title and steamy cover do this book a real disservice, in my opinion, because though it's a love story, it's not a bodice-ripper featuring men in kilts; the story has more depth of character and complexity of plot than any other highland romance I have read. Most of the characters are based on real Scots, the key players in the drama and traged ...more
Rachel
This is a fairly historically accurate story of what led up to the massacre of Glencoe, a horrible episode of Scottish history that took place during the Jacobite uprisings (one of many, sadly, but not anywhere near as bad as Culloden), and of all the people that were involved in it, from the victims to the perpetrators to people who were caught in the middle. The book weaves multiple stories together, including that of the machinations that led to the massacre and that of the the two people who ...more
Michele
Jan 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
This novel is a fictional recounting of the Massacre of Glencoe which occured in Glen Coe, Scotland on February 13, 1692. If you're not familiar with this particular travesty that occurred during the so-called Glorious Revolution, read on:

Scotland in the late 17th-century was a mess. The Highlander clans up in the rugged north mountains of Scotland tended to support the Scottish King James VII, who was also King James II of England until he found himself ousted and ran away to France to live in
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Ellen
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scotland, stuart
I wanted to love this book, but it just didn't happen. I was bored for the majority of it, and I kept rolling my eyes at Cat (and pretty much the rest of the characters.) The massacre of Glencoe itself is fascinating and tragic, but this novel didn't move me nearly as much as reading accounts of it did. As this is the second book of Jennifer Roberson's that I have read, I have come to realize that her writing style is not to my taste- that doesn't make her a poor author; rather, I simply need to ...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Outlander fans
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Diana Gabaldon
This may be my favorite Historical Fiction book ever. For one thing I am totally intrigued with Scotland and especially the Highlanders. I loved the descriptions of the places, the battles, to the people who made the story. The author not only brought them to life but she took historical people and using what she could discover about what they DID, she gave them personalities and let me understand what drove them whether it was insecurities, a desire for power, or just plain cruelty.

I will neve
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Toni
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up solely on the fact it was set in Scotland (and a recommendation from Diana Gabaldon goes a long way - I'm a huge fan!! ).

I love to read about Scotland's history and this book had a lot of that, but I had a hard time getting into the story on this one.
There was a lot of history, but it came across without the emotion it should have had, for me, anyway.

The characters were interesting and the story too...It was just hard to get into, it felt like forever before I got to the
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Christy
What a moving account of the Massacre at Glencoe. This book is why I love historical fiction! Every character except 2 are real historical figures & the MC being one, but even she is based on a IRL figure-just the familial relationship was changed.

I would call this more a historical biography than fiction. Obviously, the dialogue between the characters is created by the author, but her extensive research really shows thru. It was realistic to the times & participants & really did he
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Colleen Martin
Dec 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Scottish history has been a passion of mine for quite some time, and the story of Glencoe, as horrific and tragic as it was, remains most intriguing. It's surprising that more novels aren't written based on that event, but Roberson's retelling is good. The romance itself is rather implausible...while inter-clan marriages occurred all the time, I have a hard time swallowing one between such hated enemies. But I guess that's what makes it such a good yarn. You might want to brush up on your histor ...more
Nicole
A compelling, at times heartstopping, read. Wonderfully fleshed-out characters. Alasdair Og MacDonald is wonderful, and Catriona Campbell is sassy and strong. Their romance is deliciously bittersweet. And the story of the Massacre of Glencoe should not be lost to history.
Susan
I feel like I'm in a major reading slump. Nothing interests me at present, this book included. However, the 84 pages I read were pretty good so I hope to be able to pick this one up again when I'm in the mood for it - or for reading anything. At least I own it so am not under a deadline to finish!
Julie Dawson
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was historical, beautifully crafted and researched. Different in some ways from Corag with more history leading up to the masacre itself and more fleshing out of the relationships starting in 1682. Beautiful book. I'll read it again.
Elaine
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. Too much angst for me though!
Jeri
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I. Love. This. Book. Historical fiction at its finest.
Libbi
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
this is a reread via audio books. loved that the narrator was Scottish. So crying at the end.
Sarah
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read, and recommended for teens upwards. Catriona (Cat) Campbell (a lowlander) and Alasdair Og (Dair) MacDonald (a highlander) represent the true centuries-long feud between these two clans, with enough history imparted to explain the Montagu/Capulet challenge the couple faced. Cat is also represented as a smart and gangling teenage girl, a pleasant change for a heroine, and inconvenient for all the men in the story.

Although Cat and Dair are a lusty couple, sex scenes are
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Darlene
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A "Romeo and Juliet" style telling of the events leading to the massacre at Glencoe at the end of the 17th century. It's of particular interest to readers who want to know more about the Jacobite Rebellion and events that led up to the defeat at Culloden.

I read this when it was first published, and the re-read was in anticipation of a trip to the Highlands this summer, including a trek to Glencoe. Roberson does an excellent job of bringing the land and its inhabitants to life.
Brenda James
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

Rich with history. Superb story telling. Unique high level writing style with vivid details. This is not a light read. I felt the romance between the main characters was secondary to the story of Glencoe, but what a story Glencoe was!
Karen
One of the best and most thorough retelling o the events leading up to, including, and aftermath of the massacre of Glencoe. Incredibly well researched with dynamic characters, pacing, Flow. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Amanda Sutters
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Great historical romance, really good story line! loved!!!
Ashley
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a story! Never knew much about the massacre of Glencoe. Just what I’ve heard.
Rachel
A strongly historical novel set in the Scottish Highlands around Glencoe, this book documents the lead up to, and the events of the infamous Glencoe massacre of 1695 and the romance between a couple from opposing feuding clans. Catriona Campbell (Cat), daughter of clan leader Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, falls in love with Alasdair Og MacDonald (Dair) the son of his rival, Maclain. Campbell, persuaded by the Earl of Breadalbane, sells out to the English, in their attempt to have Mary and the pro ...more
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LADY OF THE GLEN by Jennifer Roberson is an interesting medieval Scottish Historical Fiction set in 1685 Scotland. For a romp through 17th century Scotland you must read "Lady of the Glen". It is riveting tale of treachery, betrayal,savagery and a splendor set against a Scotland background. Catriona Campbell and Alasdair Og MacDonald know they are destined to be together although,their clans are enemies, but can their love outlast the times? They are used as pawns of war,during the dangerous tim ...more
Natalie
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
This is the story of Catriona "Cat" Campbell and her tumultuous romance with Alasdair Og "Dair" MacDonald. Their two families have a long-standing feud and it is only by the purest chance that the two of them keep meeting, sometimes under less than fortunate circumstances. Scotland is in turmoil, the MacDonalds of Glencoe fight for James while the Campbells are loyal to the King of England. Cat is fiercely proud, but she is tired of all of the bloodshed and strife. Dair is slightly more easy-goi ...more
Mary
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is an account of the massacre of the MacDonald clan and sacking of Glencoe in 1692, presented from the viewpoint of a fictional heroine--a feisty woman who doesn't follow the normal path for women at that time in Scotland(probably like the heroine in the new movie Brave). However, all of the primary characters except for the two women actually were involved in the events presented in the book, and the author seems to have taken pains to present details as accuratly as possible. This bo ...more
Michelle
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Faryal
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 STARS

Don't be fooled by the cover of this book. It's not a harlequin romance as the cover depicts. That being said, there is a central love story in the novel but it's not overly dramatised and we see the life of 17th century Highland Scotland through their eyes. Majority of the book discusses the 10-12 years leading up to the Massacre of Glencoe and the political and social decisions which lead to the destruction of a clan. It depicted the hatred of everyday McDonalds and Campbells towards
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Jessica
Oct 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Why, oh why is Scottish history so depressing? Didn't anything good ever happen to them? This is the story of the massacre of Glencoe, and the entire MacDonald clan. Partly because of clan feuding, but also because King William of Orange (damned Dutchman anyway!) was looking for someone to make an example of in the Stuart-supporting north. I never really got into the main female character, she's one of those awkward, high-strunge types that pop up romances a lot and "need a good man to gentle th ...more
Carol Spradling
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
I have to confess. I have made three attempts to get through Lady of the Glen. I can't do it. I know this book is a favorite of many, and I hoped it would be one of my top picks, too. I found myself skimming every time I turned the page. When I started skipping pages, I knew I had to stop. For my lack of interest in this book, I'll take the blame. I am going to assume that it is no fault of the author, it is all me. In truth, other than a couple of things that could be overlooked, Miss Roberson ...more
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Jennifer Mitchell Roberson O'Green is an author of fantasy and historical literature. Roberson has lived in Arizona since 1957. She grew up in Phoenix, but in 1999 relocated to Flagstaff. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northern Arizona University. Roberson had spent her final semester in England at the University of London. This enabled her to do indepth research at castles ...more
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“She drew in a huge breath and let it out all at once. "I never thought anyone would want me."

Such plain, simple words, and so eloquent a declaration. In that moment he shared all the pain, all the insecurities of an awkward lass made to believe she was worthless to any man but a feckless father who preferred whisky and wagers to pride in himself and his daughter.

He reached out and caught her hand, fingered it gently, then carried her hand to his mouth and kissed her palm. "I want you," he said.

This time when she cried he knew it was for joy.”
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