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Highland Blessings is the story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise he made to his dying father. Bryce MacPhearson, a highland warrior, kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day to honor a promise he made to his dying father. While Akira’s strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce, she struggles to o ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published December 1st 2009)
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Margaret Metz
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I go weak in the knees at the thought of a Scottish warrior. Not only is Bryce strong, but he has their characteristic loyalty to family, he's sinfully handsome and wants to fulfill his dying father's wish. The problem lies with carrying that out. His elder brother is chief and has no intention of tying himself with a rival clan to make peace. The lady in question, Akira, is just as strong willed as she is beautiful. He can't help but admire her and regret the actions that may have placed her in ...more
Terri Harr
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highland Blessings is a novel set in Scotland during the late 1400’s. From the very first page the characters came alive and real. You are drawn to the characters and into their stories as they are woven together.


Birk MacKenzie signs a peace settlement with Cedric MacPhearson to end the half-century old feud between the clans. It states that the MacKenzie daughter will marry the MacPhearson son to bond the two clans together. Cedric MacPhearson is attacked on the way home from that signing. One
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TJ
Technically speaking, this would rate a 2.5 star but the sweet story warrants rounding up instead of down.

Here is the perfect example of the difference between a good storyteller and a good writer. The story telling is wonderful in this book, both Akira and Bryce are basically good, honest and compassionate people trying to do what's right for everyone while striving to maintain a level of happiness for themselves. The reader grows to love them both as they struggle with other's expectations and
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Kara
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is actually worth 6 stars, but 5 is the highest I can go :) I loved everything about this book and read it in two sittings!! This is the Scottish version of Romeo and Juliet except this story is FILLED with honor, loyalty, sweet romance, clean action, and a WONDERFULLY happy ending!! This debut book is sooooo underrated, it's one of the best reads I've come across this year :) This is historical (what i considered medieval times) fiction, but everything about the story is unconventiona ...more
Karen Aminadra
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Christine Lindsay
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Highland Blessings is a fresh, gently-romantic, intelligent read set in ancient Scotland.

Akira MacKenzie and Bryce MacPhearson are caught between their two opposing families. To bring peace, Bryce vows to his dying father that his father’s heir, Evan, will marry the MacKenzie’s daughter, Akira.

Bryce kidnaps Akira on her wedding day and whisks her away to the MacPhearson castle. But vengeance follows close on their heels and a member of Akira’s family murders Evan, Bryce’s elder brother. To kee
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Cindy
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Set in 1473 in Scotland, Jennifer Hudson Taylor's debut novel is definitely a book you want to read! This novel was an exciting book to read.

Bryce MacPhearson, rides in on a large gray horse and sweeps the bride away, right in the midst of her wedding. A shock to say the least, but between two fueding families, a downright declaration of war it seems. However Bryce isn't trying to declare war, he is keeping a promise he made to his father, as his father died.

The MacPhearson's and the MaKenzie'
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Ambre
Jan 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was an Amazon freebie. It is really not well written (for example, the gratuitous highland accent in a book written about a period when modern English did not exist is distracting rather than charming, with too many "yers " and "dinnas "), and it has a very preachy Christian overtone (any novel about this time would contain religious references, but this book has an overtly modern Christian theme that doesn't fit with historical religious beliefs of a time 2 centuries before the Protestant ...more
Stephanie Bolen
Jan 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
In the 1400's, when this book was supposed to take place, everyone was Catholic. Catholics didn't/don't pray like Protestants. There is no praying to God or Jesus directly, you pray to the saints and Mary to intercede with God on your behalf. The plot was stupid, pacing dragged and the characters were generic. Using ye & ye're in your speech doesn't make it a Scottish book. I hate how "inspirational" books throw a prayer in every chapter and think it covers the fact that there is nothing goi ...more
Melissa
This is a Christian romance. This book had a nice flow to it and I did want to finish reading it to find out all that happens. But I found myself less and less interested. I have the second book but won't be reading it.I was really hoping there would be a lot to the romance but it almost seemed a side story. And that was disappointing. The action was not really actiony, the violence not really violency and the drama not dramaee. There was just something lacking about all of it. The main characte ...more
Dora Hiers
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really a historical romance lover, although I do enjoy reading one occasionally. I don't remember ever reading a Scottish historical. But, as the founder and past president of Carolina Christian Writers, Jennifer Hudson Taylor has addressed the group on many occasions, always impressive. So when Amazon offered Highland Blessings free on Kindle, I snatched it up. Why not?

Why did I wait so long?? Highland Blessings hooked me from the beginning. Jennifer Hudson Taylor weaved the story toget
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Tina Peterson
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually a fan of medieval type books but this particular book caught my eye with the word "Highland" in the title. Granted I didn't realize it was a medieval type book and I was a little disappointed when I realized it. In fact, I was really hoping that it would open in the medieval period for some background and then fast forward to modern day Scotland - but then I got caught up in the book and before I knew it I was very engrossed in the story and everything that was happening.

Highland
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Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
This is a very strong debut novel from an author who shows a lot of promise. Jennifer commits to giving her characters authenticity in their historical and cultural context. Readers are immediately immersed into the culture of clan rivalry and warfare that is fast paced, rooted in loyalty, and wrought with betrayal at every turn. The main characters, Akira and Bryce fit the Highland prototype of bonnie spirited lass and stubborn honour bond hero perfectly (if not a little predictably). Akira's s ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I love historical novels set in Scotland. I don't care which time period, I just love novels about Scotland! And, for the most part, I enjoyed this one. It has feuding clans, kidnapped brides, heroes and villains. The characters are a bit one-dimensional, but still likeable. Akira is strong in her faith and in her belief that marriage to Bryce will unite their clans and end the feuding.

One minor pet peeve was that there was never any mention nor implication of the marriage finally being consumma
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Carrie Pagels
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Akira has prophetic dreams. And that makes her suspect in 14th century Scotland. When her Highland warrior bridegroom comes to claim his bride, she is quite taken by surprise – he kidnaps her! Lots of romantic tension early on when she is taken to her new clan and new village. Bryce MacPhearson takes Akira on the day she is to wed another.There has been bad blood between the two clans for a long time. Bryce gave his father a promise as he was dying. Despite her strong faith, Akira rages against ...more
Michelle Griep
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Highland Blessings is Jennifer Hudson Taylor’s debut novel—and a smashing debut it is. She captures all the elements of fifteenth century Scotland and ties them into one memorable tale. Big beefy warriors, creepy castles with dungeons, tempers and tantrums and treachery weave together in an action-packed story that will leave you wanting more. Good thing I hear she’s working on a sequel.
The hero of the story, Bryce MacPhearson, is the character that stole my heart. In trying to do what is righ
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Hilary
May 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
It had a hard time deciding whether it was a historical romance or a mystery, and subsequently did neither very well. Both plots were extremely predictable - actually, "plot" seems like too strong a word for a very typical story like this - and the characters were all two-dimensional. The light Christian overtones were a little too light, and none of the characters seemed to have any depth. Their speech was also somewhat typical for American writers trying to do a Highlander story. In addition, ...more
Julie
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought the author did a great job with the setting and the first half of the book was really entertaining. I loved the way the feuding clans were portrayed and how the main characters were put into impossible situations, yet tried to make the best of them.

The problem came for me when the author was trying to write in both a murder mystery and an historical romance and had a hard time doing justice to both. The romance became rushed, we didn't get to see key scenes between them (like him teach
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Janalyn Voigt
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Bryce McPherson kidnaps Akira McKenzie on her wedding day to keep a promise made to his dying father. The fact that the McKenzie and the McPherson clans are sworn enemies won't save Akira from betrothal to the McPherson Chiefton. But would such a marriage bring peace, especially when a series of murders seems to indicate otherwise? And can Bryce and Akira find love in the midst of hatred?

With fine prose and deft skill, Jennifer Hudson Taylor takes us to the highlands of Scotland at a time when m
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Carman
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
(This is an ARC, so it’s not the final edited version.) I liked the book and think the story line was really good. Akira was just about a saint. I probably would have strangled Bryce. ;) The characters were great and the plot was great, but I would change a few things about the book. There were some places in the book that I would have talked about rather than mentioning in passing later. It seemed like there were some opportunities in the book to create tension or some other feeling and there w ...more
Sheri Salatin
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scottish lass, Clan chief and an arranged marriage between two feuding clans. Is this an overdone storyline? Perhaps, but if you like these kinds of stories and I do, the book is excellent. Is it predictable? Yes, but what romance novel isn't? Doesn't the guy always get the girl in the end. Ah, yes, but it's the journey that makes it fun and entertaining.

A very enjoyable read and a book that I will probably read again when I'm in that "want to read something light and romantic" mood.

I will be lo
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Lindi Peterson
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer's debut novel kept me reading--and reading. I loved it. Couldn't put it down. I'm thrilled there is a sequel. Can't wait!!
Vicky
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good, clean Highlander book that didn't rely on misunderstandings to have a plot. Really enjoyed this one - especially Sim!
Deborah-Ruth
May 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
When Akira McKenzie suddenly finds herself captured by Bryce McPhearson she finds herself enraged. She is betrothed to Bryce's older brother, the clan chief, Evan. Her father prepared this marriage in the hopes that it would bring the two warring Scottish clans peace and end the divisions. However, through a series of treacherous events, Evan is killed and Akira ends up having to wed Bryce. This is a story of love, loyalty, forgiveness, and endurance during hard times. It is not necessarily the ...more
Kate
Good story, loose calendar

The story line itself was good, and the romance well developed, but I kept getting kicked out of the story when suddenly the time had to have jumped, but there'd been no indication.
Gary Comfort,Gary Comfort
Great read

This truly is a book you want to curl up with and not put down until the end. Great Highland story.
Brittani
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book entertained, was clean, and had a love story, which are things I rank highly. It lacked depth, so it didn't receive a 5th star.
stacy
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romance and Intrigue

A wonderfully well written story. This historical romance had the perfect blend of romance, drama, and Intrigue.the characters were well developed.
Mary Ray
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Light reading. It would be a good one to take to the beach. It's an interesting romance. G-rating for anyone to read.
Anita
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
The story opens with the death of Bryce MacPhearson’s father in the Highlands of Scotland of 1473, who entreats his son to make him a promise.

In an effort to carry out his vow, warrior Bryce kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day with the intention of marrying her to his reluctant elder brother to secure the future of clan MacPhearson and to end a half-century feud between Akira’s clan and his.

The timing is not ideal, for it is Akira’s wedding day to Gregor Matheson, although Bryce cannot kn
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Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historic Europe and the Carolinas. She's a speaker on writing, publishing and digital marketing. Her work has been reviewed by USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, and the Library Journal. Her works have appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, RT Book Reviews, and The Military Trader ...more
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