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Book Title: The Destiny|
The author of the book: Kathleen Givens
ISBN 13: 9780446610537
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 479 KB
Date of issue: April 1st 2003
Read full description of the books The Destiny:Neil MacCurrie, earl of Torridon, is trying to return to Scotland, but when he mistakenly believes that Ronley Hall is a safe-haven for Jacobites, he is captured and held hostage. Eileen Ronley, cousin to Queen Anne and Princess Mary, doesn't know his true identity, but because she feels a connection with him, she sets him free. From that chance encounter, their destinies entwine amidst the intrigue of the English court and the political turmoil of 17th century Scotland.
I suspect I might have enjoyed this more had I not recently read several of the author's other books. Her formula is apparent by this point, and the characters were very similar to those in previous books. I likely would not have even bothered with this one except that I'd requested it on inter-library loan ages ago and then felt obligated to read it after the trouble to get it here. Ah well, I'm willing to give anything about Scottish history a chance, I guess.
The author did a reasonable job outlining the politics of the time period and it was interesting to read about the dissension in London regarding King Williams's rule and the Glencoe Massacre; however, overall, I think this story suffered from lack of character development and complexity in the relationship between the characters. I can understand physical attraction between the characters - what hot-blooded woman wouldn't be attracted to a highland hunk in a kilt? - but real love is a more elusive thing, and frankly, there have to be some scenes that earn the repeated "I love ye" and the "And I you. You and no other." Otherwise, my eyeballs will roll right so far back into my skull that I won't be able to read any more.
Once again, this book was victim to the same stilted dialogue - even some of the same lines - I've come to loathe in the author's other novels, and peppering it with "ye," "hasna," "dinna," and "lass" did not improve anything, and for whatever reason, annoyed me more than usual. You know what else annoyed me? The ending. I won't spoil it with detailed complaints, but let's just say it was neither believable nor satisfying.
I'd recommend this only if you are a dedicated fan of highland romance. Otherwise I'd suggest Lady of the Glen or Corrag, both of which deal with the same time period in Scottish history (both are largely focused on the Glencoe Massacre) but happen to be better written novels than The Destiny.
Read information about the authorKathleen 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 United States. She likes to weave elements of their myths and legends into her work, to mix fictional and factual characters, and set them against turbulent backdrops of war and social and political upheavals. And then add a love story, of course.
Kathleen made her writing debut at the age of ten with a rewrite of Little Women, in which Jo marries Laurie and no one dies. It is not in print. In high school she and a friend wrote a dreadful 250-page play about an English rock group. Surprisingly, it is not in print either.
Her official writing career began in 1999 with the acclaimed Scottish historicals, Kilgannon and The Wild Rose of Kilgannon, the epic love story of an English woman who falls in love with a rugged Highlander. The series left her readers thirsting for more stories of the glittering streets of London and the misty Scottish Highlands.
In 2002, Givens launched her Torridon series. The Legend introduced the MacCurrie brothers, identical twins, whose birth and lives have been predicted by the Brahan Seer. The Legend tells the story of James MacCurrie and Ellen Graham, cousin to Bonnie Dundee, and is set in the late 17th century, when William of Orange has usurped King James, and rebellion is in the air.
The Destiny continued the adventures of the brothers who are fated to help determine the future of the thrones of England and Scotland, and tells the story of Eileen Ronley, granddaughter of Charles II. The Destiny won the coveted Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Long Historical of 2003.
Her latest book, On a Highland Shore, which was published in July, 2006, launched a new series that will follow three siblings and their descendants for 500 years. Set in turbulent 13th century Scotland, it tells the story of Margaret MacDonald, the oldest of the siblings the series will follow, and Gannon MacMagnus, the founder of the MacGannon clan we met in the Kilgannon saga. It has Vikings, invasions, and a war. What better backdrop for a love story?
Kathleen loves to travel, read, and study history, which makes writing historical fiction a perfect career. While she has traveled extensively, she's yet to find anywhere she could love more than California, where she and her husband live in a tragically flawed house with the neurotic and dictatorial cat formerly known as Miss Lily.
Kathleen can be reached at Kathleen@kathleengivens.com.
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