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Gavin MacKenzie, a chieftain heir who is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh, discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass, who captures Gavin's heart in spite of harboring a deadly past that could destroy her future. The villagers happen to be keeping aGavin MacKenzie, a chieftain heir who is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh, discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass, who captures Gavin's heart in spite of harboring a deadly past that could destroy her future. The villagers happen to be keeping an intriguing secret as well, and when a fierce enemy launches an attack against them, greed leads to bitter betrayal. Then, as Gavin prepares a defense, the villagers unite in a bold act of faith, showing how God's love is more powerful than any human force on earth....

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Highland Sanctuary Reviews

  • Christine Lindsay
    2019-03-05 00:42

    What an awesome plot! Highland Sanctuary has one of the freshest storylines I’ve come across in a long time. The heroine, Serena, is like no heroine I’ve ever read. She’s beautiful, sweet and inspiring. A heroine you genuinely root for right away. So what’s unique? Serena has a disability that in Scotland during the clan wars puts her in danger of being burned at the stake as a witch or as one demon possessed. Author, Jennifer Hudson Taylor does a wonderful job in leading up to this threat, and makes good on all promises on suspense by the end of the book.Serena has epileptic fits that must be hidden. Her mother has made whatever sacrifices are necessary to keep Serena safe, but this faithful mother doesn’t stop there. She instils in Serena a deep faith that one day God will provide a loving husband who will cherish and protect Serena as well.How many people with disabilities, or those of us with loved ones who face health challenges, long for the joys of romance and a loyal life partner?The story clips along at a fast pace, drawing the reader into Braigh Castle in Scotland and the village where Serena seeks refuge. Her hero, Gavin MacKenzie, finds her, and from the start you long for them to come together.But there’s plenty of danger to threaten their lives and happiness so that the reader turns the pages faster, and enemies that return long after Serena thinks she’s safe.I highly recommend this book.

  • Daniela
    2019-03-25 03:01

    With Highland Sanctuary Jennifer Hudson Taylor has written a fine Historical Christian Novel that gets to your heart. After endless supplies of Novels with eloquent erotic scenes and innuendo this is a story that can truly be read by all. It is a story of struggle against prejudice, finding strength in faith and bonding together in love. The book review says that the story is showing how God's love is more powerful than any human force on earth. In my oppinion it actually shows how God's love can work through humans. The characters in the book are devout, and never falter in their believe. Which is why they can overcome their trials. What is most important is that although the characters sometime ask why things happen to them, this doesn't happens in comparison with others and never with blame on God.The main character, Serena, being an outcast with danger to her life for a condition that is neither of her making nor worthy of the punishment medieval society wants to hand her grips you quite early in the story. Her mother has fled with her to a small village of outcasts, where fate in the form a young lord, Gavin, finds her. Secrets and love, intrigue and greed make for a well paced story and make you long to know how it all ends.As to the Authors writing style, while her main points are smartly and precisely brought across, at times there were a few too many fillers that contributed to neither the story nor the athmosphere around it and appeared just that: Fillers. Also, I would have liked to have the evil characters descibed a bit more detailed so as to be able to relate their impact to the story more and highten the readers emotional involvement. The "exorcist" is not multilayered enough and the "inheritance swindler" is mentioned too little to entirely picture his motives. Nevertheless imagining how threatening they are to Serena and those around her was believable.The only other flaw was in the language when I had to literally imagine the word "cruel" in the text instead of "mischivous". If the man who wants to kill you grins at you mischivously, that doesn't even begin to describe it...particularly when later in a loving, teasing way your future husband smiles mischivously.All in all this is a great read with attention to detail in the desciptions of locations, that lets you easily imaging being there. Since there is less kissing in this book than in most Young Adult novels nowadays, this gets a two thumbs up and recommended to all readers!

  • MaryLu Tyndall
    2019-03-02 02:40

    Dive into a wonderful tale of medieval Scotland filled with romance, intrigue and adventure! Yet the story is so much more than that. The author’s creativity shines with her creation of the village of misfits. It reminded me of the island of misfits toys from Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer, a place where the world deposits those who don’t fit in, who are different. Unlike Rudolph, it isn’t Santa who rescues these misfits, but the power of self-sacrifice and God’s love for the downtrodden. Throw in a multitude of twists and turns, a fierce enemy, and a love story that will warm your heart, and Highlands Sanctuary will fast become your favorite book of the year.

  • Katie
    2019-02-24 05:46

    First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.Having read the first book in this series, Highland Blessing, by the talented Jennifer Taylor, I was eager to discover what new adventure awaited readers inside of Highland Sanctuary. While the opening of the book was a bit slower from the kidnapped-bride scenario of the first book, this next installment to the series did not disappoint!Serena was a vibrant, easy to love character who I found very easy to sympathize with. I thought the author took a very interesting angle with this main character—in that Serena suffered from seizures. Today, seizures are well known, but back then it wasn’t…since the (very superstitious) people instantly thought that the person was demon-possessed. What a scary situation, being condemned and sometimes killed for a condition you have no control over!I always love a series that still include, to some extent, the previous main characters from the other books. And so I found in Highland Sanctuary. It was great seeing Arika and Bryce again, as well as her younger brother, Gavin—who was the main character in this second installment. Gavin and his protective nature made it easy to admire him.The opening of Highland Sanctuary was a bit slower than the Highland Blessing (but maybe that’s because getting kidnapped at your wedding is hard to beat! ;-). However, it did pick up soon enough and I found myself flying through the pages. The climax was intense and well portrayed (nope, I’m not gunna tell you what the climax was. No spoilers here! ;-)I think my favorite part of the book was the angle of Serena suffering from seizures, and everyone’s response to it. It’s amazing (and sad) how quick people are to jump to conclusions and judge others, even with very little evidence. Both Serena and Gavin were wonderful characters, and getting to know Arika and Gavin’s younger brother, Leith, a bit during the book was great, too. I wonder if he’ll be getting his own book/story someday, too! (hint, hint, dear Jennifer!) All in all, Highland Sanctuary was a delightful Scottish read that historical lovers won’t want to miss.

  • Cana Elene (http://placeofreeds.blogspot.com)
    2019-02-25 07:06

    Serena and her mother have been living in secret exile after Serena's father tried to kill her for her seizures (he thought they were a sign of evil). When Gavin goes to the town where Serena and her mother lives to help protect the new laird, he is surprised that he finds someone he is interested in. But so much will happen to keep them apart, what with murders, fires, and even a 2nd love interest. Will they get to live and love each other, or will someone not make it?So, I started reading this book, and I was immediately struck by how Ms. Taylor gives an idea on how seizures might have been seen during Medieval and Renaissance times. A person with such an affliction could be considered possessed or evil. She has a great way to add a mystery to the book, without it being over powering. Throughout the whole thing, I was pretty sure I knew who was the villain, but it was nice to still not be sure. The book has a great theme of trusting in God, even when all the bad in the world comes crashing down on you, but without the Bible beating that some Christian fiction can do. You cheer on the hero/heroine in hopes that they will save the day and get to live happily ever after. But you also want most of the issues solved by the end of the book. Both of these were equally fulfilled, though the issue with the seizures would never be completely solved. That gave it a taste of real life, which can, and was, refreshing. As a whole this was a good book. There are a few times where I was confused because Ms. Taylor will refer to a conversation that the main characters supposedly had, but I don't remember ever reading any of those conversations or even a synopsis of them. Also, there were some times where they refered to events and even the facts on why the MacKenzies were there in the first place were a bit hazy even in the middle of the book. Again, those holes don't take away from the story, it just frustrates me :-/Overall, this is a great and easy read.

  • April
    2019-03-15 03:52

    RATING:4.5)HIGHLAND SANCTUARY by Jennifer Hudson Taylor is a delightful inspirational historical romance set in Medieval Scotland. It is written with depth,details,with characters that will steal your heart and a few reappearing characters from "Highland Blessings". Gavin MacKenzie,a chieftain heir,who is hired to restore the Castle Braigh,finds a village of Outcasts,and finds the love of his live. Serena Boyd,comely lass,has falling out fits(seizures),considered an outcast,her mother and nurse ran and hide from Serena's father to keep Serena alive. This is the story of a mother's love,faith,forgiveness,outcasts,secrets,sacrifice, oddities,people's differences,destiny,betrayal, vengeance,romance,love, burning a witch at the stake,and a father's revenge. When Gavin is attracted to Serena. When he learns of her affiction he is determined to save her from being cast as a witch and burnt at the stake. While other's have differnt ideas,especially her father. Serena never knew her father. But her mother would do anything for her daughter. A mother's love who is willing to sacrifice all to save her daughter. Gavin,would do anything including calling in favors from King and family to save his beloved Serena. Since he found Serena he does not want to lose her. Although,the Laird who Serena is working for would marry her,she refuses him. Gavin has won her heart and her trust. A must read that is fast paced,action packed,full of surprises,a few twists and turns."Highland Sanctuary" is sure to capture any and all historical romance,Medieval,readers and anyone who enjoys reading about Scotland. Received for review from Net Galley and the publisher. Details can be found at Abington Press and My Book Addiction Reviews.

  • Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
    2019-02-23 06:47

    First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....I thought the concept behind this book was very good. It was intriguing to examine how a well understood modern malady-such as epilepsy-could be interpreted in the Middle Ages as an evil threat to a community through demon possession and witchcraft. All the ingredients were there for a fresh take on historical romance, but the story didn't have enough time to marinate and truly come into its own. There were numerous elements of this story that could have been expanded upon-for example, the mysterious attacks in the village and Serena's interrogation and confinement after being accused of demon possession. If some of the filler count had been edited out, there would have been ample opportunity to explore these interesting areas more. The eclectic village of misfits danced across the pages and lightened the mood with their peculiar personalities. The antagonists fell a little flat as the prototype opposing force with ulterior motives. I was torn over the ending of this book. One the one hand I love how Jennifer allowed a main character to take an unprecedented risk; on the other I was let down by the convenient royal hero riding to the rescue at the most opportune moment. Overall, a solid historical romance from Jennifer Hudson Taylor.Rating: 7/10

  • Margaret Metz
    2019-03-22 07:42

    What's not to love about a romance novel with a great romantic hero and an intelligent female lead set in Scotland? I can't think of much. lol I'm a sucker for historical romances set in Scotland and this one has a lot of unique qualities.Gavin and his brother are renovating the castle of another laird. They are doing everything from making it more sound from weather damage to more secure from any kind of threat. I don't think I've read about anyone doing that sort of thing in any of my books before.Serena has epilepsy. I had read about how horribly people with this disease were treated until it was understood. It's always more impactful to have someone's story to relate to. I also never thought of people who were strange or different being allowed to gather near a castle and allowed to live in relative peace there. It did allow you to meet a lot of wonderful characters and see first hand what cruelty and intolerance can be like as well as acceptance.Thought-provoking, touching, and romantic. :o)

  • Andrea
    2019-03-05 08:08

    Wow... Ok, so this is only acceptable reading for when your stranded in the airport or some strange hotel room. This book is so formulaic, you can skip entire pages without missing anything: chaste, beautiful, but poor maiden suffers from some terrible secret. Despite her poverty two handsome and rich men want her. Alas! Her secret is revealed, and the bad men come to get her. Luckily true love prevails.Let's see... did I forget anything? Oh yes, it's set in Scotland - as is evident by the frequent use of the words: "ye", "mither", and "plaid".After reading the last couple of pages, I have to change my rating from 1 star to 2 stars. Just when I thought it couldn't get any more klishee, the king himself arrives to personally pardon the heroine. Yup, the king himself took an interest in the poor pheasant girls fate!

  • Beth
    2019-03-26 00:48

    I normally enjoy historical books, and appreciate Christian themes. But this fell short. Having the speech of every character sprinkled with "ye" and "canna" does not make a story medieval and Scottish. There were far too many modern phrases and actions. Add to that an overly drawn out story, lack of suspense, and the need for better editing of grammar (for example "assume" where "as soon" was intended, and incorrect past tense) ,and I had a hard time getting through. I did appreciate the idea of addressing seizure disorder and other afflictions, but I think this would have worked better as a contemporary story.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-14 01:48

    This was a interesting book. It had some interesting twists and turns. I had a hard time with the whole story line and there was some really sad stuff. This book had some violence and talk of burning witches at the stake. I hate that whole story idea and it was in the first one. The leading lady frustrated me. But over all a fast paced good romance with lots of good tension. I love the Highlands and the kilts:} This was Christian but the story was not bogged down with too much. There was so kissing but it was kept clean. There was violence but nothing too graphic.

  • Kristy
    2019-03-13 06:43

    Quite an intriguing story. I like books that challenge you to think of something you've never thought of, and I've honestly never thought of how epilepsy must have seemed to people who knew little or nothing about medical dignoses. I think the author did a great job of portraying how it would effect someone living in historical times. Add to that some Scottish romance and you have a story worth reading.

  • Loraine
    2019-03-22 01:49

    Incredible historical fiction weaving strong characters, masterful storyline and great attention to historical detail. One of the best historical novels I have read in a while. Looking forwrd to reading more from this author.

  • Lindi Peterson
    2019-03-08 07:56

    Another great book by Jennifer Hudson Taylor. Authentic cast of characters---an intriguing setting and storyline. I loved everything about this book. Especially the Village of Outcasts. If you like historical novels you must read Jennifer's books.

  • Jenny Q
    2019-03-16 04:39

    Not for me. The writing is not very polished and it's kind of cheesy and sappy. Setting it down at page 36.

  • Emma
    2019-03-11 06:06

    Needs editing and proofreadingAlso, life expectancy for those born with complex partial seizures, or grand mals, was less than 18-21 years of age. Epilepsy can be treated with herbs and oils, but very few were identified at that time, since little was known about seizures or epilepsy. Yes, my daughter also has epilepsy. She also has a genetic disorder that causes temporary paralysis, epileptic type episodes, and other "symptoms". I appreciate the author writing this story in honour of her daughter. It matters. I liked the story idea, but the writing needs work.

  • Kay
    2019-03-16 02:55

    Highland SanctuaryHighland Sanctuary by Jennifer Hudson Taylor was a very exciting read. The struggles of being different and outcast was very touching as they were able to bond into a loving family.

  • Brittani
    2019-03-24 04:42

    I listened to the audio book, which was an added benefit in this case.I gave it 3 stars because lines seemed borrowed from the first book. For example, thinking "there is something about him/her" or when they suddenly realize they love the other person, the verbiage was the same. I love the villian/father because he's SO hate-able! I loved the village of outcasts and almost wish Taylor had taken that a bit further- maybe had weirder characteristics, because only the giant seemed odd to me. But perhaps blindness, deafness, dwarfism, etc were super weird in that time, especially given the way people treated seizures.

  • Gary Comfort,Gary Comfort
    2019-03-22 06:42

    DawnThis was a great story from beginning to end. What a wonderful story showing a mother's love and God's love for us.

  • Dawn Teresa
    2019-03-12 09:05

    Originally published on my blog, Read Love.Where to start? I was intrigued at the idea of reading a historical novel set in the medieval Scottish highlands. I began with high hopes. In the early going, the novel had promise -- reading was gentle and easy, and there was a fairytale-like quality to the book. The setting and characters seemed almost enchanted. To her credit, Taylor created a village nestled into the highlands seemingly hidden from the world and all its evils. Its inhabitants were different, but kind and warm. This felt like a good place to live and, for the reader, a good place to visit.We get a glimpse of Serena as a baby in a prelude to the story. This creates mystery and narrative tension. However, the manner in which her villainous father returns to the story is a little disappointing. Despite this shortcoming in the narrative, Serena is a sympathetic heroine and we want her to be happy. Her mother and the other secondary characters who love her are all well-drawn and endearing.Serena is at the center of a love triangle. I quickly decided that I favored one suitor over the other, and Serena's heart chooses fairly quickly as well. However, this brings to mind another flaw in the novel -- one of the suitors vanishes from the book near the end. It's hard to believe that a man would promise marriage and so readily disappear without trying to win his desired bride.I liked the hero, Gavin, very much. He is compassionate, chivalrous, and kind to the village of "misfits". I had emotional investment in the outcome of the novel for him. I was sorry to see that he was not given enough opportunity to be heroic. Usually the hero rescues the damsel-in-distress and saves the day, right? Not so here. He was rendered impotent by the choices the author made.While I enjoyed the novel, it never blossomed into the book I had hoped it would be. The fairytale-like quality remained, but in a different sense. To some degree the book always felt like a tale rather than events happening to real people. There was never enough sense of immediacy or depth of emotion. One could find parallels between Highland Sanctuary and The Scarlet Letter. Each novel has a character who is judged by a "religious" and supposedly "pious" authority/culture. However, while the latter is thick with psychological and emotional tension, the former has little. Highland Sanctuary suffers for being a little too neat. Real life is messy, and the happenings of this book, messy as they were, could have been depicted with more depth and nuance.All of the quibbles mentioned above don't hurt the overall reading experience much. For some time, this was en route to being a four-star book. As I said, it started off nicely and I hoped it would continue to build interest. It did for a time. The plot built slowly and at a certain point began to pick up speed and scope like a tumbling stone. In the end, though, the novel's end was its demise. The author, while not having made anything more than casual Christian references to God, prayer, and faith, suddenly presented a sermonette in the form of a letter from one of the characters. There was a comparison made connecting a sacrifice (which I felt was empty and unnecessary) to Christ's crucifixion. The connection felt heavy-handed, and the letter unauthentic and disconnected from the character's voice.To sum up, what started with charm and grace lost its sparkle and hiccuped a bit coming to a close. Overall, though, the book was entertaining. Though it is part of a series, Highland Sanctuary stands alone and can easily be enjoyed without having read the first book in the series, Highland Blessings. The messages of this tale have merit: Love conquers all, home is where your loved ones are, and true sanctuary is only found in Christ. In short, while the ideas are good, the execution could have been improved.Recommended with reluctance.

  • Julie Witt
    2019-02-27 08:09

    I received an ebook free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.What a refreshing book! I am so glad I had a chance to read this story because I enjoyed it very much! I wasn't aware when I requested it that it was the second in a series, but it can easily be read as a stand alone. After reading this one, though, I am definitely going to go back and read the first book, because if it was half as good as this one, then I know I'm going to love it!Serena Boyd has had 'fits', or seizures, since she was born. Unfortunately, the book is set in Scotland in a time when anybody who had the falling disease (as epilepsy was called back then) was thought to be possessed by the devil, and many were burned at the stake as witches. For this reason, Serena's mother, Evelina, runs away from her husband to a place where she and Serena can hide out, a place full of misfits that outsiders call The Village of Outcasts. There Serena is raised to be a very kind Christian girl who is loved by all those in the village. Unfortunately, someone is terrorizing the villagers for unknown reasons, so the king sends Gavin MacKenzie, his brother, Leith, and their men to go undercover and find out what's going on. They are working at Braigh castle, restoring and rebuilding it, while also trying to figure out if something untoward happened to the old Laird, and to protect the new Laird, Iain MacBraigh. On their way there, Gavin meets Evelina and Serena, who had a 'fit' and fell off of their wagon, hitting her head. Gavin falls for Serena, but Serena is so scared of anyone finding out about her problem that she tries to keep him at arm's length. That works fine, until she has a fit not only in front of Gavin, but in front of the whole town of people, who denounce her for being possessed. There is so much more to this story that I can't even begin to get into here! The characters are so well fleshed out that you feel like you know them, and the writing is excellent. The story moves along at a quick pace as there is always something going on. The romance is sweet and Gavin makes an excellent hero!I can't wait to go back and read the first book, Highland Blessings, and I will be waiting anxiously for the next book to come out! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Leith will get his own story one day :D

  • Judy
    2019-03-20 01:03

    Highland Sanctuary by Jennifer Hudson Taylor Book 2 in the Highland SeriesBook 1 in this series is called Highland Blessings.Serena and Evelina Boyd along with Gunna, her nursemaid, live in a village by Braigh Castle, called the Village of Outcasts. Twenty years ago they left after Serena's father wanted her gone because of her seizures, Evelina refused to give up her only daughter so she left. Too many people feared the falling disease and would burn her at the stake as a witch, so only the villagers knew the secret. Not even the Laird, Iain MacBraigh (pronounced as Ian or Ee un) knew what Serena had or that she had more than common blood running through her veins.Gavin MacKenzie and his brother, Leith, were coming to help rebuild Braigh Castle and to help protect the new Laird. His Uncle had died a suspicious death and they had come to investigate under the pretense of the construction. Once he met Serena his heart would not let go of her. Her fear of having outsiders see her fits kept her from giving Gavin her heart. And Gavin had to fight the jealousy of seeing Iain trying to win her heart as well.This was such an excellent story. There is the cousin trying to take the castle over, mysterious things start happening to the village, and the secrecy the villagers keep hidden from outsiders.The Village of Outcasts has such unique people and Jennifer shows that people should not be judged by outer appearances. There is Father Tomas who was ousted from the large parish as he stuttered, Quinn is eight foot tall and his best friends are Beacon who is a dwarf and Phelan who is a white wolf. Cara is blind, the cobbler is deaf. They are all loving and kind people. The folks who live a few hours away in Braighwick are the opposite, they are quick to judge appearances and suspicious. Ready and willing to become a mob without caring what the truth is. http://justjudysjumbles.blogspot.com/... **Received through NetGalley for review.

  • Renee
    2019-03-09 01:53

    If you're a fan of Christian fiction or romances set in the Scottish highlands and read them as often as I do you are always looking for new authors in the genre. Last May I discovered new author Jennifer Hudson Taylor through her sweet inspirational, Highland Blessings (currently free for Kindle download!) and I became an immediate fan. This time she once again takes us back to the Highlands with the second book in the series, Highland Sanctuary. You won't be disappointed and the great thing is you do not need to have read Highland Blessings to get this story!First things first when it comes to this book--discussing the heroine. Yes, I always make it a point to say whether or not I liked the heroine and hero of the romances that I read pointing out things like character flaws, attitude, and whether or not they're unique. This time I can say that Serena Boyd is one of the most unique and interesting of any Christian fiction character I've "met." Sure, she has the spunk and faith of any romance lead but the fact that she does it all while suffering from the falling sickness (known today as epilepsy) gives the entire story a different twist. You can't help but feel terrified for Serena as she faces an entire village who is demanding she be burned at the stake to purge the demon they believe possesses her. And really what good is a romance without a great hero? Well you won't be disappointed in Gavin Mackenzie (although he's a ginger-haired guy I don't hold that against him). ;-) He holds his own against Iain, the lord of Castle Braigh in the quest for Serena's hand.Highland Sanctuary is a great story of discovering that one's true home is wherever love is found. There are also some great lessons concerning faith and wolves in sheep's clothing that really make you think. If you're looking for a sweet escape to the lochs and glens of the highlands this book will do the trick!*Thanks to the author for sending a complimentary PDF of the book for the tour.*

  • Tracy Riva
    2019-03-05 06:54

    Highland SanctuaryBy Jennifer Hudson TaylorPublished by Abingdon Press, Nashville, TennesseeISBN 13: 978-1-4267-1421-4$ 9.67 at Amazon, Kindle Version ASIN B00607YH74 $9.19I really enjoyed Highland Sanctuary by Jennifer Hudson Taylor. I was immersed in the story from the very beginning. Hudson Taylors’s main characters Gavin and Serena stay in your mind long after the story is over.Set in Scotland during the reign of James the Third, Hudson Taylors’s story was, for the most part, believable. Her attention to detail helped make the story come to vivid life and found myself eager to know what was going to happen in this tale. I read it through in two evenings. It’s so easy to empathize with Serena. She’s in a very difficult situation and can really see no way out. Her mother, who has protected her for years, knows that both she and Serena’s old nursemaid are growing old. She wants Serena to find happiness but how can Serena do this and protect her secret?Gavin is a stranger to the Village of Outcasts, sent to work on rebuilding Braigh Castle and to protect the villagers and the laird from harm. But only the laird knows Gavin and his men are there for protection, so when strange things start happening in the village it looks as if Gavin and his men are to blame. Could there be a traitor among them?I felt that Highland Sanctuary was well-written with believable characters and an interesting and somewhat complex storyline that was brought to a satisfying conclusion that left no loose ends. My only complaint is that there are several grammar and spelling mistakes. It’s not an overwhelming amount by any stretch of the imagination. I would estimate there were about fifteen mistakes in all, but it was enough to distract me slightly from was otherwise a terrific story.

  • Laura
    2019-03-05 04:39

    Title: HIGHLAND SANCTUARYAuthor: Jennifer Hudson TaylorPublisher: Abingdon PressOctober 2011ISBN: 978-1-4267-1421-4Genre: Inspirational/medieval romanceSerena Boyd has epilepsy since she was born, but everyone considered her seizures more evil, a sign that she was demon possessed. Her own father tried to take her away and kill her, but kind-hearted servants helped Serena and her mother escape, where they lived in peace in a village made up completely of misfits. Gavin MacKenzie is a chieftan heir, but he is helping his younger brother get a start with a career. Hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh, and protect the new Laird from whoever murdered the previous Laird, Gavin stumples upon a village of outcasts when he rescues the lovely Serena after she falls out of a wagon and is unconscious. Despite himself, Gavin can’t keep his distance from the lovely lass, and Serena is desperate to keep her “falling sickness” secret from the handsome man and from the Laird of the Castle of Braigh. When a fierce enemy launches an attack against the Village of Outcasts, the villagers unit in a bold act of faith. But is it enough to save them?HIGHLAND SANCTUARY is the long awaited sequel to Highland Blessings, but it easily stands alone. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Serena and Gavin, as well as the cast of ‘misfits’ that surrounded them. The characters were all realistically developed and interesting. Jennifer Hudson Taylor has penned a heart-warming medieval romance full of mystery and intrigue with HIGHLAND SANCTUARY. This book grabbed my attention from page one and kept it as I hoped Serena would recover from her “falling sickness” and find true acceptance and freedom. The ending came as a surprise. $14.99. 332 pages.

  • Beverly Frisby
    2019-03-12 04:50

    I fell in love with Jennifer Hudson Taylor's writing style and her highland characters last year when I read "Highland Blessings" so I was eager for a chance to read the continuing saga of the Mackenzie clan. In "Highland Sanctuary" we meet Serena Boyd, her mother and nurse who live in the "City of Outcasts." The little village is inhabited by people with various handicaps and deformities who use their talents to help each other survive. Most of the villagers are not aware of Serena's handicap, the falling sickness (epilepsy in today's world). The disease which made itself known at Serena's birth, resulting in her mother and nurse escaping from their home in order to save Serena from certain death at the hand of her father. Serena and Gavin Mackenzie met when Gavin comes to Castle Braigh to restore the crumbling castle and protect the present Laird from an unknown enemy. Serena works for the Laird who is torn between his feelings for the beautiful maid and his knowledge that she is beneath his station. Gavin finds himself also falling for Serena but can't understand why she seems to dislike him. The plot is beautifully woven with a message of faith in God and sets a great pace which keeps the reader turning page after page to see what will happen next. It is full of wonderful characters, love, joy, humor, and mystery - everything a great Christian fiction should contain. Jennifer paints a vivid word picture that will have the reader escaping to the highlands and forgetting their daily grind. This is a must read for everyone!You may find out more about Jennifer Hudson Taylor by visiting her at http://jenniferswriting.blogspot.com/, *My thanks to the author for sending a complimentary PDF of the book for the tour.*

  • Ada Brownell
    2019-03-26 07:41

    Ever felt like an outcast because you don't quite fit anywhere? Serena Boyd becomes an misfit shortly after her birth in 1457 in the highlands of Scotland and her life is in danger. Her mother takes Serena and escapes with the baby and the nurse, Gunna. They find the City of Outcasts. The people there have various deformities and handicaps, but use all their other talents to help one another. They think little about their deficiencies. Yet no one knows why Serena and her mother live there. The baby grows up among the variety of folks in the village and becomes the lovely woman who catches the eye of a warrior, Gavin, who arrives to help restore the nearby ancient Castle of Braigh. Serena works at the castle cleaning. The Laird of the castle has been watching the beautiful young woman also. But it would be a problem for either man to make their affection for her public. Gavin, a chieftain heir, and the Laird would be marrying beneath their class and neither family would be likely to accept her. Soon it becomes apparent that the village is in danger. Trouble surrounds the castle, too. Will some of the most lovable misfits be killed? Jennifer Hudson Taylor does a great job showing how faith in God affects Serena and Gavin. This book takes readers on an exceptional journey with wonderful characters, causing us to love even the unlovely outcasts, then holding us in suspense, but surprising us with the twists and turns that develop. The author also shows how prejudice and misunderstanding about the causes of a medical problem can cause heartache and chaos. I heartily recommend Highland Sanctuary. You'll hardly know you've been dropped back in time and the characters aren't flesh and blood people.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-25 04:59

    What a beautiful book! From the fully developed characterization to the imagery and costumes, this medieval story of love and ultimate sacrifice is sure to capture the heart and release the imagination. I loved the setting that takes place in 1477 Scotland. The author creates vivid details not only to the scenery, but the dialogue betweem the main characters. I especially loved the story of trial, triumph, honor, sacrifice,committment, faith, and overcoming obstacles in both the characters personal and social norms. The main character Serena is hidden away as a baby with her mother, when her father seeks to destroy what he doesn't understand. Fleeing to a place called the village of outcasts, Serena grows up. Now a young woman who harbors a secret, Serena feels she must keep it hidden from the world until she meets Gavin who is captivated by her spirit and beauty. Serena is beloved by almost all who know her and attracts another potential suitor. She must choose her future wisely and the closer she gets to either, the more exposed she becomes, not only to them, but the villagers and townspeople. We also get to know Serena's mother, who realizes her daughter's future may never be the same and the sacrifices she has already made on Serena's behalf may all be in vain. Both women are faced with extreme sacrifices and consult their faith, it's promise and foundation to get them through. One will have to make an even bigger sacrifice that could alter the other's future and test her faith. Highland Sanctuary is full of twists, turn, mystery and suspense. A sure page turner.

  • Terri Harr
    2019-02-23 06:39

    Highland Sanctuary is book two in the series. I loved book one, Highland Blessings. This one is with the brother of the lady in book one. I loved this one just as much. Jennifer is able to make the characters come alive and the setting seem as if you are right there with them. In Highland Blessings you meet Gavin. He is actually one of my favorite side characters in that book. I am so glad he got his own story. He is a strong and compassionate person. Serena is a sweet and caring young woman who is intelligent and loving. her friends are loyal to her and she earns the love and respect of two powerful men. But who will win her heart?The Village of Outcasts was one of my favorite parts. I loved meeting all of the people who lived there and watching how they cared for each other like a family. It is the age old lesson of treating others as creations of God and not looking down on them because they are different. This is a great book for any age. Another great Christmas gift for those who love to read historical romance. Take a journey to 1477 Scotland and see how Gavin and Serena meet and fall in love.

  • Kara
    2019-03-02 02:01

    Another GREAT book from Taylor!! The beginning got my interest immediately and I fell inlove with Serena and her mother right away. I promised myself I'd only read a few chapters and then get ready for the night. Didn't happen.....I couldn't put the story away and cried in amazement the last 100 pages. Loved these characters:Cara Grant, Serena's best friendPhelan, the village wolf dog and faithful companion to QuinnFather TomasGunna, the maidservantthe outcasts of the villagethe King (who shows up JUST in time)Gavin and his familyI knew exactly what Serena's mother planned at the end and my heart broke :)I was very surprised at how superstitious most people are in this story, but it made sense. I probably rolled my eyes at most of their reactions, LOVED it when Gavin punched that guy, and despite the sadness of certain people who sacrificed themselves (beautifully written), i truly enjoyed how justice is served at the end. Serena annoyed me slightly with her resistance to Gavin, but again it made sense why she did so. I truly enjoyed Highland Sanctuary and look forward to reading more of Taylor's books!!