Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Wild Rose of Kilgannon by Kathleen Givens

Book Description:
She came to the Highlands an innocent bride, but one man's love and two nations' enmity would make her a woman....

In her unforgettable novel Kilgannon, Kathleen Givens brought to vivid life the tempestuous romance of Mary Lowell, an English aristocrat, and the Scottish chieftain Alex MacGannon, who claimed her as his bride. Swept into a world of ancient customs, fierce passions, and political treachery, she never expected her life to take root in the Highlands, that she'd become...The Wild Rose of Kilgannon.

Now Mary and Alex's love story continues. As the fires of war engulf Castle Kilgannon, beautiful Mary stands fast, protecting her family and home. But when news comes of the capture of her beloved Alex, Mary vows to rescue her brave husband, who offered his life to save his men. As a defiant Alex is tried in London as a traitor, Mary unleashes her own campaign on London society, determined to win justice on the most dangerous battlefield of all. Even as Alex remains imprisoned in the Tower, she seeks his passionate embrace, forbidden and unforgettable, risking everything to free the rugged freedom fighter who has claimed her, body and soul . .

Having read the book before this one, Kilgannon, I pretty much knew what to expect, but I didn't think that for almost this entire book, the two main characters, Mary Rose and Alex were going to be separated! This book was so frustrating and annoying because of it!

They have only has a few fleeting moments together before he is sent to prison to await his trial for being a Jacobite in the first uprising for King James Stewart in 1715. Almost 400 pages of hand wringing and stolen moments and conjugal visits (pretty tame sex scenes) made this a dull and exasperating book. Granted, the last 50 pages weren't bad, but this is not my idea of a fun romance novel. Kathleen Givens is not a bad writer, but I just found this plot to be dismal and there wasn't much action in it, until the end with a duel and rescue.

I suspect that the author originally wrote this all as one big book, and her publishers told her to make it into two so she'd have two books instead of one for better marketing purposes. I say "bah! Humbug!" to that! The first book was okay, it started out really well, but then fizzled in the 2nd half and became dreary. This entire second book is like the second half of the first book! No sparkle, no fun, just a lot of worrying, hand holding and tension. I can't even write much of a review over this book, I was just so annoyed with it, I'm really surprised it's been rated so highly, I guess I'm just getting fed up with these sort of Scottish uprising/Jacobite books that don't come close to Outlander - I'm becoming jaded. I'll take a break from reading any Kathleen Givens books for a while


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