Series: Maclachlainn Saga #1
Published by Self-Published on March 9, 2010
Genres: Historical Romance
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A boy with dreams of adventure…a girl with a traumatic past…and a prince determined to take a throne…
Ailean MacLachlainn, the son of a poor crofter in Scotland’s highlands, wants a life of adventure. He often daydreams of being a respected warrior of his clan. And he battles rival Latharn Cambeul in the game of camanachd…and wins. But Ailean meets a girl, and a shy smile and a glance from Mùirne's blue eyes turns his head. He wins her love, and his rivalry with Latharn is no longer a game with a camanachd stick, now they fight with swords.
Ailean gets his wish to become a warrior when Bonnie Prince Charlie comes to raise a Highland army in the attempt to retake his father’s throne. Ailean’s clan chief involves his clan in the uprising, and sets Ailean on a course toward a destiny he could never have foreseen.
What happens when a man’s dreams turn to dust? And when a man loses everything, does he have what it takes to go on?
HIGH ON A MOUNTAIN is the stirring tale of one man’s remarkable journey through life. A story of adventure and love…of faith, loss, and redemption.
Sandi: Full marks to Tommie Lyn on her research for this title. She created a hero in Ailean (pronounced Alan in English) McLachlan (sorry – just went English on that one, too) who begins our story as a teenager in Scotland in a time of tired crofting fields and a time when the Clan Chief’s word was law.
Ailean had to grow up – to leave behind dreams of battle glory and adventure – when he falls for a pretty girl and settles down. But still, the dreams linger, teasing him, and when his chief calls he follows. To battle and eventually the Field of Culloden in 1745.
History buffs will no doubt ascertain how that went for the Highlander.
To avoid major spoilers, Our Hero eventually finds himself in the New World, pursued by an enemy who has hated him since their youth when they played a game now known as shinty for the honor of their different clans. A Campbell, the Villain follows Our Hero even across the ocean to seek vengeance for injuries real and imagined.
My heart hurt for Ailean, even when I wanted to smack him once or twice. And I felt like scowling at the author, too, for all that she did to Ailean. But she provided us with the terrible side of war and that needed to be shown. She did it and did it thoroughly.