On a Highland Shore by Kathleen Givens

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From acclaimed historical novelist Kathleen Givens comes a magnificently conceived, intricately detailed novel that brings to vivid life the tumult, adventure, and passion of thirteenth-century Scotland, when Norse invaders laid claim to the land and its people -- and an explosive clash of cultures, politics, and personal pride changed the world forever.

1263: On Scotland's western shore, the village of Somerstrath prepares for the joyous wedding celebration of Margaret MacDonald, the laird's daughter. But a dark storm of bloodshed and betrayal is closing in, as a merciless band of Vikings threatens the Highlands. Margaret is determined to hold the MacDonald clan together and to locate her abducted younger brother. But can she trust the noblemen from King Alexander's court, who insist that only by adhering to a betrothal conceived for political gain will she find safety? Or should she put her trust in an imposing half-Irish, half-Norse warrior? Gannon MacMagnus alone offers her hope of reuniting her family and vanquishing the barbarous Norsemen who would continue to rob her people of their God-given right to determine their own destinies. In whom should Margaret entrust the fate of the rugged, magnificent land she calls home?

About Kathleen Givens

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Kathleen Givens lives in Laguna Beach, California. Kilgannon is her first novel.
Published May 22, 2007 by Pocket Books. 384 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Most of Margaret's family, her entire village - hundreds of people - are wiped out and indeed several villages are attacked and we get to read in great detail about the raped, brutalized, tortured, and bleeding bodies of the family and friends Margaret has to walk through and over - several times.

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