Thursday, April 5, 2012

Book Review - "As High As the Heavens" by Kathleen Morgan

Book Description
It is 1568 and Mary, Queen of Scots, is imprisoned in Lochleven Castle. But her supporters, including noblewoman Heather Gordon, are planning a rescue. Heather travels to a cottage in the frigid Highlands to teach a simple man--who just happens to resemble someone with access to Lochleven--how to act the part of a nobleman in order to gain entry to the castle. But in the close quarters of the cottage there is more stirring than political rebellion.

A suspenseful story of deceit and betrayal, love and secrets, As High as the Heavens will capture readers' hearts.

My Review
Anyone who has read my previous reviews of Kathleen Morgan's work, knows that I love her writing style. This book is no exception in drawing you into the story and giving one a bird's eye view of each character. The plot is well-planned and carries through as one might expect, unfolding and revealing the motivations of each character. This isn't the type of book where you will be surprised by hidden twists and turns. The key highlight of betrayal is carefully woven through the story and builds from the beginning and doesn't disappoint.

I do believe that sensuality and attraction are a must in a romance, even a Christian romance. However, I felt like the first quarter of this book concentrated very heavily on the hero and heroine's thoughts about each others bodies a bit more than necessary. Still, this book stays true to Christian romance standards and is a wonderful tale. I'm glad I discovered it and would readily recommend it for anyone who enjoys historical Christian fiction set in bonny Scotland! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Highland Crossings" Now Available, Novella Collection of 4 Generations

#christianfiction 


Highland Crossings Novella, Feb 2012
1) Healer of My Heart (1740) by Pamela Griffin
2) Printed on My Heart (1758) by Laurie Alice Eakes
3) Sugarplum Hearts (1789) by Gina Welborn
4) Heart's Inheritance (1815) by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

The four stories in  Highland Crossings is centered around the lives of the McKay and McPherson cousins and their descendants. A priceless brooch is given to an ancestress for a good deed she once performed for the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots and serves as the motivation that tears the family apart. It plays a role in bringing the sisters together after twenty years of separation, gives a daughter a start on her dreams, and a granddaughter a new plan for the future. Each finds her way in the New World, the new nation, and a new century, finding God’s purpose for their lives and the loves of their hearts.




Places to Purchase Highland Crossings


Monday, January 2, 2012

M's Female Celtic & Gaelic Names

Mab, Mabbina - Joy
(Gaelic, Irish)

Macha, Machara - Plain
(Irish, Scottish)

Mada - From Mathilda
(Irish)

Madailein - From the Tower, Form of Madeleine
(Irish)

Mai, May - Pearl, Form of Margaret
(Scottish)

Maighdlin - Magnificent
(Irish)

Maillle, Mailsi - Pearl
(Irish)

Mair, Maire, Mairin, Mairi, Mairia, Mali - Bitter, Form of Mary
(Gaelic, Irish, Scottish, Welsh)

Mairearad, Mairghread, Mairead, Maggie - Pearl, Form of Margaret
(Gaelic, Scottish)

Mairead, Margaret - Pearl, Saint Name
(Irish)

Majella - Saint Name
(Irish)

Malise - God's Servant
(Gaelic, Scottish)

Malmuira, Malmuirie - Dark-skinned
(Scottish)

Malvina - Peaceful Face, Sweet
(Gaelic, Irish)

Maoli, Maola - Handmaiden
(Irish)

Margred, Mererid - Pearl, Form of Margaret
(Welsh)

Marsali - Pearl
(Gaelic)

Maude, Maiti, Maitilde, Maitilda - Strong Battle-maid, Form of Matilda
(Irish)

Maureen, Moreen - Great
(Celtic)

Maureen, Maurine, Moire, Moira, Maurya, Mairona - Bitter, Form of Mary
(Irish)

Mavis, Mavelle, Mavie - Songbird
(Celtic)

Maeveen, Mabina - Nimble
(Celtic)

Maeve - Mythical Queen
(Celtic)

Maeve, Mave, Meara - Joy
(Irish)

Megan, Meghan - Pearl
(Irish, Welsh)

Meinwen - Slender, Fair
(Welsh)

Melva - Ruler
(Irish)

Melva - Sweet Place
(Welsh)

Meredith - Protector of the Sea
(Celtic, Welsh)

Mildread - Gentle Advisor, Form of Mildred
(Gaelic)

Modlen - From the Tower, Form of Madeleine
(Welsh)

Moibeal, Maible - Lovable, Form of Mabel
(Gaelic, Irish, Scottish)

Moina, Moyna, Mona - Noble
(Celtic, Irish)

Moireach - Lady
(Scottish)

Monca - Wise
(Irish)

Moncha - Alone
(Irish)

Morag - Blind
(Gaelic)

Morag  - Great One
(Scottish)

Moreen - Great
(Irish)

Morgan, Morgane, Morgana - Lives by the Sea
(Celtic, Welsh)

Morna - Dearly Loved
(Celtic)

Morrigan - War Goddesss
(Celtic)

Morrin, Muireann - Long-haired
(Irish)

Morwenna - Maiden
(Welsh)

Moya, Moira - Exceptional
(Celtic)

Muira, Muire - From the Moor
(Scottish)

Muirne - High Spirited
(Irish)

Murel, Muriel - Knows the Sea
(Irish)

Myrna, Merna, Mirna, Moina, Morna - Beloved
(Celtic, Gaelic, Irish)