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    Kristin Gleeson(Author)

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Scotland 1556After overhearing a plot to kill Mary Queen of Scots, Abby Gordon is sent from Paris to the Laird of Glenorchy’s home at Kilchurn Castle for safety. Disguised as a boy, she becomes a lute player among the household musicians where she encounters the laird’s hostage, the attractive Iain MacGregor, a pawn in the laird’s struggle for power in Scotland’s turbulent politics. But is Iain really a hostage to fortune or is he playing his own dangerous game? As Abby’s feelings intensify for this Glenorchy hostage she is caught in the web of intrigue that permeates the household and is drawn deeper and deeper into danger.With spice, wit and action packed plotting, Kristin Gleeson’s Highland Ballad Series is as compelling as Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels.'A highland ballad brought to life - plays sweetly on the heart-strings.' Jean Gill, The Troubadours Quartet
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  • PDF | 232 pages
  • Kristin Gleeson(Author)
  • An Tig Beag Press (12 April 2016)
  • English
  • 10
  • Romance

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  • By Bookpreneur on 20 April 2016

    Set in the marvelous backdrop of a Scotland bristling with religious turmoil, plots, pitch forks and bad breath, there is one young woman we follow. Eighteen-year-old Abby, daughter of Calum Gordon, Queen Mary’s lutist, is currently living in Paris. A humble and capable girl, music is certainly a gift she has inherited from her father.It is the reign of the Scott’s Queen, Mary, a complex woman where plots are rampant. Abby must go to Scotland to learn the customs before the Queen returns. She has never heard of the Laird of Glenorchy and has little knowledge of her father’s Gordon roots, and to become the companion to the Laird’s sickly wife fills her with dread. But there is far more to this scheme than meets the eye. Abby must keep her identity a secret.What I specifically enjoyed about this book were the scents and sounds a young girl would encounter in a land of fragmented kin groups and blood feuds uncharacteristic to her life in France - a dramatic shift in environment and a hard one to get used to. Well-crafted dialogue that never misses a beat and pulls you into the period keeping you there throughout. With Gleeson’s sophisticated research and a superbly readable prose, we come to see Abby as skillfully maneuvering her way among a dizzying array of courtiers and servants.There’s a certain mood I look for in books and The Hostage of Glenorchy has it all - that undefinable character and charm all historical fiction readers will enjoy. An intimate and well-ingrained image of no ordinary Scottish lass. It was a pleasure to read.

  • By Jean Gill on 25 May 2016

    I lost myself completely in the romance and adventure of this wonderful historical novel.Love is in the air – and this particular air is an auld Scottish ballad with special meaning for Iain, the mysterious – and very attractive – hostage of Glenorchy. The song is only one of the mysteries that intrigue Abby, our intrepid heroine in male guise, as she carries out her duties, teaching the lute to the young heiresses in this dour Scottish castle. Why did the mistress of the household take to her bed? Who is doing what to whom in this most dysfunctional of extended families? How is Abby going to stay safe with her unwanted Frenchness and femininity?Kristin Gleeson’s Scottish background rings true in all its detail. My parents were Scottish and the auld words took me straight back to childhood, where ‘dinne fash yersel’ was a regular instruction. From description of the landscape to depiction of early Calvinism, the reader is completely immersed in 16th century Scotland.It’s not just the Scottish details that make the story so real; when Abby teaches the girls to play a lute, both the musical expertise and the relationships are beautifully written. Even the dogs are real, whether the aggressive mastiffs of the Laird’s spiteful son, or the loyal sheep hound Cou, who forms a bond between Abby and Iain. Kristin Gleeson is quite right – collies did not exist as a breed at this time – and her attention to historical detail lets the reader enjoy the trip to the past with no modern jolts.I’m a fan and this is my new favourite Kristin Gleeson novel. My only complaint is that it falls into the modern trend of being a short book and I like a BIG read. If I had more self-control I’d wait till the series is complete and wolf the lot in one go but I guess I’ll just have to read the first book again when the second one comes out – soon, I hope!

  • By Richard on 3 August 2016

    Gabrielle – Abby – is an eighteen year old widow and an accomplished musician under the tutelage of her father in Paris when she overhears a plot to assassinate the young Mary Stuart. Her father immediately sends her away to his homeland of Scotland where, through an old friend he has arranged for her to be a companion of a noble lady. But Abby decides she would rather be a musician and disguises herself as a young boy as a woman would be unlikely to achieve such a position. So Abby becomes Gabriel. Of course, her attempts at disguise lead her into many awkward situations, not the least of which is the handsome and enigmatic Iain, son of a neighbouring laird who is in a quarrel over land with Abby's master. Iain, it seems is being held hostage.The overall plot, I felt, was rather thin, the deception rather needless and the ending tails off with no issues settled – although it has to be said that this is the first book in a proposed series and no doubt both plot and characters will develop further. Well written with an attractive cover, making no secret of location(for the Historical Novel Society)

  • By Bookworm on 24 April 2016

    I’m a great fan of Kristin Gleeson’s work, in particular the way she effortlessly combines the culture, customs and language of the period with highly entertaining historical adventures.The Hostage of Glenorchy is no exception. In this vibrant tale, we follow Abby a talented young lute player, as she flees 16th century Paris disguised as a boy, and embarks on a journey of intrigue, spiced by scheming, politics, danger and romance. With knowledge of a plot to assassinate Mary Queen of Scots, will Abby’s skill as a musician save her from peril or will she find herself immersed in yet more skulduggery? As usual for this author, the story evolves at a cracking pace, and the Scottish setting and assorted characters combine to make this first book in a new series quite addictive. Abby and Iain, the hostage of the story, are a couple both at odds and at one with each other and I’m definitely looking forward to their continuing adventures.A recommended read for all fans of Scottish Historical Fiction.


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