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    Kristin Gleeson(Author)

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Scotland, Summer 1556 Are loyalty and honour more important than love? After escaping the clutches of wily Laird Glenorchy, Abby Gordon arrives at the MacGregor stronghold of Glen Strae hoping that her friend and ally Iain MacGregor will help her find out what happened to her father. But all is not well with the clan and Iain's sudden appearance initiates a chain of events that plunges the clan into certain disaster and threatens to make Iain an outlaw.As Abby feelings for Iain strengthen while she strives to help reclaim Iain’s honour and the clan’s, the truth of her father’s disappearance begins to unfold. Ultimately, both Iain and Abby find they must choose between loyalty and love. Filled with breath taking emotional drama, intrigue and romance, the novel takes the reader on an adventure that readers of Diana Gabaldon will adore.
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  • PDF | 270 pages
  • Kristin Gleeson(Author)
  • An Tig Beag Press (27 Nov. 2016)
  • English
  • 2
  • Romance

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  • By Jean Gill on 31 July 2017

    I was caught up straight away in this sequel. I’m as much in love with the depiction of 16th century Scotland, its lairds and feuds, as with the enigmatic hero, Iain, whose true colours are revealed in this novel. The romantic tension between Iain and Abby kept me turning the pages, hoping they’d be together, and the old practice of handfasting allows for complications that both satisfy and tease the reader.The author has a light touch with historical background but there is sound research behind French/Scottish politics, the clan warfare and the everyday detail, which is always one of Kristin Gleeson’s strengths.Herself an artist and musician, she writes of Abby and Iain’s performances with expert insights, as she does of painting in her Imp/Venice series. The dancing in ‘The Mists of Glen Strae’ was so vivid that I was taken back to my childhood and lessons in Scottish country dancing. The author distinguishes between the French and Scottish styles of dancing (which French-educated Abby would not know) in scenes that really are history brought to life.When I was a little girl, my parents held Scottish country dancing parties that I could hear from my bedroom. Thanks to Kristin Gleeson I’ve learned that the base step I was taught as the ‘paddy bar’ is actually the ‘pas de basque’ so I leave this book wiser about my own history. Isn’t that exactly what good historical fiction does?The book delivered some sense of resolution, some surprises, and plenty of motivation to find out what happens next. I can’t wait for the next in this series and while I’m waiting, I’ve seen that there’s a new book in this author’s Imp series, the most adventurous yet, set in Venice and Africa. So I shall leave the mists of Glen Strae for an excursion to foreign lands!

  • By Bookpreneur on 5 December 2016

    The Mists of Glen Strae is a great addition to the Highland Ballad Series and I was looking forward to getting back into the continuing story of Abby Gordon and Iain MacGregor. Descriptions of 16th century Scotland are more than worthy of note and for Gleeson to drop her readers into the thick of this timeframe takes great skill. Smells, sights, sounds are all part of the scenes she creates with very little effort along with solid dialogue driven chapters.We see Abby Gordon as a strong, driven individual who is prepared to ride alone through rain and bog to find the MacGregor stronghold. All she has is a lute and a ring, and when she arrives there is a mixture of compassion and distrust since Iain is not there to prove her claim. I began to question if she was in safe hands, especially with Morag’s sharp tongue and avid curiosity, and Alasdair’s less than desirable description of his brother. It’s easy to see life through Abby’s eyes as she studies the family and learns more about Iain’s wandering spirit.Unfortunately, the Comte de Damville is never far behind and it’s only a matter of time before he tells them his side of the story. Abby must find a way to keep herself safe. But under whose law and who’s custody will she be taken?The romance is enjoyable and at the same time sensual, although Abbey, feisty and independent, must sometimes see Iain flirting, rekindling old acquaintances and in some cases with very beautiful women. Since the characters are both owners of tender and tough hearts they find themselves drawn to each other in ways I would never have expected.Gleeson has undoubtedly done her research in this series, resulting in a very good, detailed storyline. I’m champing at the bit for the next one.

  • By Bookworm on 8 December 2016

    I really enjoyed the first in this Highland Ballad Series and this second book, The Mists of Glen Strae, certainly doesn’t disappoint as Abby escapes one perilous situation only to find herself plunged into another at the hands of Iain’s suspicious family and the dastardly Comte de Damville. Undaunted, she is more than a match for them all as she uses her quick wit to influence their opinion of her. But when Iain’s freedom and his clan’s survival is threatened the couple must set off to plead his case at the royal court where Abby’s enemies are ever present.The author is adept at creating an authentic historical setting within a robust multi-layered storyline, and main characters Abby Gordon and Iain MacGregor lead the story with great aplomb, adventurous spirit and super chemistry between them.This thrilling romantic adventure will delight those who appreciate attention to historical detail, believable characters, colourful settings and skilful storytelling.A wonderful tale. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

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