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Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Outlander series for the YA audience—a debut, full of romance and intrigue, set in early eighteenth-century Scotland.
Saying good-bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to do—until she meets Lord Pembroke. Jenna’s small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms for the exiled King James Stuart to retake the British throne. But their next job brings them into enemy territory: England.
Jenna’s father repeatedly warns her to trust no one, but when the Duke of Keswick hires the clan to build a garrison on his estate, it seems she cannot hide her capable mind from the duke’s inquisitive son, Lord Alex Pembroke—nor mask her growing attraction to him. But there’s a covert plan behind the building of the garrison, and soon Jenna must struggle not only to keep her newfound friendship with Alex from her father, but also to keep her father’s treason from Alex.
Will Jenna decide to keep her family’s mutinous secrets and assist her clan’s cause, or protect the life of the young noble she’s falling for?
In Shelley Sackier’s lush, vivid historical debut, someone will pay a deadly price no matter which choice Jenna makes.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“I’m beginning to think men simply want women stupid. Senseless enough that they can exert their brute will on us as they please.”
This was a YA historical story, about a group of freemasons who wanted King James Stuart to retake the British throne.
Jenna was quite an outspoken girl, and sometimes said too much. It was clear that she had been educated, but sometimes she trusted people too easily. Her heart seemed to be in the right place though, even if she couldn’t shut up at times.
The storyline in this took a long while to get going, and the romance was quite lacking unfortunately. We had Lord Pembroke trying to get along with his fiancée, and Jenna telling him things she shouldn’t have told him, but the romance between the two of them never really seemed to get off the ground, and the slow pace just made the book drag. We did get a bit of action towards the end thankfully, but by that point it seemed a bit rushed.
The ending to this was okay, although it was kind-of confusing as to what actually happened.
6 out of 10