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Book Title: Rivals for the Crown|
Date of issue: July 24th 2007
ISBN 13: 9781416509929
The author of the book: Kathleen Givens
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 437 KB
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Honestly, I can’t put into words how much I love this book. The battles, the political maneuverings, the pettiness at court, the romance, the passion… so few books have it all, but once again, as she did in On A Highland Shore, Kathleen Givens has given me so many things to love about Rivals For the Crown.
One of my very favorite things about this author is her ability to weave fact and fiction together, creating an amazing tapestry which tells a tale in such a way as to keep me captivated from the first page to the last. She has such a knack for bringing the past to life, making history come alive, and while this book didn’t create the emotional turmoil within me that On A Highland Shore did, the story was nonetheless every bit as compelling.
And as was the case with On A Highland Shore, I fell in love with her characters! These are people with a deep moral fiber, the ones you read about in the history books and see in the movies – the ones you never forget because they believed in always doing what was right and were willing to do whatever was necessary to see good triumph!
In Rivals for the Crown, we once again find ourselves in the world of the Highlanders, Margaret and Gannon MacGannon. Now, their sons Magnus and Rory have grown into men and along with their cousin Kieran take us on a journey through the turmoil of their times. Scotland needs a ruler and King Edward of England wants to make sure that whoever that ruler turns out to be will be his willing puppet in all things. We watch as the MacGannons fight alongside William Wallace (Braveheart) to keep Scotland free of Edward’s treachery, while giving their hearts to two very special young women.
The only thing that I feel badly about is that I wish there had been a book between On A Highland Shore and Rivals for the Crown. When I finished On A Highland Shore, I was so looking forward to Nell’s and Davey’s stories. I would have loved to see Nell MacDonald’s relationship/courtship with Liam Crawford unfold and I really wanted to be there for the young Davey MacDonald’s rescue out of captivity in Jutland. And I would have paid good money to watch Gannon punch Lachlan’s ticket to the Pearly Gates.
I am such a ninny because when I was through reading this, I was trying to explain to my daughter why Kathleen Givens’ characters mean so much to me and I just couldn’t find the words, but I cried while trying to explain the depth of the connection I feel to them and why I am so sad that their stories are over. Well, maybe not over - they will all live on in my heart forever.
Read information about the authorKathleen Givens was born in New York City, but spent her early years living in the Northeast and Georgia before landing in Southern California at the age of ten. As a result, she is fluent in Valley Girl, Steel Magnolia, and Manhattanite.
From an early age, Kathleen was entranced by the history, legends and sagas of the people who mixed together to form Scotland, Ireland, England and later the United States. She likes to weave elements of their myths and legends into her work, to mix fictional and factual characters, and set them against turbulent backdrops of war and social and political upheavals. And then add a love story, of course.
Kathleen made her writing debut at the age of ten with a rewrite of Little Women, in which Jo marries Laurie and no one dies. It is not in print. In high school she and a friend wrote a dreadful 250-page play about an English rock group. Surprisingly, it is not in print either.
Her official writing career began in 1999 with the acclaimed Scottish historicals, Kilgannon and The Wild Rose of Kilgannon, the epic love story of an English woman who falls in love with a rugged Highlander. The series left her readers thirsting for more stories of the glittering streets of London and the misty Scottish Highlands.
In 2002, Givens launched her Torridon series. The Legend introduced the MacCurrie brothers, identical twins, whose birth and lives have been predicted by the Brahan Seer. The Legend tells the story of James MacCurrie and Ellen Graham, cousin to Bonnie Dundee, and is set in the late 17th century, when William of Orange has usurped King James, and rebellion is in the air.
The Destiny continued the adventures of the brothers who are fated to help determine the future of the thrones of England and Scotland, and tells the story of Eileen Ronley, granddaughter of Charles II. The Destiny won the coveted Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Long Historical of 2003.
Her latest book, On a Highland Shore, which was published in July, 2006, launched a new series that will follow three siblings and their descendants for 500 years. Set in turbulent 13th century Scotland, it tells the story of Margaret MacDonald, the oldest of the siblings the series will follow, and Gannon MacMagnus, the founder of the MacGannon clan we met in the Kilgannon saga. It has Vikings, invasions, and a war. What better backdrop for a love story?
Kathleen loves to travel, read, and study history, which makes writing historical fiction a perfect career. While she has traveled extensively, she's yet to find anywhere she could love more than California, where she and her husband live in a tragically flawed house with the neurotic and dictatorial cat formerly known as Miss Lily.
Kathleen can be reached at Kathleen@kathleengivens.com.
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