Thursday, October 27, 2011

Highland Sanctuary



Gavin MacKenzie, a chieftain heir who is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh, discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass, who captures Gavin's heart in spite of harboring a deadly past that could destroy her future.

The villagers happen to be keeping an intriguing secret as well, and when a fierce enemy launches an attack against them, greed leads to bitter betrayal. Then, as Gavin prepares a defense, the villagers unite in a bold act of faith, showing how God's love is more powerful than any human force on earth.

My Review:

What a refreshing read! And Gavin MacKenzie is a welcome diversion from the plethora of cowboy heroes parading through Christian Fiction these days. Not that I have anything against cowboys, you understand -- oh my heaven's no! (she says, fanning herself vigorously at the images that come to mind from recent reads.) BUT there is something about a warrior hero with a brogue, isn't there? Be still my wildly beating heart! Gavin is the perfect candidate for the role too. Level-headed, strong, compassionate, kind, knows his own just gets better and better -- or it would if Taylor didn't keep throwing literary daggers his way!

I loved the village of outcasts. Each character is so unique and Taylor uses them in a powerful way to carry Christ's message of hope -- a central theme carried throughout the book. If you love a solid medieval romance with lots of action, toe-curling romance (I feel a swoon coming on just thinking about a scene or two) and a strong inspirational thread then look no further. Highland Sanctuary definitely fits the bill.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win your own copy of Highland Sanctuary please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please make sure to add the book title to the subject line. Draw will take place on Sunday October 30 and will be posted on the same day. Offer open internationally. Good luck!


  1. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to win this. Thanks again.


  2. Thanks for offering this giveaway. I so want to read this book. I enjoyed her first book very much. I love visiting the Highlands.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  3. Good luck, Rebecca.

    And Amy -- you've actually visited the Highlands. Sigh. That's a dream of mine. Good luck to you too.

  4. This sounds like a book my daughter and I would love....Kav, would you be interested in reading any of my books that release in 2012? If so, I'd love to add you to the list to receive one. cara at caraputman dot com

  5. So glad you aren't giving up cowboys :) Sounds like a great read. And loved the review, by the way.

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  6. I so want to win this book:) I am a lover of the Highland, Ireland, Scotland areas and this one sounds like a great book! Thanks so much for the chance:)

  7. Cara -- what fun to share your reading pleasure with your daughter! And yes, I'd love to read and review your books.I'll email you.

    Faye -- I know, I'd have to be out of my mind to give up on cowboys, wouldn't I?!

    Charity -- me too. There just aren't enough Irish settings out there though, are there? Especially in Christian fiction.

    Good luck everyone! Wish I could send you all a copy!

  8. I've never read any of Jennifer Hudson Taylor's books. He does sound dreamy!!

  9. I havent read any of Jennifer's books and would like to read this one!

  10. Oooooh Eileen and Joy -- you are in for a treat! Prepare to be swept away! Good luck!

  11. thanks for the opportunity to read jennifer's novel...i loved 'highland blessings'

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  12. Hey, Kav! I told you it would be a week tops before I entered another one, and you were right when you said I'd be blog stalking again when there was another must-read book. LOL! I have Highland Blessings on my Kindle and would love to win this! I always do a review as a thank you. Unless I don't care for a book and I think that has happened only once or twice. Thanks for the opportunity!


  13. I'm in need of a good swoon! Would love to win this book :)