The Campbells had wronged the MacGregor Clan for nearly two centuries, ever since King James had abolished the MacGregor name in 1603 and had given the MacGregor land to the Campbells.
MacGregor had gone to the cattle market and now had the rent money
the Campbells would collect in a fortnight. But when he approaches
their village, smoke is in the air. Campbell had come early,
demanding payment. He and his men took Malcolm's mother and sister,
killed a younger brother and severely beat another.
is beside himself with grief and anger. Only the insistence of the
villagers keeps him from going after Campbell. Colin does sneak to
the Campbell home. When he finds the Campbell men have taken off with
the MacGregor women, he kidnaps the oldest Campbell daughter, Lauren.
Malcolm decides to keep Lauren, find the Campbells, and trade her for
his mother and sister. When he finds out his mother and sister have
been put on a boat, sold into indentured service in the colonies,
Malcolm forces Lauren to go with him on the next boat. Revenge burns
in Malcolm's heart.
has every intention of selling her into service to get the money to
save his mother and sister. But there are a few turns in his plan
that he could not foresee. One is the possibility of an epidemic on
the ship. Another is a storm. The worst of all, when they reach the
colonies, Lauren's future looks more bleak than Malcolm could ever
imagine. He is frantic to find out how can rescue her, because he
may just be falling in love with her.
major theme in this novel is revenge. It is only by the grace of God
that forgiveness might be found and the feud between the Campbells
and the MacGregors finally end.
being a well written novel, this book had lots of information and I
love learning about something when I read fiction. While I knew some
about the indentured process, I had no idea about the living
conditions on the sailing ships. Those who could pay had rooms and
decent meals, but the indentured people were placed in the hold with
the rats, fed little, and allowed on deck only a short time each day.
Illness ran rampant and usually half died before reaching the
was dismayed to learn of some of the immoral practices in Charles
Towne in the 1760s. It was hard to read about how (some) indentured
people were treated on the plantations, and even harder to read how
women were taken into and treated in the bordellos.
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Abingdon Press, 352 pages.
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of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.