Book Review - Lady of the Glen

Leah Courtney
Lady Of The Glen: A Novel of 17Th-Century Scotland and the Massacre of Glencoe

Lady of the Glen by Jennifer Roberson is a work of historical fiction about 17th century Scotland.  During the 17th century, England struggled for control of Scotland.  Much resistant were the Scottish Highlanders- fierce, independent warriors who had warred between themselves for centuries.  With that as a backdrop, Roberson writes a touching Romeo and Juliet love story.  Cat is a Campbell, sworn enemies to the MacDonalds of Glencoe.  But, she falls in love with Dair, the son of the laird of Glencoe when she is just a child.  Throughout the struggle between England and Scotland, their love grows as they grow into adulthood.  Political maneuverings and old grudges eventually bring tragedy to the Glencoe MacDonalds.  But, love and courage run deep in Highlander blood.

I am a great fan of historical fiction.  I thoroughly enjoyed this read about this time period in Scotland.  Roberson does a good job at the end of the book relating actual historical information of the time and tying it in to her story line.  The events related in the book were largely actual historical events, and the story of Glencoe is a brave a tragic one.  There were times that I thought the book was a little sluggish, but that can happen in historical fiction because the background setting, although not necessarily exciting, is central to understanding what was going on at the time. 

I would definitely give this one a thumbs up and will look for some of the other historical novels by Roberson!

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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