|book 1 of the Jennie Trilogy|
Only the silent and sardonic Alick Gilchrist fights against the clearances. Defying Nigel and his brother, Jennie also does what she can to help the cottagers. But their efforts bring disaster: Alick becomes a hunted fugitive and Jennie loses her husband and home in one violent instant. although she barely knows Alick, she must throw in her lot with his as they face an arduous journey across desolate mountains to escape the strife-torn Highlands.’
I have read many Elizabeth Ogilvie books, all set in Maine, predominately on the islands of Maine. I first fell in love with Maine thru her novels and now it feels like home to me. This one is different. It is predominately set in Scotland in 1809. The first 8-9 chapters are set in England, introducing you to Jennie. Jennie was born and raised in Northumberland on the edge of the North Sea. She has 3 sisters. Their mother had died and they were very close to their father. She was basically a farm girl. Her father dies and the girls are separated. Sylvia was already married to a parson, Ianthe had gotten a position as a companion and governess in a wealthy household in Switzerland, Sophie was 15 and was welcomed into the cousin’s family that inherited the home thru entail. Only Jennie was sent away to live with an Aunt and Uncle in London. They were determined to find Jennie a good husband. Jennie was ready to run away from all the hustle and bustle and pretense involved in London Society when she met Capt. Nigel Gilchrist. It was love at first sight for both of them.
The story was a little slow for me up until she marries Nigel and moves to Scotland and then it takes off! Nigel is a wonderful, loving, kind husband. She feels safe with him and trust him. Nigel is in line to inherit the large estate of Linnmore as his brother is childless. But Jennie doesn’t really feel comfortable in ‘high society’. Will she fit in? She believes Nigel will be a kind and good Laird and she is looking forward to making the people’s lives easier when she is Lady of the estate. But, in a second, Jennie is thrown into a circumstance where she sees a side of her husband that she can not believe exist. How will she go on? In a brief innocent encounter with Nigel’s illegitimate cousin all of their lives are changed for ever.
This is a well written book, with good character development and absolutely gorgeous descriptions of the Highlands. Ms. Ogilvie is wonderful at describing something so that you feel like you can see it and smell it and feel it! I can’t wait now for the next 2 books in the series get here!
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