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Overview In the Scottish highlands of the 1500s, Caitlin Campbell, a young woman who recently had her heart broken by a nobleman, meets Darach MacNaghten, an outlaw who travels to Kilchurn to free his imprisoned older brother, but when he realizes that his plan will not succeed, he kidnaps Caitlin to hold as hostage until his brother is freed. 13,500 first printing.
Publishers Description It is May 1568, and Caitlin Campbell has recently had her heart broken by a callous young nobleman. With a track record of not choosing men well, she meets Darach MacNaghten, whose clan has been outlawed. Not only is he everything Caitlin should be wary of, but he is a man of many secrets, none of which bode well for the Campbells. He comes to Kilchurn to free his imprisoned older brother, but when he realizes that his plan has no chance of success, he kidnaps Caitlin to hold her as hostage until his brother is freed. This plan, so simple on the surface, soon leads to a clash of wills between two proud, headstrong people. And the problems only worsen the closer Darach's plan draws to its unforeseen conclusion. Fans of Morgan's These Highland Hills series and historical fiction readers will enjoy this dramatic conclusion to the series.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series These Highland Hills
Series Number 3
ISBN 0800759656 ISBN13 9780800759650
Availability 0 units.
More About Kathleen Morgan
Kathleen Morgan is the award-winning author of the Brides of Culdee Creek series as well as Giver of Roses and These Highland Hills series books Child of the Mist and Wings of Morning. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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HIGHLAND History, Adventure, Romance, Christian, all-in-one. A braw delight to lads 'n lasses of readerdom. Feb 6, 2009
A Fire Within, is a perfect title for Kathleen Morgan's final book of this Scottish Highland trilogy set in the mid 1500s. Plenty of action, adventure, Claymore fighting, and treachery to balance the beautiful highland life and romance of this epic story. Some good moral teaching comes from some of the best of the Campbell family honor. It is presented with just enough Celtic dialect to flavor, like salt on French-fries.
The Campbell clan story is told through 3 books: #1 Child of the Mist, #2 Wings of Morning, and #3 A Fire Within. If you have not read them, begin with the first and be sure to read them all. They truly remind me of a favorite Scottish series author, Diana Gabaldon (Outlander), except this series is equal in pages to only one book of Gabaldon's. Morgan also writes in a way to compel the continuation of reading. It's hard to set the book, or series, down till the end.
The clan consists of Robert (the Campbell, chief) Campbell, father of Niall and Caitlin. His brother Duncan (tanist) raises a son Iain. Sister Lydia has a son Hugh. And then there is Malcolm. Book #1 is Niall's story. Book #2 is Iain. Book #3 is about Caitlin. But the family moves on, and "the Campbell" changes, and other clans interact. There's the MacGregor's, Maclaren's, Drummond's, MacNaghten's and others. Clan chiefs rise and fall. The clan's got some secrets and mysteries as well. Romances defy death and honor. Honor and Christian morals play a part in all of the books. It's a delightful trip by anyone from any clan into Scottish life in the Highland Hills.
When (Book #3) young lass, Caitlin Campbell, gets abducted by an outlaw clan, then turns the reader's sympathy to the clan-cast-out, Dar, the tale really gets your sympathy and morals into a bit of a twirl. Who is the bad guy, and who's becoming the bad girl? Sometimes it gets rugged, verges on the torrid, but is always tantalizing. But, read #1 & #2 first, you'll be glad.
Kathleen Morgan Sep 28, 2008
I have enjoyed all Kathleen Morgan's books. I look forward to reading more from her.
The satisfying conclusion of "These Highland Hills" Jul 15, 2008
In A FIRE WITHIN, Kathleen Morgan satisfyingly concludes her These Highland Hills trilogy with another tale of intrigue, romance, forgiveness and faith.
It's 1568 in Scotland, and Campbell clan chief's sister Caitlin, a healer, is confused by her feelings for a visitor to the castle. She is both attracted to and repelled by the handsome Darach "Dar" MacNaghten, aka Darach MacFarlane, who secretly is on a mission to rescue his imprisoned brother and clan chief Athe MacNaghten from the depths of the Campbells' Kilchurn castle. The MacNaghtens have lost their right to be a clan, and Dar holds the Campbells partly responsible for the MacNaghtens' plight. He is not averse to using his good looks to woo Caitlin and trick her into helping him achieve his ends.
Dar finds Caitlin tempting ("a headstrong, fiery-tempered vixen") and decides that the only way to rescue his brother is to take her hostage. But Caitlin gives Dar --- who she finds "a thief, liar, and heartless fiend," or in another passage, a "despicable, slime-ridden varlet" --- a run for his money. As in all of Morgan's novels, passion simmers just barely under the surface. When a woman is as agitated as Caitlin is about a man, there is no question that she won't resist him for long. But the ties of clan and family are stronger than romance...or are they?
Dar is haunted by his past and his failure to protect a woman he loved who was also his brother's betrothed. When she is found dead, he is accused of murdering her and cast out of the clan. And that's just the beginning of his problems. As he tells Caitlin, "...These are difficult times. What one believes at one moment can well change in the next. Friendships can die; filial ties can be severed, and trusts can shrivel." His words will prove true as the novel progresses.
Characters from the first two books make appearances: Naill's wife Anne has taught Caitlin the art of healing, but frets over the proud and restless Caitlin's seeming lack of common sense where men are concerned. Naill mounts a rescue for Caitlin, along with her cousin Iain. But the rescue backfires, and whether Dar can protect Caitlin from the circumstances they find themselves in seems tenuous.
Morgan uses dialect well, although I lost count of the dizzying amount of times characters told each other, "Dinna fash yerself" (or as we might say, "chill out!"). The men are braw and the women are bonny. The author excels at enriching her story with historical details; one of the richest descriptions in the book concerns a "clarsach," or a lap harp carved with mythical beasts that represent Christ in different ways. Faith themes are woven throughout, from Dar's despair (despite his clan's motto, "I hope in God," he had "given up on a just, merciful and loving God years ago") to Caitlin, who struggles with the idea of giving up control and trusting God for her circumstances.
Readers may be confused that Dar bothers to go to such great lengths to get his brother out of prison following scene after scene showing what a brutish lout Athe is. But as readers of CHILD OF THE MIST and WINGS OF MORNING, the previous two books in the series, know, the loyalty to family and clan sometimes defy common sense. "Acceptance and love...he (Dar) had longed for that ever since he could remember, but perhaps that had never been what truly mattered."
Readers who enjoyed the first two installments will find Dar's journey toward embracing his calling, and both Dar and Caitlin's spiritual quest, a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Fans of historical faith fiction will also embrace this Scottish romance, full of inspiration, period details and intrigue.
--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
Good Book May 25, 2008
The Highland Hills series is very good. I'm glad to finally have the third one in the series.
same old, same old Jan 7, 2008
This book was OK but these scottish romances are getting to be all the same. In addition, this book was a little too "religious" for me.