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Rivals for the Crown
Rivals for the Crown
Author: Kathleen Givens
1290: Turmoil erupts when the seven-year-old queen of Scotland perishes en route to claim the crown. Two bitter foes -- John Balliol and Robert Bruce -- emerge as possible successors, but England's Edward I has his own designs on Scotland. — In London, Edward has expelled all Jews from his kingdom. Rachel de Anjou is heartbroken to leave behind h...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781416509929
ISBN-10: 1416509925
Publication Date: 7/24/2007
Pages: 414
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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An interesting historical romance set in Scotland and London of the late 1200's. The plot revolves around the death of the last direct Scottish royal inheritor to the Scottish throne, the child queen and the resulting claimants' fights to take the throne, the inter-clan fighting, and the English King's overwhelming goal to make Scotland part of Enland and himself tne King over both countries. It also follows the story of a Jewish family during the King's ousting of all Jews from England and the family's new situation in Scotland and the continuing peril they face if the English King becomes Scotland's king. Add a young woman who is called to serve England's queen as a lady-in-waiting who is a good friend of the Jewish family which she must now deny to avoid the wrath of the King and you have the story of the English who would loyally support their Jewish friends. The Scot side of the story is of two cousins, one who loves the Jewish girl and one who loves the English lady-in-waiting and the men's involvement in clan wars, fighting the English, and spying for Scotland. There is lots of action and intrigue along with romance.
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I thought this was a wonderful followup to "On a Highland Shore". I actually would love to see this family of characters be put into a longer series of books. Kathleen Givens has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
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Kathleen Givens has expanded the story of the McGannon family into the time of William Wallace and Edward Longshanks (of Braveheart fame). It is written with her usual attention to detail and her love of the Scottish Highlands.

However, I found this installment difficult to digest as it always seemed as if our heroes were on horseback running from one place to another. I found that it was so plot driven after the introduction of Rachel, that I did not finish the book. This is very unusual for me and especially unusual with a favorite author.

Perhaps I will come back to the story in a few years and enjoy it then. When that happens, I will put it back on my wishlist. Until then, I hope you enjoy!