Lauren Campbell was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And now she’s paying for it as she is whisked away aboard a ship and to a depressing fate that awaits her in South Carolina. Behind she leaves an uncaring father and a neglected baby sister, Blair. Will she ever see Blair again? Will she even survive the life of an indentured servant, slaving away in the fields under the hot South Carolinian sun?
Malcolm MacGregor had never planned to kidnap the mild-tempered daughter of his enemy. But when the opportunity presented itself, well… And he is justified in his actions. Sort of. Duncan Campbell pert near killed Malcolm’s brother. And of all of them to torture – the one who actually thought the Campbells and Macgregors might come to terms. But that’s Mr. Brains [Duncan] for you. And if that isn’t bad enough Duncan sold Malcolm’s sister and aging mother into indentured servitude in the Colonies. That was just downright low. With little funds to his name Malcolm spirits Lauren aboard a ship with the idea of her replacing his mother or sister while he pays for the other’s freedom. It will be a voyage not be forgotten.
When a book includes indentured servants, Scotland or ships I’m just naturally drawn in. But when it has all three it’s a humdinger! I can honestly say that I enjoyed the first part of this book. From Scotland to the decks of The Victorious it was a page turner. BUT…after our hero and heroine disembark on their South Carolinian adventure I lost interest. It could be because I’m a maritime nut and hated to leave the ship but I think there’s more to it than just that. The disputes kind of leveled off. And then there was a bordello. That was extremely uncomfortable reading for me. Undoubtedly – without spoilers – what happened in For Love or Loyalty was not uncommon as it is even today in some nations, but to read about that in a book meant to be an enjoyable way of passing time was not my cup of tea. It really ruined the book for me, I’m sad to say. If I were to base my rating on the part I enjoyed it would be an easy five stars. I feel bad for giving such a horrible review. On a more positive note I liked that Jennifer Hudson Taylor incorporated some of the Scottish dialect and words into many of the characters’ speech.
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