THE FLOWER OF SCOTLAND: a stirring and passionate story inspired by Scottish heroine Flora MacDonald. (formerly titled The Jacobite Lass)
Published by MacLeod Trotter Books
Scotland, 1722: on a remote and windswept
Scottish island an enigmatic poetess foretells tragedy for the proud
Macdonalds of Clanranald and the birth of an extraordinary child. That
child is the passionate and free-spirited Flora, daughter of Marion.
Flora’s early years are spent roaming around her father’s cattle farm,
running wild and free with her brother and his friends. From early on
she adores fair Neil MacEachen. But when her father dies suddenly, Flora
and her mother are plunged into poverty and it seems beautiful Flora is
destined to skivvy in the kitchen and dairy for her harsh aunt. Until
one night dashing soldier, One-eyed Hugh, her mother’s former lover,
kidnaps mother and daughter and takes them to Skye where he swiftly
Back on the Outer Isles they settle into family life
and Flora is taken under the wing of the lively Lady Clan, the chief’s
wife, who teaches her the skills of a noblewoman. Flora still dreams of
the day she might marry the handsome Neil, who has by now disappeared to
France. But when the Clanranalds are invited to the grand wedding of
the MacDonald chief of Sleat in Skye, Flora finds herself irresistibly
drawn to dark-haired, teasing and passionate Allan of Kingsburgh, one of
the mighty Skye MacDonalds, who makes no secret of his desire for her.
Her heart is torn; she loves the mysterious and increasingly elusive
Neil but struggles to control her attraction to Allan, who is meanwhile
being groomed for a prestigious match with the chief of MacLeod’s
Before affairs of the heart can be resolved, the
exiled Prince Charles Stuart lands on the Outer Isles in his bid to win
back the crown and his arrival ignites the Jacobite Rising of 1745.
Scotland is plunged into bloody civil war; families and clans are torn
apart in their loyalties and Flora’s fate is changed forever. She faces
the biggest decision of her life – whether or not to help the now
fugitive Prince to escape the islands and certain execution – knowing
that to do so will not only put her own life in danger, but those of the
people she loves most in the world.
Deeply emotional and uplifting, THE FLOWER OF SCOTLAND is set in the turbulent times of 18th century Scotland and is based on the true story of Scottish heroine, Flora MacDonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Janet writes: “THE SCOTTISH HEBRIDES are steeped in the history of Jacobite Risings and the legendary Flora MacDonald – a beautiful, spirited young woman from the Outer Isles who dared to put her life at risk to help the fugitive Bonnie Prince Charlie. And she may just be a cousin of mine! Although I’m a proud MacLeod – a clan genealogist has worked out that Flora and I are distant cousins – five
steps of kinship removed and several generations! I have been following in her footsteps to get
a feel of where she came from and the places where she lived – now I feel like I know her! I hope you will enjoy reading this novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.”
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