Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

For Love or Loyalty and For Love or Country (Books 1 and 2 in the #MacGregorLegacy series) by Jennifer Hudson Taylor #bookreview #grow4christ

on July 16, 2014

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About the book:

For Love or Loyalty is the story of a highlander seeking revenge, but when the bargaining price becomes too great of a moral sacrifice, he must find a way to reverse his deeds and save the woman he loves.

Malcolm MacGregor vows to free his family and exact revenge against Duncan Campbell. When the opportunity arises, Malcolm decides to use Duncan’s daughter as the bargaining price. Lauren Campbell is the perfect answer, until she begins chipping away at the bitterness in Malcolm’s heart and changing everything. Her bold faith and forgiveness ignites guilt he would rather avoid and a love he doesn’t deserve.

Lauren Campbell never expected to discover such a caring and protective man behind the façade of Malcolm MacGregor’s fierce reputation. When they arrive in America, things turn against them, and Lauren finds herself in a fate worse than death. Now Malcolm has the dilemma of freeing the rest of his family or rescuing Lauren, but time is short and with little means, he needs a miracle.


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About the book:

At the height of the Revolutionary War, Tyra MacGregor is successful at thwarting the British Army with her colonial spy efforts. But her sleuthing ways come to a screeching halt when Captain Donahue “Hugh” Morgan puts her under house arrest.

Hugh is intrigued by this courageous spy the natives call “War Woman.” She’s more daring than most men and is intelligent in defending her convictions. Even more impressive to Hugh is the strength of Tyra’s unshakeable faith in God.

When Tyra saves his life during an attack, Hugh vows to return the favor. Before he can intervene, however, she is caught by his superior officer and imprisoned. Soon Hugh’s honor, faith, country, and love are all on the line. Can he risk it all to gain everything?


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About the Author:

Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe & the Carolinas. She provides keynotes and presentations on the publishing industry, the craft of writing, building an author platform & social media marketing.

Both her debut novel, Highland Blessings and Highland Sanctuary, received a 4 1/2 star review from RT Book Reviews. Highland Blessings won the Holt Medallion Award for Best First Book and she has had reviews appear in USA Today Book reviews. Jennifer’s work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, RT Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism. When she isn’t writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, visiting historical sites, parasailing, horseback riding, cycling, long walks, genealogy and reading.


You can learn more about Jennifer and her books on her website, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, and Goodreads.


My Opinion:


I’ve heard of  Jennifer Hudson Taylor and even have one of her books on my e-reader that was free awhile ago, but I’ve never read it, and I’m sad to admit that – especially now after having read For Love or Loyalty and For Love or Country.  At first I didn’t think  I would like For Love or Loyalty – it takes place after a raid on a small Irish village for tax collecting and some people are wounded or killed and the call for revenge goes out – I know I didn’t like Malcolm, a fiery, Irishman bent on revenge for his family and I definitely didn’t think I’d like rich, do-gooder Lauren even after she was kidnapped by Malcolm.  That is the job of a good author though, to make the reader either love or hate a character and then have them do a complete about face and realize that changing their idea of said character is okay and right.  As quickly as the story begins on land, we are quickly transported to a ship that is sailing for the New World, and the ship is faced with storm and sickness as well as many other quandaries like romance.  Malcolm and Lauren begin to have feelings for one another and while they still would try to deny it, no one who has two eyes and a brain could deny the love that emanates from these two unlikely traveling companions.


I won’t give too much more away but I will say I was caught up in this book quickly and was so glad to have the second on hand to begin right after because I was dying to know what happened to the MacGregor family now that they were in America.  I will issue a small disclaimer about For Love or Loyalty, as most of you know I tend to disclose if I would let my 12 year old daughter read this, and I’d have to say no at least right now.  Someone (I won’t say which character) becomes an indentured servant and is later sold to a brothel, now no scenes are described but it is mentioned as an act of humiliating new women they are devoid of clothing, and there is violence against the new women.  That being said even with no detailed scenes I wouldn’t let my 12 year old read this.  I was not offended in reading it as it’s part of the unfortunate history of our country within indentured servant-hood and slavery – but it would be disturbing for a younger reader, no matter how mature she is.  So that brings me to say a few words about the second book, For Love or Country.


I’m honestly not sure which one I enjoyed more, although book 1 did seem to have more action, book 2 was still not without it’s own merits.  Set a few years after the first, we once again visit the MacGregor family as Malcolm and sons are home for a brief visit during their service in the American Revolution.  Tyra, does her own thing in regards to helping America win her freedom from the British, but not before a British officer is brought to her parent’s house, wounded, by an ambush of American Indians.  Both mother, daughter and son still at home, help him regain his health but he feels himself being pulled towards this young woman and her family but is torn between his duty to love and the duty he feels he owes his mother country.  Again, I don’t want to give too much away and give spoilers, but the twists and turns had me celebrating the victories and heartbroken at the losses – and I’m not just talking war here.


Alas, I must also give a word of caution because I also would not let my 12 year old read this one, it’s fairly easy to read this alone although it’d make more sense to read book 1 first, either.  While Lauren does disclose her sale to the brothel, it’s because her daughter was almost raped twice by British and she wanted to let Tyra know to never hide that kind of thing and should in no way feel guilty.  This one too was a fast read and I’ve enjoyed both of them and am eagerly awaiting book 3, For Love or Liberty which comes out November 2014 and I can only hope that it’s a continuation of Tyra and Hugh’s story and how everything eventually turns out – complete with the underlying current of faith, love and family.  If you enjoy historical fiction that shows the struggles that come with faith, love and every day living then these two books will be enjoyed.





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