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Laiden's Daughter: Clan MacDougall, Book 1 | [Suzan Tisdale]

Laiden's Daughter: Clan MacDougall, Book 1

Betrayed by lies told before her birth, Aishlinn is raised by a harsh and cruel stepfather. Her life is forever changed one horrifying night when she is forced to flee England for the safety of the Scottish Highlands. Rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors, Aishlinn soon learns that honorable men do exist. She finds a strength she never knew she possessed and it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision…allow the English to kill those she loves, or surrender for the crime she committed.
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Publisher's Summary

Scotland, 1344.

She believes men are not honorable nor are they kind-until she meets one that changes her heart forever.

Betrayed by lies told before her birth, Aishlinn is raised by a harsh and cruel stepfather. Her life is forever changed one horrifying night when she is forced to flee England for the safety of the Scottish Highlands. Rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors, Aishlinn soon learns that honorable men do exist. She finds a strength she never knew she possessed and it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision…allow the English to kill those she loves, or surrender for the crime she committed.

She is everything he never knew he wanted in a woman…

As a fierce highland warrior, Duncan McEwan has survived numerous battles, bed countless women, and survived a horrific storm at sea. He has scaled mountains and even survived hand-to-claw battle with a cat-o'mountain. But none of that could have prepared him for how his life forever changed one fateful spring day when he rescued a lass from a freezing stream. He will do anything to keep her as his own and will risk everything to keep her out of the hands of the English.

©2011 Suzan Tisdale (P)2014 Suzan Tisdale

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-23-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-23-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Splendid Fairy Tale in the Scottish Highlands"

    I am a lover of historical fiction, but this one was outside what I usually listen to . . . so happy that I bought it! The narration is perfect; the tale of young Aishlinn whose mother died when she was five tugs at your heart from the beginning. I learned a lot about the Scottish clans and the brutality of the English upper class. The story of Laiden and Aishlinn's heritage and their family in the Scottish Highlands was compelling. The romance was true romance, not graphic sex. And I really appreciated that. It made the book absolutely beautiful, just as it should be. Yet the appetites, coarseness and humor of the Scottish countrymen and women are not left out . . . that's what makes this such a splendid book . . . You will grow to absolutely love the Scottish highlanders.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ~~ DARA ~~ Niagara Falls 03-17-14
    ~~ DARA ~~ Niagara Falls 03-17-14

    ~~~~~~~HOPEFUL ROMANTIC~~~~~~~~~ ~~Love Audiobooks~~ Especially Historical & Inspirational Romances ~~No Spoilers Here~~

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    ".Highland Self Discovery"

    This highland adventure is set in 1329 Scotland. This is not a Historically detailed story but rather a light romance with some Historical elements.

    This is the story of Aishlinn, who was treated cruelly (emotionally & physically) by her step-father, brothers, and an Earl. This story really focuses on Aishlinn’s self-esteem issues and shows her journey of self discovery filled with adventure and romance. The “hero” (Duncan) originally finds Aishlinn to be a frightened and abused young woman. He helps her to overcome her insecurities and demonstrates how patience, tenderness, and love can transcend abuse.

    My only negative about this story is that by the end of the book there are still a few unanswered questions. Primarily details about some people and events in her past. Maybe they will be answered in the other books in the series? Hope so.

    This is definitely a Cinderella style romance. This is a love story that is more romantic than sexual and, of course, they lived happily ever after!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lyndee A. Billups San Lorenzo ,Ca 07-15-14
    Lyndee A. Billups San Lorenzo ,Ca 07-15-14 Member Since 2008

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    "MacDougall Clan is loveable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love the highlands you will be very happy to meet this clan


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were lovable and believable even though sometimes it was predictable it was a happy story


    Have you listened to any of Erin Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Erin Jones but would recommend her


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved it when the main character found out that she was not plain but bonnie


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to the rest of the series as it becomes available

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 01-02-15
    Barbara 01-02-15

    A bookworm since a child. Love audible books.

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    "A Highland Haven"
    Would you listen to Laiden's Daughter again? Why?

    Yes. It was a tender story about a young girl who was abused by her step father, brothers, and by the baron.She escapes the baron and is found by the Clan MacDougall. She find love and family in the Clan MacDougall. With the love and help the Clan, she gains physical healing, emotional healing, self acceptance, and inner strength. I like strong feminine heroines, stories of tender men, and loving families. This book has all those ingredients.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Laiden's Daughter?

    When the heroine of the story shot the arrow and hit the mark after she was told by Duncan not to do it.


    Which character – as performed by Erin Jones – was your favorite?

    All the characters were enjoyable. I think she did a good job with the different characters and the nuisances of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was hard to put down even though it was a bit predictable at the end. It made me laugh in places because the heroine usually got the upper hand in the situation.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a highlander romance. Not a bad price for $1.99.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "engaging"

    loved it. had trouble putting it down and coming back to it later. lots of laughs and heart touching moments.

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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 12-13-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 12-13-14 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "12.5 hours for $2.00!!! SOLD!"

    Yes, it's only $2, no idea why. It wasn't a great literary classic but it kept me wanting to listen. Our leading lady has had a tough life, and I mean tough! Forced to defend herself one day against an evil man she fled on horse to Scotland hoping to find refuge before the English soldiers found her....the evil man she fended off was a Barron, and she was a simple kitchen worker, with no right to refuse the advances of a man of his station.

    While running for her life she comes across brawny highlander men who take one look at her beaten form and pledge to protect her, after all if they didn't their moms would skin them alive!

    The story of her past unfolds and things are kind of predictable and it is a bit repetitive that the girl thinks she is ugly, and plain because she has been psychologically tortured her whole life but I say again, 12.5 hours for $2... How can you go wrong????

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 12-03-14
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 12-03-14 Member Since 2015

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Wonderful Love Story"

    I Loved Laiden't Daughter: Clan MacDougall, Book 1, by Susan Tisdale and narrated by Erin Jones. So sweet and tender. The characters were ones that I will remember for a long time, as they were brought to life by the talented narrator, Erin Jones.
    This book really illustrated to me the value of a good narrator.
    Credit worthy...Yes!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia F. Smith PETERSTOWN, WV, US 03-27-14
    Virginia F. Smith PETERSTOWN, WV, US 03-27-14
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    "Love it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Laiden's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    The story came to life when you listen to it. It was so well done! Thanks for putting it on audio so I can listen to it anywhere.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love, compassion, honor and the flow of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Erin Jones – was your favorite?

    I can't pick on character. They were all super.


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    sandy 04-06-14
    sandy 04-06-14
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    Excellent, wonderful, the most riveting and entertaining story I've read in a long time. Erin Jones did an excellent job narrating. It's to bad this author's other two books recorded are by a different narrator. I will pass on them as I prefer woman readers.

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    BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN 04-22-15
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    "Loved it all --emotional, intriguing and wonderful"
    Any additional comments?

    Our heroine learns a verra’ valuable lesson. For some family no matter how good you are it isn’t good enough. Don’t measure your self-worth by these people.

    Whenever a story thrusts the reader into action and panic, it sets the stage for more of the same to come. Immediately, the devil is before you and the heroine must be saved!
    As Ms. Tisdale does in her tales, she gives us a devil of a man to hate, this one very nearly took Ashlinn’s life along with her innocence. Finding strength where she knew not, she lighted upon his dagger nearby and drove it into his back.

    Ashlinn following the directions and help of old Baltair, a man who had worked for the Earl of Penrith for many years and knew how he treated young women, escaped from Castle Firth. He provided her the means to save herself from being caught for the worst offense one could do – take the life of another.

    Battered and driven she rode north to Scotland. When she heard men’s voices she panicked. Afraid she was still in England she raced her horse over rocky terrain, her mount reared and she was thrown into a stream and knocked unconscious. Duncan McEwan was part of the band of men and saw her fall. He rode to her, scooped her up in his arms, saving her life – that is if her other injuries from the beating of the Earl wouldn’t kill her.

    Ashlinn was a young woman who had been told all her life she was worthless and ugly. Her past is only abuse and taunting by her brothers. Her biggest challenge is believing in what she is capable of, to understand she can be loved for who she is.

    Aishlinn and Duncan were meticulously drawn in exquisite detail and further made real by Erin Jones’s lovely narration. Her voice was an excellent choice to tell this story. She captured each character’s raw emotion most appropriately. Her sentence cadence and pacing pulled me forward into the highlands right along with Aishlinn. This is the first time I’ve heard this narrator and I would enjoy listening to her in other historical romances. Her male voices were quite male, easily recognized and accents seemingly authentic.

    A suspenseful story with its plot of intrigue, twists and surprises, I enjoyed it very much – a sigh-worthy highlander love story. If you haven’t added Suzan Tisdale to your highlander reads, please do. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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