For Love or Loyalty








Title:  For Love or Loyalty (The MacGregor Quest Series)
Author:  Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Pages:  334
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Abingdon
This is the first in a series featuring in this installment Malcolm MacGregor as the main male character.  He has been to market to sell some of his clan’s cattle to pay their rent to their overlord, Glenn Campbell.  When he returns to his village, he finds all their belongings burned and many villagers beaten.  He vows revenge on the Campbell, who has also taken his mother and sister to sell as indentured servants to pay their supposed debt even though Campbell arrived two weeks early to collect the rent.  In retaliation, a fellow clansman kidnaps Lauren Campbell, Glenn’s daughter.  Malcolm thinks that he can take Lauren and sell her to be an indentured servant to take the place of his mother.
Lauren Campbell feels alone in her world with the exception of her little sister and the charity work she performs.  Lauren regularly travels to Malcolm’s village with food for the poor and to socialize with his mother and sister.  Lauren’s own mother died when Lauren was about eight years old and she has begun to think of Malcolm’s mom as a mother figure.  Lauren’s mother tried to instill Christian beliefs and way of life into her young daughter before she died.  Now, Malcolm’s mother has watered those seeds and fruit is born.  Lauren at first is angry with Malcolm, but realizes her father is guilty in this matter and she will do whatever is needed to help Malcolm regain his lost family members.  Romance begins to brew between Lauren and Malcolm, but Malcolm still wrestles with his dilemma of how to rescue his mother and sister from years of servitude and at the same time keep Lauren from serving out a penalty that her father deserves.
I didn’t really like how the main female character in this story just didn’t seem realistic in the matter of her kidnapping.  She is a wealthy aristocrat who is kidnapped, taken from her homeland, forced to endure a long voyage at sea and told she is being sold into servitude.  Yet, one of the first things she does is to forgive the man who put her in this position?  I realize this is Christian fiction, but I thought it unrealistic that she didn’t have to work much to get through her anger and bitterness to come to the point where she is able to forgive him.  I would have liked to see more of this very human struggle.  I also, wasn’t thrilled with the romance between Malcolm and Lauren.  It just didn’t flow together well for me.  I did like Lauren’s ability to see to the needs of others and her willingness to serve others and compassion towards those less fortunate than herself.  She certainly portrays Christ to the best of her abilities to her fellow man.  Despite her uncertain future, she grabs on to the only thing that will save her and that is her Savior.  If I could, I would give this book 3.5 star rating. 
My rating is 3 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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