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by May McGoldrick

From the wild shores of the Scotland's Western Isles to the bloody fields of France to the glittering courts of Europe, the Macpherson Trilogy follows a family's fight for Scottish independence against the Tudor king, Henry VIII. Rite of Passion 
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ISBN: 0451407121
ISBN13: 978-0451407122
Category: Romance
Subcategory: Historical
Author: May McGoldrick
Language: English
Publisher: Topaz; First Edition edition (November 1, 1996)
ePUB size: 1688 kb
FB2 size: 1798 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 598
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My feelings for the heroine in this story were all over the place. She was devoted to her sister Mary who treated her as a servant and she took her attitude over and over.. it took me awhile to like her. Now our H was a gem and I liked him from the start!

As another reader wrote and I agree, how could she leave her sister Anne behind knowing how her father used his daughter's. Granted we all know what happens to Anne and she couldn't leave that life -what would the king do without a wife to behead?

Romance builds slowly and our H isn't part of her life for 4 years. That’s when the story gets interesting, when they meet again.

I did like the way Mary changed, it was believable, but her fathers transformation didn't feel right.

This story has suspense, no real battles, lovemaking near the last half of the book, descriptive but not vulgar. By now I'd liked both the h/H so it was passionate for me.

The subject may have kept me from loving this book. It has physical abuse, almost rape, betrayal, and at times very sad. You must read this in order to fully enjoy the next book.

You get your monies worth in any of this authorsite stories. I do recommend this whole series! (ljb)
Pretty sure I've read them all now. I did try to read them in order. I like her (their) work. There's a plot, of course they fall in love. I mean it is romance after all. The phrases seem accurate and authentic for the time period. It is best to read them in order. I love the lineage of the families they bring into their work. There's some sex, not much. If I remember correctly they could be easily skipped if that is offensive to the reader. Most of their writing focuses on things other than sex. I like the way they paint the attire of the people so the characters feel real. They aren't always in their finest clothing and the use of their descriptives helps to set an image of simple dress when that would be normal. I think their books all focus on the interpersonal relationships within the family and sometimes the breakdowns within the families. I suggest reading all of the May McGoldrick books!
I really like this author's writing style and she weaves a great tale. This is the second book I have read that they have written. This story could have been a really good one had it not been for the enormous liberties they took with historical characters. The lives and deaths of real historical people have been completely changed and knowing this I had a hard time finishing this book. I will read the next in the series with the hope that it is better.
I am truly in love with May McGoldrick novels right now. I have read 8 in the last three months starting with the Angel of Skye in the MacPherson Clan Series. Each novel is a stand alone but I think it would be helpful to read them in order because so many of her characters are woven into other stories in the series. I get so caught up in the stories that I think about the characters even when I have to put the book down. They have made me laugh and cry. Truly the mark of a great book. The stories are not cookie cutter and I like that the heroes and heroines in her books admit their love for each other and then have to work together to conquer the villains.
The historical info was superbly written. I felt like i was there whether in Florence, England, or Scotland. The characters were well developed, and I grew to love them just as in the other previous books. As a retired English teacher, i hope to one day soon visit Wales & Scotland, home of my ancestors. These adventuresome, historical novels keep up my hopes before decrepitude sets in. Thank you for bringing these places & characters to life.
The books in the MacPherson series just keep getting better and better. I truly enjoyed the plot and characters in this story. The authors did an excellent job weaving historical facts with the romance in this story. Loved Elizabeth's character. Her bravery and integrity are truly exceptional. She really found her match in Ambrose and their love story is passionate and sweet at the same time. I discovered these authors by accident but I'm glad I did. I'm truly enjoying their books!
I loved this book full of history, intrigue, excitement and steamy love. The characters are all very well developed and interesting. There are twists and turns that you don't see coming. True love was uncommon in those days of King Henry but Ambrose and Elizabeth manage to find it although their path to it was not always easy. Great read. I look forward to the next book in this series!
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