Review: Laiden’s Daughter by Susan Tisdale


The Clan MacDougall –  Series #1

Listening Length: 12 hours and 28 minutes  – Publisher: Suzan Tisdale, author Release Date: March 10, 2014   –   Narrator: Erin Jones

Rating – 5*

Her mother was betrayed before Aishlinn’s birth and after her mother died – Aishlinn never had another moment of any type of caring or love, only abuse and cruelty from the men she’d encountered, especially her father and step-brothers who eventually sold her to a cruel English master.  Once she was old enough she was summoned to the masters room with the cruel intent of rape and molestation.  Fighting off his advances, Aishlinn ended up stabbing the master and began a terrifying flight from the castle for the Scottish Highlands.  Rescued by a band of fierce highland warriors, Aishlinn learned that honorable and gentle men existed.

Duncan McEwan had seen most of his clan wiped out by an English lord.   He’d fought numerous battles, found his way around the bedchambers of various woman, but nothing had prepared him for the wildcat lass he rescued from a freezing stream.    Obviously, a hated English woman, there was something about her that enabled him to vow to keep her safe once Aishlinn finally confessed to killing the English lord who had decimated his family and most of his clan.  At that point, Duncan knew he would do everything in his power to protect and keep her.

***This was the first book in the Clan MacDougall Series which is a series I have read out of order and found to be an amazing and fully developed Scottish historical adventure series I have since read and enjoyed many times over.  Author Tisdale has a great voice and peppers her tomes with high action as well as emotionally charged stories.   One of the many things I certainly enjoy from this author are how while fleshing out her characters she inserts high motivation to enable the reader to feel the emotion of the anger that drives them.

One of the other things I also enjoy is the humor that is used in the dialogs that keep the story from getting too maudlin and sensual scenes that do leave something to the imagination rather than blow by blow intimacy.

Bottom line:  I must also applaud the fine and impeccable job Erin Jones did with her narration of this audible book.  Jones interpretation was spot on and I loved her voice overs from male to female and from English to Scottish accents.  Ultimately, Ms. Jones had an excellent piece of work to interpret and both LAIDEN’S DAUGHTER and the entire Clan MacDougall Series is something I highly recommend for both your reading and listening pleasure.

Marilyn Rondeau

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