Review: RISE OF A LEGEND by Amy Jarecki ~ a thoroughly intriguing plot


I was thrilled to find author Amy Jarecki has started a new series. The second of the series releases in February.

Rise of a LegendTitle: Rise of a Legend Guardian of Scotland Series, book one
Author: Amy Jarecki
Genre: Historical Romance, Highland Story Setting: Present day, archeological site in Scotland; Scottish borders, 1297
Pages: 346
Published by: Rapture Books Published Date: November 5, 2015 ASIN: B014PU8LSI

About the Story: Running away from her catastrophic life, historical journalist Eva MacKay joins an archaeological dig at the battleground of Loudoun Hill. Unearthing the seal of William Wallace, Eva gains notoriety. But her dreams of Bowie knives—the weapon that murdered her husband—morph into great swords and dirks. Drawn to a ruined monastery, Eva drifts into the worst nightmare of all. Awaking to the sharp point of a madman’s sword, she’s hurled into the midst of a bloody thirteenth century battle. Just when certain death is eminent, brutal arms surround the lass, dragging her deeper into unknown terror. When Eva realizes she’s been hauled to the hideout of rebel William Wallace, a revelation dawns—she’s landed the story of a lifetime—if she can stay alive and find a way home to tell her tale. What she doesn’t count on is her mounting chemistry with the greatest legend Scotland has ever known…or the absolute love swelling in her heart.

My Thoughts:  Amy Jarecki is one of those auto-buy authors.  Every single one of her books are adventurous with a powerfully passionate hero and heroine. Each time I begin one of hers, I feel I’m looking into a box of assorted dark chocolate with soft fillings.  How will she entertain me with each bite?

This book starts the beginning of a new series.  The book is prefaced with a bit of history to hone the reader to the historical backdrop.  I read the foreword twice just so I could get a good grasp of events. What a great time in history!

I particularly like historical romance with time travel from the present to the past.  With a heroine coming from the present (Eva MacKay), I quickly attach myself to her and truly feel as if I’ve traveled to the past.  She encounters circumstances I, too, would find hard to deal with.

As with all Ms. Jarecki writes, the reader is thrust into a scene with plenty of emotion and of course, leaving more questions than answers, and very fast-paced. With her descriptive style of writing she quickly builds a plot seething with tension.

Present day Eva MacKay wants to find her wow.  Trying to get over a bad breakup, she decides to follow her heart, working in an archeological site in Scotland.  As a Scottish history buff with a penchant for William Wallace, she loves the dig she’s working in. Eva was also a journalist and wished she could truly learn the truth of history.  Her wish comes true in this amazing story sure to please the most discerning reader.

William Wallace was such a down-to-earth man, spirited to stand up for the people of Scotland.  He was quite the lovable hero.  He was also a major hunk of a man Eva MacKay was terribly attracted to, physically as well as his upright character and willingness to lead his people to freedom. What is known about the man doesn’t give the full picture of historical events, so with Eva’s instincts and desire to record the truth of the past, without changing it, she’s pulled into the past to experience and record history and finds herself completed besotted!

The second in the series titled In the Kingdom’s Name, is expected to release February 4, 2016. I highly recommend Ms. Jarecki’s brand of highland tale.  This series is sure to be a winner!

Amy_Jarecki_Head_Shot_SmallerAbout the Author: Amy loves Scotland! She holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and now resides in Southwest Utah with her husband where she predominantly writes historical romance. Amy is the president of the Heritage Writers Guild, and a member of the Celtic Hearts Chapter of the Romance Writers of America and lectures on writing topics. Amy’s first published novel, now titled Boy Man Chief, won the League of Utah Writers award for Best Manuscript, and the St. George Spark Book Award. Since then, she has won many other writing awards. Her novels, Captured by the Pirate Laird, The Highland Henchman and Beauty and the Barbarian achieved bestseller status on Amazon’s Scottish Historical Romance genre list.

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About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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One Response to Review: RISE OF A LEGEND by Amy Jarecki ~ a thoroughly intriguing plot

  1. seelkfireice says:

    Great review and you have said it well, Amy Jarecki is one of those auto-buy authors. Loved the chocolate analogy 😀 I am looking forward to enjoying this one too, hopefully it will be soon in audio as well.

    Liked by 1 person

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