Audiobook Review: RISE OF A LEGEND by talented Amy Jarecki, book one of the Guardian of Scotland Series ~ thrill to meeting the man who drove Scotland to seek freedom from tyranny

Quotes from RISE OF A LEGEND

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Scotland until judgement!

Rise of a Legend AudiobookTitle: 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


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: I read this book at the end of November, 2015 and have just listened to the audio.  Some of you may think if you’ve read the book, you needn’t listen to the audio.  But I stand here and say, the book was even more wonderful this time around.  Turns of phrases miss your notice, as well as the emotional pull of sentences when reading a tale.   Dave Gillies is a wonderful narrator.  He also has a wonderful singing voice as he sings when Eva is cornered to show some talent. Scenes seem to pulse off the page when charged with high emotion.  Truly, listening to the story AFTER reading it, allows me to savor every bit of the author’s talent.  I’m just as excited to throw myself into audiobook two.

I have to say I talked so much to my son about this story, time travel and William Wallace, that he purchased book one for himself.  He loves the mystic of Scotland, along with a historically accurate story laced with time travel and fictitious characters who breathe life into history.  Let me remind you, if you purchase the book, audible will sell you the audiobook at an extremely low price, something like $1.99.  Indubitably, this is a superbly delightful story depicting the national fervor of Scotland and how love entertwines hearts for all time.

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!

I highly recommend Ms. Jarecki’s brand of highland tale.  This series is absolutely a winner!

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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