The Outlander series for the YA audience a debut, full of romance and intrigue, set in early eighteenth century Scotland.Saying good bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to do until she meets Lord Pembroke Jenna s small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms for the exiled King JameThe Outlander series for the YA audience a debut, full of romance and intrigue, set in early eighteenth century Scotland.Saying good bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to do until she meets Lord Pembroke Jenna s small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms for the exiled King James Stuart to retake the British throne But their next job brings them into enemy territory England.Jenna s father repeatedly warns her to trust no one, but when the Duke of Keswick hires the clan to build a garrison on his estate, it seems she cannot hide her capable mind from the duke s inquisitive son, Lord Alex Pembroke nor mask her growing attraction to him But there s a covert plan behind the building of the garrison, and soon Jenna must struggle not only to keep her newfound friendship with Alex from her father, but also to keep her father s treason from Alex Will Jenna decide to keep her family s mutinous secrets and assist her clan s cause, or protect the life of the young noble she s falling for In Shelley Sackier s lush, vivid historical debut, someone will pay a deadly price no matter which choice Jenna makes.
The Freemason s Daughter The Outlander series for the YA audience a debut full of romance and intrigue set in early eighteenth century Scotland Saying good bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to
I received an advance copy of this book for free Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss I m beginning to think men simply want women stupid Senseless enough that they can exert their brute will on us as they please This was a YA historical story, about a group of freemasons who wanted King James Stuart to retake the British throne.Jenna was quite an outspoken girl, and sometimes said too much It was clear that she had been educated, but sometimes she trusted people too easily Her heart seemed to [...]
You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 2.5 I have not a ton of feelings on this one Good, or bad, really It was fine I didn t dislike reading it, but it didn t blow me away either I liked the setting Jenna was a pretty good character, very strong willed, though sometimes came off as a bit judgmental, especially early in the story It seemed kind of like girls either had to buck societal norms, or they were less than in her eye [...]
It s 18th century Scotland and it s a time of great upheaval Jenna s family support the exiled King James Stuart and want him to retake the British Throne Jenna s family are Jacobites, which means they King James is the rightful heir Also, Jenna and her family are Freemasons and are hired by the Duke of Keswick to build a garrison This is ironic as the garrison is supposed to protect the Duke and his family from people just like Jenna s family Jenna s family is planning to use this situation to [...]
3 starsI love historical fiction and Scotland, and I especially love Outlander So when I got an arc for this book promising an outlander for YA I didn t wait a single second to start reading it I loved the idea of this book and I was really enjoying it until I realized that nothing was happening and I was than halfway through the book This book is very slow paced and there isn t much going on The characters started out great I loved them all and though there were a lot of them, it wasn t hard t [...]
Synopsis to ADD The Outlander series for the YA audience a debut, full of romance and intrigue, set in early eighteenth century Scotland.Saying good bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to do until she meets Lord Pembroke Jenna s small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms for the exiled King James Stuart to retake the British throne But their next job brings them into enemy territory England.Jenna s fath [...]
I don t think this story is necessarily bad, but it is painfully slow The writing is very dry and the characters are as bland as plain oatmeal I found myself putting it down quite often and dreading picking it back up I do wish one of my favorite historical fiction writers I m looking at you Stephanie Morrill, Libba Bray, and Ruta Sepetys could dissect this and piece it back together with a little bit of flare.
Treachery, conspiracy, secrets, obligations, rangs, love betrayalYou don t have time to get bored It s not an easy read as there is a lot going on in this story First, the reader needs to understand the different plots to appreciate the romantic part of the story Jenna is in the middle of something she doesn t understand but her heart will lead her into trouble She will have to make heavy choices between family, believes and friendship One bad decision and everybody will be discovered and put in [...]
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This book was pretty good I saw that people were calling it the YA Outlander and in a way they were right While nothing could be another exact Outlander I found myself laughing at references to it such as the cherry bark tea, and comfrey Jenna drinks at one point I also loved how Jenna is an empowered, educated woman in the 1700 s which was a rare thing during her time I also loved how Alex was a kind, caring figure I did find that there were some gaps in the storytelling One minute we were at o [...]
Review Posted on Reading Lark 4 4 17 readinglark 2017 Jenna MacDuff lost her mother at a young age and has been moving around Scotland with her father ever since Her father works as a master mason who uses his skill with stone to further the Stuart cause If his Jacobite beliefs are brought to life, he will find himself on the end of a hangman s rope Jenna chooses to stay with her father and her clan in spite of the danger she faces on a daily basis Things grow intense when the clan is hired to [...]
1.5 Stars You know there s a problem when you dread coming back to a book.The Freemason s Daughter is not a bad book The writing is fine and the setting and premise are unique So it does have some good qualities It is, however, extremely slow, almost plotless, and it s extremely difficult to connect with or care about any of the characters.This book s pacing is sooo weird It s extremely insanely slow nothing of any substance happens until around page 325 or so and then it picks up at breakneck s [...]
I kindly received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Spoilers and swearing, knowing me lurk below.Meet Jenna Jenna s a Scot who lives with her father and his collection of merry men Jenna s not like the other girls she s been educated The band of merry men aren t your normal band of merry man, either The band of merry men hope to put James Stuart on the throne spoiler warning they fail , and they travel through Scotland and England, looking for support for the exiled king [...]
The Freemason s Daughter touches the history surrounding the Revolution that overthrew King James II In particular, attempts to bring him back to the throne While I know very little of this history, I am fascinated with the Jacobite rebellions and their dedication to their cause which in this case are tightly connected with these undercover Freemasons The background story about this group fascinated me Nowadays, the group is a fraternity of sort, but the myth behind the name is sort of amazing. [...]
I received an ARC of The Freemason s Daughter from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review The Freemason s Daughter is marketed as Outlander for YA but it is not near as amazing as Outlander I wish publishers would stop comparing books to a bestseller for marketing purposes and to make a quick sale This book is very slow paced with almost nothing interesting happening for most of the pages There are few interesting scenes toward the end of the book but they are not enough to [...]
I read an ARC from New York Comic Con This isn t the worst book I ever read, but Shelley s agent and editor should ve given her a lot notes.The main problem I have with the book is that Jenna is kept in the dark It would ve been a interesting story if she was heavily involved with the Jacobite plot or if the book was from her father the rest of the clan s POV And she was supposed to be a modern, educated woman but hardly ever got to use her education In fact, Jenna is the reason why all of the [...]
This book was a little meh I don t have much to say about it it was historically accurate and considered issues such as female empowerment and duty, but in the end, it was kinda dry The evil gay jealousy trope irritated me slightly, and the chemistry in the romance wascking Nothing really happened the entire book through, though I have to give it points for being engaging enough for me to read all the way through Overall, I wish the idea of Freemasons had been explored , and that action had occ [...]
While this book is certainly historical set in England during the 1700s I was surprised by how political it turned out to be There s romance to soften the harsh lines of intrigue and scheming, but I wouldn t necessarily say it s the focus even despite a smallish love triangle.I wanted to like this story but I found it dry at times and didn t always want to pick it back up.
DNF at 10% I realize that was very early on, but the voice just isn t for me, so I m stopping.Rich descriptions of early 18th century political turmoil between Scotland and England, class structure, and general disdain on both sides of Hadrian s Wall though so it s likely to be historically lush and accurate throughout.
A tiny bit far fetched for Bonnie prince Charlie
Nothing happened lol The characters were decent, but the whole spoilers Mr Finch s love for Alex was super poorly handled But the rest was fine.
I m having a hard time coming up with what I want to say about The Freemason s Daughter I picked it up on a whim because I love historical fiction, especially when it is set in the UK, and I haven t read much historical fiction set in the 18th century.The book follows two characters Primarily, it follows Jenna MacDuff, a Scottish girl who is the daughter of a Freemason Jacobite She travels around with her clan as they help plot the return of the Stuarts to the throne of England and Scotland The [...]
Jenna McDuff is a self reliant, self confident, unusually educated 16 year old Scot living in the early 1700 s Her father is leader of a group of stone masons who travel all over the country to construct buildings Jenna has traveled with them since the death of her mother, but some are wondering if she might be a liability They are bound by a secret agenda to put King James on the throne of England They are Jacobites While constructing a garrison on an Englishman s estate, Jenna gets to know the [...]
Shelley Sackier s first historical novel, THE FREEMASON S DAUGHTER, follows the story of Jenna MacDuff in 18th century England as she is forced to leave her homeland of Scotland with her father and his stonemason group in order to secretly promote the Jacobite movement.This story takes place after the death of Queen Anne in 1714 Due to the Act of Settlement 1701, which prohibits Catholics from ascending the British throne, George I, who is German by birth, inherited the throne over 50 other Roma [...]
Originally posted on citygirlscapes.Anything dubbed The Outlander series for the YA audience gets my attention I was excited to read The Freemason s Daughter by Shelley Sackier, it s been a while since I ve read something of this historical genre and I was excited to see how it would work with a YA focus I loved the setting and the dynamic of a wealthy family and a group of stonemasons with a young girl tagging along This set a good foundational scene for the story, but it s very apt that this s [...]
I think the main problem with this book is that is suffers from an overload of cliches that are found in YA these day Unfortunately, that means that already, even after a few days, this book isn t really memorable at all I had so much trouble connecting with Alex s character He honestly at times felt really rather pointless, and things were just eh with him from the start with me He didn t really seem to have a purpose other than to be a love interest for Jenna and to compare his oh so good pers [...]
Picked up an ARC from NYCC 2016.This story is being advertised as The Outlander series for the YA audience and I don t agree I never read Outlander, or seen the show, but from what I have heard The Freemason s Daughter doesn t have enough romance to earn that comparison I am not saying I expect sex scenes in a YA novel, but there wasn t enough heat between Jenna and Alex Or Jenna and Daniel There also was not enough action, conflict, or suspense Not much happens in the book until the last few ch [...]
I wanted to like this book, I really did It takes place in Scotland in the 18th century, that alone usually gets at least 3 4 stars from me But not this one The two stars are for some of Sackier s poetic writing however as a whole it was highly disappointing.It is clear that the author did some research by the terms that she uses however it also seems like she missed a large part of historical context and life in the 18th century I realize that she is not a historian however if you write a histo [...]
The book is set in England during a transitional time in the English Monarchy Jenna is part of a clan of Scottish rebels trying to take over the throne They are undercover building a garrison for an enemy Duke s estate Jenna meets the Duke s son and conflict ensues Interesting and enjoyable, but not a book that I will recommend very often.
I rarely give five star reviews This book deserves it Shelly Sackier has created the world of the early 1700 s in England and Scotland with expertise and beauty Jenna is a Scot who lives with her father, a freemason, and six other men They have been called to England to build a garrison Each of the men has skills he shares with Jenna about math, literature and architecture She s very intelligent and hungry to learn She meets young Lord Pembroke, an Englishman who has been sent down from Cambridg [...]
Having just finished reading Outlander I decided that I would give this book a try as it was said to be Outlander for YA I have to say that I have to agree with that conclusion.I really liked the story I loved the characters I absolutely loved that it was another book to take place in the Highlands around the same period of time as Outlander The writing style was fun and well just amazing I did feel that the story was a bit slower for my liking, but like I said I did just finish the faster paced [...]