Friday, September 28, 2018

#BookReview & #BlogTour for A Highland Emerald by Brenda B. Taylor!! #Scottish #HistoricalRomance #booklovers

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Brenda B. Taylor’s A HIGHLAND EMERALD Virtual Book Tour September 3 – 28!

A Highland Emerald

Inside the Book

Author: Brenda Taylor
Publisher: Bethabara Press
Pages: 268
Genre: Scottish Historical Romance


Aine MacLean is forced into an arranged marriage with Sir William, Chief of Clan Munro, yet her heart belongs to a handsome young warrior in her father’s guard. She must leave Durant Castle, the home of her birth on the Isle of Mull, and travel across Scotland in a perilous journey to her husband’s home on Cromarty Firth. William agrees to a year and day of handfasting, giving Aine an opportunity to accept him and his clan. He promises her the protection of Clan Munro, however, Aine experiences kidnapping, pirates, and almost loses her life in the River Moriston. She doubts the sincerity of William’s promises and decides to return to Durant Castle when the handfasting ends. William determines to win Aine’s heart. Will the brave knight triumph in his fight for the bonnie lass?
Highland Emerald is the third book in the award-winning Highland Treasures series. The novel tells the story of Aine MacLean and William Munro and is the prequel to A Highland Pearl.


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My Opinion:
This was a bit of a pickle for me. I liked the premise of the book but not the execution of it. I found I only really liked William. He was true to his feelings the whole time. This starts off with Aine having to get married but not to the man that she claims she loves. Her father has her in an arranged marriage to someone she doesn't know. Now, I know that sounds horrible but that was what the times called for. So, that wasn't so bad. What was bad is the fact that Aine can't make up her mind and just her overall, I want him - I don't want him had me wanting to shake her silly. It was a bit much for me. What really made me mad was the fact that she fell in bed with William. What happened to this undying love for the other guy? Bad execution. 

What I did like, William. In fact, I felt bad he got saddled with Aine. She should have been a better person instead of a spoiled brat. He seemed caring and honest and wanted to have her fall in love with him. That is why he struck up a bargain of a year and a day with her. To get her to fall for him. He didn't try to force her or trick her into it. He was honest. I cared about what happened to him as opposed to her. Overall, it wasn't a bad book just could have used a little more development with Aine. I also adore this cover. One of the best I have seen for a Historical Romance. 

I give this book 3 of 5 stars!

Meet the Author

Brenda Taylor
The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.
Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.
Her latest book is the Scottish Historical Romance A Highland Emerald.
Author Contact Information:
Historical Heartbeats
Amazon Author’s Page
BookBub Author Page



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Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Tuesday, September 4

Book Feature at TFAULC Book Reviews

Wednesday, September 5

Interview at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, September 6

Book Feature at I’m Shelf-ish


Monday, September 10

Book Teaser Feature at PUYB Book Teasers

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Tuesday, September 11

Guest Blogging at Romance Junkies

Wednesday, September 12

Book Review at Bitch Bookshelf

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Thursday, September 13

Interview at Literarily Speaking

Friday, September 14

Interview at My Bookish Pleasures


Monday, September 17

Interview at Blogging Authors

Tuesday, September 18

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Wednesday, September 19

Book Feature at Nicole’s Book Musings

Thursday, September 20

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Friday, September 21

Interview at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic


Monday, September 24

Interview at Blogger News Net

Tuesday, September 25

Book Feature at Nuttin’ But Books

Wednesday, September 26

Book Feature at Laura’s Interests

Thursday, September 27

Interview at Book Bloggin’ Princess

Friday, September 28

Interview at SheWrites

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Disclaimer: I received this book from Pump Up Your Book and the Author for an honest review. The gifting of this book in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own. Thank you to them both.


  1. I really appreciate your honest review and feedback about the characters. I feel like I would get frustrated with Aine too reading this book.

  2. This is the sort of thing that irks me. The novel is set centuries before aniline dyes were invented, therefore only muted, natural dyes would have been available, yet the cover shows bright red tartan and a very green emerald green.

  3. Appreciate the thorough and honest review. I think I'm going to skip based on your review.

  4. This sounds so good, I'm Scottish and would love to read a Scottish romance!

  5. I love historical novels and looking forward to reading this one. My email is

  6. Wow, that is one big man. He looks like he's going to snap her neck, lol. Thanks for posting!

  7. This sounds really good. I can't wait to read it.

  8. (#BookReview & #BlogTour for A Highland Emerald by Brenda B. Taylor!! #Scottish #HistoricalRomance #booklovers) This is a book that my grown daughter would enjoy reading. She loves reading romance novels.

  9. That looks like an interesting book.

  10. I appreciate your honest review of the book but still may give it a read because I do generally enjoy historical fiction.


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