February 17, 2017

Review: The Freemason's Daughter by Shelley Sackier

The Freemason's Daughter
Shelley Sackier
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 11th 2017
by HarperTeen

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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 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.

I really liked this story. I was in a slump for a while and couldn’t really get into anything new, but this one managed to pull me in. The writing was great and I felt the story moved at a great pace. It did take a while to really get into the drama of things, but I feel there was enough suspense and build up to keep me entertained. The romance was also a bit slow, but I was okay with that. You really get to know Jenna and Alex.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. I liked the characters a lot. It’s a quick easy read and entertaining enough to read till the end. I was happy with the ending and the way everything turned out.

4 Stars!


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