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For Love or Country: The MacGregor Legacy - Book 2

by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

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I have always loved to read, but my list of "books wanted" is too long for me to ever have time to complete. I've really been trying to be more selective with what I read lately and make the best use of my time. That's why I've been making it a point to contact Christian publishers and authors to request review copies---rather than just read whatever comes my way.

In being more selective, I've tried to focus on Christian literature because it's (supposed to be) uplifting and encouraging. However, there's more to a good book than a good message. I want to promote great literature but, I'll be honest, sometimes the Christian publishing community can be embarrassing. More than the not-so-wholesome-for-everyone topics like sex or murder, sometimes simple things like poor editing or amateurish writing skills can take a lot away from the heart of the message being shared.

That's how I feel about these first two books in Jennifer Hudson Taylor's series, The MacGregor Legacy. The stories could be engaging tales of adventure, suspense, love, and redemption, but they're difficult to read for lack of professional editing. Much of the two novels stumbles awkwardly, rather than flows smoothly, and it's very distracting.

Like the first in this series, this one was hard to follow. One of the biggest struggles I had with this sequel was, again, too many characters introduced without enough to establish them in my mind. It doesn't really matter that they're more fully developed later on if the author is delivering seven characters in the first two pages. It's too much---at least it is for a mom of nine who has trouble getting the names of her own children right the first time.

Another problem that I faced again in this one was wordiness. For example: "Hugh twisted to see his comrade clutch the arrow in his chest, a look of shock and then pain carved his expression into a memory of guilt and it would not soon leave Hugh." All one sentence. One very long, wordy, run-on sentence. Sure, I'm used to finding them now and then---we're all human, after all. However, two novels full of them tells me there's more than just some "overlooking" going on. Someone is doing a major disservice to this author by not correcting things like this.

What did I like? Cover art. She's got someone professional designing her covers, for sure.

I've emailed with the author on a couple of occasions and she really is a sweet woman. I think these stories have great potential, so I'm going to blame the editors on this one. Hudson Taylor had a great idea for a series spanning multiple generations and highlighting the history of America that so many of us love to read about. It's obvious that it took thought, talent, and prayer to bring these stories to life on the page. I believe Hudson Taylor has that talent, but her editing team dropped the ball in a big way.

Whomever told her these books were ready for publication needs to develop a backbone (or maybe just retake Grammar 101). They're doing her no service by ignoring embarrassing cases of wordiness and run-ons.

At this point, The MacGregor Legacy series is a perfect example why we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. However, with some polishing and sharpening by the right editorial staff, I think this could be an excellent series and a positive addition to the Christian history buff's bookshelf. ( )
  lostinavalonOR | Jul 1, 2014 |
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At the height of the Revolutionary War, Tyra MacGregor is successful at thwarting the British Army with her colonial spy efforts. But her sleuthing ways come to a screeching halt when Captain Donahue ‚??Hugh‚?? Morgan puts her under house arrest.

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