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  • Journey to Bongary Spring

  • A Clean Scottish Romance (Myths of Moraigh Trilogy, Book 1)
  • By: Kasey Stockton
  • Narrated by: Diane Brooks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

Book one in the Myths of Moraigh Trilogy. The books are not stand-alone novels and must be listened to in order for full comprehension, but each novel has its own satisfying love story.

He only has eyes for revenge, and she only has eyes for him.

Isobel McEwan has been beholden to her chief for eight years - ever since he took her in and gave her a home after her parents died. So when he asks her to marry a rival laird to aid the clans in finding peace, she has little choice but to agree to his request. The only problem: She’s desperately in love with another man.

To free herself from the burden of unrequited love before entering into a marriage of convenience, Isobel devises a plan to journey to the healing well that has helped so many others, certain that if she can drink from its spring, she will be healed from her lovesickness for Kieran and prepared to marry the rival laird. But her chief will never willingly let her go, so she must sneak out in the dead of night and cross through dangerous lands alone.

After watching a rival clan kill his father in an ambush, Kieran Buchanan’s only ambition in life is to see them pay for what they did. Biding his time until he can accomplish his goal, Kieran dedicates his life to helping his uncle’s clan train and defend themselves. He’s sworn fealty to his uncle, so when the man asks him to track down Isobel and bring her home, he complies.

With the man she loves close on her tail, Isobel must hurry to the spring if she has any hope of callusing her heart against him. But what can she do when he catches up to her on enemy territory?

©2021 Kasey Stockton (P)2022 Kasey Stockton

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Sweet romance + Scottish accent = win ;)

Isobel and Kieran's story was so beautiful! My heart definitely went to Isobel's unrequited love for so many years, and that this was the force behind her decision to journey to Bongary Spring, seeking its healing properties. Still, it was an eye-opening journey, not only for her but also for Kieran, who's been sent by his chief to bring the lass before the feast. I loved that, while yes, there's the romantic thread and tension between these two, there's so much more going on with the story. It surprised me that it was a multiple POV book, but quickly found out why it was necessary since there's political unrest thanks to the feud between the clans that's been going on for who knows how many years, and that it'll be part of the overarching theme through the series. I also loved the themes of making peace with one's past, as well as finding one's place in the world. I certainly loved this journey, and thanks to its solved yet also unresolved ending, I'm looking forward to the next.

The narrator's Scottish accent was on point and definitely gave this experience a new dimension, since it would have been completely different had I only read it. It certainly brought the story to life in a new way, and I enjoyed her performance of all the characters, be them male or female, young or old, as well as their emotions (from surprise and eagerness to anger, defeat, and sadness, to name a few).

Overall, a great audiobook experience sure to deliver on the Sweet romance, political intrigue, and adventures en route to a certain healing spring, all while transporting the reader to the beautiful Scotland hills, and a time that, at least for this reader, wasn't as familiar with. ~ 4.5 stars

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Delightful

Journey to Bongary Spring is such a well written, entertaining story. I really didn't know what the conclusion for the characters was going to be, that's rare! This book is the first in a series but the author was able to find a good balance between giving this tale a satisfying complete story, while still leaving me wanting more from the upcoming books. I love the narration, it was so well done. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clean romance.

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Charming

I really enjoyed listening to this book in a Scottish accent. It was a sweet and charming story and I thoroughly enjoyed the listen!

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  • Jna
  • 17-11-21

Great clean Scottish romance

I loved this book! It’s like a clean version of outlander! The narrator did a wonderful job and I can’t wait for the next book!

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  • suerafuls
  • 20-06-22

first Scottish romance

this is my first time reading a Scottish romance, and I don't know much about scottish history so I can't speak on its accuracy to the time period, but the story itself was lovely. the romance was very well done, and clean but heart fluttering.

the scene at the spring made my toes curl but I won't say anymore! you'll know when you read it. both the main leads had good arcs that weren't related to the love story and there was a good plot involving the neighboring clan.

my favorite part of it though was that the characters did not feel like modern people, like in many other books. it's very off-putting when people from 300 years ago speak and think like modern people. however, that's not to say that they were unrelatable to me as a modern reader. the author did a very good job balancing the modern sensibilities of the reader but keeping the feeling that these people are from the past, not the present.

I can't say if the Scottish accent of the narrator was good or not, but it took me a while to adjust to it, slowing the speed of the narration to .90 helped in my case.

overall if you enjoy clean historical romance, you'd probably enjoy this book. I think I'll listen to it again.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-04-22

An Epic in the Making!!

This story grabbed me and didn't let go. Wonderful characters and amazing plot turns. Full of love and intrigue and beauty. The only downside is having to wait for the next 2 books in the trilogy!!! Hurry!

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  • mara
  • 09-01-22

A wonderful start of this trilogy

This is the first book in a Scottish triology by Kasey Stockton, so I have two more books to look forward to reading. Yay!! After Isobel McEwan's parents died, her clan's chief took her in to care for her. That was 8 years ago, so when he arranges for her to marry someone from a rival clan as a way to find a way to end a feud that's gone on much too long, she feels she must go along with it, although her heart belongs to Kieran Buchanan. Isobel feels in order to marry this other laird she must rid her heart of Kieran so she leaves in the middle of the night to go to Bongary Spring to make an offering.

Nothing forces a man to re-examine his feelings about a woman than forced proximity, and Kieran and Isolbel had plenty of that when he's tasked with going after her and bringing her back. On the journey to Bongary Spring he gets to see how Isobel handles herself in several, sometimes dangerous, situations and realizes there's more to her than being his cousin's shadow (as he'd always thought of her). His eyes are opened and he starts to see who her for who she truly is. I loved watching this realization come over him.

I listened to the audiobook and loved it. The Scottish accent, the descriptions, the different points of view from several characters were wonderful. I loved that both characters grew and became better, not just one of them. There was enough Scottish brogue to give the story authenticity and yet the reader/listener was able to understand it. I liked that Isolbel and Kieran get their happily ever after and the reader didn't have to wait until the end of the trilogy to see that. I'm not that patient. LOL. The narrator for the audiobook is Diane Brooks and she's awesome. I hope she does the audiobooks for the rest of the trilogy.

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  • Patiotoole
  • 02-12-21

Charming Scottish Romance

I always love a Scottish historical romance and this one was particularly wonderful because it was a ‘clean’ romance. Isobel and Kieran are a charming couple. But I did wonder how it could possibly work out considering the numerous obstacles, as well as Kieran’s unawareness.

There are quite a number of very interesting supporting characters so I most definitely look forward to reading the next book in the series which appears to be about Isobel’s cousin Marion, the Laird’s daughter.

I enjoyed the Scottish narration of the Audible version, but I felt that some of the voices were a bit off.

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  • Nathan J.
  • 25-11-21

Fun Scottish love story

I wasn’t sure what to think of this book based on the title of the story. Bongary Spring is a spring that is known for it’s healing property. Isobel wants to travel there to rid herself of unrequited love for a man called Kieran. Kieran has no interest in being wed. His thoughts are full of revenge for his fathers death.
Isobel shows strength to accept the will of her laird to marry a rival laird. She also shows strength to hatch a plan and to see it through. Kieran is a little clueless until he gets to know Isobel better.
I found this read to be entertaining. I loved the Scottish voices. A few of the female voices I didn’t care for but the narrator did a great job.

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  • Shaylin Maxwell
  • 19-11-21

Loved the book, loved the narrator.

This book was amazing!
The author did a great job having the characters speak with Scottish words, but not so many that I was lost trying to figure out what they were saying.
I loved the characters and the storyline.
I does leave the story slightly open at the end, but you get enough closure that it’s not frustrating. I am however looking forward to the next book!
The best part about this book was that it was super romantic while remaining a clean read. I would recommend this book to my friends and family.
The narrator was fantastic! She had a great accent and she changed her voice for the different characters. It was so nice to be able to “read” this book while I did chores and ran errands. If you don’t have time to read this book I suggest you pick up the audio and listen to it- you won’t regret it.

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  • TT42
  • 18-11-21

Swoony beginning to an amazing series!

Ms Stockton creates an amazing story set in the romantic lands of Scotland filled with adventure, self discovery, forgiveness, and sweet romance.
The narrator brings the story to life with her brogue. I never wanted to pause the story-I was captivated by the narration and storyline!

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  • Amy Betancourt
  • 17-11-21

Beautiful story

This story doesn’t lack for passion and romance but still a clean story. Loved it!

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  • AO
  • 16-11-21

An enjoyable listen

I very much enjoyed the story, but didn't realize it was part of a trilogy. Now the author is going to need to release the other two books ASAP. 😉

The narrator did a fantastic job.