The Talisman

Rated 4.67/5 based on 6 reviews
When Ailis O'Brien's family is murdered in the Highlands, she vows to find the murderer and repay the blood debt. Though not of his clan, Laird Gavin MacPherson vows to aid her.
Will their growing love fill the emptiness in their hearts or will a talisman shatter it forcing them to choose between love and vengeance? More

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Words: 106,940
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466149076
About Deborah Gafford

Award-winning author, Deborah Gafford is known for passionate, action-packed "love conquers all" historical romance novels as well as contemporary romance. Her talented wordsmithing skills create larger than life historical romance set in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Ancient stone castles set among heather and rock clad hills serve as the perfect backdrop for her historical romance novels filled with life, death, love and honor amidst the dangers and intrigue of the medieval time period.

Recipient of the Crowned Heart Award, Highlander's Bride is the first book in her popular historical romance series, Heart of the Highlander. Her writing has been described as "...a beautifully written masterpiece with well-developed, complex characters, that will engage your interest from start to finish."

The Talisman, her second book in the series, continues to delight historical romance fans with an evocative tale of love, honor and bravery set in Scotland during the 1500's when true love is put to the test as a mysterious killer stalks members of a highland clan.

Gafford's third book, Highland Betrayal, will be released in the fall of 2014. Besides giving readers a love story that deeply touches the heart, she delights fans by bringing former characters back into the story so readers fall in love with them all over again.

When not in the past bringing passionate lovers together despite all odds, she writes romantic comedy. The laugh-till-you-cry characters and their hilarious antics as they search for love in her award-winning romantic comedy, You're in Good Hands with Al Tate is a must read romantic comedy. You're in Good Hands with Al Tate received the Crowned Heart Award and was a national Finalist for the RONE AWARD.

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The Talisman Trailer
Watch this video trailer for the historical romance, The Talisman, for a taste of the intense drama of the Scottish Highlands of the 1500's where love, passion, betrayal and murder are a part of everyday life.

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Review by: Cherime MacFarlane on Oct. 04, 2013 :
A hero who is just a man, trying to live up to his responsibilities, trying to make life work for those he loves. A woman with a mission. Combined an excellent story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lora Madec on Feb. 11, 2013 :
I loved this book! I couldn't put the book down. If you loved Highlanders Bride this book is a must read.
The Highlanders series is a keeper in my collection.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kathie Noblit on Dec. 02, 2012 :
I received this book from the author as a result of winning a contest.

A wonderful story. Ailis's family has been murdered and her only clue is a talisman and a questionable memory of a kilt. Taken in and cared for by a clan whose colors seem to resemble those in her memory, she is torn between her feelings of welcome and her vow to avenge her family.
I was drawn into the story quickly and shared Ailis's feelings throughout the book. From her friendship with Megan to her growing feelings for Gavin, her own insecurities about the possible guilt of someone in this clan being her families murderer and her own oath of revenge. This story has it all and kept me turning those pages slowly to savor each word.
Very well written with just enough Scottish brogue to keep you in the highlands without being hard to follow.I will recommend this book as well as the others in this series to anyone who enjoys highland romance novels.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: cherry coleman on Jan. 13, 2012 :
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: cherry coleman on Jan. 13, 2012 :
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Joni Hahn aka Sophie Greyson on Dec. 23, 2011 :
Having truly enjoyed Deborah's first book, Highland Bride (it's on my keeper shelf!) I was happy to learn she had written another. And once again, Deborah doesn't disappoint.

In The Talisman, the book's hero, Calum, is to die for! If only we could all have a man that hunky, sexy, good-natured and strong. Sigh. And after the tragedies and hardships the heroine, Ailis, encounters, he is exactly what she needs. Calum is a vivid compliment to Ailis's strong will and fiesty nature.

Besides the strong sexual tension and romantic storyline of the main characters, Deborah does a great job intertwining a murder mystery and secondary character relationship into the book. Her setting and world-building skills are quite impressive. The detailed descriptions and authentic dialogue she uses make 16th century Scotland come alive.

I truly enjoyed the read, Deborah! I can't wait to read You're in Good Hands with Al Tate next!
(reviewed long after purchase)

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