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Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Scotch Rising" by S.J. Garland
By Martha Stevens-David
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM

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The publicity material for "Scotch Rising" by SJ Garland states the following:

  • Based on her extensive knowledge of the English Tudor and Stuart periods, Garland has created Scotch Rising, a thrilling piece of historical fiction filled with mystery, suspense and espionage that explores the often tenuous English-Scottish relations during Jacobitism in the early 18th century.

This very interesting story set in the 1700's, begins with a young man, Esmond Clyde-Dalton, who comes from a very wealthy English family and tells of his trials and tribulations as he makes his life in his own way.

Not wishing to be at the beck and call of his domineering father, he enlists in the military and is sent to help defend Britain's interests in the American colonies.

During Esmond's service in the Americas, he falls in love with a beautiful Indian woman named Onatah and upon marriage, and due to the fact that at that time, people of "Indian" heritage were considered low class, Esmond soon finds that his military career is in jeopardy.

Before long, he finds himself back in London and headed for prison. He is called to his commander's office and given an ultimatum, either he will go to serve his Queen in Scotland for one year or he will be imprisoned.

Edmond has to make a decision that will ultimately change the rest of his life. I found this story to be very interesting and well done.

Would I recommend it to others? YES!

Martha Stevens-David

SJ Garland has been an avid reader since childhood. Writing a novel has been a life-long goal. Garland holds degrees in History and English from Simon Fraser University and earned a Masters' degree from City University, London. She has extensively studied the English Tudor and Stuart periods.

She is a Gender Researcher for the Center for Excellence on Gender in the Himalayas. A native of Vancouver, Canada, Garland lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband. Garland enjoys reading and writing about her travels throughout Europe. Visit

"Scotch Rising"
by SJ Garland
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