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The Tacksman’s Daughter
by Donna Scott

The Tacksman’s Daughter
by Donna Scott

I Publication Date: December 27, 2021
Atlantic Publishing

Scotland, 1692. To escape a brutal winter storm, King William’s regiments descend on the small village of Glencoe. Caitriona Cameron, the tacksman’s daughter, cannot forget her unpleasant encounter the last time English troops appeared. She senses the army’s arrival might not be as innocent as it seems, but her warnings go unheeded. Not even MacIain, the MacDonald clan chief, listens. After twelve days of billeting in the villagers’ homes, the soldiers attack, committing one of the greatest atrocities in Highland history.

Cait escapes the assault with the help of Sergeant Edward Gage who is accused of being a traitor for not taking up arms against the MacDonalds. Edward is hunted by his debauched half-brother, Alexander, who stands to lose everything if King William attaints their father for his treasonous past deeds. With bad blood between them, Alexander sets out to capture Edward to prove his loyalty and save himself from ruin.

Cait and Edward travel to Edinburgh to confront the men they suspect are behind the attack, unaware that Alexander is headed there as well. Although Cait is convinced the chief of Clan Campbell is responsible, Edward suspects something much more sinister—that the orders came from higher up, possibly even from the king himself.

As accusations of betrayal, deceit, and treason abound, they are all trapped in a web of intrigue and danger, but not everyone will escape.


“The Tacksman’s Daughter is a fascinating read, at the heart of which is a truly horrifying historical massacre. The author brings the times alive in vivid detail, skillfully (and often humorously) weaving in ancient Gaelic language. Readers will be riveted!”—KD Alden, author of A Mother’s Promise

“. . . it’s a gripping read, and the author has a real skill for keeping the reader turning pages.” –SS, Penguin RH

“[Scott] does an excellent job of transporting her reader back to the seventeenth century Highlands. The dialogue felt so authentic, and the characters and Scottish landscape really jumped off the page.” -KK, Simon and Schuster


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

The Tacksman’s Daughter is Donna Scott

Atlantic Publishing

Publication date ‏ January 3, 2022

Eighteen year old Caitriona { Cait} Cameron, has succeeded in staying unmarried and her father has made sure she and her sister can protect themselves against any unwanted male advances. She well know for her exceptional knife skills. Her and her family live within the protection of Alasdair MaClain the Chief of the McDonald’s of Glencoe. When English Redcoat’s, along with several men from the Campbell’s Clan arrive on a wintry day, nothing is ever the same again.

The Tacksman’s Daughter is Donna Scott is a superbly written historical fiction about the vicious massacre of Glencoe. It took place in the Scottish Highlands on 13 February 1692. In seamless narration, Donna Scott catapult’s the reader into this Dark and turbulent time when Scottish clansmen were forced to pledge their allegiance to the newly jointly crowned William III and Mary II.

As a reader, you can’t help but fall in love with the main characters, and feel so much remorse as the endure one of the most legendary atrocities in Scottish history. A complete violation of Highland hospitality that had political, and personal motivations. The villains in this story are well developed and splendidly hate-able.

This is the second book I have read from this very talented author. If you enjoy historical fiction set within the Scottish highlands, this book is for you.

Richly detailed with expertly developed three dimensional characters.

About the Author

Donna Scott is an award-winning author of 17th and 18th century historical fiction. Before embarking on a writing career, she spent her time in the world of academia. She earned her BA in English from the University of Miami and her MS and EdD (ABD) from Florida International University. She has two sons and lives in sunny South Florida with her husband. Her first novel, Shame the Devil, received the first place Chaucer Award for historical fiction and a Best Book designation from Chanticleer International Book Reviews. Her newest novel, The London Monster, was released in November 2020. To learn about new releases and special offers, please sign up for Donna’s newsletter.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 14
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, March 15
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, March 17
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Friday, March 18
Review at Novels Alive

Monday, March 21
Excerpt at Bookworlder
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Tuesday, March 22
Excerpt at Books & Benches

Wednesday, March 23
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review & Excerpt at Impressions In Ink


During the blog tour, we have one copy of The Tacksman’s Daughter up for grabs! To enter, please leave a comment below with your email address. Disclaimer: By entering this giveaway, your email will be added to Donna Scott’s newsletter.

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on March 23rd. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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