Review & Giveaway: The Tacksman's Daughter by Donna Scott

The Tacksman's Daughter by Donna Scott

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



You know when you love an author and their writing so much that you don't even have to read the description of their novel to know that you are going to buy it immediately and love it? That's Donna Scott for me. I've read all 3 of her books and with each new release, she just gets better and better!

Her latest, The Tacksman's Daughter, is just as amazing as her previous two releases. I seriously could not choose a favorite - that's like someone asking you to choose your favorite kid :) Though the answer is always the one that's annoying you the least at the moment..ha!

The Tacksman's Daughter is set in Glencoe, Scotland in the late 1600s. Caitriona Cameron is the daughter of the clan's Chief's Tacksman, which is an esteemed role at the time. When English soldiers arrive and ask for shelter and food they agree and welcome them. However, Cait is not convinced that they are safe and senses danger. When her sixth sense proves correct the entire clan is wiped out by the Englishmen based on orders sent from higher up.

Dear readers, be sure to have kleenex at the ready for this scene. The way the author writes never fails to bring the emotions out!

One of the English soldiers, Edward, is appalled by the orders and refuses to slaughter the very people who housed and fed them for weeks. He has fallen for Cait as well and doesn't want anything to happen to her. His refusal to fight makes him an enemy of his men, most especially his awful brother, Alexander, who is now trying to find him and bring him to the King for betrayal and to be hanged.

Edward, Cait, and others set out to find a new home and to exact revenge upon the people who ordered and perpetrated the massacre. There is adventure, romance, betrayal, danger, friendship, and family. It's a captivating story and one that I will think about for some time to come.

If you haven't read a Donna Scott novel please do yourself a favor and pick one up. I absolutely adore her writing and once I start a new book of hers it's hard to stop. You just want to devour it in one setting! I highly recommend The Tacksman's Daughter and cannot wait for the next release!

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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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
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Tuesday, March 22
Excerpt at Books & Benches

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Guest Post at Novels Alive
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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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  2. Definitely sold me on it. :)

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  3. Sounds fascinating
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