McKenna’s Crossing by A.E. Michaels

by Hope Hanson
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A horrible accident. Only two survivors. Jessica Lauren lost everything that night.

Determined to forget for a little while, she travels to Scotland to escape her nightmares of that horrible night.

The Duchess of Devonshire was all too eager to have her granddaughter come for a visit. But once Jessie learns the truth about her grandfather’s disappearance, she wants nothing more than to bring him home to her grandmother.

With the help of her grandfather’s friend and Sir Liam McGuinnis, they will go on a journey to find him and maybe along the way, find a new chapter in her own life.

–from the description of McKenna’s Crossing

A massive thank you to the author, A.E. Michaels, and the lovely people at Fueled by Coffee Publicity and Author Services for providing me with a digital copy for review!

1 Star Book
Rating: 1/5

I want to start this review for McKenna’s Crossing by saying that I did not finish this book. I agreed to read this book because I really loved the premise. But, as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t read another page and had to put it down.

I’m honestly so sad about that. The people I dealt with from Fueled by Coffee were so kind, and from everything I saw about A.E. Michaels, she seems like a super great person. (She makes chocolates, guys. How much cooler can you get?) I just didn’t like her writing, and I can’t really be a good, professional reviewer if I don’t state my true opinions.

Now, onto the review!


Personally, I just found Michaels’ writing wasn’t the greatest. There were multiple tense inconsistencies between present and past tense; grammar and spelling was often incorrect; the storytelling failed to keep me interested and excited.

Honestly, I still think the plot and story themselves are pretty good. It seems a little bit like Outlander, and I love Outlander! But I couldn’t get past the writing and structural issues, sadly.

I also didn’t particularly enjoy the characters. Certain aspects of their characterization just didn’t do it for me. For example, there’s one part where the main character, Jessie, says that her friend, Kate, “didn’t belong here. She needed high heels and the city, not Highlands and boots.” Combined with other similar instances, I felt that this implied that Kate is a lesser person because she doesn’t like the same outdoorsy, active pastimes as Jessie did. I really dislike that method of character building. And I don’t think that’s a unique opinion.

Also, in general, I just felt that the characters didn’t feel real; I didn’t feel any kind of emotional connection or vitality.

I’m going to end the review there, though, because, as I said, I didn’t finish this book. And I don’t want to just devolve into nitpicking at everything I didn’t like.

TL,DR Recommendation

In the end, I can’t recommend this book. I didn’t enjoy it, to the point of being unable to complete it. As interesting as the premise seemed, I just couldn’t get past the book’s flaws. Though with that in mind, I suppose there is the possibility that the books get better further in; so, maybe I’ll try to rally and finish it at some point in the future.

Still, I hope you enjoyed this review for McKenna’s Crossing. Feel free to use the recommended posts feature below to check out some similar reviews. Or, check out the Book Reviews tab for my full catalogue of reviews!

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