St. Andrew’s Fire


“Do you see it?” he asked, then wrapped his arm around her shoulder again.

She felt Gavin’s forehead—still cool. “Aye. I see an eerie green glow. What is it?”

“’Tis called St. Andrew’s Fire. I’ve seen it once before.”

Taken from A Highland Ruby by Brenda B. Taylor

The Scots of old were superstitious people. They worshiped various gods and explained natural phenomenon  in mystical terms. After the advent of Christianity, they maintained many of their pagan superstitions and celebrations, merging them with Christian teachings and beliefs. They believed in such things as fairies, elves, visions, and manifestations of the supernatural into the physical realm. In Scotland, green is a color usually associated with ghostly apparitions. A ghost many times appears as a female clothed in green.

St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and the symbol of the cross on which he was crucified, the saltire, is on the national flag of Scotland. Relics of St. Andrew, a disciple of Jesus, were believed to have been brought to the location of St. Andrews, Scotland by an Irish monk who traveled with St. Columbia during the Pictish period.

According to  the traditions of the ancient Scots, an appearance of St. Andrew’s green fire brought good luck. In A Highland Ruby, Gavin and Flora see an apparition of the fire. Flora doesn’t believe in luck to determine her fate, she trusts in the Lord. Gavin, a new convert, still clings to some of his old beliefs and customs, but learns to trust God more during the trials ahead. Isn’t that the way of our lives? Giving up old habits and beliefs comes hard although knowing the new way is best.

A Highland Ruby

A Highland Ruby

She must choose between a life of adventure with the man she loves or a settled, secure life with her betrothed. Flora Vass forced Gavin Munro out of her heart and mind until he returned to Scotland after an adventurous five years in the New World. Gavin leaves no doubt he returned to make the bonnie Flora his own and intends to fight for her. Flora’s betrothed, Iain MacKay, and Gavin’s brother, Chief Andrew Munro, have other plans. Andrew needs her to marry the MacKay and bring peace between the two clans. Iain MacKay desires an heir. War with England looms on the horizon, forcing Flora to make crucial decisions.

You will enjoy reading the story and discover how ancient myths and superstitions played a part in the every day life of 16th century Scots.

A Highland Ruby will soon be available for preorder.


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