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Linda Gillard
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18 April 2014
Rose Leonard is on the run from her life.

Taking refuge in a remote island community, she cocoons herself in work, silence and solitude in a house by the sea. But she is haunted by her past, by memories and desires she'd hoped were long dead. Rose must decide whether she has chosen a new life or just a different kind of death. Life and love are offered by new friends, her lonely daughter and most of all Calum, a fragile younger man who has his own demons to exorcise.

But does Rose, with her tenuous hold on life and sanity, have the courage to say "Yes" to life and put her past behind her?...

EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY was shortlisted for the 2006 Waverton Good Read Award, awarded to the best first novel by a UK author.


“Lyrical, intriguing and haunting.” Isla Dewar

"The emotional power makes this reviewer reflect on how Charlotte and Emily Brontë might have written if they were living and writing now."

"A hymn of praise to the damaged, to the incomplete, a wonderful thing of hope."

"One of the most outstanding first novels I believe I've ever read."
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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (18 April 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1494877260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494877262
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Linda Gillard is the author of seven novels and she lives in the Scottish Highlands. She has a website at https://www.lindagillard.co.uk and an author page on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LindaGillardAuthor

Linda graduated from Bristol University, then trained as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Whilst under-employed at the National Theatre, she developed a sideline as a freelance journalist. She ran two careers concurrently for a while, then gave up acting to raise a family and write from home. At the age of 40 she re-trained as a primary teacher and taught for some years, then moved to the Isle of Skye where she lived for six years, writing full-time.

Linda's first novel, EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY was short-listed for the 2006 Waverton Good Read Award. STAR GAZING, set on Skye, was published in 2008. STAR GAZING was short-listed for "Romantic Novel of the Year 2009" and "The Robin Jenkins Literary Award", the UK's first environmental book award. STAR GAZING was also voted "Favourite Romantic Novel 1960-2010" by the readers of Woman's Weekly magazine.

Linda's fourth novel, HOUSE OF SILENCE was published in 2011 as a Kindle ebook and quickly became a bestseller. It was selected by Amazon UK for their Top Ten "Best of 2011" in the Indie Author category.

Linda's latest book is CAULDSTANE, a gothic novel in the romantic supsense tradition of Daphne du Maurier and Victoria Holt.

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"Lyrical, haunting and intriguing." - Isla Dewar --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Linda Gillard lives in the Scottish Highlands. She is the author of seven novels, including STAR GAZING, short-listed in 2009 for Romantic Novel of the Year and HOUSE OF SILENCE, selected by Amazon UK as one of their Top Ten "Best of 2011" in the Indie Author category.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Mar 2012
By Kew
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was one of those books that I couldn't put down. I found it a fascinating read as we gradually find out what has happened in the past. I also enjoyed the three different perspectives that the story was written in - from Rose's perspective, from an onlooker's perspective, and from deep inside Rose's mind. I also enjoyed the way that my original views of characters get challenged as the story progresses. I view this as one of the best books that I have read on my kindle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, different and simply wonderful 8 May 2013
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When a friend recommended this writer to me, I chose to read Emotional Geology first because it offered lots of ingredients guaranteed to draw me in: the intruiguing Hebrides, where I'd recently holidayed; a love of textiles and quilting; the brooding presence of the Munros and hillwalking (my Scottish husband's passion); plus a beautiful, evocative image of the Highlands & Islands on the cover (even though I was planning to read it on a monochrome Kindle!) The theme of bipolar was not so much a draw in itself, but its balanced view from within of what it is like to live with that disorder added further interest and poignancy to this rewarding story.

It's a moving tale of a woman damaged by past loves and losses and her attempt to face a meaningful future.

I adored the style in which the complex tale was slowly, meticulously unfolded. It was intelligent, controlled, and masterful: I felt I was putty in the author's hands. It is certainly one of the best books I've read this year, and I'm now going to work my way through the rest of her books (and I'm glad to know that she's writing more - always good to find that a writer you enjoy is prolific!) Even though they sound quite different in some ways, I'm sure they'll be well worth reading.

By the way, having read quite a few books set in the Hebrides, both fiction and autobiographical, I felt this was one that the locals would appreciate - respectful, honest about the harshness of the conditions there, yet celebratory of their lifestyle and never ever patronising, as some books about the islands have been. If the Scottish Tourist Board isn't already selling this book in its shops, it's missing a trick!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Geology 7 Feb 2013
By Marie
Format:Kindle Edition
Rose is a woman on the run - not from a physical enemy but from her memories and the skeletons in her closet. She's been through an agonising break-up, her relationship with her only daughter is strained, and any friends she once had have grown distant. The only way she can possibly conceive of getting her life back on track is to pack up the essentials and move as far away from her old world as she can imagine. She arrives at her little cottage on the island of Uist determined to clear her mind of any distractions, throwing herself into a reclusive existence devoted to her work as a textile artist.

Of course, if fiction has taught us anything it's that no matter how remote the location or improbable the situation, the likelihood is that an attractive man will turn up and thoroughly complicate matters. Enter Calum, a born-and-bred Uist man who writes poetry and teaches at the local school. Initially Rose thinks his brooding demeanour and fondness for whisky is just the Hebridean way, but in actual fact he has emotional scars of his own that he is trying to hide.

I have to be honest and say that the romance in this novel didn't especially grab me. The two main characters are both well-developed and likeable, and the plot held my interest sure enough, but I guess romance just isn't my subject matter of choice.

Where it excelled for me is in Gillard's portrayal of the landscape of Uist. Let's put it this way; I had never even heard of the place before reading Emotional Geology. But now after I've finished it, my boyfriend is slightly puzzled by the stream of hints I have been dropping about summer holidaying in the Outer Hebrides. She perfectly conveys the bleak beauty that is to be found there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard 24 Aug 2011
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Rose Leonard moves to the remote Gaelic speaking island of North Uist, off the west coast of Scotland. She wants to embrace the silence and solitude of the island and be alone, she wants to escape from her past and have a fresh start. Rose is an intelligent and very creative woman. She occupies her time by making textile art from leftover scraps of material. This is what Rose does to relax and she tries to use this to help heal her self from the past. However, her memories and the past she is trying to escape are haunting her.

She meets Calum who lives on the island a published poet and climber who is now working as a teacher. They become friends and there is an attraction between them. They decide to work on a project together. When Rose's daughter arrives to stay, we learn more about Rose and her past. Calum cares deeply for Rose but he has his own demons to exorcise from the past. Can they put the past behind them and move forward with their lives?

Emotional Geology is a great read; it has two great characters that really pull you into the story. I read the book from cover to cover. What I like about this book is the way that poetry is used throughout the story, this really helps you to get inside Rose's head and help you to understand how she is feeling and thinking. The characters are interesting and the more the story unfolds the more you learn about their pasts. A really great storyline that is written in a honest and sensitive way that I am sure many readers can relate to the issues that come up in this story. Another great story from Linda Gillard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual book
I have just Finished emotional geology.I have read other book s by this author but this one ICouldn t put down . Read more
Published 1 month ago by night reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I received this lovely signed copy from Linda herself a few years ago and I just wish I've read it earlier. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jirina Prochazkova
4.0 out of 5 stars A warm and well-written book about relationships and struggles with...
I really enjoyed this book - the first of Linda's novels that I have read. I deals, in forthright terms, with the terrors of mental ill health and the struggle to come to terms... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keatsbabe
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing and haunting read.
This is the first book I have read by this well-regarded author and I was pulled in straight away by the poetic intensity of the writing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AliB
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !
This is the third book I've read by Linda Gillard,, I seem to read her books far too quickly, because I can't wait to see what happens next.... Emotional Geology is no exception. Read more
Published 4 months ago by barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally loved it
Beautifully written scenery and characters. Warmly written, believable people and a real understanding of loss, bereavement and mental health issues.
Published 4 months ago by Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author
Great book, thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and would recommend to all my friends. An enjoyable and atmospheric read, great stuff.
Published 5 months ago by lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Another well-written story - previously read The Glass Guardian - with good believable characters facing their demons. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dons83
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved yet another Linda Gillard book
You just seem to feel like you are part of the story. It's hard to turn my kindle off at night. The character of Calum sounds troubled but seems a dream. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jayne Clegg
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Geology.
Another wonderful story from Linda Gillard. She makes the scenery come alive so you can see the places and the same with the characters. You start to know them as people. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ruth newnham
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