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An Island Apart (Bello) [Kindle Edition]

Lillian Beckwith
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A haunting story of love and loss in the Hebrides . . .

Island-born Kirsty MacLennan marries Ruari MacDonald in order to escape city life and a menial job in a guest house, and return to her beloved homeland. As she rediscovers her roots, and adapts to married life on the idyllic Westisle, there is only one thing standing in the way of her future happiness – the brooding presence of her brother-in-law, who shares Kirsty and Ruari’s home.


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Book Description

A haunting story of love and loss in the Hebrides . . . Island-born Kirsty MacLennan marries Ruari MacDonald in order to escape city life and a menial job in a guest house, and return to her beloved homeland. As she rediscovers her roots, and adapts to married life on the idyllic Westisle, there is only one thing standing in the way of her future happiness – the brooding presence of her brother-in-law, who shares Kirsty and Ruari’s home.

About the Author

Lilian Comber wrote fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children under the pseudonym Lillian Beckwith. She is best known for her series of comic novels based on her time living on a croft in the Scottish Hebrides.

Beckwith was born in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, in 1916, where her father ran a grocery shop. The shop provided the background for her memoir About My Father's Business, a child's eye view of a 1920s family. She moved to the Isle of Skye with her husband in 1942, and began writing fiction after moving to the Isle of Man with her family twenty years later. She also completed a cookery book, Secrets from a Crofter's Kitchen (Arrow, 1976).

Since her death, Beckwith's novel A Shine of Rainbows has been made into a film starring Aidan Quinn and Connie Nielsen, which in 2009 won 'Best Feature' awards at the Heartland and Chicago Children's Film Festivals.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1447220374
  • Publisher: Bello (5 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RBNVM4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Island Apart 22 Dec. 2009
Format:Paperback
This book has a really good start. Lillian Beckwith uses the first 5 chapters to explain how the main characters Kirsty and Ruari, meet in unusual circumstances. 65 pages cover their initial meeting and subsequent wedding within a few days. I was hooked very quickly.

The next 6 chapters describe Kirsty adapting to living on a remote Hebridean Island. The narrative is pretty lightweight but I found it quite interesting. There are not many characters in the book, and a lot of these chapters were about the relationship between Kirsty, her husband and brother-in-law.

THEN three HUGE events are covered in the last two chapters. Infact 5 years are covered in less than half a page, What a disapointment! I got the distinct impression that the author had had a good idea for the start of the book, but then had no plot planned at all and had finally got so bored she just finished the book in a hurry.

There was so much potential at the start of the book, but I am really glad I borrowed this from the library and didn't buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lillian Beckwith 8 Feb. 2013
By bam
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read the Lillian Beckwith books years ago so when i saw this on kindle I had to try it. Loved it just as much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an island apart 17 July 2008
Format:Audio Cassette
i have read this book over and over again and also listened to it in audio version great story about life in the islands
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lillian beckwith novels 31 May 2012
By marina
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A perfect read for those who love the Scottish Highlands and Islands, funny and emotive of times long gone. Old novel but in good condition one to keep for a re-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series of books 15 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just discovered Lillian Beckworth. Just a lovely gentle read about living on a Scottish island with a few out of the ordinary happenings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as her usual style 14 Mar. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed in this book. I laughed out loud to "the hills is lonely" and " the sea for breakfast" but found this book disappointing. It is still gives an insight into the warm highlander life but fails to move the reader.
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