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The Glass Guardian [Paperback]

Linda Gillard
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Book Description

21 Dec 2012

A supernatural love story from the award-winning author of Kindle bestseller, HOUSE OF SILENCE, selected for Amazon's Top Ten Best of 2011 in the Indie Author category.



Ruth Travers has lost a lover, both parents and her job. Now she thinks she might be losing her mind.

When death strikes again, Ruth finds herself the owner of a dilapidated Victorian house on the Isle of Skye: Tigh na Linne, the summer home she shared as a child with her beloved Aunt Janet, the woman she’d regarded as a mother.

As Ruth prepares to put the old house up for sale, she discovers she’s not the only occupant. Worse, she suspects she might be falling in love again.

With a man who died almost a hundred years ago...



"As usual with Gillard's novels, I read THE GLASS GUARDIAN in almost one sitting... The story is about love, loss, grief, music, World War I, Skye, family secrets, loneliness and a ghost who will break your heart."

"A captivating story, dealing with passionate love and tragic death... An old, crumbling house, snow falling all around and a handsome ghost... Curling up with this book on a dark night would be perfect!"

"The ending? Beautiful and completely satisfying. I cried tears of joy. The story went exactly the way I wanted it to but I never found it predictable."


Praise for Linda Gillard's other novels...

"STAR GAZING was a joy to read from the first page to the last... Romantic and quirky and beautifully written."

"HOUSE OF SILENCE is one of those books you'll put everything else on hold for."

EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY - "A love story filled with passion and paint-stripping honesty.”

“The emotional power in these novels makes this reviewer reflect on how Charlotte and Emily Bronte might have written if they were living and writing now.”

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Product details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (21 Dec 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1481170902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481170901
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Gillard is the author of seven novels and she lives in the Scottish Highlands. She has a website at and an author page on Facebook -

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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About the Author

Award-winning author Linda Gillard lives in the Scottish Highlands. She's been an actress, journalist and teacher and is the author of six novels, including STAR GAZING, short-listed in 2009 for "Romantic Novel of the Year" and HOUSE OF SILENCE, a Kindle bestseller selected by Amazon UK as one of their Top Ten "Best of 2011" in the Indie Author category.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 13 Jun 2012
By Susanne
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I'm a big fan of Linda Gillard and have read all her books and I was just a little worried that this was not going to be a book for me because of its supernatural theme, a genre I don't normally read. Well, Linda proved me wrong that a good book can be written on that theme! The characters were again so well developed and 3-dimensional. On starting the book, I thought it was all going to be too far fetched and unbelievable, but not so. As I read, I came to care about the characters and completely suspended my disbelief in the story (keeping an open mind is very much part of the book). I even had a little sniffle towards the end - not something that happens often when I read - but there were some very beautiful scenes that had me blinking very hard!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lose yourself in Tigh na Linne 3 Jun 2012
By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Following the death of her beloved aunt, Ruth returns to 'Tigh na Linne', the house on Skye where she spent her childhood summers. Having already lost her partner and father that year, Ruth is there to grieve, and to decide what to do with her life next. She's reunited with a childhood friend, and confronted with memories. She may also be confronted by a ghost...

Paranormal romance is not a genre I've read much of, so I wasn't sure what to expect. How do you have a relationship with a ghost, and how do you manage to resolve the issue, and make a satisfying ending? Thankfully, Linda has managed to answer all of these questions, and make a love story which works.

Linda usually manages to offer a rather adorable hero, and in The Glass Guardian, she brings two potentials - one is Tom, who's rather complex, and not quite what you expect, and then the aforementioned ghost. Ruth herself is also worth a mention, dealing with grief, and a lot of changes in her life. She somehow manages to be both fragile and strong at the same time.

Once again this is where the strength of Linda's book lies, in the people. She paints characters who are realistic and flawed, and completely believable. You can have a strong storyline, but it doesn't quite work as well if you don't find yourself caring about the characters. Ruth became important to me, and I wanted things to work out for her.

With the stunning setting of a snowy Skye, The Glass Guardian brings music, grief, hope, love, and a ghost - what else could you need?!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting... 8 Jun 2012
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If anyone doubts that you can cuddle up with a Kindle, this book will prove to you that you really can. In some ways it's an unusual book to have come from Linda Gillard, but in other ways it really isn't. It has the strongly drawn characters we're used to, the same insightful examination of thoughts and emotions, and that strong sense of place in the Skye setting and the wonderful Tigh na Linne. This is a book that delves into the pain of loss, and the healing power of love, and I found it quite enchanting. I really enjoyed the central narrative which looked at the history of her musician aunt and the wider family history, and while there will be those who say that the narrative turns on a lot of coincidence and chance, it really worked for me in my glorious state of suspended disbelief. This is a story with a strong supernatural element - something I'd normally avoid - but there's nothing unsettling or uncomfortable about it, just a strong feeling of love and caring. In its theme this book reminded me very much of the earlier books by Susanna Kearsley, but its style is totally Linda Gillard. I loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story 8 Jun 2012
By sujay
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I don't really know how to write this review because I want to make sure I don't give away any of the story, so I am going to keep it very simple and just say buy the book and then snuggle down in a chair with a lovely cup of hot chocolate and enjoy being transported to the wonderful Island of Skye. Normally I would not have bought a book of this genre, but having read Linda's other books I had no doubt I would enjoy it, and I can assure you I wasn't disappointed. From the very first page I was drawn into the magnificent story of a gorgeous house and the secret history of the family that have lived in it, concentrating on one element in particular. I didn't want to stop reading and found it a very hard to put down, I just wanted to read one more chapter until late into the night.

Overall I would say give this book a try, it is a lovely read and you will thoroughly enjoy it. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Do you sense the past at Tigh-na-Linne?' 20 Jun 2012
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When her dear Aunt Janet passes away, Ruth Travers inherits 'Tigh-na-Linne', a large old house on the Isle of Skye. She spent summers here in her childhood. Losing her Aunt is one in a series of bereavements that Ruth has experienced in a short space of time, with both her father and also her partner having passed away. Her television career as a horticulturalist isn't looking very promising either. When she revisits the house on Skye, wondering what her options might be other than to sell the place, as she is sorting through her Aunt's musical compositions, and uncovering information about the family history, she discovers that she isn't the only one present in the house. In fact, a man who lost his life nearly a hundred years earlier is still very much a part of 'Tigh-na-Linne', and Ruth feels a strong attraction towards him. Could she be falling in love...with a ghost?

Ruth is a likeable and sympathetic character. Her mother died whilst Ruth was young, and her father was never able to develop a close relationship with his daughter, leaving Ruth with her Aunt Janet to offer her the closest to a maternal love in her childhood. Ruth shares her recollections of times spent at the house on Skye in her youth. The novel opens with an episode from Ruth's childhood, involving the pond in the garden at Tigh-na-Linne; an event which will have some significance as the story unfolds.

The author sensitively explores Ruth's feelings of loss, of not being certain of the next step in her life, and, as the seasons change, the beautiful but increasingly isolated location and the depiction of the wintry weather adds to the atmosphere of the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is probably the best Linda Gillard I’ve read since A Lifetime...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treat!
I had recently read the excellent 'Cauldstane' by the same author, so decided to try this one too. I absolutely loved it, the author is an excellent story teller and had me hooked... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather unbelievable story
I kept trying to read this book, going onto another and finally have finished it. Like several other reviewers I found having sex with a ghost just unbelievable and not really... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Polly
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy for originality alone.
I really enjoyed the unusual premise, and find it slightly amusing that so many people have left negative reviews because they feel the fictional character of a dead man does not... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Opsimath
1.0 out of 5 stars :S
As much as i don't like to be critical of an author, (i probably couldn't write a book to save my life) having read through the first part of the book i was stuck to it, however... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, mesmerising read!
The Glass Guardian is the best book I have read in a long time. I could not put it down, forced to read it in two halves but desperately wanted to read it straight through. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Claire Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Enjoyed this book, enjoyed the twist,
enjoy romantic paranormal stories.
totally recommend it.
will look for more books by this author.
Published 4 months ago by Vicky Watkinson
2.0 out of 5 stars The Glass Guardian
A bit 'mills and boon' for my taste, with predictable romantic outcomes. I didn't get further than the first few pages as I prefer to read something with more depth.
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Meynell
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this story with it's elements of the supernatural, as well as romance and descriptive writing. Would recommend this book
Published 6 months ago by lynn
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