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The House on the Shore [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Howard
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Book Description

2009 London Book Festival Honourable Mention; Category Fiction.
When Anna MacDonald leaves Edinburgh to find peace in the Scottish Highlands, she gets a twofold surprise: a lost sailor teaches her to love again…while a mysterious stranger has plans to kill her.
Passed over for promotion by her boss—and boyfriend, Anna walks off the job in anger. But being reactionary has its price. Now she can no longer afford the rent on her Edinburgh apartment. So she retreats to the only place she has ever felt happy – her grandmother's croft on the edge of a Highland loch. With no phone or neighbours, and only two border collies for company, Anna sets out to finally achieve her lifelong dream; to write—and sell—the novel that has burned within her for years.
Luke Tallantyre, a renowned Cape Cod artist, has sailed across the Atlantic to escape an artistic dry spell—and come to terms with his dangerous past. When his yacht develops a problem he drops anchor in Loch Hourn. He rows ashore, and knocking on the door of the croft, asks to use the telephone, but the reception he receives is less than welcoming – in fact it's downright frosty.
Anna resents the cranky American’s intrusion to her seemingly idyllic life. Luke thinks she’s an ill-mannered hermit. But an unseen assassin is after one of them. So they unwillingly join forces and embark on an adventure neither ever imagined…including a chance at true love.

The House on the Shore is written in British English, using standard British spelling and grammar.


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About the Author

Victoria Howard is the author of three romantic suspense novels; The House on the Shore, (a 2009 Joan Hessayon Award finalist), Three Weeks Last Spring, and Ring of Lies. She is also the author of several short stories, including the Kindle short, A Little Protection. Born in Liverpool, Victoria trained as a medical secretary, and subsequently worked for the National Health Service. She spent twenty years living on a croft in the Highlands of Scotland, managing a company involved in the offshore oil and gas industry. During those rare times when she isn’t writing, Victoria can be found curled up with a book, gardening, designing knitwear, walking her Border collie, Rosie, or travelling the world. Victoria is a member of Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Alliance of Independent Authors.

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The House on the Shore is a sensually suspenseful story filled with non-stop action, romance, and mystery. The facts of Scotland are told with brilliant description that bring the land to life and leave you feeling as if you have stepped out of your world and into the pages. Ms. Howard uses such passion and emotion when telling her story, making the tale flow right along until the last page is turned. With many different characters that will keep you guessing, this novel is the perfect example of how a suspenseful story should be told. ...Thrilling until the very end, this book has a who-done-it attitude with such an aching tone of sensuality and love, it will keep you up all night just so you can finish this fantastic tale.
-- Danielle Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More - 4 Cups

The House on the Shore is an enjoyable read. In it, Victoria Howard presents a well-crafted page turner that unfolds at just the right pace, ensuring that the reader's attention is held captive with each new mysterious development.

Howard also does a commendable job of infusing her characters with vivid, palpable personality, framing their inclinations and reactions in the three-dimensional, thus making it easy for readers to relate to them in very real, practical terms.

A quick but compelling read, The House on the Shore is a can't miss suspense thriller with a surprisingly potent punch, and one that fans of the genre are sure to enjoy. -- Renee Washburn Apex Reviews - 4 Stars


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 753 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: L Cooper Press; 2 edition (25 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BA0WS0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,081 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Victoria Howard is the author of three romantic suspense novels; The House on the Shore, (a 2009 Joan Hessayon Award finalist), Three Weeks Last Spring, and Ring of Lies. She is also the author of several short stories, including the Kindle short, A Little Protection.

Victoria trained as a medical secretary, and subsequently worked for the National Health Service. She spent twenty years living on a croft in the Highlands of Scotland, managing a company involved in the offshore oil and gas industry.

During those rare times when she isn't writing, Victoria can be found curled up with a book, gardening, designing knitwear, walking her Border collie, Rosie, or travelling the world.

Victoria is also a member of Romantic Novelists' Association and The Alliance of Independent Authors.

www.victoriahoward.co.uk

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story, easy to read. 17 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a well paced, if a little obvious at times, easy read. I found I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens next, but who can resist a good 'knight in shining armour' story!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this book. It's set in a remote part of Scotland, which Anna MacDonald moves to when she decides to leave her job, flat and relationship in Edinburgh, after being betrayed by her boyfriend, Mark.

She flees to her late grandmother's croft in Scotland and plans to write her first novel. But soon she meets Luke, an American sailor, who turns up near the croft when a part on his boat breaks. There is a real passion developing between Luke and Anna, but at the same time, somebody is pursuing her and is out to scare her, and maybe even kill her.

When I started reading I realised that this is a romance novel, and I did wonder if I would find it a bit sickly-sweet. However, it's not like that at all and I found it a totally engrossing, well-written novel. The story reels you in until you discover who is out to get Anna and why. I was also loving the relationship and friction/passion between Luke and Anna. Luke is a lovely creation - strong, handsome, caring, with his own demons in his past.

I think that Victoria Howard did a very good job of portraying the Scottish people and surroundings. Unfortunately, her publishers didn't do a good job of having the book proof-read, but the mistakes didn't detract from my reading at all.

I recommend this to anybody who loves Scotland, and who enjoys a love story, with the added bonus of suspense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of editng / proof-reading? 22 July 2014
By Jamface
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The plot of this novel was promising but the book was spoiled for me by the apparent lack of proof-reading & inconsistencies of use of British / US language. It was all over the place. The heroine tells her boyfriend he can take the land rover when in fact she is using her friend's vehicle. I think I got it as a free download for the Kindle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars House on the shore 18 May 2013
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Great story could actually picture yourself in book.Must add more of her novels to my list of books to read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 15 April 2013
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Excellent read. Interest was held throughout the book. Good storyline. Will definitely read more by this author couldn't put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good for a light holiday read 24 Nov. 2012
By Vicky
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This book is fine if you don't want anything too taxing. The story line is very predictable but not very believable. However, if you are passing time at an airport , this is probably about right as no thought is required.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable indeed 17 Jun. 2013
By Hel S
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was recommended to me by a friend, so I downloaded the Kindle edition and got reading. I'm a bit of a sucker for heroines who head off to Scotland after broken romances since I spent twenty years living in Scotland. This is my first book from this author and I was very pleasantly surprised by it. I do dread badly-written sickly romances and with so many of them about, it's unusual to find one that is a bit more earthy. I found most of the characters well-written and realistic, although I have to say the laird and his new factor were slightly disappointing caricatures.

This book feels to be in the same vein as Mary Stewart, although not quite reaching the same level of outstanding talent. That sounds a little harsh, I don't mean it to be, Mary Stewart was such an acclaimed author, and Victoria Howard does a very good job of writing in a similar genre.

There are a few very small proofreading errors that I picked up on, but they barely detracted from my enjoyment, although the publisher should have done a bit of a better job there.

All in all, it's a good, high quality read and I very much enjoyed the hours I spent reading it. Thank you for writing it, Ms Howard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read 2 Oct. 2013
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A brilliant story,so well told you imagine your the beautiful highlands,also the story keeps you in suspense I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read - enjoyed throughout.
Published 6 months ago by Kris
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read
I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying this book. the narrative has good pace and the story was pleasantly within the bounds of believability
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended read
highly recommended really got into the story and didn't want to put it down, well thought out and not to far fetched
Published 6 months ago by Lesley B
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
boring with not much action
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1.0 out of 5 stars cheesy old rubbish!!!
Well I'm over half way through this book now and to be honest I'm not sure I'll finish it! Pretty sure it's for the charity shop. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D.Aparicio
5.0 out of 5 stars Very lovely thought out read
I liked the mystery and the simple love story of this book.It was a light hearted easy read thank you.
Published 9 months ago by Trace
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 9 months ago by Pebbles
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked the characters in the book
I really liked the characters in the book, and I felt that the author knew the area well. A good story that kept me reading and it was not until I was mid way through the book... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jane A
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
A poor start but then it improved.Easy to pick up and start reading again.I liked it and would recommend it
Published 19 months ago by diescott
3.0 out of 5 stars The House on the Shore by Victorria Howard
Typical American type romance. Worth being a holiday read but not very memorable and I probably would not hand this one on.
Published 22 months ago by maz
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