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Watch Over Me [Kindle Edition]

Daniela Sacerdoti
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,144 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the bestselling author of the Sarah Midnight Trilogy comes an instant classic – a beautiful and poignant love story about letting go and moving on.


Eilidh Lawson’s life has hit crisis point. Years of failed fertility treatments, a cheating husband and an oppressive family have pushed her to the limits. Desperate for relief, she seeks solace in the only place she’s ever felt at home – a small village in the Scottish Highlands. There, Eilidh slowly begins to mend her broken heart but soon learns she is not the only one in the village struggling to recover from a painful past. Jamie McAnena, Eilidh’s childhood friend, is trying to raise his daughter Maisie alone. After Maisie’s mother left to pursue a career in London and Jamie’s own mother, Elizabeth, passed away, he has resigned himself to being a family of two. But sometimes there is more to a story than meets the eye. Despite their reluctance, curious circumstances keep bringing Jamie and Eilidh together. For even when it seems all is lost, help can come from the most surprising places. But sometimes there is more to a story than meets the eye. Despite their reluctance, curious circumstances keep bringing Jamie and Eilidh together. For even when it seems all is lost, help can come from the most surprising places.

 New from Daniela Sacerdoti: Take Me Home will be published on  18 December 2013. Available for pre-order now.


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A fabulous book. Watch Over Me is a poignant and beautifully crafted story . . . pretty impossibe to put down. (9/10) --Novelicious

This has got to be the most touching and emotional book I've read this year. Watch Over Me is such a delicate and beautiful read that you can't help but fall into the storyline from the first page. (5/5) --Reabookreview

One of the best books I ve ever read. This is a book that deserves to be read by everybody . . . An amazing debut novel from this magnificent writer who I am sure is going to be a massive success with, I hope, many more novels on the way in the future. --Kim the Book Worm

This has got to be the most touching and emotional book I've read this year. Watch Over Me is such a delicate and beautiful read that you can't help but fall into the storyline from the first page. (5/5) --Reabookreview

One of the best books I ve ever read. This is a book that deserves to be read by everybody . . . An amazing debut novel from this magnificent writer who I am sure is going to be a massive success with, I hope, many more novels on the way in the future. --Kim the Book Worm

This has got to be the most touching and emotional book I've read this year. Watch Over Me is such a delicate and beautiful read that you can't help but fall into the storyline from the first page. (5/5) --Reabookreview

One of the best books I ve ever read. This is a book that deserves to be read by everybody . . . An amazing debut novel from this magnificent writer who I am sure is going to be a massive success with, I hope, many more novels on the way in the future. --Kim the Book Worm

About the Author

Daniela Sacerdoti was born and raised in Italy but has lived in Scotland for the past ten years. She holds a degree in Classics from the University of Turin and has taught Italian, Latin and Greek. She is also the author of the paranormal YA trilogy The Sarah Midnight Trilogy (Dreams/ Book 1: 9781845023706). Watch Over Me is her debut novel. She lives in Glasgow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XHAB4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniela Sacerdoti was born and raised in Italy, but she lives in Scotland with her husband and sons. She has a degree in Classics and works as a full-time writer. She writes adult fiction (the Glen Avich stories), Young Adult (the Sarah Midnight Trilogy) and children's fiction (Really Weird Removals.com, shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards). Her books are translated in twelve languages and have sold nearly a million e-copies. Daniela has written for the BBC and several newspapers. Visit her on danielasacerdoti.co.uk or connect with her on twitter (@danisacerdoti) and Facebook (Daniela Sacerdoti).
As well as her writing career, Daniela has founded Vaila Editorial services, a new independent team which offers critiques, editing and proofreading to aspiring or fledgling writers. Contact the team at vailaeditorial@gmail.com or connect on Twitter (@vailaedit) and on Facebook (Vaila Editorial Services).

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276 of 289 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming 21 Dec. 2011
Format:Paperback
Watch Over Me is a poignant and romantic tale, laced at times with sadness, but full of charm, affection and ultimately hope. It tells the story of Eilidh, a woman tormented by her inability to have children, and follows her to a remote Scottish village as she tries to find a new way to live after the collapse of her marriage.

The writing is fresh and engaging, and the multiple characters speak directly to the reader in voices full of sincerity and openness, with plenty of candid humour. There's lyricism to the writing, too, and powerful atmosphere, especially in the lovely half-seen ghost of Elizabeth, who expresses beautifully the sweet-sad nostalgia of life moving on.

Meanwhile the village in which this story is set is as much of a character as any of the people. Daniela Sacerdoti's love of the Highlands shines through: you can see the glimmer of starlight on her crisp nights, feel the crunch of the frosted ground beneath your feet, and warm to the firesides, tea, drams of whisky and easy sense of companionship that fill Glen Avich.

This is a book that encompasses sorrow: the description of Eilidh's despair as she surveys her barren life is extremely moving. Daniela Sacerdoti explores other forms of isolation too, with characters trapped by social expectations, lovelessness, or regret. However, above all this is a book of rebirth, renewal and love. Anyone who enjoys curling up with a story of seemingly star-crossed lovers will relish Eilidh's journey, and be rooting for her to find the happiness she has been denied for so long.
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211 of 224 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful books I have ever read. 23 Jan. 2012
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
As I began to read this book, I was completely unaware of how the author was quietly captivating me and drawing me into the story. If you look at the book as a whole, you realise it is a basic love story, yet as you delve into the layers of the story you find it is so much more. There is magic hiding within the chapters.

The little village of Glen Avich, is enchanting. It reminded me of the mythical Scottish town in Brigadoon, one of my favourite musicals ever. It seems like a town that hasn't aged with time. Everyone still knows everyone else's business and goes about the same thing just as they have done since they were children.

I hated putting this book down, as I needed to find out what would happen and I found myself desperate not to let go of this book, once I had finished it. I was so mesmerised by this beautiful village and its inhabitants, I was sad to finish it. I wanted to find the village and move there. Search out the characters to see how their lives had progressed, because the way they were written had brought them to life for me. There wasn't a character in the book, that I did not feel empathy for. I was convinced I could see snippets of people I know within them.

This book has a strong theme to it. It is about learning to accept the past in order to help you move on with the future. The characters had been trapped by the events of their past, which seem to cloud their judgement of the decisions they should make. However, a little helping hand from the spiritual side of life, helps to bring them together.

The book reminded me of two of my favourite authors. It had the warmth of Beth Hoffman's book and the magic of the books by Sarah Addison Allen. A book I will treasure and read again and again. I feel like I should buy hundreds of copies and give them out in the street. If you want a mesmerising, captivating read that presents the circle of life in such a magical way, then I suggest you read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
As I sit having just finished Watch Over Me, I can't help but wonder how an author can come up with a debut as incredible as this. This book is honest and raw, it's heart-wrenching and heart-warming, and it's beautifully written.

When I first picked it up, I did think that it was going to be a little predictable, all too convenient to be realistic but how wrong I was. It's subtle, yet magical - there isn't any of the "girl meets boy, boy goes off with other girl, boy comes back to girl" stuff here - it's real and it'll make you think about life. There are so many ways that the added touch of Elizabeth's "help beyond the grave" could have gone wrong, but Daniela doesn't fall into any of the traps - it's perfect.

The main characters Eilidh and Jamie are exceptionally easy to love. And don't even get me started on Maisie; what a gorgeous little angel! The story is told in a unique and incredible way which draws you in instantly and lets you fall deeper and deeper until you're totally captivated. The writing itself is beautiful - I found myself re-reading passages just to absorb the beauty radiating from the page.

Take your time when you read this (I didn't and devoured it in a matter of hours), absorb every word, because it's totally and utterly worth it. The first book I've ever wanted to read again before I've even finished turning the last page; this book will stay with me forever.
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98 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 18 Nov. 2011
By Linda
Format:Paperback
This is a truly beautiful story. I was hooked from the first page and read the whole book in less than two days.

As I read, I felt like I was immersed in the lives of the characters. I cared what happened to them. The characters all tell their own parts of the tale, and they have very individual voices. It was easy to get caught up in the feelings and emotions of each of them.

It's a well written, lovely story. I would absolutely recommend you read it.

(And unlike Daniela, I'm not a writer, so this review doesn't really do the book justice).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing unputdownable book .
Watch over me by Daniela Sacerdoti is an incredible book .fell in love with all characters in this truly amazing book .so beautifully written and a real page turner. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by ann davey
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit unusual
I started this book unsure whether I'd get past the first couple of chapters, b
but I became enchanted by the gentle story and I'm now very pleased that I stuck with it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by petra
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
The story was not at all what I was expecting but I very quickly realised it was going to be good. The book is very well written and the Scottish accent is still ringing in my head... Read more
Published 1 day ago by M. Pascoe
5.0 out of 5 stars well written
Such a touching story so very well written. Could not put it down. Have just bought another book by the same author.
Published 2 days ago by Rosemarie
5.0 out of 5 stars Bellissimo!
Awake until the wee hours to finish it because I couldn't literally put it down (or switch it off).
What a brilliant read! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Isabella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
still reading this one.
Published 4 days ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good easy read.
Published 5 days ago by Lynno
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
As this was a free download I had my doubts but very good story line with twists. WIll definitely read more of her books.
Published 6 days ago by michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars had me from 1st page
having just finished this book, i could easily start it again.......
Published 6 days ago by MISS GILLIAN BRISBANE
4.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline
Very heart-warming and sensitive story
Published 7 days ago by Mrs P
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