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Watch Over Me [Paperback]

Daniela Sacerdoti
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,842 customer reviews)

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Book Description

15 Nov 2011
Eilidh Lawson's life has just been turned upside down. Her marriage is ending and she's lost her much longed-for baby. Mentally and physically exhausted, she's not sure what to do but feels oddly compelled to return to Glen Avich, a small village in the Scottish Highlands, where her family has lived for generations. Here, she meets her best friend from childhood, Jamie McAnena, who is raising his daughter alone. Following the death of his mother, Elizabeth, Jamie has resigned himself to being a family of two, closing himself off and devoting his life to his daughter, Maisie. What none of them can know is that it is Elizabeth who has called Eilidh back to Glen Avich. Though dead for three years, she has not been able to leave Jamie behind in his lost and lonely state. Now, she starts working behind the scenes for Jamie and Eilidh to get close again, but both are scared of repeating the past and Elizabeth's influence can only reach so far. An ethereal tale narrated from several different perspectives, Watch Over Me is a beautifully written debut novel. It is a poignant yet subtle story about letting go and moving on - with a little bit of help from beyond the grave.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (15 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845023668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845023669
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,842 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Daniela 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, shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards). Her books are translated in eleven languages and have sold over half a million e-copies. Daniela has written for the BBC and several newspapers. Follow her on Twitter (@danisacerdoti) and visit her on

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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 a beautiful read that you can t help but fall in to the storyline from the first page. (5/5) --Reabookreview

A strong new voice in contemporary Scottish fiction.

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 - her great-uncle was the renowned Italian writer Carlo Levi. She writes in both English and Italian. Watch Over Me is her debut novel.

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268 of 281 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming 21 Dec 2011
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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204 of 217 people found the following review helpful
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully-written and highly recommended. 20 Mar 2012
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What a wonderful read! Eilidh and Jamie are two beautifully-drawn characters, and Elizabeth and Maisie complete the picture in the most perfect way.

There were so many parts of this lovely tale with which I identified - the telling is real and emotional, and my heartstrings were tugged more than once.

Daniela's love of Scotland is infused through every chapter. I loved reading the story from different viewpoints - that really worked for me.

Minutes after finishing the book, I feel bathed in soft, Scottish light and I'm sure I can hear the lilting song of the Highlands weaving through my mind. Now I really want to go back to Scotland...sigh!

Daniela . . . more please?
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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
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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak writing. No depth whatsoever 28 Feb 2013
By Teresa
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The book started out well and I had high hopes but that fell apart In a chapter or two. All the character voices were the same person, they were a crap, slightly neurotic voice pretending to be Scottish by putting the word "wee" in every now and again. The description of the kid's outdoor wear was particularly nauseating. How on earth people give this 5 stars I cannot comprehend.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book 1 Aug 2012
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This is a really good book and i was hooked straight from the start. I liked the way the story was told by different people .. one of the being dead..
What more can i say but its a great book and grab it while you can for 99p as its a bargain!!!
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Not really my sort of book, but a meaningful tale of loss, comfort and restoration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
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Published 2 days ago by John Haines
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
From the opening page to the closing pages,this book had me hooked would totally recommend it. Thoroughly enjoyed great read.
Published 2 days ago by Jenny Cornwell
3.0 out of 5 stars i bought this because i had enjoyed 'Take me home' but a tad...
i bought this because i had enjoyed 'Take me home' but a tad disappointed . Hope they arent all going to be a bit samey.
Published 3 days ago by Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book
I enjoyed the book not everyone's cup of tea but think worth reading
Published 3 days ago by Liz lemilliere-okechukwu
3.0 out of 5 stars A good romance
A sweet love story, even though it is quite predictable, it is charming and engaging and enjoyable. A good light read.
Published 3 days ago by NAM73
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Amazing read it In a day as I couldn't put it down going to find another book by this author x
Published 4 days ago by Tracey Simmonds
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday Book
Real Easy read, fairly predictable story, but good holiday read , I did quite enjoy this book, first I've read by Daniela Sacerdoti
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