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Watch Over Me (Glen Avich) [Kindle Edition]

Daniela Sacerdoti
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NO. 1 KINDLE BESTSELLER – 1,900+ 5-STAR REVIEWS

Watch Over Me is the first novel in Daniela Sacerdoti’s bestselling Glen Avich series set in the magical and atmospheric Scottish Highlands.

Eilidh Lawson’s life is in crisis. Years of failed fertility treatments, a cheating husband and an oppressive family have pushed her to the limits. At the end of her tether, she runs away to the one place she thinks she can find solace – her childhood home in the Highlands.

There, as she struggles to mend her broken life, she reconnects with her childhood friend Jamie McAnena, who is trying to raise his daughter Masie 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 extraordinary places.

An ethereal and beautifully written debut novel, Watch Over Me is a poignant story about letting go and moving on – with a little help from beyond the grave.

PRAISE FOR WATCH OVER ME

'Poignant, unique, one of the best books I’ve read.'
THE SUN

'One of my favourite reads of the year so far. If there’s such a thing as book heaven, this wonderfully original, poignant read deserves a place there.'
SHARI LOW, DAILY RECORD

'The author, in her first novel, Watch Over Me, achieves what more experienced novelists always hope to. In Glen Avich she creates a world you wish you didn’t have to leave.'
THE SCOTS MAGAZINE

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'A fabulous book. A poignant and beautifully crafted story ... impossible to put down.' --Novelicious

'Full of integrity and heart.' --Cynthia Rogerson

'A book I will treasure and read again and again.'
'I adored this beautiful, haunting and romantic tale.'
'Life-affirming, uplifting and unforgettable.'
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About the Author

Daniela Sacerdoti is the bestselling author of the Glen Avich and Sarah Midnight book series'. Her debut novel Watch Over Me was a No.1 eBook Bestseller, and her books have been downloaded over 950,000 times. Born and raised in Italy, she lived in Scotland for over 10 years, but has recently moved back to Italy with her family. She holds a degree in classics from the University of Turin and has taught Italian, Latin and Greek.

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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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278 of 291 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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214 of 227 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful read, deep and heart-warming 6 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Watch Over Me" is a book about how painful past experiences can make it difficult for us to move on with life and embrace new challenges. Hanging on to the past leaves us somehow "trapped" in our own fears and these fears make it hard to move on and take risks. This is the journey the two main characters in the book, Eilidh and Jamie, are going through.

The book starts with a wonderful prologue that hooks you from the very beginning and makes it really hard to put the book down.

The story is beautifully narrated from the point of view of different characters, not only the main ones, but also other minor, but still very important, characters. It is a very effective way to learn about them, their personality, their way of thinking, their feelings, their fears, their hopes. The characters become very real and when the book is finished you find yourself missing them.

An important element of the book is its setting in a small fictional village in the Scottish Highlands where Eilidh spent time in her childhood. This setting has a significant impact on the characters. The small village, where everybody knows each other, can have both positive and negative effects on the characters and this is clearly portrayed in the book.

Social and family expectations are also explored by the story. The power they have over us and the power we let them have over us.

It is a beautiful book and an intense story which makes you think and reflect about life, death, loss, friendship, love, family, hope. It's heart-warming. It's very difficult not to be touched by the characters and empathize with some of them or to be critical of others.

Well done Daniela! I am looking forward to more and more books from you!
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