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Watch Over Me (Glen Avich)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2012
I adored this beautiful, haunting and romantic tale set in the Scottish highlands. Eilidh is heartbroken after losing a baby and ending her marriage and finds solace in the quiet village where she had spent time with her grandmother as a child. Reconnecting with the slower pace of village life and with old friends including single Dad Jamie, Eilidh begins to heal. I loved the idea of the spirit of Jamie's mother Elizabeth match-making from beyond the grave; it is a unique idea which encapsulates the spirit of the novel that there is a reason for everything and that destiny prevails. Daniela is a smart and talented writer who has carefully crafted the world of her story, all of the characters even the minor ones are fully rounded and the sense of place in the novel is incredibly vivid. This is a gorgeous and ethereal debut which will have wide appeal. I hope to see much more from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2014
I absolutely loved Watch Over Me, it was a fantastic story of life, love, loss and happiness.

Eilidh is so very lost and heartbroken, bearly able to function,when she arrives at her Aunt Peggy's door in Glen Avich. She needed to leave her old life behind, she needed a place to go to heal, to try to start her life again, she needed to go Home.

Jamie has the most beautiful, perfect little girl, he has his job, he has a good life, but he isn't living. Maisie is his world, and with her mother no longer around, and with the loss of his own mother still fresh, he wants to keep her life normal, stable...but he's lonely. He feels that it's destined to be just the two of them, him and Maisie, a little family, until he sees Eilidh again.

Could these two desperately lonely and broken people be the answer that they are each searching for?

With a little unusual interference, they could both be heading for their happily ever after.

This was a most unusual story. It was written from various characters view points, which worked incredibly well, and the added bonus was that the age old question of 'is there life after death' was dealt with in a fascinatingly refreshing way.

The story itself was full of heartache, with the main characters having both suffered loss in very different ways, but it was also full of fun and happiness and laughter. It was like taking a journey through normal everyday life, but with a slight twist and different perspective.

There are no rampant and detailed sex scenes and the strongest profanity used is 's***'; this is a story of real life and you can connect with each of the individual characters in the story, and you can empathise with their ups and downs and take this journey with each and every one of them.

None of the characters are perfect, they all have flaws. Jamie is always tongue-tied finding it hard to express what he feels; Eilidh is lacking in self-confidence after spending years of her life trying to achieve something that always seems to be out of reach, but they are endearing and real making this a heartwarming read.

The scenery portrayed by Daniela Sacerdoti is spellbinding; it makes me want to journey to this small village in Scotland to see the beautiful surroundings first hand!

I would highly recommend Watch Over Me, the only time you'll be disappointed is when you finally turn the last page, and realise the story is no more...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2012
As a man and no not a gay man, I actually thoroughly enjoyed this book, although I usually go for thrillers or crime or sci fi.

Whilst the storyline wasn't complex there were enough twists and turns and the characters were well written and interesting to make it a very enjoyable read.

Really well done Daniela!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2012
A beautiful book. As an older guy who likes thrillers I nevertheless found this really engrossing and very emotional. The ending is perhaps rather predictable ... but then, its not a tale of suspense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2011
Watch Over Me is an incredibly powerful, poignant story that deals with the biggest questions about life and death, love and loss. It follows the journey of Eilidh, who has just lost a very much longed for baby, an event which has led to the realisation that her marriage is over. Barely able to go on, she takes herself to Glen Avich, a village where she stayed as a child, and reconnects with some important characters from her past. The story is about how she finds hope and healing, and learns to live again.

This description might make it sound heavy or hard going, but it absolutely isn't - it is very easy to read. The authorial voice - simple, beautiful, personal - commands our attention from the first page. It takes us by the hand and leads us safely through the most difficult of subject matter, to an ending that is life-affirming and uplifting, and unforgettable.

I think this is a book written straight from the heart, and I'm sure it will find its way into the hearts of many readers - it certainly found its way into mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2014
Wow. I started off with little expectations from this book as I had downloaded it whilst it was free - which can be a hit or a miss, this was definitely a hit!

Before I knew it I had been well and truly sucked in by the delightful scenery, well written characters and engaging plot. The author welcomes you into the lives of those living in a small highland village, and holds you there with her unassuming account of events told from each characters point of view. Although in other books this 'jumping around' narrative can be confusing, I did not find that to be the case here as it lent so much to the readers understanding of who was thinking what and why at each turn.

I put all non essential actions on hold for the 2 days solid it took to finish this book and am now off to search for other books by the same author. Thoroughly recommend!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2011
This is a book which immediately drew you into the souls of the main characters. You feel their pain and joy acutely.
Beautifully written, I was unable to put it down until I had finished.
Congratualations to author on an incredible debut novel.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2012
Annoying, pathetic, whiny 'heroine'; annoying stereotypical handsome hero; annoying sickly sweet child; annoying twee (wee) language; more annoying sob stories than X-factor and even an annoying ghost! I really struggled to find a character that I didn't find annoying & failed! Oh, and guess the ending......which is annoyingly obvious!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2012
This book is simply beautiful. I cannot think of a better way to describe it. It's a beautiful story about life, death, loss, love and courage. And it is beautifully told. "Watch Over Me" kept me the warmest company while I was reading it, which is hardly surprising as it is such a heart-warming story. The beauty of the characters, the landscape and the tone are coming together in an almost tangible feeling of sadness. But, for me, what is the greatest thing about this book is that it's been over a month now since I have finished it and the warmth and beauty of its story are still with me. I have recommended it to all my friends and I have already had a few of them getting back to me to thank me for such a wonderful experience. I wish I could delete it from my memory so I could read it all over again...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2013
I started reading this book at about 10 at night and I finished reading it at 2 in the morning I could not put it down. It's very good. You don't even realise how drawn in you're getting by the writer then all of sudden you look and see 75%. Would recommenced this to anybody. Although its very predictable its still a good easy read. 4/5
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