Bloodlines-Touch Not the Cat Paperback – 11 Nov 2011
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Cathy is reluctant to go back to her roots at Ballindalloch Castle, the home of the Macphersons for over 450 years but instinct takes over and she comes face to face with the family mystery, the disappearance of the laird over a hundred years earlier.
Flashbacks take us to the life and times of Alexander Stewart, the castle gamekeeper, ancestor of Catherine's partner. We share his love for an earlier Katherine Macpherson and witness the evil way he is separated from her by the laird, and suspected of involvement in the inexplicable disappearance of Gordon Macpherson, the laird.
The story is beautifully paced, moving deftly towards the climax that we have been anticipating since Cathy arrived in the castle.
A wealth of Scottish colour fills this delightful sortie into genealogy as, with Cathy, we experience the land of her ancestors: tartan, midges, highland games, even an explanation of that clan motto, `Touch not the cat!'
My first compliment is to the authors for their cohesive story-telling. I must admit that when I first saw that there were two writers, I approached the book with trepidation. I worried that the narrative split would be rough and irritating. On the contrary, McKerley and Schippers have achieved an astounding unity of voice.
My next compliment is for the meticulous detail and historical accuracy. I must admit that as a writer myself, I prefer to write about what I know or can imagine. I don't have the patience and thoroughness to research history and subsequently paint engaging and detailed scenes (the Ghost Train leaps to mind). Hats off to you for not only engaging in the difficult and consuming work of writing, but for also setting yourself the challenge of doing so in historic times. You have succeeded with aplomb.
On a personal note, as a Canadian who now lives in Scotland, I appreciated the touches of overwhelmed alienation that Cathy felt when she first arrived in the Highlands. I remember feeling similarly in my early days in Scotland.
All that's left to say is that I'm looking forward to the next book. Get writing!
p.s. Despite what the heading says this was a paperback edition, not Kindle
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting idea which could have been properly researched and written as a more believable story. Obviously aimed at the tourist market but suggest you buy something else.Published on 6 Dec. 2013 by M Macdonald
An good enough read, I think, but the ending was disappointing leaving the reader hanging as several questions were left unanswered.Published on 6 Dec. 2013 by Mrs E Worthington
as a keen amateur genealogist I looked on the Amazon site for some genealogy books and found some nice ones including this one.
It is a very enjoyable book, a very good read. Read more
I really wanted to turn every page of this book to find out how the two stories fitted together. For anyone interested in genealogy I am sure you would enjoy it. Read morePublished on 12 May 2013 by Miss Fifi T
The book has a great story with the ending of the book leaving you wanting more, fortunately there is a hint of what may be to come next. Read morePublished on 15 July 2012 by Ms. Deborah Cowie
Bloodlines: Touch Not the Cat is a genealogy novel spanning three centuries and across two continents. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2012 by S O
Bloodlines is a very enjoyable read. I didn't know quite what to expect, but I found that I soon couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2012 by JFE