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Displacement Paperback – 15 Jun 2014
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About the Author
Anne Stormont is a wife, mother and grandmother as well as a writer. She lives in the Scottish Hebrides. She enjoys gardening, hiking and riding pillion on her husband's motor-bike. She believes – indeed she knows – that there is life after fifty and she writes thoughtful, grown-up romantic fiction where the main characters are older but no wiser. Displacement is her second novel. You can find out more about her by visiting her blog at http://putitinwriting.me
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Her new neighbour, Jack, an ex-cop helps her when she really needs it and becomes her friend. I loved Poppy, Jack's little granddaughter who comes to stay and you see what a warm hearted and kind lady Rachel is. Poppy is over the moon that Rachel writes and illustrates her favourite story about Seamus the Sheep.
Her brother is settled in Israel with his family and after counselling she decides to pay a visit to learn about the Jewish side of her family. She also meets her brother's attractive artist friend Eitan who brings her out of her shell and helps her live a little. On a trip with her sister-in-law to Palestine she meets a wise innkeeper who advises her.
She knows she wants more with Jack, a real relationship but doesn't know if he feels the same way... It's a story of love, friendship, loss and heartache and I absolutely loved it.
Rachel has baggage. Her son died in combat, her marriage collapsed and since her parents' death, she feels very much alone. She works her croft on the Isle of Skye and manages. Just manages.
Jack is an ex-detective, retired early from the force and preparing to do up an old property on the island. He has baggage of his own. After he meets Rachel in unconventional circumstances, a friendship begins, which has the potential to become something more.
Until Rachel goes to Israel.
She decides to discover more about her Jewish heritage and visits her brother in Israel, where she meets Eitan. His charm and interest help thaw the permafrost around her emotions while the political situation arouses her anger.
When she returns to Skye, her nascent relationship with Jack must be rebuilt. However, the foundations have shifted.
A delightful, evocative and believable tale of rediscovery through the eyes of two complex characters. Two-dimensional chick-lit this is most certainly not. Stormont tackles politics, grief, loss, familial love, friendship in rural communities and mature relationships with clear-eyed observations. Her descriptions of Skye and Jerusalem come to full sensory life and a dry humour bubbles through the dialogue, making this an absorbing, enjoyable read you are sorry to leave. I hope this will not be the last of these tales. Like Alexander McCall Smith, I can see this becoming a well-loved series of an unusual community.
Rachel Campbell's life has been restricted by looking after her parents whose needs have pulled her back to her native Skye. When her mother dies and Rachel is alone, the enormity of her accumulated loss overwhelms her. In rapid succession, she has lost her husband to divorce, her son to death, her daughter to self-righteous blame and her parents to old age. She goes out into the dark Skye night where, in trying to rescue a sheep, she falls into a burn. Rachel is pulled from certain death by incomer Jack Baxter who has been alerted by her sheep dog.
The long slow process of Rachel's recovery starts here and encompasses a fascinating cast of characters and an engaging juxtaposition of the landscapes of Skye and Israel. A deeply moving family drama, satisfying romance (with one or two naughty bits), it is set in the real political worlds of Skye and Israel. The book is also a testament to the healing power of friendships - both old and newly made. I loved it.
It did become a little slow in the middle, but overall I thought this was a solidly written novel - one which shies away from cliche and explores a variety of issues in some depth: politics, loss, love, friendships. The Scottish island of Skye contrasts beautifully with Jerusalem, and the characters felt real.