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The Island House by [Graeme-Evans, Posie]
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'Historical fiction gallops to new heights in this debut tale of intrigue, lust and betrayal.' (Woman's Own on THE INNOCENT)

'The reader is taken on a galloping ride through the Middle Ages and the shaky reign of Edward IV, the love of Anne's life. There's lust, conspiracy and impressive historical detail to set the scene.' (Daily Telegraph, Sydney on THE INNOCENT)

'Posie Graeme-Evans' masterful prose brings vividly to life the colours, sounds, smells and sights of a romantic and thrilling period in history.' (Sydney Weekly Courier on THE EXILED)

'The sequel to THE INNOCENT and every bit as good, with its richly detailed settings, intrigue, adventure and sizzling love affair between King Edward and Lady Anne.' (Australian Women's Weekly on THE EXILED)

'Her descriptive powers give her tale an assured and authentic touch.'

(The Age, Melbourne on THE DRESSMAKER 2010-06-06)

'A beautifully written book with vivid descriptions and all the delicious elements required for true escapism.'

(Sunday Herald Sun, Australia on THE DRESSMAKER 2010-06-06)

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Posie Graeme-Evans' new novel plunges the reader into a past that never dies and a love that reaches out across a thousand years, as a young archaeologist unearths ancient secrets and Viking treasure on a remote Scottish island.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1837 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HTQ65Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mystical Pictish Gods combined with the superstition of ancient Christianity and the ruthless power of the Vikings, all merge together in this fascinating and compelling dual time historical novel. Freya Dane is the modern day protagonist who after her father's tragic death inherits the Scottish island of Findnar. In order to complete her PhD in archaeology, Freya must make sense of her father's handwritten notes about the history of the island he once called home. But the island is steeped in mystery and has its own terrible story to tell, and all too soon Freya is aware that ancient forces are challenging her to put right a terrible wrong.

Without doubt this is one of the best dual time books I have read in a long time. The author has managed to convey time and place quite beautifully so that neither time period outshines the other. The characters both ancient and modern are vibrant and compelling and the added power of ancient superstition resonating across centuries forms a stunningly good story.

In The Island House, Posie Graeme Evans has conjured the ancient world in such a way that long after the book is finished the story lingers in the shadows of your mind, and as the sea breeze blows in your hair and the sound of sea birds float on the wind, the island house still resonates with echoes of the past.

If I could give it more than five stars, I would.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 July 2014
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me by another Amazon reviewer. The premise reminded me of the books of Barbara Erskine, where two stories about a place, one historical and one more current are woven into a fascinating narrative of fate, emotion and circumstance.

In modern times, Freya Dane’s father left her and her mother when she was a child. Now he’s dead, and he has left her a home on Findnar, an isolated island north of the mainland of Scotland. Determined to find answers about him and her life, she has left Sydney and travelled there. Perhaps she can find the peace and time to finish her archaeology Doctorate. On the island, her archaeologist father has left behind all his research material on his findings on Findnar.

In the ninth century, Signy and Laenna are girls from the mainland, whose clan have for some years now been unable to access Findnar, the island they thought of as their own due to black-clad strangers who live and work there, tilling the fields and chanting in their singing hut. Who these new people are, the clan does not understand. But one day raiders arrive in their dragon ships, and Signy and Laenna are on the island where they shouldn’t be. Picts, Christians and Pagans are about to clash with far-reaching consequences.

This is not an earth-shattering read, but it is a pleasant journey through two different timeframes, and it is interesting to see how the storylines converge in past and present. I was annoyed, on reading the back cover of the book to find just about the whole plot laid out so the joy of the discovery of the plot unfolding for me as the pages turned was somewhat lost. That really does annoy me. I think Barbara Erskine’s novels are generally superior in their approach and writing, but I did enjoy this book enough to look out for more of the author’s works.
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I've just finished this book and I enjoyed it. It has two story lines that intertwine and join up and I know that this is a popular convention in fiction. However I didn't particularly like it and found that having to move backwards and forwards spoiled my reading. I really liked the present day story and it's archaeological themes but I found that the second storyline interrupted the flow of the first. Perhaps I might have enjoyed it more if there had been two separate stories that only joined up in a final chapter or epilogue? I have to say though that I like this writer enough to look for her other books on Amazon!
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Oh what a joy to find this book! I have been lost in a mist of history in the Islands far in the North of Scotland, close to where I live. This book is a treasure and a real find and I hope this author has another in mind in a similar vein as she tells this story beautifully, (which I have now recommended to my book group.) Present day...Freya Dane has received an inheritance; an island called Findnar in the North of Scotland from her recently deceased Father. Arriving from Australia, she discovers not only a derelict house called Compline, a ruined Church and some standing stones but also a hoarde of artifacts hidden in the undercroft which her archaeologist Father has hidden away. Intent on finding out the mysteries of the Island she sets out to familiarize herself with the locals on the mainland of Portsolly, meeting the man who had been severely injured while trying to rescue her Father from his sinking boat. It seems Dan and Freya have much in common as it's not before long they discover they are both having visions, locked into the past history of Findnar. Past story and here we read of AD800 as the Vikings raid the island leaving only a few survivors...Signy a young Pictish girl, Magni a young Norse boy and two of the Christian settlers who have come to try to set up a sanctuary on Findnar, the Abbot and Abbess. As Magni is injured in a burning hut the three then care for him healing his burns and his horribly disfigured body. The four try to communicate but as each speaks a different language it seems an impossible task. As time passes they are forced to live together, the Christians attempting to force their religious beliefs on the two young children. But Signy is a commited Pagan and Magni a follower of the old Norse Gods so it is not an easy feat.Read more ›
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