The Island House Hardcover – 2 Aug 2012
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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)
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.