- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (11 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595524117
- ISBN-13: 978-0595524112
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,605,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Katie Cameron Paperback – 11 May 2009
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About the Author
Fiona McDonald has wanted to make beautiful things for a living since she was a little girl. To further this dream, Fiona spent four years of intensive study at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, Australia. From there she moved to the Blue Mountains and began making painted cloth dolls and figurative sculpture. After Fiona's son was born, she enrolled at university to study literature. Fiona had two grown up children and a granddaughter. She lives with her three dogs, cat, rabbit, and one ancient hen.
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The fast moving tale details the many trials and tribulations faced by this young and vulnerable woman during a thirteen year period in America, initially in the wartorn south, notably in New Orleans and latterly in the north in Boston. It narrates the joys and anguishes of her relationships with the dashing Clark Boyd and with Frank Dempster, both of them Army officers but one with the Confederacy and the other with the Union. Love, marriage and motherhood are all deeply affected by the four year war which the author has researched assiduously and through visits to the area.
Whilst life for Katie Cameron settles down significantly following her decision to return to Scotland and Inverness with her young son, Brett, it remains far from smooth. She is destined to meet the kind Dr Robert Taylor but there are episodes of passion and pathos still inextricably linked with her former life in America as the story nears its conclusion.
Fiona McDonald's style and language is short and sharp, giving this quick and easy read an almost journalistic feel, unusual in a romantic novel. The true underlying nature of the characters is left largely to the reader's imagination, making it seem as if the book is in fact a film. Indeed, the author affirms that her writing is often inspired by seeing the characters as if in screenplay. This sometimes means that, particularly during the battle scenes and their aftermath, the action moves swiftly from character to character and situation to unrelated situation in short, quickfire and successive paragraphs. However, the story never fails to hold the reader's interest in a sound and gripping tale. There is a useful appendix detailing the main events of the Civil War.
The author's first novel, "Gunfire", a western, was poublished in 2003.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
The writing was stilted , the story did not flow and the story line was weak.
I would not recommend this book.