- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (7 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847247911
- ISBN-13: 978-1847247919
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Redemption of Alexander Seaton Paperback – 7 May 2009
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'Such is the quality of the recreation, not only of the reeking ebb and flow of everyday life but also of the period mindset that it's easy to believe Satan is walking abroad ... this is an accomplished and thought-provoking debut' Guardian. (Guardian)
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Initially, it took me a while to get into this book and there was a moment when I almost gave up but I am very glad that I didn't and went on to discover the joys of some seriously good writing. Set in a period of history that I am not very familiar with, I was intrigued, fascinated and at times horrified by the attitudes of the time with their anti-Catholic sentiments, the witch-hunts, superstitions and the appalling aftermath that results when these are mixed with small-town gossip, pettiness, jealousies and ignorance.
Alexander lives his life trying to keep as low a profile as possible after having fallen at the last hurdle in his desire to become a minister of the Kirk. We learn of his past as he tries to help his friend, accused of murder, prove his innocence. Alexander is a flawed young man but very likeable and honourable. His heart and intentions are definitely in the right place but he is being manipulated by forces that he has no knowledge of. The characters are all very well developed, even those with only a small part to play in the overall story (like the two prostitute sisters) and the writing itself is very atmospheric and full of historical detail which I greatly enjoyed.Read more ›
Well worth a read and will read the next book.
serious Scottish overtones - a great read
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I found this a compelling story, beautifully executed in the style of the age. Shona MacLean manages to evoke a book style reminiscent of Scott but without the dryness. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Sinclair
Well written, excellently researched and diverting read. My first Shona MacLean book but I shall certainly look forward to reading more in the series.Published 4 months ago by MAJ53
My first read of S.G. MacLean. Really enjoyed it. Plot, character action excellent. Will certainly order follow - ups!Published 4 months ago by michael billinge
Loved it - and bought the subsequent books in the series about Alexander Seaton.Published 7 months ago by Cynthia Rabet