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A Thistle in the Mist by [Denby, Megan]
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About the Author

Megan Denby is an award-winning novelist who grew up on a farm amidst a family of six. Once she discovered books, she was lost, often reading to the wee hours of the morning. Her world is her family, friends and writing. A writer for over thirty years, Megan’s debut novel, ‘A Thistle in the Mist’ was described by one agent as having a ‘hypnotic, fairy-tale-like quality’ and was inspired by the turbulent life of her feisty, Scottish great-grandmother. A Canadian girl, Megan is an avid dragon boater and a rookie goalie in the local women’s hockey league. She lives in the enchanting, lakeside community of Port Perry, Ontario amidst her family of eight and is working on the disturbing sequel, ‘Lost to the Mist’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 913 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Megan Denby; 1 edition (3 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2XML88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #430,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have never been to Scotland. After reading, A Thistle in the Mist, I want to visit the Isle of Skye and see those thistles in the mist the author talks about. I also wish I could meet Meara MacDonald and her strapping young man Duncan MacLeod there. But they lived out their incredible lives in the eighteen hundreds.

Writer Megan Denby created an entire world in this novel, which I felt privileged to visit. From the start of the book, I was fascinated by time and place, and in particular the language of the Scots. What a lovely lilt that Scottish burr is! What fun it was to meet Meara as she sings a song written by the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns. Of course, she calls him Rabbie Burns! Don't you simply love it when a writer knows her stuff? Yes, I'm one of those who checks. And Denby knows what she is talking about. From the colors of the MacDonald tartan to the claret our heroine's father drinks. While I think of Scotland as being famous for its single malts, in the eighteen hundreds claret was as common a drink as milk.

As our heroine Meara goes from a carefree life at Duntulm Castle to heartbreak, sweet Duncan tells her, "Ah, lass, if I could take away the hurtin', ye ken I would." You got to love a sweet laddie like him! As Meara has to fight for her life alone while her man is away fighting Napoleon, she is sustained by Duncan's love.

Will our sweet lassie get her hunk of a laddie in the end? Take the journey with Meara, Duncan and all the characters author Denby brings alive on the page. It's well worth the trip.
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What a wonderful novel, totally gripping and moving storyline. I stayed up late into the night as I couldn't put it down until my Kindle ran out of charge! I truly cannot wait for August for the second novel by this talented writer.
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I loved reading this book. I found it through a wonderful blog written by the author. The blog was so well written, that I knew the book would be worthwhile reading. I was attracted by the Scottish theme, and saved the book so that I could read it on holiday. I have to say that it was a very tiring holiday as I couldn't put the book down and was up until 2.30 am two days in a row, reading it. If you like a gripping tale, then buy this book.
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Megan Denby is a hugely talented Author. In this, her first novel, she has created a high benchmark for what she can achieve. This is a book that is easily read by both female and male readers. Megan's intelligent and intuitive use of male themes, mixed in with a story of love, devotion, betrayal, trust, hope, determination, makes for a compelling read. Meara, the main character is brilliantly crafted, and leaves you in no doubt, what a warm and loving person she is. Taken on a wild roller-coaster, starting in Scotland during the Napoleonic Wars, and then crossing oceans and back to have her life restored, this is both artistic and touching. An insight into the cruelty of humanity and the vulnerabilities that the devious exploit. Fantastic use of words. Keep a look out for Megan, as I believe she is going to be a best-seller!
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My daughter lent me this book and I am so pleased she did. Megan Denby is a brilliant storyteller and has created a fantastic plot with engaging characters. I really enjoyed this and found it difficult to put down. I hear there is a sequel in the pipeline and I can't wait to read it. Give this book a go. You won't be disappointed.
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I can't really add to what's already been said here. A great read, I don't very often leave reviews but I made an exception for this book you won't be disappointed. My wife recommended it to me after she had read it on her kindle.
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I have just returned from holiday, where I read this book cover to cover in just over 48 hours. To me, the mark of a good storyteller is one who can keep you constantly engaged and Megan Denby did this fantastically.

The basic premise may seem like one we have encountered time and again; the classic fairy tale story of a carefree young girl, who suddenly has her world turned upside down, and has to battle evil in the form of cruel relatives, but A Thistle in the Mist is so much more than this and the story itself has many different layers. Think along the lines of a Scottish Tess of the d'Urbervilles, but with it's own unique twist.

The writing is seamless, reminding me of the crisp engaging style of Nora Roberts, and the characters so well drawn, they feel like flesh and blood coming alive off the page. You are rooting for Meara and Duncan, feel their grief, frustration and anger, but also the secondary characters are just as well rounded. Honourable young Rabbie, his loyal and devoted family, tragic Hannah, sad young Vanessa and the insidious ghastly Sloan. All the way through I kept thinking about how well this tale would translate to the big screen and maybe this is something to hope for in the future.

Megan Denby is definitely a talent to watch and I am now eagerly awaiting the sequel.
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Meara's life is turned upside down when her wicked stepmother (Dierdre) uses deceit and worse to worm her way into the MacDonald clan. Dierdre and her brother's plot spreads like a poison through Meara's world in the Scottish Highlands. Meanwhile, the love of Meara's life leaves to go to war with Napoleon.

The story delivers dramatic and tense moments from the perspective of the feisty and loyal Meara in the first person. Dialogue and action balance well as the story develops, and Denby handles erotic sequences expertly. I found myself turning pages to find out what would happen next, and I'm happy to report that this book lends itself well to a sequel.

For your information, Denby composes her characters' dialogue in the Scottish dialect, and that forced me to slow my reading in order to "hear" the characters, but the narrator uses standard English.

Megan Denby has successfully crafted a highly despicable set of antagonists in Deirdre and her twisted brother Sloan, but our protagonist (Meara) is a worthy opponent.

Reviewed by
Chaunce Stanton
Author of The Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives: A Tale of Magic, Manners, and Scandal
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