Turn of the Tide (Munro Book 1) Paperback – 22 Nov 2012
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"I thought the quality of the writing and the research were outstanding." Jeffrey Archer "Very good dialogue, all very seamless. I was at the end before I noticed, which is always a good sign." Penny Smith
From the Author
This book is the result of 'a long and winding road' - from my earliest research into the history of feuding clans in South-West Scotland, and the invention of a fictional family to tell their story, through the numerous drafts and edits, until it arrived on the bookshelves in November 2012. I was thrilled to be the Historical fiction Winner in the Harper Collins People's Novelist Competition and delighted when Capercaillie Books offered me a contract to publish it. I hope some of my passion for the period and for the characters will be shared by readers in Scotland and abroad and that I have helped to bring to life a little known period of Scotland's history.
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I had some difficulty settling at the start. The different players felt indistinguishable and the dialogue occasionally forced, a shortfall not entirely made up with the 'cast of characters'. However, as the story progressed, any lingering hesitancy evaporated, and I became entirely caught up in the narrative which had episodes of compelling drama and moving sorrow. I quite forgot I was reading about events that may have taken place four hundred years ago.
The denouement was entirely gripping. Goodness, I do hope you are going to write a sequel, Margaret. I really want to know what happens next. Let me know, please? It will jump to the top of my reading list!
All the best
Fran Macilvey, 'My Life With Cerebral Palsy'
Reviewed by me on behalf of Rosie Amber's Review Team
Set in Scotland in the late sixteenth century, Turn of the Tide's central character is Munro, who is caught between his allegiance to the Cunninghame clan and his friendships with the rival Montgomeries, and also between his active part in this ancient feud and the demands of his family; his desire to protect them is at the root of all he does, but his dedication to those in power mean that he spends much time away from wife Kate and his twins.
Reading this story I felt transported back to the time, a necessity for me when reading historical fiction. All aspects of day to day life of the era have been researched in detail, and written in such a way that adds so much to the novel. Margaret Skea clearly has a great love for the history and the country, and this shines through in the writing.
There is no doubt that this is well written in many ways, with Munro and young William Glencairn, in particular, becoming three dimensional very quickly. The dialogue is written formally, in the style of the time (as far as I could see) and sometimes this adds authenticity, but at other times it halts the flow. Also, there are so very many characters and I had trouble remembering who was who and whose allegiance was to whom, which made it flow even less well, because I kept having to refer back to previous chapters. The other slight problem I had with it was a few instances of incorrect punctuation: missing commas and a few semicolons that should have been commas, but there are only a few and would probably only bother someone who is particularly picky about such things.
I liked the intrigue at court and the subtle humour in some of the dialogue, but I found this novel a little too slow and confusing for me to say that I really enjoyed it; I wanted to like it more than I did. Margaret Skea is an accomplished writer who has won much acclaim and many awards, so if you like intelligent, detailed, literary historical fiction you may well enjoy this. It just didn't quite tick the boxes for me.
Narrative hooks are judiciously interspersed to keep us enthralled. However, this is no gratuitously sensational literary work; there are just enough clues to make us wonder... and speculate... and anticipate. I loved the build-up to the ending, knowing that something earth-shattering was bound to happen, but at a loss to foresee exactly what.
"Turn of the Tide" is a turn-of-the-page book! I became increasingly interested in the involvement of main character Munro in the lives of both the Cunninghames and the Montgomeries. So much the more as the novel reached its climax.
It has also had the effect of making me want to revisit Edinburgh, the scene of the royal procession and even the grippingly dramatic denouement scene. Descriptions of the surroundings and atmosphere in both rural and urban settings are delightful.
I hope the novelist keeps turning those pages in the writing of the sequel. Make haste the noo!
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