Top critical review
a cosy read, nothing earth shattering though
on 29 December 2011
After Sophia's Secret and Mariana, I was looking forward to reading this book, but I thought it was a little undercooked. By that I mean there was a lot of potential which just didn't get developed into anything exciting in terms of plot or character. The Scottish hero is a bit too wooden. From the moment he comes striding across the moor towards the bus you know what's going to be happening with him and the heroine, archaeologist Verity Grey. The diversion of a snooty former boyfriend is quite frankly downright annoying at times. Some of the other characters are more interesting - the crinkly love story betweeen Peter Quinnell and Granny Nan is quite sweet.
I enjoyed the moments when the ghostly Roman Sentinel turns up, but the big climax in the storm was a bit disappointing for me. Fabia, the leggy blonde granddaughter is a bit irritating, too, as are a couple of the other secondary characters.
If you enjoy Roman history, you may like this, also if you know Eyemouth and that area, you will enjoy the descriptions of the place and the crowning of the Herring Queen and so forth.