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on 29 March 2013
In the past I have really enjoyed Ms Beckwith's autobiographical books but this was the first fiction book of hers I have read.
First, I found having the glossary at the beginning difficult for Kindle reading and it would have been more helpful to have had a translation at the bottom of the page for the first time each word or phrase appeared.
The writing was , as with all of her books, very good and it had been well proof-read, but the story was confusing and not really 'stand alone'.
I understand there was a book before this one and I very much hope there is a sequel as the ending is very much up in the air and unsatisfactory. The characters are quite flat and although we are told where Jamie fits in -her stepson - we aren't told how Euan Ally came to be on the scene, or indeed anything about his family or background.
Kirsty is of uncertain age and it seems odd that she married the first time at 40, was married 10 years, then her first husband died and she married his brother (how long after or how long the marriage lasted isn't explained). So when did Wee Ruari, her son, make his entrance? Surely she was too old to have had him during her first marriage - or he is too young, as it seems he is only primary school age when the book ends. Is the the progeny of her second husband? If s, she was over 50 when he was born. All very confusing and I'm guessing one needs to read the earlier book before reading this to make all become clear.
I found this book to be very drear and not well put together at all. I was very disappointed in it and won't be reading any more of this author's fiction books. This was certainy not worth the money I paid for it.