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Lose yourself in Tigh na Linne
on 3 June 2012
Following the death of her beloved aunt, Ruth returns to 'Tigh na Linne', the house on Skye where she spent her childhood summers. Having already lost her partner and father that year, Ruth is there to grieve, and to decide what to do with her life next. She's reunited with a childhood friend, and confronted with memories. She may also be confronted by a ghost...
Paranormal romance is not a genre I've read much of, so I wasn't sure what to expect. How do you have a relationship with a ghost, and how do you manage to resolve the issue, and make a satisfying ending? Thankfully, Linda has managed to answer all of these questions, and make a love story which works.
Linda usually manages to offer a rather adorable hero, and in The Glass Guardian, she brings two potentials - one is Tom, who's rather complex, and not quite what you expect, and then the aforementioned ghost. Ruth herself is also worth a mention, dealing with grief, and a lot of changes in her life. She somehow manages to be both fragile and strong at the same time.
Once again this is where the strength of Linda's book lies, in the people. She paints characters who are realistic and flawed, and completely believable. You can have a strong storyline, but it doesn't quite work as well if you don't find yourself caring about the characters. Ruth became important to me, and I wanted things to work out for her.
With the stunning setting of a snowy Skye, The Glass Guardian brings music, grief, hope, love, and a ghost - what else could you need?!