I bought this book on a whim some months ago and by the weird alchemy of my Kindle it rose to the surface to demand my attention a week or two back. This is a real gem of a book. It deals realistically with unresolved grief and guilt and manages to avoid the sensationalism that the supernatural aspects of the tale might have persuaded the author to give in to. I haven't read the others in the series but may do now, as this book and this author are deserving of wider reading than I believe they get. It's a gentle read that doesn't shy away from difficult issues but also doesn't make a meal of them either.
This book is the third in a series featuring Rosalind Maclaren, an Anglican minister. It is well written and the author, Helen Cannam, deals sensitively with two characters who have recently been bereaved - one is Rosalind's son, the other a friend from schooldays. A supernatural element is handled in a very balanced way showing the sceptics reaction as well as the effect it has on those most sensitive to inexplicable sounds and smells. For those who have met Rosalind Maclaren in "First Parish" and "Lifelines" and who are attracted by the series element it is interesting to see what has become of familiar characters, but the book stands equally well on its own.A Scent of Roses
A Scent of roses is set in Weardale in the N.E. of England. Helen Cannam is a keen and thoughtful observer of people.She deals with difficult subject such as bereavement and the difficulty of being a rural vicar with a gentle and understanding touch. At the same time she is not afraid to drop in deeper issues for us to pick up and peruse if we wish. On one level it is a ghost story but it also much more.
This story of love and loss and then recovery is completely believable. I found it difficult to put down and was left with vivid images of the location and characters. A very enjoyable read.