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on 18 February 2014
This book is well worth reading. The author's style is enchanting and she writes with such ease. The story draws you in with the character's tragic family circumstances. She returns to Scotland to pick up the pieces of her sister's illness and leaves her own love life in a mess. I don't want to give any more away but it's a real page turner. There's also a hint of the supernatural in this story which is convincingly written. If you have read Watch Over Me by the same author this is in a similar vein but even better. You could read these two books in any order and they are both fantastic. A real bargain on the Kindle!
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on 22 January 2015
A really difficult review for me if I'm honest. If I'm brutally honest, the storyline was lacking.

Having finished the book, not much really happened, and as much as that sounds very mean, it's as honest as I can be. I expected a complex plot between Mary and her lover, the child in the lake being the child his wife gave birth to, or their love child was not accepted by the community outside of wedlock. The actual outcome was it was her sister and had drowned (without explanation) in a loch. I can see why the author would want to draw on similarities between Mary and inary but for me, it was an anti climax to what was a very beautifully written book.

I very much admire this author for how vividly she managed to being Scotland to life, truly amazing to read in that sense. I was expecting the plot to be a little more complex though and was somewhat disappointed with the outcome. Having different perspectives throughout the book was novel, but unnecessary in my opinion, I would have liked this particular story to have revolved around inary. I also struggled to get my head around her losing her voice too; I understand her grief but I don't understand that level of grief from someone who left her sister to live in London and had little contact with her during her time there.

A firm 3 stars for me xxx
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on 28 April 2014
So not having previously read any of Daniela Sacerdoti's books before I was keen to read as part of the book tour as I do like a good mystery. I've had Watch Over Me on my Kindle for ages which I now know is the first of Daniela's Glen Avich set novels - you don't need to have read it though to follow this story.

The prologue introduces us to Inary as a child and her Sight or gift when she 'sees' her recently passed neighbour in her garden so we know there is going to be a supernatural kind of theme.

We then move on to Inary as an adult and living her dream in London but who is then forced to return to her childhood home in order to spend time with her sister in her final weeks. She's also using this as an opportunity to avoid Alex, one of her closest friends with whom things have now become a little more complicated. With the story being told in turn by Inary, Logan and Alex they each give us a different perspective of the events and their feelings which I quite liked and thought that the author had managed to give them their own voice.

Without trying to give too much away the plot moves on and Inary's visions or Sight returns and present her with a mystery that haunted her as a child. This underlying story of what happened to Inary isn't revealed till the last third of the novel and I was eager to find out what was going to happen and so it did hold my interest throughout.

Unfortunately for Inary grief manifests itself in many ways and for Inary it's the loss of her voice leaving her forced to write down all her conversations. I'm not sure I felt this added anything really....and I actually felt Inary to be somewhat selfish in her treatment of Alex with her constant shut downs and pick ups, a little whimsical!

Once the mystery is revealed, I thought more could have been developed from this. I thought Inary would have had more of a physical involvement of Rose's discovery and would have been at the actual site.

I loved this quote from the book from one of the supporting characters - I just hope it bears some truth!

"What's for you, won't go past you"

I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads because I really enjoyed it, got totally swept along with the story, the characters and that's good enough for me. Whilst reading I felt it was reminiscent of that Scottish soap Take The High Road :), in its descriptions of the area, the people and the local dialect used. Overall, a suspensful read about grief, loss and coming out the other side.
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on 6 March 2016
I got book one for free and ended up buying the other three books. This is how I like to do it these days as then you are trying out an author risk free and then if you like the story you are happy to buy the other books. Everyone wins. These books are a gentle read, not demanding. I like the way the author interweaves the characters from each book - the stories concentrate on one character but then she introduces them again in subsequent books - they reappear like friends not seen for a while. Nice idea. Well written. Recommended.
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on 1 November 2014
Well its half past four in the morning. I need to be ip in a couple of hours but this book just captured me and there was no way I could stop reading.

The story is set after 'watch over me' and in the same place. Its not essential to read them in order but some characters to reoccur which adds a nice extra layer to this tale.

Not that it needed more layers. Its a love story, a ghost story and a tale of letting go of the past all in one. Each aspect is handled beautifully, enchantingly, emotionally, captivatingly. I honestly feel quite changed by this book (and slightly dehydrated by all the crying).

I cannot recommend it enough. This is definitely a story I will read again and again. Though possibly not in the early hours of halloween next time!!
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on 11 March 2014
When I first read the description to the book I didn't think it would be to my liking. I enjoy reading romance books but the sixth sense idea wasn't really my thing. But then I saw that it was wrote by Daniela Sacerdoti and I really enjoyed her other book Watch Over Me, so I decided to give it a try.

I absolutely loved it. I didn't enjoy it as much as watch over me simply to the fact I couldn't relate to it as much. Again I fell in love with the characters that Daniela Sacerdoti created and I feel as though I know them. This is not just your everyday romance book. It is full with so much emotion happy and sad. It really made me feel for the characters. Inary is such a drawn back person and she likes to run from her problems, yet when she can't run any longer, what does she do? It's a very gripping story which I thoroughly enjoyed it really keeps you on edge. I read this book in a night.

But do not let the sixth sense idea put you off like it nearly did for me! Very good book, again credit to Daniela another great read!
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on 29 June 2014
Once again this second book, 'Take me home' did not fail to totally hypnotize me. Like her previous novel, this story talked of a place called Glen Avich. I found myself walking up the street, and looking at the wonderful sunset so perfectly described, and gazing over the waters of the loch. it's a story that once you start reading, you do not want to put it down. Again wonderfully written.
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on 29 March 2017
A long burning love story and a mystery written eloquently and beautifully.
Running away from London and living a different life never replaced home.
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on 23 June 2015
The second of Daniela Sacerdoti's stories of the inhabitants of the close knit community of Glen Avich. The author paints a vivid picture of human emotions across a wide spectrum of circumstance and time, involving as the main character, reluctant psychic, Inary Monteith who returns, after a three year stay in London, to her brother and sister in Glen Avich, to try to avoid becoming committed in a relationship which she has persuaded herself will only bring her grief.
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on 30 January 2014
Omg seriously I really didn't think Daniela Sacerdoti could write a book as good as watch over me, how wrong. Take me home I would personally say is better. I loved all the characters loved how it's based around the same village from watch over me to. I literally had goose bumps reading this book and the ending at the station brought me to tears I did not expect that at all. If you like a ghostly tale please read it has already been highly recommended to my friends. Well done Daniela for another brilliant book.
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