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A thrilling story of love overcoming fear
on 23 January 2014
Jenny Ryan is a professional ghost writer, with an interesting past of her own, who finds herself falling in love with her latest subject's beautiful ancestral home, Cauldstane Castle, and its heir, the enigmatic Alec MacNab. Unfortunately, Jenny has a rival for Alec's affections - one who is not bound by the usual laws of nature and who will stop at nothing to get her way. Jenny and the MacNabs must consider an unlikely solution if they are ever to find peace.
Like much of Ms Gillard's work, this story's greatest strength lies in its beautifully observed characters. I defy any red blooded woman not to fall in love with the brooding yet honourable Alec, and I would love to have dinner at Cauldstane with the MacNab family. The book is rich with the experiences of Sholto the explorer, and his family's story is told with such care and attention to detail. Clearly a lot of research went into this book.
But there is a deeper level to the storytelling too. This book explores the themes of loss and fear, and how our experiences mark us and make us into the people we become. Ultimately, it exhorts us to face our fears, especially our fear of loss, and to find the faith in one another to live and love boldly.
I put aside lots of everyday responsibilities as I got caught up in this story, and read the book in record time while my work piled up. It was time well spent and I envy anyone who is about to visit Cauldstane for the first time. It will definitely leave its impression on you...