When ghostwriter Jenny
Ryan is summoned to the Scottish Highlands by Sholto MacNab – retired
adventurer and Laird of Cauldstane Castle – she’s prepared for
travellers’ tales, but not the MacNabs’ violent and tragic history.
betrayal and murder have blighted family fortunes for generations,
together with an ancient curse. As members of the family confide their
sins and their secrets, Jenny learns why Cauldstane’s uncertain future
divides father and sons.
But someone resents Jenny’s presence.
Someone thinks she’s getting too close to Alec MacNab – swordsmith,
widower and heir to Cauldstane. Someone will stop at nothing until Jenny
has been driven away. Or driven mad.
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Especially a dead woman.
In the words of two of the characters ..... ' ''It has all the right ingredients.''
''Let me guess .... Money. Class. Sex. Scandal. And a big country house?'' '
the heart of Cauldstane are the MacNab family, consisting of Sholto,
his sons Alec and Fergus and Zelda, Sholto's sister. The MacNabs have
been the resident family of Cauldstane for centuries but the family are
struggling to make ends meet and keep the roof above their heads. Sholto
sets about employing a ghostwriter to write his memoirs, in an attempt
to rise some finance. In steps Jenny Ryan, not quite the ghostwriter
that Sholto was expecting.
Like other novels by Linda Gillard
this one follows similar themes - secrets, romance, family
relationships, a mature heroine and at the heart of it a house that
comes alive and takes on a character all of it's own.
of Linda Gillard's books is like settling down into your comfiest
chair, as once you get into it you know you're never going to want to
This book will appeal to people who enjoy books by
Rachel Hore and Kate Morton. This author should be more well known than
she is but as Publishers failed to make her fit into a specific genre,
she has had to turn to self publishing to get her work out there and I'm glad that she did.
Linda Gillard for another great story and I wait longingly for the next
one. This is set to be one of my Top 10 of the year.