A haunting work from Shani Struthers, author of the Amazon number one best seller, The Haunting of Highdown Hall.
"The dead of night, Jess, I wish they'd leave me alone."
Jessamin Wade's husband is dead - a death she feels wholly responsible for. As a way of coping with her grief, she keeps him alive in her imagination - talking to him everyday, laughing with him, remembering the good times they had together. She thinks she will hear him better if she goes somewhere quieter, away from the hustle and bustle of her hometown, Brighton. Her destination is Glenelk in the Highlands of Scotland, a region her grandfather hailed from and the subject of a much-loved painting from her childhood.
Arriving in the village late at night, it is a bleak and forbidding place. However, the house she is renting - Skye Croft - is warm and welcoming. Quickly, she meets the locals. Her landlord, Fionnlagh Maccaillin, is an ex-army man with obvious and not so obvious injuries. Maggie, who runs the village shop, is also an enigma, startling her with her strange insights. But it is Stan she instantly connects with. Maccaillin's grandfather and a frail, old man, he is grief-stricken from the recent loss of his beloved Beth.
All four are caught in the past. All four are unable to let go. Their lives entwining in mysterious ways, can they help each other to move on, or will they always belong to the ghosts that haunt them?
The story was interesting and I wanted to keep listening. It is more of a romance than a ghost story - although I don't do much by the way of romances. The performance was good though I did need to slow it just a touch because of the accents. Enjoyed it.
I listened to this book on audio and in my opinion, it's the best way to enjoy it. The narrator's voice was amazing, full of depth and emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Funnily enough, I've been watching 'Outlander' on Amazon prime, so this book tied in nicely. I've never been to Scotland but I've always been in love with it - which may sound quite strange! Perhaps it's my own Irish upbringing that lends me an affinity to the rugged landscape, dark and enchanting waters and people who are brimming with character. Jessamine brings all of this to life and more. It is a gentle read, and such a pace invites you to get to know all the characters as you walk with them on their journey. I enjoyed each and every one of them, and the story played out in my mind as if it were on screen. I wasn't sure what to expect when I began this book, it has supernatural undertones but those which enchant rather than scare. For me, it is a love story which is beautifully brought to life by the author, who has a wonderful way with words. A warm and mystical read - I highly recommend this book.
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This story was hauntingly lovely. It has grief, love, guilt, jealousy, friendship, lovely characters and a storyline that covers all the above.
As well as ghosts, past & present.
I really enjoyed listening to this audio book.
The narrator was lovely too a soft Scottish accent so perfect for this story.
All in all a fab tale