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1927: when Fred Lawson takes a summer job on St Kilda, little does he realise that he has joined the last community to ever live on that beautiful, isolated island. Only three years later, St Kilda will be evacuated, the islanders near dead from starvation. But for Fred, that summer - and the island woman, Chrissie, whom he falls in love with - becomes the very thing that sustains him in the years ahead. 

1940: Fred has been captured behind enemy lines in France and finds himself in a prisoner-of-war camp. Beaten and exhausted, his thoughts return to the island of his youth and the woman he loved and lost. When Fred makes his daring escape, prompting a desperate journey across occupied territory, he is sustained by one thought only: finding his way back to her. 

The Lost Lights of St Kilda is a sweeping love story that crosses oceans and decades. It is a moving and deeply vivid portrait of two lovers, a desolate island and the extraordinary power of hope in the face of darkness.

©2020 Elisabeth Gifford (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Desperately romantic, lyrically written and with a fascinating plot.” (Katie Fforde)

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  • Mrs. M. Morrison
  • 15-06-2020

An enjoyable read

I bought the book because of the St Kilda connection and then found the war story centred around St Valery, very personal to me as my father was a Seaforth Highlander in the 51st Highland Division taken prisoner at St Valery.
I enjoyed the story, and the narration. The only slight criticism would be the continual reference to Gaelic, being pronounced Gay-lic (which is Irish) rather than Gah-lic, which is Scottish. A small detail but correct pronunciation of words and place names is important and gives authenticity.
I would certainly read others by this author on the strength of this one.

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  • Meadowfee
  • 04-01-2021

Historical Fiction at its best!

As a Scot, it can be difficult to read books where you know the history and the author does not follow. Elisabeth Gifford does not do this, she has woven her story beautifully around history and kept the facts. I adored this book. The audiobook was made more special because the narrators were Scots so there were no pretend accents, which always sound mocking. Having read and enjoyed Secrets of the Sea House, I chose this book. More please!

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  • Lindaloo
  • 18-09-2020

I didn’t expect to cry

The story is beautifully told, so descriptive you could be there on St Kilda, history woven in.

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