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Loch Ewe, 1940. When gamekeeper's daughter Flora's remote highland village finds itself the base for the Royal Navy's Arctic convoys, life in her close-knit community changes forever. In defiance of his disapproving father, the laird's son falls in love with Flora, and as tensions build in their disrupted home, any chance of their happiness seems doomed.

Decades later, Flora's daughter, singer Lexie Gordon, is forced to return to the village and to the tiny cottage where she grew up. Having long ago escaped to the bright lights of the West End, London still never truly felt like home. Now back, with a daughter of her own, Lexie learns that her mother - and the hostile-seeming village itself - have long been hiding secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew.

As she pieces together the fragments of her parents' story, Lexie discovers the courageous, devastating sacrifices made in her name. It's too late to rekindle her relationship with her mother, but can Lexie find it in her heart to forgive the past, to grieve for all that's lost, and finally find her place in the world?

©2020 Fiona Valpy. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Floridagurrl
  • 02-11-2020

Lovely voice

Both the author with her story and the narrator with her reading had a lovely voice. I was introduced to a segment of WW2 history I had no knowledge of, and a place in the world I was equally unaware of. I’ve always rejoiced when I find an author who carefully researched .. it allows me a bit of education while enjoying a flight of fiction. The characters were realistic, the dialogue authentic without overwhelming me, and provided a view into life elsewhere and elsewhen that I completely enjoyed.

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  • Ashley P.
  • 26-02-2021

Well written but a bit dull

If you are like me and have no particular interest in Scotland, World War II or romance then you will probably find this a bit dull.

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  • Deppie Whitwam
  • 24-02-2021

Excellent

This is a wonderful story with a fabulous near raider. I loved it from beginning to end.

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  • Lori May
  • 18-02-2021

Enjoyable story

The story was very enjoyable, the narrator really made the story come alive. I looked forward to driving to work just to listen.

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  • Denise Bradford
  • 02-02-2021

beautiful story

really enjoyed. it was lovely. wonderful to learn so much about an era and a culture.

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  • DeePap
  • 09-01-2021

EXCELLENT READ/LISTEN

This was definitely an excellent read. This is the favorite type of read for me; historical fiction based on fact.

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  • Catriona macKenzie
  • 21-11-2020

Loved this book

This has been one of my favourite books from Audible. I loved the setting for the story, in
Aultbea in the north west highlands. The two stories ran side by side perfectly one set in 1940’s, the other in the 1970’s. Beautifully read by Mhairi Morrison made it perfect and authentic.
It was quite gripping until the end.

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  • Sally-AnneR
  • 14-01-2021

Delightful story

Wonderfully told by Mhairi Morrison, although I had to speed it up to 1 as she reads really slowly. Her Scottish lilt blended beautifully with the content and I enjoyed the fact it was based on Churchill’s notes of the time so that the fleet and its war time tragedies were historically true. It’s easy to follow (important when listening I think) as the story is told through the eyes of mother and daughter alternating in their different time periods. Recommend for quiet times and bedtime listening.

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  • Gaynor MM
  • 02-01-2021

Lovely story and an easy listen.

Enjoyed this audio book, easy to listen - you don't need to concentrate too much; enjoyed the historical based facts. Ideal for listening while doing something else - in my case sewing.

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  • Esther
  • 15-11-2020

Enjoyable

A gentle enjoyable story with a lovely atmospheric Scottish setting. Not likely to be realistic.

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  • Mama C
  • 23-10-2020

Loved it...

Beautiful story with fantastic narration interwoven with a strong historical reality and island life in Scotland.

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  • Autumn Rose
  • 09-02-2021

like wrapping a cosy blanket around you!

This simple but beautiful story is like wrapping a cosy blanket around you! It is a constant stream of beautifully crafted words! it is simple yet mesmerising! Her descriptive writing is one of the best! not too wordy just perfect!

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  • Kate Castle
  • 06-01-2021

Absorbing listen

A heart warming story with enough local and historical anchorage to absorb the reader

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