Another Fabulous Read by the awesome Elena Collins. I loved The Witches Tree so much it was in my Top 3 reads of 2022. I could hardly wait for the release of the wonderfully written The Lady of the Loch. It taps into two time settings and tells us a wonderful but eery time slip story. In places the writing is almost poetic and the dialect is captured beautifully. We meet twin sisters Zoe and Leah who end up in Scotland. We also meet Agnes, Morag, Effie, Biddy who is said to be 100 years old. There are horses, Kings, the plucking of grouse, relationships and all those magical things that make this story work so well. I have the ARC, Audible ( well chosen narrator, easy to listen to) and paperback. I will add to this review at a later date as I have more to share. I can 100% say that it's in my top 3 for 2023.
The Lady of the Loch
‘Although I believe I will die here in this castle, my spirit will never be silent.’
Ravenscraig Castle, Scotland. 1307
When the castle she works in is sacked by the army of Prince Edward of England, kitchen maid Agnes Fitzgerald manages to escape north of Inverness to throw herself at the mercy of the Lord and Lady at Ravenscraig Castle. Although safe for now, the people of Scotland are fighting hard for their independence, and the threat of the English hangs heavy over the land. But when Agnes spies Cam Buchanan swimming in the loch, her mind turns away from war and towards love. Agnes even dares to dream of a happy future, until she learns that Cam must go and fight alongside Robert de Brus.
Twins Leah and Zoe need a change, so caretaking at Ravenscraig Castle is the perfect opportunity to get away from it all. Surrounded by rugged Highland countryside, and bordered by a loch, the picturesque setting is everything they dreamed of. But the locals are reluctant to visit Ravenscraig, and there are whispers of ghosts and lost souls. The sisters quickly dismiss such superstition, but soon the overwhelming sadness they feel coming from the tower grows too hard to ignore.
Can the sisters finally right the wrongs of seven hundred years of heartbreak, seven hundred years of betrayal…
USA Today bestselling author Judy Leigh writing as Elena Collins, brings you this heart-breaking and unforgettable timeslip novel, perfect for fans of Barbara Erskine, Diana Gabaldon and Louise Douglas.
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Author Bio – Elena Collins is the pseudonym for USA Today bestselling author Judy Leigh writing unforgettable, heart-breaking timeslip novels. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.
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Thanks for this gorgeous review, Fiona. You’ve set me a target now, to make sure I’m in your top three…
Thanks as ever for your wonderful support. Sending warm wishes. xx