A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray

A Strange Scottish Shore

Juliana Gray

The second historical fiction novel revolving around a captivating mystery, A Strange Scottish Shore is brimming with amazing adventure, romance and suspense.

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The acclaimed author of A Most Extraordinary Pursuit brings a dazzling voice and extraordinary plot twists to this captivating Scottish adventure...
 
Scotland, 1906. A mysterious object discovered inside an ancient castle calls Maximilian Haywood, the new Duke of Olympia, and his fellow researcher Emmeline Truelove north to the remote Orkney Islands. No stranger to the study of anachronisms in archeological digs, Haywood is nevertheless puzzled by the artifact: a suit of clothing that, according to family legend, once belonged to a selkie who rose from the sea and married the castle’s first laird.
 
But Haywood and Truelove soon realize they’re not the only ones interested in the selkie’s strange hide. When their mutual friend Lord Silverton vanishes in the night from an Edinburgh street, their quest takes a dangerous turn through time, which puts Haywood’s extraordinary talents—and Truelove’s courage—to their most breathtaking test yet.


Advance Galley Reviews

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This book was a little hard to follow until you got the pattern of the writing and got the pieces of the series. This is the second in the series. The characters in this series are wonderful! Max, Truelove, and Silverton are the main characters in this series. There are items that jump in time, then people. I have to say, the interplay between Truelove and Silverton is absolutely wonderful! At first they flirt, they they don’t like each other, then he disappears! She must find him, but when she realizes that he goes back in time, she goes after him! They find each other in the past and make a life. This is an absolutely wonderful book and I highly recommend it!

An absolutely wonderful sequel! I loved how many of the threads leftover from the first book were resolved. It took some twists that I really did not see coming and I'm not sure where the series will go from here. However, I think this could easily be the final book in the series and that fans would be satisfied with the ending. Wonderful novel

I enjoyed the Edwardian setting and characters, but I think I would have enjoyed it better if I'd read the books in order.

After reading the first book in the series, A Most Extraordinary Pursuit, I was looking forward to this book. I was very surprised at the turn of events, I have to say I wasn't expecting what happened in the second half of the book. At first, I didn't know how I felt about the ending, but I appreciate Juliana Gray doing the unexpected with her series. I am very curious as to where the series will go from here. I thought the ending seemed like a good way to end a series, so if there are more books it will be interesting to see where/when the characters end up.

Thank you First to Read for the advanced copy A Strange Scottish Shore. SPOILER: I love everything Juliana Gray (aka Beatriz Williams) writes. This book just re-enforces that. This book is the second in a series about Emmeline Truelove and the new Duke of Olympia. It has time-travel, mystery, a touch of romance, supernatural elements, and is a wonderful continuation of the story and the characters. It is a twisty tale and moves along quickly. I am looking forward to the next installment!

With thanks to the author, Juliana Gray, and the publisher, Berkley, for the Advanced Reader Copy. The brief review provided to me by "First to Read" made me think of a historical fiction plus procedural mystery. While it wasn't what I expected along those lines, I found A Strange Scottish Shore enjoyable. I had not read the first Evalgeline Truelove book in the series, but that wasn't necessary to follow the thread of this novel. While it is a mystery, it is part-fantasy and part-romance. I would recommend it for those who enjoy the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness

This is the second book in a series, and while it isn't absolutely necessary to have read the first before reading this one, there are some references that will make more sense if you have. Overall, it's an enjoyable book. The characters are strong and developed. T

Emmeline Truelove has been summoned by her employer, Maximillian Haywood, the Duke of Olympia, to help him research an object that was discovered in Max’s remote Scottish castle. While on the train to her destination, Emmeline finds that she is being followed by a mysterious man. Before he has a chance to accost her, Emmeline is rescued by her friend, Lord Silverton. However, once she arrives in Scotland, Emmeline realizes that Lord Silverton has vanished. Emmeline and the Duke try to find out information about the newly discovered object as well as the whereabouts of Lord Silverton. This novel has many twists and turns as well as some supernatural incidents. It is the sequel to Juliana Gray’s novel, A Most Extraordinary Pursuit. Since I hadn’t read the first novel, this one was a bit difficult to follow as there were many references to the first book. A Strange Scottish Shore, for me, was not a stand alone novel. However, it would appeal to readers who have already read the first novel. Thank you to First to Read and Penguin Publishing Group for giving me the opportunity to read this mystery.

Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to read A Strange Scottish Shore. This book is the second in the Series, but it wasn't difficult to understand what was going on if the first book was not read. The story is told through Emmeline Truelove beginning in 1906. She is the assistant of Max, the Duke of Olympia, and they are visiting an old castle in Scotland. They come across a chest with a mysterious selkie suit that piques both their interest. When their friend Silverton disappears, the two believe his disappearance is linked to the chest. Max uses his unique powers to transport Emmeline back in time. I thought the book started out a little slow, but the pace picked up as the book went along. It was interesting to see how Emmeline coped in a Scotland 600 years prior to her birth, and to see how she acclimated to the unfamiliar society into which she was placed. This tale of time travel is a great read and will be enjoyed by Outlander fans.

I had pretty mixed feelings about the first book in this series. There was a lot I liked, but the pacing was really slow and it felt like a lot of the ideas in the book weren't well fleshed-out. This book is more focused and the pacing is great. I never felt it dragged or felt the desire to not pick it up after I had to put it down. The selkie story was interesting and I enjoyed how we came to learn a little more about Max and his abilities. I did feel like the book took a shortcut with romance between Emmaline and Silverton. I like both of them separately and together, but I would have liked to see more attention paid to the evolution of their relationship. I'm excited to see where this series takes us in the future.

I really enjoyed this book! I haven't read the first book in the series, but I was easily able to learn and follow characters in the book. Truelove is the perfect woman for the series- she's smart, independent, and kind. I loved following Truelove's story. Definitely fiction, but with a historical element. Well-written and an easy read!

Emmeline Truelove is a character that I enjoyed meeting and following during her adventures. Her relationships with the duke of Olympia and also Lord Silverton are intriguing and of the sort that I look forward to following in further books in the series. In A strange Scottish Shore the characters begin in 1906 Scotland, but do not all stay there. Although I am not a huge fan of time travel novels, Juliana Grey manages to take the reader from time to time without spending to much time on the 'how' of it all or on the 'rules' that must not be broken.

This was a fun read. Strong characters and a twisty but followable narrative.

I received this book for a review. Lovely read! I had not read the first book in the series but was easily caught up with the characters and events. Intrigue, romance and time travel always a good combination. I will definitely recommend the book to friends.

This was a very interesting read. I hadn't read the first book in the series but you can easily get up to speed without it. I will read it next to get a fuller picture of the characters. I loved the historical elements about Scotland and of course who can resist a good time-traveling tale? It wound up being much more of a love story than I expected, but the author really made it work and you felt like the characters really grew and evolved together. Highly recommended.

I chose this book due to my love of historical fiction, and Scotland in particular. I was pleasantly suprised to find that the author is actually Beatriz Williams, about whom I had heard good things. Luckily I was able to read both books in this series, and loved them! They remind me of Sara Donati and Susannah Kearsley. Written by, for and about strong women, with just the right amount of romance and intrigue. Cannot wait for the next one! Thank you.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am a fan of time-travel books and looked forward to reading this one. The characters were interesting as were the time periods that played predominantly in the story. I couldn't quite reconcile the appearances of the Queen and her father though they did add a further element of mystery to the story. Not having read this author's previous historical fiction novel, I don't know if this could have answered my questions. In all, I liked the book, but it left no lasting impression for me.

I have waited awhile for a book like this. It was not cookie-cutter. It is wonderfully different than all the others. There are many nuances. Some of the best genres all thrown in to one book. I loved this book and will definitely recommend it to others.

I really wanted to read this book, but the digital edition was so tiny that I couldn't read the print. Really, really disappointing. This is something First to Read should try to fix, please!

I enjoyed the way how the author came up with her own version of what life might have been like in the Orkneys in the 13th and 14th Century. Throw in the myth of the Selkies and a bit of the Edwardian Era and you have an interesting and entertaining story to read. If one is a fan of the Outlander series or "The Sterkarm Handshake" this is the story for you.

This book is both utterly absurd and incredibly fun. Max explores his new-found time travel power and manages to basically get everyone in trouble. We learn more about the other players - mostly those from the future - and how everything intertwines by the end of the book. Another fun, wild ride.

 


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