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 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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