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The Highland Lass by [Gemmell, Rosemary]
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Length: 238 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Eilidh Campbell returns to her Scottish roots from America with one burning ambition: to discover the identity of her real father. But her mother’s past in Inverclyde is a mystery with family secrets, a book of Robert Burns’ poems with a hidden letter and a photograph link to the Holy Loch at Dunoon when the American Navy were in residence.

Staying with her childhood friend, Kirsty, while searching for answers, Eilidh begins to fall in love with handsome Scot Lewis Grant, but just how divorced is he? Together they trace the story of Highland Mary and Robert Burns, with its echoes to her mother’s story. From Dunoon, to Ayrshire and culminating in Greenock, Eilidh finds the past is closer than she realises.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing (10 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #999,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Layers of Love 14 May 2015
By Cynthia Harrison - Published on
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Determined and quietly courageous Eilidh Campbell never knew her father. At age 12, she traveled with her mother from Scotland to America, where they made a new life. Despite her mother’s refusal to identify her father, Eilidh was happy enough as a bookstore owner with an avid interest in all things Scottish. Then, when Eilidh is in her thirties, mother dies and daughter finds a clue to father’s identity. It leads her home to Scotland.

This finely layered novel evokes place with vivid realism, both in contemporary Scotland and in the past, with a compelling parallel story featuring Scottish poet Robert Burns and his “highland lass” Mary Campbell. As Eilidh searches down the clues to her own heritage, she also delves into the historical records of Burns and Campbell, teasing out a seemingly innocuous link between the two Campbell families.

Helping Eilidh with this task is her “cute meet” crush, history professor Lewis. Delicate echoes of the Burns and Campbell romance resonate for the contemporary couple, making those 18th Century chapters even more poignant. I’d not heard the story of Mary Campbell and Robert Burns, and this novelistic retelling is so splendidly wrought it could stand on its own, yet adds delicious foreshadowing to the Eilidh and Lewis plot.

Lewis is an intriguing character, both charming and mysterious, and readers, knowing how the tale of Burns and Campbell ends, will anxiously anticipate the unfolding of Eilidh and Lewis’s love. Yet there’s more: the primary reason Eilidh has traveled across the pond. Her initial goal was to find her father. Author Rosemary Gemmell does not disappoint, delivering a masterful and deeply poignant resolution.
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Stories Penned Within One--Well done!! 10 August 2015
By Janet Glaser - Published on
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Author Rosemary Gemmell penned two stories within one. Amazing how she wove the love stories of 1700's Robert Burns and Mary Campbell with the contemporary story of Lewis Grant and Eilidh Campbell. Cleverly keeping the two stories distinct with her excellent storytelling skills, the reader is drawn into how the 1700's love story will foreshadow the contemporary romance of Eilidh and Lewis. I've never been to Scotland so I relished the tour with Gemmell as her characters came alive on the page against the historic and contemporary Scotland. If you are a Robert Burns fan, I know you will enjoy this story. I learned so much about his life and times and was thoroughly entertained by this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars where the 'historically-recorded' story of Rabbie Burns' highland lass still burns brightly in Scotland It's a tale of thwarted 23 August 2015
By writerOS - Published on
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The Highland Lass cleverly interweaves the present, where a girl struggles to find her unknown roots in the Dunoon area, with the past, where the 'historically-recorded' story of Rabbie Burns' highland lass still burns brightly in Scotland It's a tale of thwarted love but also of searching for that which eludes us all: our past, real selves. An entertaining read, evocative of the real Scotland.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Read! 5 August 2015
By Wordfan - Published on
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Rosemary's best book so far. I loved how the two loves in the story complemented each other and I enjoyed learning more about Robert Burns and Mary Campbell. Beautiful descriptions of Scotland and points of interests blend nicely with Eilidh falling in love. I've always wanted to visit even more so.
5.0 out of 5 stars Glascow, here I come! 31 August 2015
By oseapa - Published on
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I loved the historical verses modern day lines. You really got a sense of the area by combining the two eras. I won't give the ending away, but loved the twist at the end.