Barbara Erskine's classic bestseller, the successor to Lady of Hay, at last available as a HarperCollins paperback. In a childless and unhappy marriage, Clare Royland is rich and beautiful -- but lonely. And fueling her feelings of isolation is a strange, growing fascination with an ancestress from the distant past. Troubled by haunting inexplicable dreams that terrify -- but also powerfully compel -- her, Clare is forced to look back through the centuries for answers. In 1306, Scotland is at war. Isobel, Countess of Buchan, faces fear and the prospect of untimely death as the fighting surrounds her. But passionate and headstrong, her trials escalate when she is persecuted for her part in crowning Robert the Bruce, her lover. Duncairn, Isobel's home and Clare's beloved heritage, becomes a battleground for passions that span the centuries. As husband Paul's recklessness threatens their security, Clare must fight to save Duncairn, and to save herself from the powers of Isobel...
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Barbara Erskine is the author of Lady of Hay, which has sold well over a million copies worldwide, Kingdom of Shadows, Encounters and Child of the Phoenix. Midnight is a Lonely Place and House of Echoes were shortlisted for the W H Smith Thumping Good Read awards and were followed by Distant Voices and On the Edge of Darkness. Her most recent novels, Whispers in the Sand and Hiding from the Light were both Sunday Times top ten bestsellers. Barbara Erskine's novels have been translated into thirty languages. Barbara Erskine has a degree in mediaeval Scottish history from Edinburgh University. She and her family divide their time between the Welsh borders and their home near the coast of EssexFrom AudioFile:
Clare Royland, unhappily married to a man on the verge ofbankruptcy, retreats into dreams of her twelfth- century ancestor,Isobel. But when her husband tries to trick her into selling Duncairn,Isobel's home and Clare's inheritance, Clare realizes she must fightto save both herself and Isobel. With her Scottish brogue and easycadences, Leslie Mackie is an ideal choice for narrator. She portraysboth sides of Clare--the lost, unhappy self and the lively, courageouswoman she finds within herself--with warmth and just a touch ofnaïveté. Her portrayal of Paul, Clare's husband, isoutstanding--harsh, intolerant, deceitful, and willing to use anddestroy anyone who gets in his way. Mackie builds the rise and fall ofthe plot, and successfully creates an emotional reading for anyromance lover. W.L.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007173628