A family ripped asunder.
A terrible secret lurks in a thrilling novel of love, grief, and mystery.
Patrick thought his grandfather, John, died before he was born.
In later life, he finds out that it wasn’t true. For the first five years of Patrick’s life, they stayed in the same small village.
So why were they kept apart?
Patrick wishes to search the past to find the reason – but only if he can be united with his young daughter first.
And that means bringing her home to Scotland.
It means journeying to France to take her away from the care of her mother, Patrick’s ex-wife.
In 1915, with the war raging in Europe, John is a young man working on the family farm. Not yet old enough to enlist but aware of its looming threat, he meets Catherine. But his attempts at courtship end suddenly when an accident rips his life apart.
Told in alternate chapters, set, mainly, in South-West Scotland, this is the dramatic story of Patrick, interwoven with John’s traumatic life.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I write every day, if possible.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I tend to play a game of scrabble on the computer. I tell myself it is to warm up the brain. Really, it’s to delay the start of writing.
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
– What is your favourite book?
The House on Pooh Corner.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I’ll try anything as long as I feel it has the potential to be a good story.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Mostly not, but I might take one particular characteristic from someone.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No. However, if a good idea comes along, I’ll scribble it down on a scrap of paper.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I never read chick-lit – but I’d like to have a go at writing it. It’s probably harder than it appears.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I doubt anyone would want me.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I was thinking about starting my next story in Venice, so I would have the excuse of visiting it again.
Thank you, RR Gall and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
RR Gall lives in Scotland and is the author of:
The Case of the Pig in the Evening Suit,
The Case of Colourful Clothes and Kilts,
The Case of the Hermit’s Guest Bedroom
Two Tides To Turn,
A Different Place to Die,
Only the Living Can Die.
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