Smouldering Fire

Smouldering FireLibrarian S Note This Is An Alternate Cover Edition For ISBN 9780030013119, Found Here From The Cover D.E Stevenson Has Here Produced One Of The Best Novels With A Highland Setting Which Has Appeared For Many A Day The Reader Is Made Sensible Of The Charm And Mystery Of The Highlands On The First Page And The Glamour Remains To The End So Wrote The Scotsman Of Edinburgh When This Novel Was First Published In Smouldering Fire, We Find A Rare Combination Of Love, Mystery, And Humor. What a hottie, eh This story is, at heart, a romance I personally would have no issue with a romance featuring unattractive people, or old folks, but the character is described as the handsomest man at every ga
Not my favorite Stevenson, although the Dean Street Press kindle cover is gorgeous.This book was classic D.E Stevenson until about 75% Iain MacAslan is the owner, and laird, of Ardfalloch, a Scottish estate and in the years after WWI, the finances of the estate have become increasingly untenable As a result, MacAslan finds himself forced to rent Ardfalloch to a business man from London, Mr Hetherington Smith, for the shooting season When Mr Hetherington Smith, and his wife, arrive at Ardfalloch, they bring with them some houseguests for a country house party, including Linda Medworth and her young son, Richard.Iain is humiliated at having to rent out his beloved home, so he sends his mother and her companion the housekeeper, Janet, off to London for the summer and he goes to live in the rustic, lochside cottage While he is there, staying out of sight, he meets Richard Medworth, who helps him to repair a boat, and gives him the fairly adorable nickname of Boatmender He and Richard create an immediate bond of shared interest and affection, and when he finally meets Linda, he realizes that she is a woman that he met years ago in London, where he spent a few magical hours with her, and she has been the woman of his heart ever since.Linda is married to a fairly awful guy named Jack, and is in the midst of a divorce.There s a lot of drama that happen
Such an atmospheric and well drawn beginning that I thought it would be a favorite, but by the end I had serious moral misgivings. A Scottish Laird makes an inn of his castle in order to be able to afford to keep his family land He is served and assisted by his loyal ghillie, whose family line have served the Laird s family for generations.Among the groups of guests that stay in his castle, the Laird meets a woman and her young son who are hiding from her abusive ex husband The Laird and his lady guest become friends and fall in love, but circumstances complicate their path to romantic bliss.Some reviewers express dismay at a twist in this tale of love and loyalty In my opinion, that s what makes the book a genuine exploration of Scottish heritage and not just another pleasant romance novel Though an avid fan, I
This book was a pretty enjoyable read, but towards the end it took an odd turn Instead of facing out the difficulty, someone just decided to cut straight through the knot in a judgment call that left me scratching my head and uncomfortable with the whole thing The main character i
3.5 stars There s lots to like about this book the usual coziness and atmosphere found in Stevenson s books and I like learning about the Scottish traditions and mindset But there s a rather unpleasant surprise at the end which slid a cloud over the sun and made me ask, Seriously, was that necessary I love the character of MacAslan such a strong yet tender hearted clan leader The moral questions raised in this book still provoke quite a bit of thought. Is this an attempt at moral complexity Does the end justify the means Stevenson has subverted her usual fairy tale style of writing to introduce some morally dubious elements to this story The hero is presented as the perfect gentleman but stories of the warring clans and their violent past are used to suggest that brutality is part of the Highland character He is revered like a prince by his servants and tenants, the true ideal of a Highland laird, so it s hardly surprising that he arrogantly expects everything to fall in his favour The great shock of this paragon of virtue deciding that the only way to get what he wants is to commit murder, with no regard to the life of the victim or the casual lawlessness of the act, essentially mars the novel, even though he does not ultimately commit the crime That he thinks he can do so with no compunction suggests he is not a man who deserves a happy ending, yet Stevenson provides him with one His fianc e s objection to the plan is that he would be caught and hanged, not that the act itself is inherently repugnant Does a man who would kill for love inspire greater love in return do the two reprobates deserve each other or is the whole marriage doomed because both parties are morally repellent When
Normally, D.E Stevenson books are my comfort reads and this book had many of the same elements of her other books I still enjoyed most of it but like many other reviewers, I was uncomfortable with the ending and at times, I was frustrated with the protagonist. Nice romance drama with great characters I really enjoyed the Mrs Smith subplot But the mystery at the end is so obvious I cannot believe no one figures it out