NEW NOVEL on special pre-launch price! In the Far Pashmina Mountains …

Excited to say that my new historical novel, IN THE FAR PASHMINA MOUNTAINS, is available now as an Amazon First Reads choice in the UK and Australia at a pre-publication price of 99p! (for Kindle ebook)INTHEFARPASHMINAMOUNTAINS-MACLEODTROTTER-26220-CV-FT

Or if you have an Amazon Prime membership you can download it during September for free! Or buy the paperback for £3.99

Here is the link for Amazon.UK

And the link for Amazon.Australia

 

 

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NOSTALGIA 60’s STYLE – An African-Scottish Childhood – book review

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A humorous, moving and life-affirming memoir of an ex-pat Scottish girl growing up in 1960s Africa. The daughter of a tea planter and agricultural adviser, Lucy was constantly on the move as her father’s work took the family to remote parts of Kenya and Tanzania at a time of political change and unrest. This is contrasted with time spent back home in Scotland in between jobs when Lucy and her sister would struggle to fit in at school and miss the vibrancy of their African life. Their dislocation is the more painful as the constant upheaval takes its toll on their mother’s mental health and their parents’ marriage. Yet the book is an affectionate tribute to a remarkable couple and a way of life long gone. For those who grew up in that era, you will love the nostalgia! It’s a treat of a read.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1736878963

 

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ‘COUSIN’ FLORA …

THE SCOTTISH HEBRIDES are steeped in the history of Jacobite Risings and the legendary Flora MacDonald – a beautiful, spirited young woman from the Outer Isles who dared to put her life at risk to help the fugitive Bonnie Prince Charlie. And she may just be a cousin of mine!

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Flora – her life, loves and adventures – is the subject of my forthcoming historical novel, THE JACOBITE LASS. Available for pre-order on Kindle UK: http://amzn.to/1w5dtcl

and Kindle.com: http://amzn.to/1n63KZX

Scotland, 1722: on a remote and windswept Scottish island an enigmatic poetess foretells tragedy for the proud Macdonalds of Clanranald and the birth of an extraordinary child. That child is the passionate and free-spirited Flora. 

She is in love with childhood sweetheart, elusive Jacobite, Neil, yet increasingly drawn to passionate and handsome Allan.

Before affairs of the heart can be resolved, the exiled Prince Charles Stuart lands on the Outer Isles in his bid to win back the crown and his arrival ignites the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Scotland is plunged into bloody civil war; families and clans are torn apart in their loyalties and Flora’s fate is changed forever. The fate of a fugitive prince is in her hands. Will she risk everything for the sake of those she loves?

Deeply emotional and uplifting, THE JACOBITE LASS is set in the turbulent times of 18th century Scotland and is based on the true story of Scottish heroine, Flora MacDonald.

I have been following in her footsteps to get a feel of where she came from and the places where she lived – I feel like I know her!

Visiting Milton in South Uist where Flora partly spent her childhood.

Visiting Milton in South Uist where Flora spent part of her childhood.

Although I’m a proud MacLeod – a clan genealogist has worked out that Flora and I are distant cousins – five steps of kinship removed and several generations!

The next post will tell you more about my search for Flora’s past …

A typical Outer Isles beach and the Atlantic stretching away to America - a view unchanged since Flora's time.

A typical Outer Isles beach and the Atlantic stretching away to America – a view unchanged since Flora’s time.