Afternoon lovelies. Well sadly we’re now on lockdown in my house – I’ve got a cold and cough but hopefully not the dreaded Coronavirus – however I’ve been advised to isolate just in case! I hope you are all keeping well! So today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange by Sue Lawrence – a historical fiction novel based on a true story…….
Edinburgh, January 1732: It’s Lady Grange’s funeral. Her death is a shock: still young, she’d shown no signs of ill health. But Rachel is, in fact, alive. She’s been brutally kidnapped by the man who has falsified her death – her husband of 25 years, a pillar of society with whom she has raised a family. Her punishment, perhaps, for railing against his infidelity – or for uncovering evidence of his treasonable plottings against the government. Whether to conceal his Jacobite leanings, or simply to `replace’ a wife with a long-time mistress, Lord Grange banishes Rachel to the remote Hebridean Monach Isles, until she’s removed again to distant St Kilda, far into the Atlantic – to an isolated life of primitive conditions, with no shared language – somewhere she can never be found. This is the incredible and gripping story of a woman who has until now been remembered mostly by her husband’s unflattering account. Sue Lawrence reconstructs a remarkable tale of how the real Lady Grange may have coped with such a dramatic fate, with courage and grace.
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This is a haunting and sad tale of Lady Grange who is betrayed in a terrible way by the man she loved. Finding out that he is up to no good, in more ways that one, Rachel confronts him but this is something she will later come to regret. She is kidnapped and transported miles away from her home and children and dumped on a remote island where the only person she can communicate with is the Minister, who she befriends. But things don’t go to plan and she ends up being removed again to St Kilda where she’s not able to communicate with anyone; and where she has to face the fact that her remaining years on earth will be spent there…….
The author has based the story around facts that she had researched about Lady Grange and has written it around how she may have coped with the fate that befell her; and it’s so interesting!
I fell in love with Rachel from the beginning, and wasn’t particularly taken with Lord Grange who seemed to be very uncaring towards his wife. What is interesting is their differing views on the things happening. The chapters are written from the viewpoint of different characters so one minute we will see the scenario from Rachels’ point of view and the next from James’ and they are very different! Mary, Rachel and James’ daughter, is a strong and amazing character – again one whom I loved and was glad that things turn out how they do for her. As for some of the other characters….there are definitely some unsavoury characters in here!! As well as some wonderful characters who will surprise you!
The settings are amazing! Despite the fact that storms rage, and the islands that Rachel are on can only be accessed via boats in good weather, they do sound amazing. She must have had a stressful (because of circumstance) but somewhat tranquil life, living out in such beautiful natural surroundings.
The story is well written, easy to follow and will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. When you think things may start looking up, you’ll be in for a surprise! The story is thought provoking and made me really think about what life must have been like for Lady Grange, and I’d definitely like to find out more! She’s certainly an interesting character and I’m grateful to the author for bringing this intriguing Lady into my awareness!
Overall, I found this thoroughly enjoyable and a pleasure to read! Highly recommended by me!
about the author
As well as writing popular historical thrillers, including Down to the Sea, Sue Lawrence is a leading cookery writer. After winning BBC’s MasterChef in 1991, she became a regular contributor to the Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday and other leading magazines. Raised in Dundee, she now lives in Edinburgh. She has won two Guild of Food Writers Awards.
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Massive thanks to Kelly for inviting me on to the tour, and to Sue and the publisher for providing me a paperback copy of the book in return for an honest review.
If you’ve read this too, I’d love to know what you think.
Have a good day and stay safe.