Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#BookReview - A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray

Title:  A Strange Scottish Shore
Author:  Juliana Gray
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Time Travel
Release Date:  September 19, 2017

About the Book:

The acclaimed author of A Most Extraordinary Pursuit brings a dazzling voice and extraordinary plot twists to this captivating Scottish adventure...
Scotland, 1906. A mysterious object discovered inside an ancient castle calls Maximilian Haywood, the new Duke of Olympia, and his fellow researcher Emmeline Truelove north to the remote Orkney Islands. No stranger to the study of anachronisms in archeological digs, Haywood is nevertheless puzzled by the artifact: a suit of clothing that, according to family legend, once belonged to a selkie who rose from the sea and married the castle’s first laird.
But Haywood and Truelove soon realize they’re not the only ones interested in the selkie’s strange hide. When their mutual friend Lord Silverton vanishes in the night from an Edinburgh street, their quest takes a dangerous turn through time, which puts Haywood’s extraordinary talents—and Truelove’s courage—to their most breathtaking test yet.

Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:

When I first agreed to read and review the ARC "A Strange Scottish Shore" from NetGalley, I had not realized it was Book #2 in this series.  Sorrowfully, I did not realize it until I was halfway into Chapter Two and I was totally confused as to what was happening.  Confused, but also very much intrigued.  So much so, that I immediately purchased Book #1, "A Most Extraordinary Pursuit" and delved right in.  I had one of those great "Ah ha!" moments!  As soon as I finished that book, I started again with "A Strange Scottish Shore" with renewed vigor!  And this time, I loved it!!

Juliana Gray has created the most astonishing characters ever!  Not your typical cookie-cutter characters.  No, no, no.  These are the most unique characters to ever grace the pages of a novel and I loved every one of them... except for those you need to totally dislike.  Shocking revelations come to light when Max and Emmaline discover Max's unique abilities and sends Miss Truelove six hundred years in the past to find Lord Silverton.  What all she finds will keep you thoroughly entertained in the mystery and in the romance.  Yes, Book #2 has much more romance in it!  And I loved the way the story was interwoven with mythology.  Beautifully written!  I do hope there will be more books in this series.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Juliana Gray is the pen name of New York Times bestselling author Beatriz WilliamsShe lives near the Connecticut shore with her long-suffering husband, two scheming cats, a beagle of dubious origins, and four largely unsupervised children.

A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a corporate and communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons. 


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