It was 1905 and two weeks after the death and funeral of Christy s beloved husband she announced
to her children Hamish James and Anne their wives and husband and her randdaughter Kathryn her children Hamish James and Anne their wives and husband and her Cezanne and Provence: The Painter in His Culture granddaughter Kathryn she was sailing from her home in Tasmania to visit her place of birth the Isle of Skye in Scotland The uproar was immediate but Christy was adamant It had been a lifelong dream after she had arrived at the tender age of fifteen with her two brothers on the shores of Tasmania she needed to Spindrift by Tamara McKinley is a novel to hide in between the covers or wrapped comfortably in your woollen tartan shawl as you slowly drift through the pages on a seabound adventureIt s in The Isle of Skye where you ll be beside towering black cliffs where waterfalls tumble to the sea and the mist of spindrift become lost in the soft veil of rainYou ll be on a voyage to Pacific Islands Rio and Morocco until your destination finds you looking at Dunvegan Castle in ScotlandIt s aran Thank you Goodreads for this wonderful book in exchange for a review This is a story about Christy who ventures back with her daughter and randdaughter to the place of her birthShe tells of her life with each place she visitsIt is a story that touches the heartA tale of hardship unbearable loss and a secret that Christy hoped she would never have to revealChristys past becomes entwined with her future and her family stand to lose everythingI really enjoyed this book and it has joined my other books on my to read another day shelfA wonderful story that the author has written on a blank page and created a masterpieceHighly recommended Follow the trail of locations on the Literary Travel Agency SpindriftA very moving and heartbreaking story about a woman travelling across the world to literally step into her past and see her childhood again This obviously causes problems that she realises and if you ve ever done similar those feelings will leak out Heartbreaking however for her past and her memories as they flicker into view and in the middle of a conversation with her daughter that life comes to the fore as if a black and white photo of the past is placed over the colour present dayThis is definately a novel where the locations are central to the story line Two central stories play out on two opposite ends of the world but it was the one in Skye which really captured my imagination The scenes played outt here were awful and a shameful view of the past but evocative and raw You can still smell and see them as Christy revists them for real It s a neat techniue which than carries the novel alongEven the way in which she travels to Tasmania and back to Skye all those years later is eventful This is the story of a journey in every sense of the word As "she is remembering her life in Skye life as she knows " is remembering her life in Skye life as she knows is unravelling on the other side of the worldI have to say that the characters Christy s family were interesting if a little harsh towards their mother I did enjoy meeting Gregor MacGregor with his horse and trap a man who knew the past and the present like the back of his hand I wanted to spend time with him in his cottage with a hot cup of tea and ask him about the history of this placeThis is Christy s story though and a one which unravels slowly but surely It was slow moving but that just allowed the idea of
how we are tethered to our past and where we ve lived to really shine throughI always enjoy we are tethered to our past and where we ve lived to really shine throughI always enjoy bit of Scottish history and this was a tale which blended the emotional but the here and now I so wanted to like this book but in the end. An epic emotional journey about love and sacrifice set between the magical Isle of Skye and the promising new frontier of distant Tasmania 'Oh how magnificent' Christy's randdaughter breathed as the ferry followed a curve in the water and they had a clear view of Dunvegan Castle at the end of the loch 'It's like a fairy tale castle' She turned to Christy her face radiant 'How does it feel to be home again after all this time' Christy felt the tears prick and athered th.
Tamara McKinley Ù 2 ReadNd with her daughter and randdaughter During the journey she tells the story of her younger years But there are also events happening back in Tasmania and Australia which the rest of the family has to deal withFor me what drew me to the book is the setting on Skye A line of my husband s family come from there and I have been a few times so I thought it would be very interesting to read about it from a historical angle It was uite fun to follow their journey to Skye and read about the places I
VE SEEN MYSELF I DID LEARNseen myself I did learn bit about what happened there during the Highland clearances I have always wondered why there are so many ruins of houses on Skye and in the Highlands in eneral and only knew part of the story The descriptions of Skye really bring it to life and I could picture it well in my head It brought me back to my holidays thereThe tagline of the book The island will always call to her is tad misleading though as only maybe a third of the book is actually set on SkyeI was very interested to read about Australia and New Zealand in the 19th century and wasn t disappointed The characters are all human with their flaws and personalitiesFrom the very
Beginning We Are Toldwe are told is a terrible secret which we don t actually learn about until the last uarter of the book It was uite well executed but I have to admit I ot annoyed with the constant referring to the secret after a while tell us already I felt at the end that the secret was uite anti climatic to what I had been led to expect and a Communism great deal of pain and worry could have been avoided had the characters been a bit honest They were really annoying by the end and I wanted to shake them and tell them to stop being so difficult But Iuess that s what makes them humanThe multiple points of view worked well here although I still am not a fan of this techniue but that is just personal taste I find it very frustrating to How to Read the American City Close Up go from one point of view to the next and to be left hanging I also tend to roll my eyes at clich s such as she let out the breath she didn t know she was holding not a 100% accurate uote but it appeared a couple of times in the book but overall I did enjoy the writing styleSo all in all I think it was aood read albeit a tad frustrating I think readers who like multiple points of view will like Spindrift better than me The historical element is what drew me to it and I wasn t disappointed so I m happy with that Disclaimer Thank you to NetGalley and uercus Books for a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review More reviews on my blog An epic journey about love and sacrifice set between the magical Isle of Skye and the promising new frontier of distant Tasmania1905 Christy had always dreamed of returning to the wild Scottish island where she was born the Isle of Skye an t Eilean Sgiathanach in Gaelic nicknamed cloud island by the Old Norse people to once again lay eyes on in it s tumbling waterfalls and dramatic coastlines And now in her sixty fifth year she has finally decided to Catholics, Anglicans, and Puritans go her mistrustful daughter Anne and belovedranddaughter Kathryn acting as companionsBut what they don t realise is the Christy s past hides some dark secrets and in returning to Skye they will unearth bittersweet memories long buried memories that will change the course of the three women s lives for everI loved the description of the desolation and beauty of the Isle of Skye even though the settlements of MacInnes Bay and Gilleasbuig do not exist but the instances of what happened during the clearances on the island are real. Ing waterfalls and dramatic coastlines of her homeland And now in her sixty fifth year Christy has finally decided to Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet go her mistrustful daughter Anne and belovedranddaughter Kathryn acting as companions But what Anne and Kathryn don't realise is that Christy's past is darker and textured than they could know and that in returning to Skye they will unearth bittersweet memories long buried memories that will ultimately change the course of the three women's lives foreve. .
I had to conclude that it suffered from a severe lack of editing skills The blurb on the back of my book mentions a love affair with Hans Muller so I waited the entire book to meet Hans He is not mentioned once I assume that the author must have changed the name of the character "THAT ENDED UP AS PETER MULLER BUT HONESTLY WHAT " ended up as Peter Muller but honestly what mistake to makeThe use of a family secret to build drama and suspense didn t really work in my opinion The family secret was clearly referred to uite early on and then the number of conversations that were shortened because the text just lossed over the part where the secret was mentioned When A reat historical novel and mystery Spindrift is set in two different locations Australia and the Isle of Skye This story of Christy and her family is also set in two different time periods 1904 and 1840sChristy Anne her daughter and Kathryn her Conversations with Nelson Algren grand daughter make the sea voyage to Christy s birthplace the Isle of Skye While they are reliving the sadness of her early life there Anne s husband Harold is trying to locate some mysterious documents back home Family secrets areradually being revealed including misfortune and mistakes made in the pastThe author brings places to life with her reat descriptions I enjoyed the
landscape of Skye which I could clearly see in my mind Some of the characters were hard to relateof Skye which I could clearly see in my mind Some of the characters were hard to relate initially especially Anne Though a product of their era they did develop and row as the book progressedSpindrift drew me in with the style of writing and the suspense of the mystery I found this a very interesting book to read and highly recommend it Thanks to NetGalley for
the copy of the book to review If you like family sagas set in the pastcopy of the book to review If you like family sagas set in the past secrets that return to haunt the protagonists years later then look no further than Tamara McKinley s epic novels Spindrift is no exception and while I enjoyed the story and stuck with it to the end there were a few niggles for me Christy is recently widowed and returns to the Isle of Skye to confront her past when her family were victims of the cruel clearances her daughter and Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate granddaughter accompany her and she relates some of her past to them So far soood But the daughter Anne was so annoying in her rudeness and obnoxiousness it felt unrealistic While they are in Scotland her sons in Australia receive word that a shameful family secret will soon be uncovered The rest of the story involves this secret and the story flits to Tasmania the Barossa Valley and Sydney while the author keeps hinting at this shameful secret I m afraid it was difficult for me to feel the full impact of the secret as I was reading this with a 21st century perspective and thinking So what but for a enteel person in 1905 it would have been disastrous But the whole story was so drawn out and none of the characters except Christy really likeable I sometimes lost interest Two further niggles it is impossible to see the Tasman Peninsula and Storm Bay from Bellerive and the sentence It was still winter in this southern corner of the world although it was late May makes no sense as winter does not even begin until June Methinks the author while born in Tasmania may not have been there for a while and thus the book needed better research or a diligent editor struggling with this so farhope it ets betterwell it didnt Dealing with Risk: Why the Public and the Experts Disagree on Environmental Issues get much better but I stuck it out was ok wouldn t rave about it Spindrift tells the story of Christy MacInnes a 65 year old woman living in Tasmania In 1905 after the death of her husband sheoes back to the Isle of Skye her homela. E tartan shawl closer her Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times gaze avoiding the hated castle and all it stood for 'I don't know whether to laugh or cry' she confessed 'I've seen so many changes already that I'm almost frightened of what I'll find when we arrive ' 1905 Christy has always dreamed of making the journey from her home in Tasmania back to the wild and beautiful Scottish island where she was born the Isle of Skye nicknamed 'cloud island' by the Old Norse people to once again lay eyes on the tumbl.