This is the first novel of Ms. Livesey's that I've read, and it's a doozy. It's got intrigue, mystery, masterful character and plot development, and no easy answers. I highly recommend this gripping book, but warn you that there are some disturbing elements. This is not fluff.
A decent harried young banker, already on the verge of distraction, hurries north to Scotland and his mysteriously troubled sister...A foreign mother struggles to make a home for her family in a society she only vaguely comprehends...A baby is abandoned in a bus-station rest room...And thus five lives and more are caught up in a binding net of affection and responsiblity, of sibling loyalty, romantic longing and maternal love.
A great book on how any common citizen unwittingly can become a criminal!!!!
I read one book by this lady and I liked it, so I requested this one. I liked this one as well. She has an ambience to her books that keep you coming back to get to the story, and when the book is over you are perplexed as to how much has happened and yet how little has changed. A certainly different atmosphere. Her books leave you with an eerie sense that something more needs to be explained, but then you realize that all her books are a little off-center.
Ewan Munro - a decent, yet harried young banker - receives a peculiar and disturbing letter from his sister Mollie. Already poised on the brink of his own personal crisis and desperately worried about Mollie's troubled state of mind, Ewan travels north to Scotland to be with his sister in her time of need. Along the way, Ewan discovers a baby abandoned in a bus station rest-room and, unsure about what to do next, he takes the child with him to see his sister.
What follows next are the intertwining stories and motivations of five different people - and the poignant story of the many more lives caught up in binding nets of affection and responsibility, of sibling loyalty, romantic longing and maternal love. Ultimately, the question becomes, where does the line between doing the morally acceptable thing cross with the line that follows criminal behavior? And what is the true cost of having the best of intentions and acting on them?
First of all, let me say that this was an extraordinarily well-written story and I enjoyed it immensely. In my opinion, Ms. Livesey really captures the authenticity of her characters, and manages to make the reader care about them as people who are experiencing tremendous difficulties. That being said, I will say that this particular story seemed just the slightest bit far-fetched; although I would still give this book a definite A+!