It seems a perfect afternoon in the Highlands. Standing at the door of the lochside castle that has been his family's home for generations, Charlie Stuart welcomes his guests to the annual summer drinks party. Conversation, laughter and the clinking of glasses soon fill the air as friends and neighbours come together to toast the laird's happiness and prosperity. But Charlie sees the truth behind the façade: the sacrifices made to safeguard the estate; the devastating losses that have haunted him for decades; the guilt that lies at the heart of it all. And in a few hours, he knows, the perfect afternoon will come to an end.
The past, with its dark secrets of love, death, loyalty and betrayal, is about to catch up with him. And it could finally tear his family apart...
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By Patricia on 10-04-14
enjoyable but a bit o' summat and nowt
I just couldn't get Alan Titchmarsh's face out of my mind when listening to this book. I couldn't separate his voice from gardening and chat shows to take the delivery of this story seriously. If you are going to attempt a Scottish accent for one Scottish person surely every Scot should have a Scottish accent? I think he overuses archaic language alongside current vernacular to no good effect. If I was writing his report card I would say "Tries too hard". He needs to decide what mode of language he wants to use and not overfill his book with big words and old-fashioned terms.
A story of big castles, family trials and tribulations and peace in the end. I listened to it all but was not hooked.
I think it may have been better with a different narrator.
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