The Curiosity Cabinet

  • by Catherine Czerkawska
  • Narrated by Carolyn Bonnyman
  • 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Returning to the Hebridean island of Garve after 35 years, Alys falls in love with Donal, her childhood playmate. Interwoven with their story is that of Henrietta, held on an island against her will 300 years earlier. Linking the women are an enchanting embroidered curiosity cabinet, the tug of motherhood, and the island itself.


What the Critics Say

"A powerful story about love and obligation, set in the Western isles...bringing together historical facts and contemporary life...a persuasive novel very well written." (John Burnside)


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An intriguing and gripping novel

From the first I was totally hooked by this beautifully read romantic novel. The story of Alys visiting the island of Garve in the present day is skillfully interwoven with that of Henrietta taken there against her will 300 years ago. Despite the time difference the two women share similar concerns. Especially poignant is their yearning for their sons. The magic of the Western Isles of Scotland creates a dramatic background to a tale of romance, heartache, intigue and drama. The characters are well defined and engaging. The language is poetic, enhanced by the gaelic lilt of the reader. A gripping story with wonderful images of one of the loveliest parts of the country. I look forward to enjoying more from this exciting writer.
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- Sheila

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-08-2006
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd