Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The House on the Shore by: Victoria Howard

The House on the Shore
by:Victoria Howard

Publication Date: Feb. 18,2009
Source: Ebook provided by Author


This visually magical tale takes the reader on a journey from the remote shores of Loch Hourn in the Scottish Highlands to the singular beauty of Cape Cod. When Anna MacDonald leaves Edinburgh to find peace in the Scottish Highlands, she gets a twofold surprise: a lost sailor teaches her to love again...while a mysterious stranger has plans to kill her. Passed over for promotion by her boss-and boyfriend, Anna walks off the job in anger. But being reactionary has its price. Now she can no longer afford the rent on her Edinburgh apartment. So she retreats to the only place she has ever felt happy - her grandmother's croft on the edge of a Highland loch. With no phone or neighbours, and only two border collies for company, Anna sets out to finally achieve her lifelong dream; to write-and sell-the novel that has burned within her for years. Luke Tallantyre, a renowned Cape Cod artist, has sailed across the Atlantic to escape an artistic dry spell, and come to terms with his dangerous past. When his yacht develops a problem he drops anchor in Loch Hourn. He rows ashore, and knocking on the door of the croft, asks to use the telephone, but the reception he receives is less than welcoming - in fact it's downright frosty. Anna resents the cranky American's intrusion to her seemingly idyllic life. Luke thinks she's an ill-mannered hermit. But an unseen assassin is after one of them. So they unwillingly join forces and embark on an adventure neither ever imagined, including a chance at true love.


Ms. Howard is a truly magnificent author who writes her novels with passion and love. Howard does an amazing job telling us about the characters in her novels as well as the place in which they are set. She makes it seem as though you have stepped into the pages and are part of the story yourself rather than reading about others. Howard keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end and makes you want to keep reading. Howard makes you feel as though you know her characters personally. She makes every scene so vivid you feel like you are standing there with the characters. This was an excellent quick read from a brilliant author.

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