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The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard

The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard                   Product Description from Amazon

Ruth Travers has lost a lover, both parents and her job. Now she thinks she might be losing her mind. When death strikes again, Ruth finds herself the owner of a dilapidated Victorian house on the Isle of Skye: “Tigh na Linne”, the summer home she shared as a child with her beloved Aunt Janet, the woman she’d regarded as a mother.
As Ruth prepares to put the old house up for sale, she discovers she’s not the only occupant. Worse, she suspects she might be falling in love again… With a man who died almost a hundred years ago.
I really can’t tell you much more about The Glass Guardian, besides what you’ve just read in the above book blurb, without giving away too much of the story & possibly ruining it for anyone who may want to read it. Honestly, if you want to know more, then read The Glass Guardian (or I suppose you could search out other reviews on other sites) – you’ll be glad that you did!
Linda Gillard has a knack of writing characters you really want to spend time with – characters you could easily see becoming your friends – characters so vivid and flawed – so real. And that is not to mention the talent she has of painting these wonderful pictures of the scenery where she has placed her characters & The Glass Guardian is no exception. I think Linda’s descriptions of the surroundings are the main reason I love her books. She draws you in, making you feel almost as though you are an observer in the locations where her stories are taking place, watching first hand as the action unfolds. One of the other great things about Linda’s books is that, unlike a lot of other authors I have read, her books certainly don’t follow a formula! Each book is different, with a different style & different feel and a different societal challenge. Oh yea, there is one thing that they all have in common, besides being really well written – they all have very lovely men!
Seriously, I appreciate that a ghost story/romance isn’t for everyone, but The Glass Guardian really is a good book – well written as usual & one I would not hesitate in recommending. (Along with all of Gillard’s other books)
4 Stars


by | January 20, 2013 · 6:11 pm

100th book on Ceinwenn's Book Ramblings

Wow, I was just updating my list of books reviewed & I thought I would add them up, to see how many books I had read & written about on here. I’m up to 99! I have  a few books I’ve read, but haven’t written about yet, so I thought I’d put the list up & let you guys decide which one is next! If you think it should be a different book, please feel free to add any into the comments that you would recommend & why & I’m going to send one of you a lovely (little) prize. No limit on destination, you just have to be willing to give me your address so I can send it to you!

I hope lots of people play!!

List of books already read & waiting to be written about: (in absolutely no particular order)

  1. The Affair by Lee Child
  2. Curb Chek by Zach Fortier
  3. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  4. Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci
  5. The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard
  6. I shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity by Izzeldin Abuelaish
  7. Third World America by Arianna Huffington

Please vote!!


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League of Extraordinary Authors

For those of you who have never heard of Linda Gillard, check her out. I’ve read all but one of her books & have enjoyed them all – some more than others, but I would think that quite normal, I mean I love Jeffery Deaver, but I prefer some of his books to others. Anyway, Linda is a member of the League of Extraordinary Authors & I follow her on facebook. Thanks to Linda I now have 4 new authors I am investigating (having downloaded their books while they were free!). From their website:

Who We Are


The League of Extraordinary Authors is an international, multi-genre coalition of critically acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling authors who’ve stepped off the map to combine the best qualities of traditional and indie publishing.

Readers, that means the books you find here are of the same (or better) quality you’d expect from a big name publisher, but you’re probably paying a lot less and supporting an independent artist.

As I have said, I have downloaded 4 of their books – Swedish for Beginners by Susanne O’Leary, Megan’s Way by Melissa Foster, The Ninth Step by Barbara Taylor Sissel & Before the Fall by Orna Ross. I’m looking forward to reading these books (but being a Swedophile, I’m especially looking forward to Swedish for Beginners!)

So, if you’re a fan of books (& if you’re reading this you probably are) then check out the League of Extraordinary Authors & maybe you’ll discover a new favourite author or 2!


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House of Silence by Linda Gillard

Ok, so I caved & bought House of Silence to read on my laptop…..then spent the entire time wishing it was possible to print it myself, as reading it off the computer just drove me crazy! I downloaded it on April 3rd & only finished it today – because it got to the point where I had to force myself to read it. I appreciate that this is different from reading it on a Kindle, but I don’t own a Kindle & have no intentions of buying one for myself any time soon. I am very happy that Linda was able to get this book out to her eager readers & I do think that publishers are idiots for not publishing her books, but Kindle for computer is definitely not for me.

House of Silence has had some rave reviews on other blogs & on Amazon, but I am afraid that this is not going to be one of those. I loved Linda’s other books (for those of you who have not read them, they are: Emotional Geology, Star Gazing & A Lifetime Burning), but I was left feeling somewhat ambivelant about this one. Don’t get me wrong – there is nothing overtly wrong with House of Silence, I just thought that it wasn’t as good as the previous offerings from Linda. It is a good book, but it isn’t one that is going to stay with me, which the previous three (for various reasons), did.

House of Silence centres on the stories of Gwen & Alfie. Gwen is a wardrobe mistress & Alfie an actor. They meet on the set of a period drama & become a couple. When Christmas comes Gwen convinces Alfie to take her to Creake Hall, his family’s country estate in Norfolk, so she can experience a “family Christmas”.  On the drive from London to Norfolk Alfie regales Gwen with horror stories of his crazy family, in the hopes of getting her used to the idea that family is not all it’s cracked up to be. On arrival at Creake Hall we are introduced to Hattie, Alfie’s sister closest in age to him (and my favourite character), and Viv, Alfie’s eldest sister. Very quickly Gwen begins to question the relationships (or lack of) of Alfie & his siblings. Things are not as they seem, but she can’t quite put her finger on what’s not quite right. This nagging sense of something being off kilter leads Gwen to question everything she sees and everything she believes she knows about Alfie & his family – with some devastating concequences!

All-in-all, House of Silence is a decent book, one I would recommend. But as I said, Linda’s earlier offerings were far superior! (Sorry Linda!!!)

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E-books & E-readers ~ part II

So, as I mentioned before, I am not a great fan of e-books or the idea of e-books. To me, it just goes against the grain, is contrary to nature, it just somehow seems so wrong. Quite a while ago I did download an e-book (or a version thereof) onto my computer (It was the Hunchback of Notre Dame), because it was free on Google books. I never read it – oh I tried. Boy did I try. It felt wrong & I hated it, so I gave up.

I just know that I am going to be (or at least try to be) the last human on the planet to buy an e-reader. I feel that strongly about them. I don’t want to support something that is attributing to the demise of the book store,  the library & the paper book (ok, maybe we could argue about the first two, but I am right about the last one!). Call me a traditionalist (I’m Ok with that!), but I think that publishers are being short sighted when it comes to the publishing of e-books over paper books. I think they are limiting the audience who will get to experience these wonderful books & in my mind, that is never a good thing. It’s almost like segregation, only with books. Sure, e-books are often (at least in the UK) cheaper than paper books, but the readers you need to read them on sure aren’t. I can’t afford to spend £111.00 on something that will allow me to read books. How many people are being denied wonderful books just because a small portion of the world wants everything to be digital?

Now, one of my favourite authors has just released her latest book (her fourth! 🙂 ) & the only way that I am going to be able to read it is by buying the Kindle version & downloading it onto my laptop. This is the book in question:

– the book that is causing me untold emotional stress (ok, maybe I am exaggerating slightly). I want to read her book, I want to support her, & I want other people to read  her book & support her, but something is stopping me from pressing that button on amazon.co.uk & downloading it onto my computer….what to do, what to do!


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