An old Manse in the Scottish countryside. The mystery of a father missing for 27 years, along with a cache of diamonds from the jeweler he worked for, some “other worldly” dynamics from the house and tales of it’s haunting. All of that grabbed me from the first chapter.
Ailsa Calder has inherited the old Manse after her mother dies. It’s her early childhood home before her father disappeared and her mother moved them away. The catch is Ailsa only inherited half the property. Her missing father has the other half and she has no way to sell it without his consent. In all the years he has been gone her mother never made time to have him declared legally dead. She can live in it and that’s what she does for the short term.
Before each chapter there is a short story about where Ailsa’s father is living and the circumstances. Each story is different and you realize it’s Ailsa’s theories on where her absent father ended up. She doesn’t know, no one does.
Ailsa invites her half sister Carrie to move into the old house with her while she sorts the legal process of selling it or renting it. Ailsa is never comfortable in the house and you come to see why near the end. It’s spooky. Or corny, depending on your point of view.
There are many characters and the writing is well done, using dinna and other Outlander-type language so you feel the Scottish accents flowing in conversation. There are many characters I liked and I honestly didn’t peg the villain character, not even when it was presented. I would read more by Lexie Elliott. Loved her first book The French Girl and am looking forward to more in the future.
Carrie made an excellent roasted chicken dinner and I knew I wanted that comfort food as soon as possible. This was shared by Carrie, Ailsa and Fiona.
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