So how has the weather been round your way recently? Have you been snowed in? Has it been freezing? We’ve escaped the worst of the wintry weather here in Edinburgh so far although as I write this there is a really strong wind outside which does feel rather chilly So let Kirsty Ferry bring a bit of springtime into your lives in her latest book due out in a couple of weeks, Spring at Taigh Fallon. It is Scottish springtime mind you, so there is a fair bit of dramatic stormy weather! Kirsty Ferry is one of my favourite romantic fiction authors – last year I read and reviewed four of her books.
Spring at Taigh Fallon is the second to feature one of the Tempest sisters. The first was Summer at Carrick Park, one of those books I reviewed last year. It featured Rosa Tempest and you can read my review of it here. Although these books are part of a series, it’s a series you can read in any order.
Before I start telling you my thoughts, can I suggest that you listen to this track, which features at a significant point in the story, as you read? This version is by Jock Tamson’s Bairns, a great Scottish folk band.
This book features Angel Tempest – what a name! She’s a bit of a dark angel perhaps. Not in her nature but in looks with her dark hair, dark clothes, dark nail varnish and her fascination for all things Victoriana. Perhaps she was born in the wrong era? She’s perfectly at home in gothic Whitby. Indeed, her house and shop where she polishes jet and makes it into jewellery is called Goth Cottage. She is equally at home in Taigh Fallon, the large and possibly haunted house in the Scottish Highlands inherited by her best friend Zac. The house was also left to his annoying Canadian cousin, Kyle, who used to torment Zac as a youngster and who he hasn’t seen for years.
Well it seems that Angel and Kyle are destined to be together. As you learn more about the house and its mysterious secrets, it seems they may have been destined to be together from years gone by. Despite an apparently mutual hatred, there is just something about each other that’s so familiar, something that draws them to each other. The past is reaches into the present in this story, seeming almost at touching distance. There are mysterious mirrors, hidden staircases and corridors, and unsettling sensations. I love the way that Kirsty Ferry brings a ghostly, spiritual element into her stories and makes it feel completely possible.
Spring at Taigh Fallon is part Gothic mystery, part tragedy and part contemporary romance. Kirsty Ferry has blended the three beautifully. She also created a really vivid sense of place from Whitby, to Skye to Taigh Fallon itself overlooking Eilean Donan castle. This is a very enjoyable read and as always happens with this author’s writing, I finished the book with a contented smile. I can’t wait to read about the third Tempest sister Jessie who, it seems, runs a bookshop!
My thanks to Liz at publishers ChocLit for sending me a free review e-copy of this book. Spring at Taigh Fallon will be published in a couple of weeks on 19th February and at the moment is available to pre-order for only 99p. Pop over to the ChocLit website to order yours for whatever e-reader you use. You’ll find all buying options here: Spring at Taigh Fallon
From the back of the book
From old secrets come new beginnings …
When Angel Tempest finds out that her best friend Zac has inherited a Scottish mansion, Taigh Fallon, from his great aunt, she immediately offers to go and visit it with him. It will mean closing up her jet jewellery shop in Whitby for a few days but the prospect of a spring trip to the Scottish Highlands is too tempting.
Then Kyle, Zac’s estranged and slightly grumpy Canadian cousin, unexpectedly turns up at Taigh Fallon, and events take a strange turn as the long-kept secrets of the old house begin to reveal themselves …
About the author
Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale ‘Enchantment’.
Her timeslip novel, ‘Some Veil Did Fall’, a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, ‘The Girl in the Painting’ in February 2016. ‘The Girl in the Photograph’, published in March 2017, completes the Rossetti Mysteries series. The experience of signing ‘Some Veil Did Fall’ in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!
Kirsty’s first timeslip novel ‘The Memory of Snow’, commended in the Northern Writers’ Awards, is set on Hadrian’s Wall, with the vampire tale ‘Refuge’ set on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. She has also put together a collection of short stories, a non-fiction collection of articles and writes Gothic Fiction under the pen name Cathryn Ramsay.
Kirsty has had articles and short stories published in Your Cat, Peoples Friend, Ghost Voices, The Weekly News and It’s Fate, and her short stories appear in several anthologies. She was a judge in the Paws ‘n’ Claws ‘Wild and Free’ Children’s Story competition in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and graduated from Northumbria University in December 2016, having achieved a Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing.
You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at http://www.rosethornpress.co.uk, catch her on her Facebook AuthorPage, follow her on Twitter @kirsty_ferry or pop by her blog at http://www.rosethornramblings.wordpress.com.