Sunday, 29 April 2018

Snippet Sunday

I enjoyed taking part in my first Snippet Sunday last week so I’m offering another this week! I forgot to give the blurb for my dual-timeline novel, The Highland Lass, so have put it below.

Eilidh Campbell returns to her Scottish roots from America with one main aim: to discover the identity of her father. But her mother’s past in Inverclyde is a mystery with family secrets, a book of Robert Burns’ poems with a hidden letter, and a photograph link to the Holy Loch at Dunoon when the American Navy were in residence.

Staying with her childhood friend, Kirsty, while searching for answers, Eilidh begins to fall in love with handsome Scot Lewis Grant, but just how free is he? Together they trace the story of Highland Mary and Robert Burns, with its echoes to her mother’s story.

In short alternate chapters, Highland Mary tells her own story from 1785-6. From Dunoon to Ayrshire and culminating in Greenock, Eilidh finds the past is closer than she realises.

Snippet #2 is from the first contemporary chapter when Eilidh is on the transatlantic plane to Scotland where she meets handsome Scot Lewis Grant:

 “You do know we’re in the air now, don’t you?”
Hearing the amused, rich Scottish tone, Eilidh frowned and opened her eyes. She hadn’t paid much attention to her travelling companions, apart from a cursory glance to acknowledge they existed as she’d been too busy worrying about take-off. She glared at the owner of the voice, indignant at her thoughts being interrupted. For all he knew she might have been in a deep sleep.
“Yeah, thanks, I was quite aware of that.”
He had the cheek to grin. “That’s fine then. I could see you obviously didn’t like the take-off and I wanted to reassure you.”

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Veronica Scott said...

Interesting snippet...should be quite the story!

Jessica E. Subject said...

An intriguing first meeting for the two of them!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Veronica!

Thanks, Jessica!

Julie Evelyn Joyce said...

Very interesting premise for the story! I can already sense the chemistry between these two. Nicely written, Rosemary! :)

Siobhan Muir said...

It'll be interesting how they get on. Good snippet, Rosemary. :)

Botanist said...

I wonder what her response to that will be? One thing I hate is when people insist on making conversation when all I want is to be left alone.

Hywela Lyn said...

He sounds quite a caring sort of guy if he's astute enough to realise she's nervous and not just dozing. I like him already. Great snippet and I'm really intrigued by the premise of this story.

Alexis Duran said...

How could she possible be angry at a man with a Scottish brogue and a grin? He sounds lovely to me.

Aurora Springer said...

Maybe he wants to chat.

Ed Hoornaert said...

"Meet cutes" can happen on planes: son #3 met one of his girlfriends on a plane from California to Toronto. Turned out they lived within a block of each other.

Karysa Faire said...

Bwahaha! He has nerve, that's for sure.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks very much, Julie!

Thanks, Siobhan - things can only get better!

It's kind of how she feels at the moment, Botanist!

You're absolutely right, Lyn - very clever, thank you!

He gets even better on further acquaintance, Alexis!

Or get to know her better, Aurora!

Definitely, Ed - and I mention a couple of those kind of incidents later in the book!

And confidence, Karysa - a man sure of himself!

Teresa Cypher said...

Nice! She'd just as soon he shut up, and he's nice as can be, concerned about her. :-)

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Curious first meeting. I'm intrigued to know more.

Diane Burton said...

That's an interesting meet. I'm glad you came back. This story sounds very interesting.

Amy Braun said...

Haha I like her snark!

Elaine Cantrell said...

An interesting first meeting! I like her.

Patsy said...

Great first meeting.

Caitlin Stern said...

What if she doesn't like the flying part, either? It happens. I suspect he's trying to help, but he comes across condescending.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

That's it exactly, Teresa, thanks!

Thanks, Karen!

Thank you, Diane - that's kind of you!

Thanks, Amy!

Glad you like her, Elaine!

Thanks, Patsy!

That's just it, Caitlin - she doesn't like flying!