The House on the Shore by Victoria Howard

the house on the shore by victoria howard.jpgThis 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.

My Review

A good book, I particularly enjoyed the setting in the highlands, the details, the descriptions of the life in the remoteness with the fact that there are difficulties with the communication, shopping and other basic day to day life. I enjoyed the solidarity within the local residents and the details of the estate. There were a few moments from the main character Luke which were annoying with some of the words he used.
This was a welcome change from my normal thrillers, spy, police, etc novels, the sex scenes were a little over the top but they were short and moved on quickly, it is the rest of the book that I really enjoyed the light suspense and mystery a quick and easy listen.

This book was originally published in 2009, and I was offered an audio version from the author.





victoria howardAbout the Author
I think storytelling is in my blood. I was born in during historic times: in Liverpool, England, just as the Beatles entered the world stage. As an adult, I fell in love with Scotland, and took a job for an eccentric local Laird as an administrator on his wild highland estates. I regularly commuted on a decrepit fishing boat to hear the grievances of the Laird’s cranky tenants.  Later on, I managed a company involved in the offshore oil industry, which gave me a better understanding of and deep respect for marine wildlife.
I travel extensively, and the places I go just seem to find their way into my romantic suspense novels. THREE WEEKS LAST SPRING is set in the remote San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State. THE HOUSE ON THE SHORE features a quirky village in the highlands of Scotland, the land I love best. RING OF LIES, which is now also available as an audiobook through Amazon, Audible and iTunes, winds its way from England to the dark underbelly of Florida.

I live with my partner, Stephen, and delinquent Border collie, Rosie, in a small village in South Yorkshire, where I am hard at work on a new romantic suspense novel. It also features one of my favourite structures: lighthouses.



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