‘Kate in her house. A whitewashed stone building with a view of the sea, on the west coast of the Highlands….’ Kate is the mother of Mhairi, who has, alarmingly, married without telling her, and returned home pregnant by a departed lover. After baby Patrick’s birth, Mhairi does a terrible thing – but surprising rescue comes in the shape of a homeless young man on the run. Offering a wry contemporary perspective on Highland life, this is a warm, forgiving novel about people’s need to find their home in the world.
Her writing has a lovely spirit to it; an appealing mixture of the spiky and the warm.
A real page turner, witty and touching and true. I read it with delight.
A story told with warmth and confidence, which avoids sentimentality.
Rogerson has an ability to inhabit all her characters convincingly. She sketches them with just the right amount of detail, chooses just the right aspects to emphasize.
Scotland on Sunday
A tale that shines with the warmth and surprise of a weepy penned by Maeve Bincy with added vignettes a la Crichton Smith.
Rogerson is a fine observer of human quirks, revealing a generous understanding of what it means to be an individual.
Cynthia Rogerson’s prize-winning fiction includes If I Touched the Earth (Black & White 2013), a novel which follows a mother during the first year after her son dies. Set in the Scottish Highlands, it also explores the ways in which we are all affected, directly and indirectly, when someone dies unexpectedly. While a romance winds its way throughout the narrative, the themes are essentially bleak – alienation, loneliness and identity.
Alan Bissett says of this novel: “Brilliant. Rogerson is Scotland’s very own Anne Tyler.”