A Woman Made of Snow
by Elisabeth Gifford
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Pub Date 7 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 6 Oct 2021
Atlantic Books, Corvus
A gorgeous, haunting and captivating novel of a century-long family mystery in the wilds of Scotland, and one woman's hunt for the truth.
Scotland, 1949: Caroline Gillan and her new husband Alasdair have moved back to Kelly Castle, his dilapidated family estate in the middle of nowhere. Stuck caring for their tiny baby, and trying to find her way with an opinionated mother-in-law, Caroline feels adrift, alone and unwelcome.
But when she is tasked with sorting out the family archives, Caroline discovers a century-old mystery that sparks her back to life. There is one Gillan bride who is completely unknown - no photos exist, no records have been kept - the only thing that is certain is that she had a legitimate child. Alasdair's grandmother.
As Caroline uncovers a strange story that stretches as far as the Arctic circle, her desire to find the truth turns obsessive. And when a body is found in the grounds of the castle, her hunt becomes more than just a case of curiosity. What happened all those years ago? Who was the bride? And who is the body...?
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I love Elisabeth Gifford's writing style and have enjoyed all her other books. This book was no different. Set in the late 40s and also in the mid to late 1800s in Scotland, this story had plenty of mystery but also a human element about relationships as Caroline, in the 40s, tries to discover who the mysterious Mrs Gillan was. Recommended.
With grateful thanks to corpus netgalley and Elisabeth Gifford for an arc in return for an honest opinion. Firstly I have to say this is one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time, Elisabeth Gifford has done it again. This being a dual timeline and worked seamlessly, it brought a tale of a family saga from the mid 40's and dating back to the 18 hundreds when a a great grandmother went missing under very odd circumstances the story of Caro Martha and alasdair and young flissy and a beautiful Scottish castle its a story of love loss interfering mother in laws but a beautiful story emerges we all need friends no matter what I really can't praise this book enough and can highly recommend a fabulously poignant tale I would love to give more stars but sadly one can't
I really enjoy reading books by Elisabeth Gifford, she has a beautiful style of writing. I was delighted to get the opportunity to read her newest book and I was not disappointed. A Woman Made of Snow is a fantastic story and I can't wait to read more from the author in the future.
A well researched story taking you from Cold Kelly Castle to the even colder depths some hundred years previous of the Arctic Circle sailing on Whalers from Dundee . Caro is struggling to cope living with her mother in law in apparently Kelly Castle but is asked to research a missing family member. In doing so she unearths a tragic tale of love, hate prejudices and revenge from a century previous. All is not as it seems either in 1949 where the same traits abound . The storylines are intricately woven to make an excellent read