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A Salt Splashed Cradle
Works of: Fiction
Life and Love in 1830s Scotland
When Jimmie Watt brings his new bride home his parents are horrified because fishermen are expected to marry within their own community, and Belle is an incomer from the town across the water.
Belle, an emotionally damaged and beautiful girl, struggles to find acceptance in the village but she is fighting a losing battle, and when Jimmie leaves the fishing village to sail to the Arctic with a whaling ship, she becomes increasingly isolated.
With Jimmie gone, Belle falls for the charms of Lachlan, the Laird’s son, and embarks on a tempestuous affair with him. When Jimmie returns, she struggles with her feelings for him and for Lachlan.
The women in the village now regard Belle as a Jezebel who will tempt their men away. A mood of hysteria engulfs them, and they turn against Belle in an attempt to force her out of the village.
What will Belle do? And will she survive?
This historical saga is set in a Scottish fishing village in the 1830s and reflects the living conditions and the morals of the ordinary fisher folk of that time.
“There is some beautiful poetic writing and the complex life of the heroine, Belle, had me gripped from the beginning. Some of the loveliest writing is in the whaling sequences -one can feel the cold – and among the whalers she creates some outstanding characters” – Eileen Ramsay, novelist
“A Salt-Splashed Cradle drips with historical accuracy, and even the scenes aboard a whaling ship seem to have been recounted directly from an 1800’s whaler, almost as if Chris Longmuir boarded those ships and chopped them free from the arctic ice herself” – Tim Greaton
“Chris Longmuir’s books so far have been mysterious, suspenseful stories concerned with some of the darker depths of human nature. So it’s surprising to learn that this latest is a romance. But fans won’t be disappointed. Yes, it’s a romance but the murkier motives and actions are still in evidence” – Bill Kirton, crime writer
“Beautifully written with deeply enchanting and well drawn protagonists, A Salt Splashed Cradle goes beyond the norms of the historical romance to bring us a story of hardship, love, wanderlust and coming of age. This was a story I did not want to end and I hope the author plans to bring another instalment of Belle’s life and loves to us soon” – Karen Bryant Doering
Other books by Chris Longmuir
Death of A Doxy
Missing Believed Dead
The Death Game: A Kirsty Campbell Novel
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