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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Hi Olga, I do know a bit about this time period and the religious conflicts and we toured Culloden battlefield when we visited Loch Ness. The museum there is excellent and present both sides of the story. I could have spent the whole day there. This book sounds great. Thanks.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I visited Loch Ness once, but it was a quick visit. I think you’d enjoy this book, and the whole series, by the sounds of it. The author explains how she goes about doing her research as well, and I know you are interested in history and writing historical fiction among other things. Enjoy the rest of the week.

  2. This does sound like a compelling historical read. Though like you, I am wary of a ‘third book in a series’ without reading the others beforehand.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, I know. I decided to try this one because it was a “prequel”, although it is the third in the series. From the comments and from the author’s explanations, it seems she was planning to write quite a different book, but the research and the characters guided her in a different direction. I think you would like the historical side of it, and would find the way the narrative is organised, quite interesting. Stay well.

  3. I freely admit that I’m a research geek, so I was already interested, Olga. Add that my father’s family came from Scottland in the 1690s and I’m hooked. Thanks for sharing your insights here. Also, I can’t resist saying that Kearsley is such a cool surname — would make a great first name too. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Oh, perfect! I knew you were interested in Celtic themes, and it makes perfect sense. I hadn’t thought about Kearsley as a name, but you are right. It is lovely. I’m sure you’d enjoy this author. She is meticulous and writes beautifully. Stay safe.

  4. KimB says:

    Hi Olga, I really want to go back up to Scotland and spend more time at Loch Ness, visit the Culloden battle site and museum, we’ve only whizzed by on our way to somewhere else. I like authors of historical fiction to “know their stuff”, happy to see that Kearsley is one such author.

    1. Thanks, Kim. I am always happy to visit Scotland, and I hope to go again in the future. One of the other reviewers in Rosie’s group (and also an author) Robbie Cheadle told me she had visited the site of the Culloden battle and recommended it, so I’m putting it on my list as well. Kearsley writes beautifully, and I plan to read more of her books in the future. Stay safe and thanks for promoting book bloggers.

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  5. Another fabulous review, Olga – sounds so interesting, about an incredible time. Toni x

    1. Thanks, Toni. It is an amazing book. Have a good weekend.

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