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by Catherine Gaskin

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ISBN:
0907486541
Author:
Catherine Gaskin
Language:
English
Publisher:
Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (June 1984)
Pages:
560 pages
EPUB book:
1138 kb
FB2 book:
1998 kb
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1973 kb
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Rating:
4.4
Votes:
281


FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Black Magic, Voodoo, rebel slaves, not a usual Gaskin Book, but loved it. Set in 1833 Fiona McIntyre goes to the West Indies to work for her stepmother's family as a governess.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. She can see into the future which has gotten her into a lot of trouble in her native Scotland and because of it she is unable to find work there. I really enjoyed this adventure story, one of Gaskins best.

27, Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AX. First published 1970. Publisher’s note: As this novel was written many decades ago, and takes place many centuries ago, occasionally terms of the times are used that would not be used today.

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Catherine Gaskin (2 April 1929 – 6 September 2009) was an Irish–Australian romance novelist. She was born in Dundalk Bay, County Louth, Ireland in 1929. When she was only three months old, her parents moved to Australia, settling in Coogee, a suburb. When she was only three months old, her parents moved to Australia, settling in Coogee, a suburb of Sydney, where she grew up. Her first novel This Other Eden, was written when she was 15 and published two years later. After her second novel, With Every Year, was published, she moved to London

It wasn't your typical romantic ending and that is always a plus in this genre. All the characters were well presented, enjoyed the gothic overtones and the lush tropical setting.

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Catherine Gaskin - the complete book list. Desperate for work, Fiona McIntyre goes to the West Indies as governess of her young cousin. However the passions of the white masters and their restless slaves, on the brink of emancipation, are at boiling point

Fiona McIntyre enters the halls of Landfall, where she is to be governess to her cousin, with a strong premonition of danger
  • Malodora
I read this book when it first came out in the 70s and have always loved it. My experience with authors is that the first book I read is usually my favorite. I was hoping that this would be available on Kindle, but as of this writing, Amazon has only made one of Catherine Gaskin's books available in Kindle format. I was thrilled to be able to get hold of this one. If and when it does came out on Kindle, I highly recommend it for those who enjoyed reading Victoria Hold, Phyllis Whitney, et al.
  • FreandlyMan
I read this book as a Reader's Digest Condensed feature as a teenager. It was such an entertaining story that I went back to it again and again. Years later, I saw it at the library in its complete hardcover version, and read it again. To my delight, the tale had not become too elementary or dated. It has an unusual setting, well-developed characters and avoids the usual trite "happy ending" that is so very common in this type of romantic fiction. I have ordered a used copy from Amazon and will be thrilled to have it as part of my favorite book collection.
  • Ffleg
I remembered this book from the early 70's it is a wonderful book filled with romance, history and how all walks of life are woven together. One of my favorite books of all time.
  • Atineda
Re-read after 20 years and it still holds up. Enjoy the historical setting, characters and excellent writing. Why does review have to have set word limit?? Less is more...
  • Bloodhammer
Black Magic, Voodoo, rebel slaves, not a usual Gaskin Book, but loved it.

Set in 1833 Fiona McIntyre goes to the West Indies to work for her stepmother's family as a governess. She can see into the future which has gotten her into a lot of trouble in her native Scotland and because of it she is unable to find work there.

I really enjoyed this adventure story, one of Gaskins best.
  • Lightseeker
I'm a big fan of Catherine Gaskin and usually love her books. "Promises" is on my list of best-loved novels. I can't say anything good about "Fiona."

This novel starts off with a thrilling premise - a Scottish governess goes to a new post in the 19th-century West Indies. The hero is handsome and tormented, her cousin's wife is a mysterious, seemingly-cruel descendent of Spanish aristocracy, conflict between master and slave.... and it goes downhill from there. The "heroine", Fiona, is complicit in the cruelty towards the slaves - she says nothing when she discovers her new home's disgusting secret and doesn't take action to protect or save any of them. The "romance" consumes less than ten pages, and the novel's bleak ending didn't leave me satisfied - only disgusted.

Fans of Ms. Gaskin will be dreadfully disappointed in "Fiona." I've just begun to read her earlier novels, and hope this isn't typical of them. Perhaps her skill at writing and storytelling improved, since "Fiona" was published in 1970 - more than a decade before "Promises" and "Ambassador's Women", which are compelling and captivating. "Fiona" was anything but. The reader will probably want to throw the book across the room after reading the last page.
  • Dalallador
I'm a big fan of Catherine Gaskin and usually love her books. "Promises" is on my list of best-loved novels. I can't say anything good about "Fiona."

This novel starts off with a thrilling premise - a Scottish governess goes to a new post in the 19th-century West Indies. The hero is handsome and tormented, her cousin's wife is a mysterious, seemingly-cruel descendent of Spanish aristocracy, conflict between master and slave.... and it goes downhill from there. The "heroine", Fiona, is complicit in the cruelty towards the slaves - she says nothing when she discovers her new home's disgusting secret and doesn't take action to protect or save any of them. The "romance" consumes less than ten pages, and the novel's bleak ending didn't leave me satisfied - only disgusted.

Fans of Ms. Gaskin will be dreadfully disappointed in "Fiona." I've just begun to read her earlier novels, and hope this isn't typical of them. Perhaps her skill at writing and storytelling improved, since "Fiona" was published in 1970 - more than a decade before "Promises" and "Ambassador's Women", which are compelling and captivating. "Fiona" was anything but. The reader will probably want to throw the book across the room after reading the last page.