Book: A Thistle in the Mist by Megan Denby
|4 stars based on the 3 most helpful Amazon reviews|
Megan Denbyabout this book: 'A Thistle in the Mist' is a fast-paced tale revolving around the life of a feisty Scottish lass - Meara MacDonald.
Meara is not thinking about Death when she kisses her mother good-bye that morning, but hours later she is as her fingers catch on fragments of bone in her mother's shattered skull. Is it an accident or was Mother murdered?
As Meara's family members are taken from her one by one, Meara is certain her mother's death is no accident. When she is catapulted from Scotland to Canada, taken from her husband and son, she must find her strength of spirit and fight her way back to all she holds dear; her family, her heart and soul.
This fast-paced, thrilling, romantic, historical and sometimes funny story takes the reader from the Isle of Skye in Scotland to Nova Scotia in Canada.
• What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by the turbulent life of my great-grandmother who emigrated from Scotland to Canada as a sixteen-year-old girl to become an indentured servant. She left behind an abusive stepmother, but more importantly she left behind her family and all she held dear.
• Who are the primary readers of your book?
My readers range in age from eighteen to eighty-two and everything in between.
• How long did it take to write it?
I sat down in front of my keyboard over ten years ago to begin this story. With changes in my life, I shelved my novel for years and became reaquainted with it about a year ago.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
My biggest challenges have been finding the time between life and family to write and the hardest thing to do was to let it go to publication.
• Did you do research for your book?
Research for my book included learning more about my great-grandmother's life, reading countless books and articles about the history of Scotland and the Napoleonic wars and inserting Scottish dialect that wouldn't detract from the pace of my story.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
While writing 'A Thistle in the Mist', I stumbled across so many inspiring stories about this fierce clan of people and the hardships and injustice they endured. I don't think I could be any more proud of my Scottish heritage!
• What do you want to say to your readers?
I am so excited to finally share my novel with all of you. My hope is that each and every reader will enter the world I've crafted with my words and come out the other side touched in some way by their experience.
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