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THE GLASS GUARDIAN Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Award-winning author Linda Gillard lives in the Scottish Highlands. She's been an actress, journalist and teacher and is the author of seven novels, including STAR GAZING, short-listed in 2009 for "Romantic Novel of the Year" and HOUSE OF SILENCE, a Kindle bestseller selected by Amazon UK as one of their Top Ten "Best of 2011" in the Indie Author category.

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  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088CQPOM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Linda Gillard is the author of seven novels and lives in the Scottish Highlands. She graduated from Bristol University, then trained as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Whilst under-employed at the National Theatre, Linda developed a sideline as a freelance journalist. She ran two careers concurrently for a while, then gave up acting to raise a family and write from home.

Twelve years later, she re-trained as a teacher and taught in Norfolk for some years. She moved to the Isle of Skye where she lived for six years in a house on a hill overlooking the Cuillin mountain range which featured in her first novel, EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY, short-listed for the 2006 Waverton Good Read Award.

STAR GAZING, set on Skye, was published in 2008 and short-listed for "Romantic Novel of the Year 2009" and "The Robin Jenkins Literary Award", the UK's first environmental book award.

Linda's fourth novel, HOUSE OF SILENCE quickly became a Kindle bestseller. It was selected by Amazon UK for their "Top Ten Best of 2011" in the Indie Author category.

UNTYING THE KNOT was awarded a 2012 B.R.A.G Medallion by the Book Readers' Appreciation Group, as was CAULDSTANE, a gothic novel in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart. HOUSE OF SILENCE was recently awarded a third B.R.A.G Medallion.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By LynnL on June 7, 2012
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There is something very special about ghost stories set in Scotland; it just seems to be THE perfect setting and as usual, Linda Gillard has crafted a fine story with the elements of supernatural, mystery, and romance including loves lost and found. Ruth Travers is at a major crossroad where she has some serious life choices to make after a year of much emotional upheaval and to further complicate or make things interesting, she comes into contact with 3 very interesting men. It's a nice change to have a heroine who has some miles on her and does not spend most of the book making youthful blunders that the heroines do in a much of paranormal literature. The ghost element adds interest and poignancy to the story and speaks to the transcendent nature of love across time and eternity.

As with Linda's other books, the reader gets a good story as well as an education; in this case, music, the life of a soldier in World War 1, Victorian houses on the Isle of Skye and gardening in such a talented way interwoven into the story so that it does not distract, but rather enhances and enriches the characters and their relationships.

Even readers who are not generally paranormal fans will enjoy this story because the quality of the writing makes it a very worthy read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2012
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I just love a good ghost story and The Glass Guardian delivers. It has everything necessary: the remote Scottish landscape, a heartbroken protagonist, unearthly manifestations in a drafty old manse, and a bit of generational mystery....Typical of its author, the story explores several themes at once with great delicacy, including loyalty, loss, and the variegated nature of love, as well as its creative and redemptive powers. Linda Gillard's books are always a pleasure and this is no exception.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Francis Guenette on June 13, 2013
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Reading a Linda Gillard book is like being in the grip of a particularly serious virus - in a good way! But you aren't getting out until the thing has run its course. Gillard knows how to grab the reader by the scruff of his or her neck and tug - and I mean tug hard. The reader is transported into her story, and that is that.

This is the third of Gillard's books that I've read, so I know of what I speak. The Glass Guardian is a superb mystery slowing unwinding before the reader like a ball of yarn. Gillard fans will be glad to discover everything they have grown to love - classical music, gardens, an old Scottish home, an almost fantastical setting, and best of all, a strong female protagonist to guide us along the path of the story.

The novel contains haunting tidbits of history as the reader is taken back to the trenches of WWI. And then there is the image of the man captured in the stained glass window in the upper hall of Tigh na Linne - the mystery that surrounds a faithful guardian. The book is overflowing with musical, literary, and biblical connections.

I loved this book and couldn't put it down until the last page was turned. Nothing but praise for Linda Gillard's superb storytelling ability.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Lange on October 16, 2012
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I read "House of Silence," and enjoyed it very much, so purchased "The Glass Guardian" on the basis of its 5-star reviews. I love ghost stories and anything set in Scotland or England, so I figured I would love this book. Evidently I'm in the minority. I did like it very much and enjoy the author's writing style which reminds me a bit of one of my favorites, Mary Stewart. However, (and I don't want to give any plot twists away here so I will be careful), isn't anyone bothered by the fact that the ghost is Ruth's great uncle? This would make the relationship a trifle questionable to my mind! I also thought that the book ended WAY too abruptly. It would have been nice to have had an epilogue similar to "House of Silence" that told us where Ruth, Stan and Tom were a year later.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nighean dubh on June 21, 2012
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I loved Ms. Gillard's book The Glass Guardian. It was chilling in a warm, and romantic way. It sounds like the words chilling and warm should not go together, but that's the only way I could describe the feeling of reading this novel. I found it difficult to break away when work duties called, but quickly found reason to fire up my kindle. I look forward to re-reading this story at some point. Yes! It's that good.

What I loved about The Glass Guardian is the romance. You immediately like Ruth, and become involved with her relationships past and present--the one she had with her Aunt Janet, who raised her, and the men she meets when she returns to Janet's house--the caretaker and the ghost. There is also another character who is interested in investigating Janet's music. This third character is a consistent thread throughout the novel--the one who seems to keep Ruth grounded in life outside of the house.

The most delicious aspect for me was the feeling of being afraid yet delighted at the same time. I enjoyed all the characters--both the quick and the spectral. Linda is a storyteller who draws you in at the start. You'll want to know what will become of the characters and you will cheer Ruth along the way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julimac on March 16, 2014
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There is a leap of faith needed to enjoy this well written story as one of the main characters is a ghost. Once that leap has been taken, the story unfolds in unexpected ways. A woman who has suffered numerous personal losses inherits a large family home on a remote island off the coast of Scotland. As a child she spent much time at this house and developed a friendship with a ghost. When she returns as an adult, he is still there and together they solve a family mystery and find what each needs to heal their grieving hearts (metaphorically speaking for him). An enjoyable, unusual story.
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