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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481170902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481170901
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 six 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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Linda Gillard is the author of seven novels and she lives in the Scottish Highlands. She has a website at https://www.lindagillard.co.uk and an Author Page on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LindaGillardAuthor

Linda 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 primary 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.

A LIFETIME BURNING was published in 2006 and STAR GAZING, set partly on Skye, in 2008. STAR GAZING was short-listed for "Romantic Novel of the Year 2009" and "The Robin Jenkins Literary Award", the UK's first environmental book award. STAR GAZING was also voted "Favourite Romantic Novel 1960-2010" by readers of Woman's Weekly magazine.

Linda's fourth novel, HOUSE OF SILENCE was published in 2011 as a Kindle e-book and quickly became a bestseller. It has sold over 30,000 downloads and 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.

Linda's latest novel is CAULDSTANE, a gothic novel in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier and Victoria Holt.

Customer Reviews

Linda Gillard is an excellent writer, a real story-teller.
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I don't want to tell you too much because Hector's story is the mystery that you must read to unravel.
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It's well written, the characters are believable and the story unfolds with some nice twists.
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10 of 10 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By squeaks1111 on July 7, 2014
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I am a Gothic book fan, creeping houses, old mysteries.... this was right up my alley! Loved that the main character wasn't a stereotypical 20 year old. This book had be entranced, I read it cover to cover... very enjoyable and entertaining. I'm now onto Cauldstane and even enjoying that one more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie West on December 27, 2013
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Yes, a ghost story, but what a ghost! This book dealt with much more than a ghost; it also dealt with grief and how to recover from same. I loved Heckie as well as Stan and the story couldn't have been more perfect.. Thank you, Ms. Gillard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. PARSONS on July 20, 2013
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It's been awhile since I've taken the time to leave a review. This was a superb read. It had all the elements I love : supernatural, mystery, romance and gothic overtones. All of the characters were well developed and I couldn't wait to turn the next page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Johansson on April 4, 2013
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I fell in love with this story after just a few pages! Like when reading Star Gazing, I didn’t what to put my Kindle down for fear of what would happen when I was not there to read about it. It is wonderful feeling to actually miss the characters when not reading about them and this love story with a twist lingered in my mind all the way through to the last page. This is the perfect story to cozy up with on the couch on a rainy afternoon, or in the first rays of spring sunshine in the park. If you have not read anything by Linda Gillard yet, start with this one and then continue with her other works. You will not regret it!
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