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UNTYING THE KNOT [Kindle Edition]

Linda Gillard
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A ruined castle.
A ruined marriage.
Two people who were meant to be together.
Then war shattered body and mind.

"Everyone makes mistakes, but I sometimes think I’ve made more than most. Marrying Magnus was one of them. But the biggest mistake I ever made was divorcing him."

A wife is meant to stand by her man. Especially an army wife. But Fay didn't. She walked away - from Magnus, a traumatised war veteran and from the home he was restoring: Tullibardine Tower, a ruined 16th century castle on a Perthshire hillside.

Now their daughter Emily is marrying someone she shouldn't.

And so is Magnus...


FOUR WEDDINGS & A FUNERAL meets THE HURT LOCKER in a romantic drama from the author of HOUSE OF SILENCE (selected for Amazon's "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.***


“The characters are all endearing, flaws and all... One can’t help falling for Magnus, with his appealing mix of good looks, sexual prowess, vulnerability and heroism... This author is funny, smart, sensitive, and has a great feel for romance... Highly recommended!”

“Another deeply moving and skilfully executed novel by Linda Gillard... Once again, she had me committed to her characters and caught up in their lives from the first few pages, then weeping for joy at the end.”


Praise for Linda Gillard's other novels:

"STAR GAZING was a joy to read from the first page to the last... Romantic and quirky and beautifully written."

"HOUSE OF SILENCE is one of those books you'll put everything else on hold for." CORNFLOWER BOOKS blog

On EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY - "A love story filled with passion and paint-stripping honesty.” HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS ARTS JOURNAL

“The emotional power in these novels makes this reviewer reflect on how Charlotte and Emily Bronte might have written if they were living and writing now.” NORTHWORDS NOW

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About the Author

Linda Gillard lives in the Scottish Highlands. She is the author of six novels, including STAR GAZING, short-listed in 2009 for Romantic Novel of the Year and HOUSE OF SILENCE, selected by Amazon UK as one of their Top Ten "Best of 2011" in the Indie Author category.

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  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484824792
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  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rewarding Reading Experience April 9, 2012
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If you have read other novels by Linda Gillard you know that she is an advocate for the understanding of the kinds of mental illnesses that are not severe enough to prevent a person from living in society, but perhaps for that very reason, add additional stress onto anyone thus afflicted. In this book, which is also and I would say primarily about enduring love, the author tackles the important issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and she does a wonderful job.

The main protagonists in this book, Fay and Magnus, have been divorced for five years. Previously, Fay played the role of a faithful army wife, while Magnus was periodically deployed as part of an "Explosive Ordnance Disposal" or EOD team. But Magnus came back from the Falklands War with PTSD, and thereafter suffered from frequent nightmares and even violent episodes during which he thought he was back in the war zone.

Although Fay loved Magnus, she left him when she could no longer cope with the toll his illness was taking on both of them. She started a new life on her own, finding success with the therapeutic craft of textile art. Magnus engaged in his own therapeutic work, restoring the crumbling Tullibardine Tower out in the countryside of Perthshire.

After the divorce, Fay and Magnus only interacted intermittently, and eventually a young woman, Nina, moved in with Magnus in the Tower. But when Emily, the grown daughter of Magnus and Fay, announces her engagement to a young man that Fay had "known" in the Biblical sense, Fay feels she has to tell Magnus, and all the relationships come to a crisis point.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree September 6, 2012
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We are so proud to announce that Untying the Knot by Linda Gillard is a 2012 B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This means this books is well worth a reader's time and money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Harbinger: Thought-provoking and romantic October 3, 2011
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To forty-something divorcee Fay McGillivray, people said it would get better, and in some senses, it has. Divorcing Magnus, her army veteran husband, allowed her to move full-time into their Glasgow apartment and focus on her art. Now showing and selling her textile pieces on a regular basis, Fay couldn't be a more successful artist. But going on six years from their split and other men later, why does she still feel so incomplete? With Nina, Magnus' girlfriend, living with him at Tullibardine Tower, he seems to have moved on. That their daughter Emily, whom Fay hasn't lived with since the divorce, is getting married only complicates things further, particularly when it looks like Magnus will follow suit. How did Fay's big life-changing decision go from best to worst and what will she do about it?

I was stoked when I read the announcement on Linda Gillard's facebook that Untying the Knot would be released as an ebook in September. It hadn't been long since I knew the book even existed and to know that it would be available so soon was a happy surprise. I've come to expect much from a Linda Gillard novel - thoughtful, lyrical writing, carefully constructed characters and well-crafted storytelling - as well as a more experienced, older-than-the-norm female protagonist, a heart-pounding romance and an authentic portrayal of mental illness. I also happen to love her titles, which beg to be analyzed. I'm happy to report that Untying the Knot is no exception on either account.

Beyond the vivid and harrowing picture painted of post traumatic stress disorder, I found the divorce premise refreshing. A relationship can't get much more complex than exs with a wealth of history and memories between them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gillard's Characters Capture Readers September 23, 2011
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Untying the Knot is a Kindle book, my first since I bought the Kindle, and though I'm not excited about the Kindle, I'm very excited about the book. Full disclosure here: although we have never met in person, I consider Linda Gillard a "virtual" friend and I have enjoyed all of her previous books set in Scotland, her home, so I bought this one fully expecting to be just as pleased with it. I was right.

Gillard has a talent for creating fully realized characters that the reader comes to care about very much. In this book the main characters are Fay and Magnus Gillivray. They have been divorced for five years but have never stopped loving each other. Now their daughter is engaged to a man who presents an awkward situation for Fay, and Fay and Magnus are united in their determination to make her wedding and marriage happy and fulfilling.

Another aspect of Gillard's books is that there is always a physical or mental handicap to muddy the waters so to speak. In this case, Fay is emotionally fragile and Magnus suffers from severe PTSD as a result of his service where his job was to disarm bombs. In Londonderry, in fact, he had been nearly blown to pieces by an IRA bomb. He occasionally becomes violent, other times frightened; he is startled into these mental lapses by loud noises, dreams, and other triggers.

As in her other books, Gillard lets us in on the inner turmoil of the characters and there is a fine plot to keep us turning pages. She understands the complex thinking and motivations of her characters. A very satisfying read in all, and I recommend it highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love can be complicated
Linda tackles a difficult subject matter here: loving someone with PTSD. This is part mystery (the unravelling truth of the family history) and part adventure (flashbacks of war... Read more
Published 2 months ago by GEORGE J. STEWART
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A very good read she can put a good story together a good page tuner you feel like you are part of the storey and like any good book I bid not wont the end to come
Published 6 months ago by Jan Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars A mesmerizing read!
The first Linda Gillard book I read was The House of Silence. I stayed up until 5 am reading it, I could not put it down! Needless to say, I've been reading all her books since! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Noelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
After reading A Lifetime Burning (and crying my eyes out) I needed Untying the Knot. This is my 4th Linda Gillard novel and I've loved them all. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laura32412
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book about Relationships
This was an excellent read and I will read again. Surprised and made me think, plus was often very funny
as it discussed how life treats us.
Published 8 months ago by Paula M. Coath
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read...
Can't live together - can't live apart. Another winning novel by Linda Gillard. The story revolves around Magnus's PTSD brought on by years in the military's bomb squad. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Melanie King
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read. I'll be reading more of Linda Gillard's works.
Fay and Magnus Gillivray, in spite of and because of all their flaws and humanness totally captured me. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gloria Antypowich
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprises abound
A unique plot and an interesting read. I'm an avid reader and delighted when an author has a new story to tell. Read more
Published 15 months ago by LinRupp
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story with a great ending.
I liked this story because, though it centered around a middle-aged woman and her ex-husband and their unusual relationship, it touches on the severe trauma that war causes those... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Escrevo
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusion.
I was confused about the storyline, especially about the main character Fay. Where was her headspace? Read more
Published 17 months ago by Moyra Gaunt
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More About the Author

Linda Gillard is the author of seven novels and she lives in the Scottish Highlands. She has a website at and an Author Page on Facebook -

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.

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

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