- Series: Time of Myths: Shapeshifter Sagas (Book 4)
- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1548901555
- ISBN-13: 978-1548901554
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,750,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Outsider (Time of Myths: Shapeshifter Sagas) (Volume 4) Paperback – August 7, 2017
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Set in the western highlands of Scotland, we meet Kristie, a woman by all accounts who has endured so much over the years that it has turned her heart to stone in a way. Her brother has gone off fishing leaving the woman -Kristie and her very pregnant sister-in-law Jean to tend to the croft, only when a bad storm hits and the men don't return does Kristie go to the shores of the Loch in search for them. Only she found more than she bargained for. On the beach she finds a man, a very naked man!
Fearing the man could be a reiver or worse--an Englishman, Kristie is against tending to the man but she takes him to the croft and dumps him with the horse. When the very handsome and mysterious man wakes up he has no idea who is or where is from, and much to Kristie's relieve he is most definitely not an Englishman!
Kristie neighbour Jock takes a liking to the man and names him Creag, the man also takes a liking to Jock and the two become friends whilst he is recovering in the barn. Jock is a story teller and once he tells Creag the tales of Selkies - seals who can shed their skin and live as men/woman on land, he begins to experience dreams and visions, ones that don't make much sense to him as first but as his relationship with Kristie grows and trust is built between them, he feels the calling of the water.
Only once he goes to the water does he remember who & what he is, and how he came to be stranded on the beach. He is harbouring a terrible secret and fears that all he has built with Kristie will be lost.
Can Kristie break down her defences and let him after she learns his true identity and what he has done? You really need to pick up this book and the whole series, I promise you will not be disappointed!
This book has been my favourite of the series, not only because it is set in my homeland, but because yet again Natasha has done an amazing job at research in the Selkie Myths and Scotland.
For all this has a content warning, this is very much a clean shapshifter book compared to most others, which makes this a welcome change to this genre of books.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Kristie is widowed and living with her brother, Domnall, and his pregnant wife, Jean on their farm. There is extreme worry for Domnall and his friend who are late returning from a fishing trip, along with the enormous backlog of work that has yet to be done on the farm. Kristie, on searching for her brother, ends up finding an unclothed injured man on the shores, an outsider, who doesn't seem to know who or where he is. They take him in to aide his recovery and he soon starts to help them out on the farm while Domnall is still missing. He starts to make a close connection with Kristie and a friendship with loveable young Jock, who lives with his aunt and uncle in the farm next door.
Jock's father died in battle, he believes his mom to be living in the ocean as a 'selkie', a grey seal who looks for love as a human form but the call of the ocean is always so strong it wins out. Obviously everyone thinks this is one of the youngsters well thought out stories but there could be so much more truth in this than everyone believes.
Who is this outsider and what has happened to Domnall and his friend? Is there a connection or just pure coincidence?
Another fascinating tale to escape into from this author, it pulled me in and towards the end had my heart fluttering wondering what would happen. I really enjoy the flow of the authors writing which just enhances the story. Outsider left me feeling happy and lucky to have been able to read it. Next please!!
What transpires between Kristy and the stranger will make you laugh a bit. The guy is bound and determined to make Kristy smile---and besides he really doesn't remember who he is or where he came from.
So, what happened to Domnell and his friend? What has made Kristy so hard core unhappy? Who is this stranger and where does he come from? All will be revealed--and some of it you will NEVER guess!!
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