16/02/2001

The Larach (by Alexandra Raife)

A relative had recommended Alexandra Raife's books to me, knowing I enjoy character-based gentle novels. The first one I tried was 'The Larach', and I enjoyed it very much indeed.

Clare decides to give up her wild life and live in an isolated cottage in Scotland. She doesn't quite realise just what hard work will be involved, however, nor how close a community she's moving into.

Gradually Clare's past emerges into the open, as she begins to relate to the new people around her, and she discovers what she really wants in life.

It was a lovely book, with clever observation of people, and a satisfying conclusion.

Recommended.

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