Title: THE GLASS GUARDIAN
Author: Linda Gillard
Genre: Paranormal romance, or contemporary fiction with a ghost.
Review by Tahlia Newland
It’s not often these days that I get really excited about a book, but this is one of those times. I simply loved it. Not only is it a lovely, sensitively written story with characters you fall in love with immediately, but it is also deeply moving and inspiring.
Blurb: Ruth Travers has lost a lover, both parents and her job. Now she thinks she might be losing her mind… When death strikes again, Ruth finds herself the owner of a dilapidated Victorian house on the Isle of Skye: “Tigh na Linne”, the summer home she shared as a child with her beloved Aunt Janet, the woman she’d regarded as a mother. As Ruth prepares to put the old house up for sale, she’s astonished to find she’s not the only occupant. Worse, she suspects she might be falling in love again. With a man who died almost a hundred years ago.
This is not your ordinary paranormal romance; no vampires, werewolves, witches and so on, and no young gorgeous kick ass heroine. Ruth is in her forties and totally normal, except that she sees a ghost. Only one ghost though, a very special Scottish one called Hector. He even wears a kilt. Hector died in WW1 but he hasn’t stuck around to scare anyone, just the contrary. He’s more like a guardian angel. Love shines through his every word and action. I don’t want to tell you too much because Hector’s story is the mystery that you must read to unravel. All you really need to know is that this heart-warming book is a rare gem and truly not to be missed.
The ending? Beautiful and completely satisfying. I cried tears of joy. The story went exactly the way I wanted it to but I never found it predictable. Linda Gillard is an inspiration. I’d love to be able to write as well as her.