fascinating life of Flora MacDonald after the '45 ...
with her husband and family, the heroine of the Jacobites made
her way to the New World to escape the punitive deprivation of
Skye - only to arrive in the Carolinas on the eve of the American
is a compelling tale, carefully researched and beautifully told.
In an outstanding historical novel the author describes the hardships
and dangers of the voyage, the privations and political intrigue
of colonial life, the courage and loyalty of a remarkable woman.
of Lochar was delighted to publish this outstanding work -
here is what our own editor had to report when we were offered
is a well researched and lively account of the experiences of
Flora and Allan MacDonald in North Carolina. It opens in an accurate
and sympathetic account of their life at Kingsburgh House and
of the economic and social pressures that led them to embark upon
a new life overseas.
realities of their flitting and of their departure from Campbeltown
aboard the "Ulysses" in August 1774 reflect the true
experiences of hundreds of their contemporaries; by this stage
it has become clear that this is a sensitive and valuable historical
novel, and is not an idle tear-jerker. The author has put flesh
and clothes upon the bones of the narrative, adding considerably
to the pleasure and interest of her readers, but has not indulged
in capricious flights of fancy.
the voyage to Cape Fear is accurately described and is a compelling
approach to the detailed account of the sights and sounds that
awaited the apprehensive passengers. There was, of course, a well-established
Scottish community in North Carolina and it would be up to the
new arrivals to integrate themselves as best they could. On the
eve of the American War of Independence, this was to be no easy
task and Oonagh Morrison's exposition of the complexities is most
valuable. Many people will have wondered why so many Scots adopted
the Royalist cause, particularly in the light of their own experiences.
The author describes the situation in convincing terms and follows
the family through all the tribulations that they were to experience.
is an authentic portrayal of the facts surrounding the emigration
and subsequent careers of Flora and Allan MacDonald, one which
bears the hallmark of patient research and genuine understanding.
It is also a most interesting account of the circumstances which
were experienced by a much wider community, including the established
Argyll Colony and the later, post-Culloden arrivals.
in all, this is an excellent and enjoyable book; the narrative
is built around convincing characters and is well-paced and exciting.
A highly accomplished account of an important and neglected stage
in the life of Scotland's beloved Flora MacDonald."
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