Smouldering Fire Epub Þ Hardcover

Smouldering Fire Epub Þ Hardcover

Smouldering Fire ❰Reading❯ ➶ Smouldering Fire Author D.E. Stevenson – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Librarian's Note This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780030013119 found here From the cover DE Stevenson has here produced one of the best novels with a Highland setting which has appeared fo Librarian's Note This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN found here From the cover DE Stevenson has here produced one of the best novels with a Highland setting which has appeared for many a day The reader is made sensible of the charm and mystery of the Highlands on the first page and the glamour remains to the end So wrote The Scotsman of Edinburgh when this novel was first published In Smouldering Fire we find a rare combination of love mystery and humor.


10 thoughts on “Smouldering Fire

  1. Mir Mir says:

    What a hottie eh?This story is at heart a romance I personally would have no issue with a romance featuring unattractive people or old folks but the character is described as the handsomest man at every gathering and I estimate that he can't possibly be over 40 probably well under I don't know who selected that cover image At least they're consistent I guess She's supposed to be 31 or 32 a bit frumpy but not especially unattractive


  2. Christine PNW Christine PNW says:

    Not my favorite Stevenson although the Dean Street Press kindle cover is gorgeousThis book was classic DE Stevenson until about 75% Iain MacAslan is the owner and laird of Ardfalloch a Scottish estate and in the years after WWI the finances of the estate have become increasingly untenable As a result MacAslan finds himself forced to rent Ardfalloch to a business man from London Mr Hetherington Smith for the shooting season When Mr Hetherington Smith and his wife arrive at Ardfalloch they bring with them some houseguests for a country house party including Linda Medworth and her young son RichardIain is humiliated at having to rent out his beloved home so he sends his mother and her companionthe housekeeper Janet off to London for the summer and he goes to live in the rustic lochside cottage While he is there staying out of sight he meets Richard Medworth who helps him to repair a boat and gives him the fairly adorable nickname of Boatmender He and Richard create an immediate bond of shared interest and affection and when he finally meets Linda he realizes that she is a woman that he met years ago in London where he spent a few magical hours with her and she has been the woman of his heart ever sinceLinda is married to a fairly awful guy named Jack and is in the midst of a divorceThere's a lot of drama that happens in a book where very little actually occurs Linda and Iain end up being swept off to an island in the middle of loch during a story and shelter overnight in an abandoned castle where they share confidences and generally begin to fall in love Richard is a fragile child and Linda is worried because Jack views him as a possession and she is afraid that he will try to take Richard from her in order to bully him into being like Jack And Meg a local girl is brokenhearted because she has been in love with Iain for yearsI'm pretty sure that Meg shows up in a later book that I've already read either Katherine Wentworth or The Marriage of KatherineAnyway once we hit the 75% mark things get pretty crazyview spoilerJack shows up and accuses Linda and Iain of having an affair and threatens to expose them and reopen the divorce case to prove she is an unfit mother because sexy time with the hot Scot? and take Richard from her Then Donald who is Iain's best friend and is also some sort of an estate manager figures out what what Iain and Linda need in order to be happy is for HIM TO MURDER JACK And so he does In cold blood which brutally and yet neatly removes the obstacles to Iain Linda's happinessUp to the point where he commits cold blooded premeditated murder and then disposes of the body in a peat bog Donald was a really good person which made the whole thing even bizarre Wow That just got really freaking weird hide spoiler


  3. Avril Avril says:

    I can’t explain how the problem of this book is ultimately solved spoilers but it does raise uestions about Stevenson’s attitude to crime and vengeance Apart from that a typical Scottish romance Wonderful escapism


  4. Antonia Antonia says:

    Such an atmospheric and well drawn beginning that I thought it would be a favorite but by the end I had serious moral misgivings


  5. Robyn Robyn says:

    A Scottish Laird makes an inn of his castle in order to be able to afford to keep his family land He is served and assisted by his loyal ghillie whose family line have served the Laird's family for generationsAmong the groups of guests that stay in his castle the Laird meets a woman and her young son who are hiding from her abusive ex husband The Laird and his lady guest become friends and fall in love but circumstances complicate their path to romantic blissSome reviewers express dismay at a twist in this tale of love and loyalty In my opinion that's what makes the book a genuine exploration of Scottish heritage and not just another pleasant romance novel Though an avid fan I've forgotten the story lines of several of Ms Stevenson's books but this one still tugs at me years after I read it I've been trying to find it for years


  6. Alisha Alisha says:

    This book was a pretty enjoyable read but towards the end it took an odd turn Instead of facing out the difficulty someone just decided to cut straight through the knot in a judgment call that left me scratching my head and uncomfortable with the whole thing The main character is a good one though and there's wonderful atmosphere The first DE Stevenson book I read was Bel Lamington which I adored I also liked its seuel Fletchers End But this one not so much


  7. Joanna Joanna says:

    35 stars There's lots to like about this book the usual coziness and atmosphere found in Stevenson's books and I like learning about the Scottish traditions and mindset But there's a rather unpleasant surprise at the end which slid a cloud over the sun and made me ask Seriously was that necessary?


  8. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I love the character of MacAslan such a strong yet tender hearted clan leader The moral uestions raised in this book still provoke uite a bit of thought


  9. Julie Julie says:

    i like anything des wrote this was even better reading again afer having been to the uk because of knowing just where some things took place or being able to picture the place being described


  10. Squeak2017 Squeak2017 says:

    Is this an attempt at moral complexity? Does the end justify the means?Stevenson has subverted her usual fairy tale style of writing to introduce some morally dubious elements to this story The hero is presented as the perfect gentleman but stories of the warring clans and their violent past are used to suggest that brutality is part of the Highland character He is revered like a prince by his servants and tenants the true ideal of a Highland laird so it’s hardly surprising that he arrogantly expects everything to fall in his favour The great shock of this paragon of virtue deciding that the only way to get what he wants is to commit murder with no regard to the life of the victim or the casual lawlessness of the act essentially mars the novel even though he does not ultimately commit the crime That he thinks he can do so with no compunction suggests he is not a man who deserves a happy ending yet Stevenson provides him with one His fiancée’s objection to the plan is that he would be caught and hanged not that the act itself is inherently repugnant Does a man who would kill for love inspire greater love in return? do the two reprobates deserve each other? or is the whole marriage doomed because both parties are morally repellent? When trying to understand Stevenson’s moral view point I felt very uncomfortable I think she approves of her hero and the marriage though its foundation is morally suspect I am not sure I can agree with her hereI can see why this book was abridged and while I applaud the author for attempting to show that real life is serious and complex than her usual lightweight stories would suggest I do think that this plot is too harsh too grimly criminal in places to visit upon an unsuspecting audience expecting a gentle Scottish romance amongst the glens


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10 thoughts on “Smouldering Fire

  1. Mir Mir says:

    What a hottie eh?This story is at heart a romance I personally would have no issue with a romance featuring unattractive people or old folks but the character is described as the handsomest man at every gathering and I estimate that he can't possibly be over 40 probably well under I don't know who selected that cover image At least they're consistent I guess She's supposed to be 31 or 32 a bit frumpy but not especially unattractive

  2. Christine PNW Christine PNW says:

    Not my favorite Stevenson although the Dean Street Press kindle cover is gorgeousThis book was classic DE Stevenson until about 75% Iain MacAslan is the owner and laird of Ardfalloch a Scottish estate and in the years after WWI the finances of the estate have become increasingly untenable As a result MacAslan finds himself forced to rent Ardfalloch to a business man from London Mr Hetherington Smith for the shooting season When Mr Hetherington Smith and his wife arrive at Ardfalloch they bring with them some houseguests for a country house party including Linda Medworth and her young son RichardIain is humiliated at having to rent out his beloved home so he sends his mother and her companionthe housekeeper Janet off to London for the summer and he goes to live in the rustic lochside cottage While he is there staying out of sight he meets Richard Medworth who helps him to repair a boat and gives him the fairly adorable nickname of Boatmender He and Richard create an immediate bond of shared interest and affection and when he finally meets Linda he realizes that she is a woman that he met years ago in London where he spent a few magical hours with her and she has been the woman of his heart ever sinceLinda is married to a fairly awful guy named Jack and is in the midst of a divorceThere's a lot of drama that happens in a book where very little actually occurs Linda and Iain end up being swept off to an island in the middle of loch during a story and shelter overnight in an abandoned castle where they share confidences and generally begin to fall in love Richard is a fragile child and Linda is worried because Jack views him as a possession and she is afraid that he will try to take Richard from her in order to bully him into being like Jack And Meg a local girl is brokenhearted because she has been in love with Iain for yearsI'm pretty sure that Meg shows up in a later book that I've already read either Katherine Wentworth or The Marriage of KatherineAnyway once we hit the 75% mark things get pretty crazyview spoilerJack shows up and accuses Linda and Iain of having an affair and threatens to expose them and reopen the divorce case to prove she is an unfit mother because sexy time with the hot Scot? and take Richard from her Then Donald who is Iain's best friend and is also some sort of an estate manager figures out what what Iain and Linda need in order to be happy is for HIM TO MURDER JACK And so he does In cold blood which brutally and yet neatly removes the obstacles to Iain Linda's happinessUp to the point where he commits cold blooded premeditated murder and then disposes of the body in a peat bog Donald was a really good person which made the whole thing even bizarre Wow That just got really freaking weird hide spoiler

  3. Avril Avril says:

    I can’t explain how the problem of this book is ultimately solved spoilers but it does raise uestions about Stevenson’s attitude to crime and vengeance Apart from that a typical Scottish romance Wonderful escapism

  4. Antonia Antonia says:

    Such an atmospheric and well drawn beginning that I thought it would be a favorite but by the end I had serious moral misgivings

  5. Robyn Robyn says:

    A Scottish Laird makes an inn of his castle in order to be able to afford to keep his family land He is served and assisted by his loyal ghillie whose family line have served the Laird's family for generationsAmong the groups of guests that stay in his castle the Laird meets a woman and her young son who are hiding from her abusive ex husband The Laird and his lady guest become friends and fall in love but circumstances complicate their path to romantic blissSome reviewers express dismay at a twist in this tale of love and loyalty In my opinion that's what makes the book a genuine exploration of Scottish heritage and not just another pleasant romance novel Though an avid fan I've forgotten the story lines of several of Ms Stevenson's books but this one still tugs at me years after I read it I've been trying to find it for years

  6. Alisha Alisha says:

    This book was a pretty enjoyable read but towards the end it took an odd turn Instead of facing out the difficulty someone just decided to cut straight through the knot in a judgment call that left me scratching my head and uncomfortable with the whole thing The main character is a good one though and there's wonderful atmosphere The first DE Stevenson book I read was Bel Lamington which I adored I also liked its seuel Fletchers End But this one not so much

  7. Joanna Joanna says:

    35 stars There's lots to like about this book the usual coziness and atmosphere found in Stevenson's books and I like learning about the Scottish traditions and mindset But there's a rather unpleasant surprise at the end which slid a cloud over the sun and made me ask Seriously was that necessary?

  8. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I love the character of MacAslan such a strong yet tender hearted clan leader The moral uestions raised in this book still provoke uite a bit of thought

  9. Julie Julie says:

    i like anything des wrote this was even better reading again afer having been to the uk because of knowing just where some things took place or being able to picture the place being described

  10. Squeak2017 Squeak2017 says:

    Is this an attempt at moral complexity? Does the end justify the means?Stevenson has subverted her usual fairy tale style of writing to introduce some morally dubious elements to this story The hero is presented as the perfect gentleman but stories of the warring clans and their violent past are used to suggest that brutality is part of the Highland character He is revered like a prince by his servants and tenants the true ideal of a Highland laird so it’s hardly surprising that he arrogantly expects everything to fall in his favour The great shock of this paragon of virtue deciding that the only way to get what he wants is to commit murder with no regard to the life of the victim or the casual lawlessness of the act essentially mars the novel even though he does not ultimately commit the crime That he thinks he can do so with no compunction suggests he is not a man who deserves a happy ending yet Stevenson provides him with one His fiancée’s objection to the plan is that he would be caught and hanged not that the act itself is inherently repugnant Does a man who would kill for love inspire greater love in return? do the two reprobates deserve each other? or is the whole marriage doomed because both parties are morally repellent? When trying to understand Stevenson’s moral view point I felt very uncomfortable I think she approves of her hero and the marriage though its foundation is morally suspect I am not sure I can agree with her hereI can see why this book was abridged and while I applaud the author for attempting to show that real life is serious and complex than her usual lightweight stories would suggest I do think that this plot is too harsh too grimly criminal in places to visit upon an unsuspecting audience expecting a gentle Scottish romance amongst the glens

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