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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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Following her wonderful debut, The Still Point, Sackville returns with a strangely beautiful short novel about love and sex and obsession. A literature professor marries his prize student, a woman forty years his junior, and at her request he takes her to the say for their honeymoon. He is embarked on his lifes work, a book about enchantment-narratives in literature, most all of them involving strange girls and women, but soon finds himself distracted by his own enchantment for his new white-haired young wife. They travel to the Orkney Islands, the ancient Mesolithic and Neolithic site north of the Scottish coast, the Seal Islands, a barren place of extraordinary beauty. And as the days of their honeymoon pass his desire and his constant, yearning contemplation become his normality. His mysterious bride becomes his entire universe. He is consumed.
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I wanted to take a few days after reading this to think about my feelings and after an entire month, I'm still not sure. Huge age gap between our newlyweds, but they seem to be in two different places. He's usually inside looking out at her as she is outside contemplating the sea. She didn't open up much and he was obsessed with his bride. I did get a feel for the harsh temperature of Orkney, but otherwise, I'm not quite sure what I was ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick supposed to get from the unreliable, creepy narrator and his young bride connecting to the sea. Points for leaving out the sexual details! #holidayescape super late @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB and this was on June's #bookspinbingo board @TheAromaofBooks #readtheworld #Scotland

TheBookHippie I agree!!! So ODD. And creepy. But I do think she is back at sea. 6mo
BarbaraBB Points for leaving out the sexual details 😂 6mo
Cinfhen Wonderful review!!! Thanks for tagging us. I think your feelings aligned with the majority of the group/ most were #MoreMehThanYeah 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 6mo
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I'm a week late to getting to this #HolidayEscape pick, and after reading the discussions, I'm in agreement with the consensus viewpoint. Even though Sackville's prose casts a mysterious spell that could have worked well for the subject matter, it wasn't enough to compensate for the lack of any real plot development. We're just left with a creepy narrator's obsessive behavior and no way to contextualize it, besides an offstage fantasy theme.

Billypar It was still unique enough to be memorable though - thanks for organizing @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB My Litsy time has taken a hit in recent months - I hope to be back talking books with everyone before long! 7mo
Cinfhen Thanks for joining us!!! Miss seeing your posts but glad to know you‘re busy and well ☺️ 7mo
BarbaraBB Your review might best describe my feelings about the book - and what it lacked! I too hope you‘ll be back talking books soon. Take care 🍀💚 7mo
Suet624 Nice seeing you again. 7mo
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A couple is on the honeymoon. Apart from the age difference, they don‘t seem to know each other that well. He‘s just looking at the through the window as she‘s looking at the sea.

I didn‘t connect with this story or characters.


Cathythoughts Great review! That sums it up. A so-so for me too (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen Yes/ it‘s a hard book to connect too!! That‘s a perfect description. Oh well/ hopefully our next read will be better 7mo
johncadams Loved my visit to the Orkneys. Wasn't long enough. So beautiful. 7mo
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An odd tale of obsession and the sea. An older professor marries an otherworldly young student and honeymoons with her at the sea.

This was odd enough for me to be engaged in the story, though parts of it became rather repetitive…except maybe that‘s because of the obsession part??? I felt the writing style suited the narrative.

This is one I would not have picked up on my own, so thanks to #HolidayEscape for giving me the chance to read it.

Cinfhen Excellent review, Jess!!{ 7mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t mind this book as I was reading but after discussion I feel like it had some serious flaws 😫 7mo
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BarbaraBB I loved the setting and the plot but the way it was worked out didn‘t really work for me. 7mo
Librarybelle @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB It definitely had flaws, and upon reading the discussions, they really shine through for me. I still didn‘t mind it - I guess I don‘t mind flawed books 🤷🏻‍♀️. I also read it when I was half asleep most of the time, so maybe that helped! 😂 7mo
BarbaraBB That is probably the right state of mind 😉 7mo
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Question 5
Do you want to visit the Orkney‘s? If you were going for a long weekend and could only bring one book; which would you bring?

TrishB I would love to go. Maybe Outlander 😁 7mo
BookwormAHN I would love to and I agree @TrishB possibly Outlander or some folktales. 7mo
Megabooks @TrishB nice choice!! 7mo
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TheBookHippie I‘d go not high on my personal list but I‘d go, this book reminded me a little of the movie The Secret of Roan Inish based on the book I‘d bring along 7mo
DebinHawaii Sorry (maybe not sorry) that I didn‘t end up buying & reading the book for this one but thanks for letting me party with you, @BarbaraBB & the group anyway with pics & music! 😉 I look forward to the next gathering! 🤗 7mo
Cinfhen I have ZERO INTEREST in visiting the Orkney‘s - it felt too remote, cold and depressing 7mo
TrishB @Megabooks it would last the weekend too 😁 7mo
Kdgordon88 Scotland is on my list but I have no clue what book I‘d bring. 7mo
Cinfhen I love your book choices @TrishB @TheBookHippie 💚 7mo
TrishB @Cinfhen it is remote and probably cold a lot of the time. But the air would be clear and beautiful and the sky would be full of light and deceptive colours. The sky is very wonderful up north! 7mo
jenniferw88 My Capricorn Rising sign suggests that they would suit me, but maybe in the summer and not in October when they went! 😂😂😂 I'd probably take some classic Scottish stories that I haven't got round to yet, so maybe 7mo
BarbaraBB I‘d love to go there for a weekend. Just me and the elements. In fact I am planning a trip to Scotland in the fall but not to Orkney. 7mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I can send you mine!! 😂😂😂 I‘m all done 😝 7mo
Cinfhen You ALMOST changed my mind @TrishB but I don‘t like the cold 🥶 7mo
Cinfhen Scotland seems cool @BarbaraBB but it‘s not high up on my bucketlist @Kdgordon88 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen I forgot about your horoscope @jenniferw88 😂😂 7mo
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie Hah! I am almost tempted (FOMO) but I fear I won‘t read it based on all I have heard! 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
TrishB 😉 I don‘t really like the hot! You just need a big coat 🧥😘 7mo
AnneCecilie I can‘t see myself ever visiting Orkney. 7mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen haha! My horoscope is fascinating to me - so much of my personality and background can be explained by it - and even some of my medical conditions! 7mo
Kdgordon88 @TrishB you‘ve sold me on Orkney. You description sounds marvelous and I love the sea. 7mo
Cinfhen That‘s fascinating about your medical conditions linked to horoscope @jenniferw88 7mo
Cinfhen I think I‘d need WAY MORE than a heavy coat @TrishB 7mo
Cinfhen I kind of imagine Norway‘s climate similar to the Orkney‘s @AnneCecilie am I way off??? 7mo
Megabooks @TrishB I‘m not a fan of the heat either…I live in the wrong part of the world. I would probably visit if I were able, but it‘s not a high priority. 7mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii 😂😂😂 mine came with a newspaper article all for 5 bucks 😂 7mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen Taurus Sun, Virgo Moon & Capricorn Rising here. For example, Saturn is in my first house, and the tagged book says that 'Saturn can point to a long, slow or difficult birth', which is exactly what happened with me! I was due on 2/5 but arrived 4/5 after 2 epidurals - I was eventually delivered by caesarian. And I love having my neck rubbed, a part of the body associated with Taurus! 7mo
TrishB @Megabooks it‘s only really hot for about a week a year here! 7mo
TrishB @Cinfhen and thermals! 7mo
TrishB @Kdgordon88 😁👍🏻 7mo
Cinfhen @jenniferw88 wow!! Very cool…thanks for tagging the book…I think I‘d like to pick it up 💜🙌🏻 7mo
Cinfhen And mittens, gloves, hat, scarf, boots @TrishB xxx 7mo
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen I think so. Also I‘m not much of a sea person. But would love to visit Edinburg sometime, the castle and Bookstores. 7mo
TrishB 😂😂 7mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen it's very interesting but will work best if you know the time of your birth. That way you can get a natal chart online (I used https://astro-charts.com/tools/new/birthchart/) with all the planet placements etc. 7mo
Cinfhen Me too @AnneCecilie Edinburg does sound amazing 💚 7mo
jenniferw88 I promise to go back to talking about Orkney now! 😂😂😂 7mo
Cinfhen @jenniferw88 👍🏻I‘ll have to ask my mom, if she remembers/ knows my time of birth (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen Haha @jenniferw88 I think the horoscopes is more interesting 😜 7mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen I'm an email away if you do get a birth chart - I'd be happy to type up some notes from the book for you. Email is irene_gulliver@yahoo.co.uk. I could do the whole chart (except aspects - I haven't got my head round those yet! 😂) or just the main 3 - Sun, Moon and Rising (otherwise known as the Ascendant). 7mo
peaknit I‘m a beach person, a warm weather beach lover that is. Orkney sounds interesting but uncomfortable, haunting and damp…while I work in the bureaucracy I need recharge vacations. Once I move to a beach I might dream of Orkney 😂 7mo
rubyslippersreads It‘s not a travel destination that appeals to me (except for the shop, which sounded almost enchanted). 7mo
Hooked_on_books I adore Scotland and would love to visit the Orkneys! I actually have a necklace I love that I bought in Edinburgh which was made by an artist on one of the islands. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love the beach, the warm weather ones. But Scotland is on my bucket list. I don‘t mind spending a weekend in Orkney for experience. Or Shetland Islands. 😊 Don‘t know about the books, though. 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m a beach person too @peaknit and the Orkney‘s doesn‘t align with my mental image of beach holiday but that shop did sound enchanting @rubyslippersreads I‘m with you @erzascarletbookgasm yes to Shetlands no to Orkney‘s 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m totally up for Edinburgh @Hooked_on_books and I love buying local artisan crafts when I travel/ I think they make the best gifts/ memories/ souvenirs 7mo
Librarybelle I‘m very curious about the desolate nature of the Orkney‘s…remote. I‘d probably bring a #Chunster to read…a reread of Outlander seems to fit, for some reason. 7mo
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Question 4
You work in a bookshop, where would you shelve this book? Does this book remind you of other stories? 

Megabooks Probably in folklore and myth but maybe literary. I can definitely see it in a hotel shop in the Orkneys! (edited) 7mo
TrishB Probably literary. Or folk lore. It would definitely be in local tourist places in Orkney! 7mo
Megabooks Also I changed my answer because I though it said would you…as opposed to where would you! Whoops! (And the answer to the first question is no, I probably wouldn‘t stock this book. 😜) 7mo
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TheBookHippie Forklore -Myths 7mo
BookwormAHN Probably literary fiction 7mo
jenniferw88 Well both Amazon and StoryGraph categorise it as 'contemporary' but I would personally shelve it as 'folkore'! 7mo
jenniferw88 That should read 'folkLore'! 😂😂😂 7mo
Cinfhen This felt like folklore to me too @TheBookHippie @Megabooks @TrishB although it fits literary fiction too @BookwormAHN 7mo
Cinfhen So weird!!! In my opinion DEFINITELY NOT CONTEMPORARY @jenniferw88 it felt almost like a twisted fairytale 7mo
BarbaraBB It reminds me a bit of The Collector but it wasn‘t half as good. I‘d categorize it under Literary Fiction. 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m leaning more towards myth/ folklore @BarbaraBB 7mo
peaknit Lit fiction or Folklore, depends on the store. 7mo
rubyslippersreads Fiction, between Lolita and 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Literary fiction probably. 7mo
Librarybelle Fiction! Maybe speculative fiction. 7mo
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Question 3

What do you think happened to the wife? Did she commit suicide, return to the sea? Did her husband kill her? Is she still alive??

Megabooks I‘m leaning that she was a selkie, although part of me would like to think one of the people she was talking to on the island helped her set up a new life. But I think that wishful thinking on my part. 7mo
TrishB I didn‘t read enough of the second half to really offer an opinion here. 7mo
jenniferw88 I think she found her seal skin and returned to the sea. I know she was frightened of drowning, but the amount of time she spent by it implies to me that her subconscious was telling her something! 7mo
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Kdgordon88 My original thought was selkie returned to the sea but we would have to assume she found her original skin. 7mo
TheBookHippie I think she returned to the sea 🌊 7mo
BookwormAHN I'm not sure the fact that her body wasn't found was curious. 7mo
Cinfhen I tend to think she found her skin and swam away @BookwormAHN @TheBookHippie @Kdgordon88 @jenniferw88 @Megabooks @TrishB I don‘t think she was murdered and I didn‘t think suicide but the professor was definitely jealous enough and obsessive enough to kill her. He didn‘t like all the island people talking to her. 7mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen while he was jealous/controlling, I don‘t think he would‘ve stuck around (like he did) if he had killed her 7mo
Kdgordon88 @Megabooks good point! 7mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t think he was in the state of mind to murder her. Nor was she suicidal as far as I could judge so her being a Selkie and returning to sea was kind of the only possible outcome in my opinion. A weakness of the book I think. (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen Yes, the book gave way to many clues EARLY ON that she was a selkie @BarbaraBB specifically her webbed feet and hands 🦭 🦭 (edited) 7mo
AnneCecilie I think she‘s a selkie that returned to the sea. 7mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen agree. It was obvious enough to make the conclusion foregone 7mo
Cinfhen A weakness by the author @Megabooks / it‘s like she didn‘t trust the reader to deduce the outcome on their own😉 7mo
peaknit I hadn‘t considered any option other than suicide, but then finding her skin seems reasonable in this book. 7mo
rubyslippersreads I didn‘t finish the book, so I can‘t comment on what happened, but I can say I was hoping the young fishwife was going to turn into a sea monster and eat the creepy professor. 🤣 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads 😂. With so many clues leading to the young wife not being ‘human‘, I thought she was going to turn into a mermaid or selkie right in front of his eyes. 🤣 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I definitely think she returned home (to sea). Not suicide or murder. 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m with you @erzascarletbookgasm but I like @rubyslippersreads creativity 7mo
Librarybelle I think she went into the sea, back “home.” 7mo
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Question 2

Did you think the young wife was a mermaid or selkie? Was her father a finfolk who left her behind?

jenniferw88 A selkie - it's specific to Scottish folklore. 7mo
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jenniferw88 From: https://www.thelovelyredfox.com/2020/08/mermaids-selkies-and-sirens.html?m=1 In many of these tales, a seal woman may marry a human man that has stolen and hidden her seal skin, and upon finding it years later quickly return to the sea.... In many cases where the selkie is forced to marry a human man, they may end up having multiple children, and these offspring may take on seal like features such as webbed toes. 7mo
TrishB A selkie, agree with @jenniferw88 7mo
Cinfhen What about her father?? @jenniferw88 @TrishB 7mo
Megabooks thank you for that link @jenniferw88 👍🏻 I definitely agree with you! 7mo
rubyslippersreads Selkie came to mind as soon as I started the book. (edited) 7mo
Kdgordon88 Agree, Selkie. 7mo
TheBookHippie Selkie … I thought mermaid at first .. 7mo
jenniferw88 Was the old man smelling of fish her Dad, and she found her seal skin in his cottage? Or did she find it in the place they were staying? 7mo
BookwormAHN A selkie came to mind but crazy also seemed relevant. Or maybe the child of a selkie. 7mo
Megabooks @jenniferw88 another good point. I hadn‘t considered whether he would be her father. 7mo
Cinfhen I too, felt she was the child of a selkie @BookwormAHN and she kept telling tales of her fisherman father ~ this book was strange - come to think of it, they both were unreliable 7mo
Cinfhen That is an interesting theory @jenniferw88 it would add up to her disappearance @Megabooks 7mo
peaknit It felt like the snow queen fable, she lived in a semi dream like state but also in the world. I‘m not sure what she was, a drifting hippy comes to mind, high on life…🤷🏼‍♀️ 7mo
peaknit @jenniferw88 interesting, thanks for sharing! 7mo
BarbaraBB Insightful point of view @jenniferw88 I hadn‘t thought of that but it can very well be true. 7mo
AnneCecilie Selkie. She kept on telling tales about selkies. That‘s an interesting thought @jenniferw88 maybe that‘s why she wanted to go to Orkney for their honeymoon. 7mo
Cinfhen I think so too @AnneCecilie she choose the Orkney‘s as it was her original home 7mo
Cinfhen I think I wrote in my review @peaknit that this book gave me Snow Child vibes - totally agree - she wasn‘t human 7mo
peaknit @Cinfhen yes! Snow child! 7mo
CarolynM I think this was trying to be a retelling of the selkie myths but didn't really succeed (at least not for me). 7mo
I.be.Stef @jenniferw88 Raises some really good points! I didn‘t even venture to think that ahead. Although it does make sense (a bit). Thanks for sharing! 7mo
I.be.Stef @CarolynM I completely agree. The narration was very vague and all over the place. I couldn‘t pinpoint one moment that spoke of the selkie theory clearly, except when the wife told the story. 7mo
I.be.Stef For anyone reading, was she actually talking to a seal? There‘s a quote that Richard says, “That sly pup. I knew he was keeping secrets.” (Something like that) this may suggest that the wife may have found a kin on the beach she was talking to for hours. Who else would risk the cold weather and stand alone on the beach ALL DAY?!? Either that or she was trying to get away from Richard (who I don‘t like at all!) 😡😬 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm A mermaid or selkie at first. Later, I suspected a selkie. Like the others commented on the first question, I think the professor was her ticket to Orkney. She needed to get ‘home‘. 7mo
Cinfhen I forgot the seal part @I.be.Stef this book really was all over the place but not in a good way 7mo
Cinfhen @CarolynM agreed, author tried to write a modern retelling of myth but it fell VERY SHORT 7mo
Librarybelle Selkie. I thought selkie right from the beginning - his description of her seemed to mesh with my very limited understanding of the selkie legends. 7mo
emilyhaldi The selkie theory is so fascinating!!! I love it. And I wish the author had maybe given us more from the wife‘s perspective as she sat on the beach all day… would have liked to gain a better understanding of her mindset. (Ps. Sorry I‘m so late to the party 🤪) 7mo
Cinfhen Thanks for stopping by @emilyhaldi xx 7mo
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I‘ll be posting 5 questions total and then the announcement of our next #BuddyRead theme🎵🎉📸📚❄️
@BarbaraBB & I hope you‘ll join us for another fun filled party weekend ‼️

Question 1
* How do you consider the relationship between the professor & his young bride?
Is the professor a reliable narrator?

Megabooks Gosh! What a creeper! His obsession with the angles of her body, her body hair. Just weird. She was so vague in his life that I don‘t think his impressions of her are reliable at all! 7mo
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TrishB @Megabooks agree! He had me going ewww all the time. Totally unreliable. 7mo
Cinfhen He seems to have invented memories @Megabooks and the way he obsessively watches her from the window. He made me very uncomfortable @TrishB (edited) 7mo
BookwormAHN They don't seem to really know each other, which makes me uncomfortable and then their's the weird obsession he has with her body. 7mo
jenniferw88 Definitely unreliable! 7mo
Cinfhen What do you think she saw in the professor @Megabooks @TrishB @BookwormAHN @jenniferw88 ?? Do you think the book needed her perspective too? 7mo
Megabooks I don‘t think I liked the book to care enough about her perspective 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
TrishB I think she probably saw security? Maybe she liked the worship? 7mo
Kdgordon88 He is obsessed and his constant vigilance is creepy but her spending 24/7 staring out to sea is weird, too. (edited) 7mo
TheBookHippie He is CREEPY and totally unreliable ….. 7mo
Kdgordon88 Or did she just need a ride to Orkney? 7mo
rubyslippersreads He‘s such a creep and so unreliable, I‘m not even sure his wife is real (I bailed, so I‘m only guessing about this). Does she even have a name? 7mo
TheBookHippie As for her 🤷🏻‍♀️was he a means to an end ? 7mo
TheBookHippie I think the book needed her perspective -yes. 7mo
TheBookHippie @Megabooks 😂😬😝 7mo
jenniferw88 Definitely needed her perspective! Maybe a father figure? 7mo
BookwormAHN I think her lack of perspective was to keep her more mysterious which just made him seem nuttier. 7mo
Cinfhen I was wondering too if she was a fantasy @rubyslippersreads but there was that other family with the 2 young boys and the shopkeeper who were all aware of her. (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen I think the book needed her perspective too, and yes, I think she was a selkie and he was a way for her to get her “skin” back. She stares at the sea longing to return “home” @Kdgordon88 ?? 7mo
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen I forgot that other people saw them together (usually with disapproval). 7mo
Cinfhen Agreed @BookwormAHN and yet we ALL got fed up and bored by the repetitiveness of the “mystery” so I‘m not sure the author accomplished her goal🤷🏼‍♀️ 7mo
Cinfhen I like the idea that the professor was a father figure @jenniferw88 7mo
Cinfhen I do think he was some type of escape for her @TheBookHippie (edited) 7mo
Kdgordon88 We can guess her reason for staring out to sea is a longing to return home but he did not. From his perspective it would be odd behavior. Plus it is same old trope older man young wife let the jealousy and controlling behavior begin. 7mo
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen I didn‘t care very much, probably because I just didn‘t care about the book. 7mo
BookwormAHN I cared for her enough to at times want to suggest she get a divorce and maybe a restraining order. 7mo
Kdgordon88 I wanted to care to care for her but didn‘t quite get there. 7mo
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen Yes I did care for her I wanted her to be able to go “home” and be at peace. 7mo
jenniferw88 The idea of a father figure came to me as if I were in her shoes - if I didn't have mine around I would want someone to look up to and love me unconditionally, so I guess I did care for her. 7mo
rubyslippersreads @BookwormAHN That was about my level of caring too. 😏 7mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I felt sorry for her (although I could think she used him to get back to the Orkney‘s) but I didn‘t enjoy the book enough to care whether there was another perspective. I‘m not sure it would‘ve made the book stronger/more enjoyable, but I think anything in literature depends on how well done it is. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
peaknit He seemed to be losing it at the end, very obsessive like she was a trophy for him through the book, seemed a little pathetic maybe? 7mo
Megabooks @BookwormAHN 😂😂😂😂 7mo
Kdgordon88 I didn‘t get the father figure vibe. He was more a means to an end. 7mo
peaknit I feel like he got less reliable but she, her personality, even her physical self, seemed fluid to fit in whatever space her gave her. 7mo
TrishB I did care for her, in the sense that I wanted her to do whatever was going to make her happy. 7mo
BarbaraBB I did care for her too but agree that the book needed her perspective too. I started out liking the setting of this weird marriage but when nothing happened it lost its moment. 7mo
rubyslippersreads @Kdgordon88 I would certainly prefer that, just a ticket to Orkney. 7mo
AnneCecilie I didn‘t think she was fleshed out enough so I didn‘t care much about what happened to her. She was just a figure in the background, something for him to watch. 7mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @BookwormAHN although I sensed SHE was PLAYING him THE WHOLE TIME @Kdgordon88 @TheBookHippie @Megabooks @peaknit @rubyslippersreads @AnneCecilie @TrishB I think she KNEW he was easy prey…the ticket to Orkney 7mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Professor Father Figure was a creep and totally unreliable. Early on, I expected her to be a figment of his imagination inspired by his book. Once the others actually seemed to see her, I figured then he was her ticket to Orkney. Maybe she had some affection for him, but it felt very one-sided. Without her perspective it allowed her & her motivations to remain a mystery. 7mo
Cinfhen Total creep @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick he made me feel squirmy 7mo
peaknit Oh yes, ticket to Orkney but worth acting loving? Ew. 😂 7mo
CarolynM Unreliable narrator, hmm, not sure. How reliable are any of our memories, really? The disagreements about what colour jumper she wore, who kissed who etc struck me as the usual kinds of differing memories couples might have. I was more bothered by their lack of connection. They only seemed to talk to one another about the myths and stories. Initially I wondered if she had an agenda besides getting to Orkney. At the end I wasn't sure she was real👇 7mo
CarolynM 🖕Maybe he wasn't on sabbatical at all, but on suspension after inappropriate behaviour towards a female student & this was all his way of justifying himself in his own mind (or something like that). The other people they encountered may not have been real either, or may not have really interacted with the nonexistent wife, it was just how he thought it might have gone. Interesting that the cleaning lady also disappeared.👇 7mo
CarolynM ?Either way, I didn't care very much. It was all to much of a sad old man / "mysterious" young woman, who is exploiting who series of clichés that's been well and truly done before. It could have been interesting to retell the selkie myths, but the characters, particularly her, needed a lot more originality and a lot more flesh and blood. 7mo
rubyslippersreads @CarolynM I like this theory. 7mo
Cinfhen Yeah, I wondered about that cleaning lady @CarolynM The more I‘m reading people‘s comments and ideas the less I‘m appreciating this book. It was weak 😕 7mo
I.be.Stef I missed the discussion cuz I fell asleep. Guess I‘ll just post my thoughts on this😂🤷🏽‍♀️I think he‘s a total creep and a very unreliable narrator. First I was all like “oh what a doting husband!” Then when he kept watching her from his little window ALL THE FREAKING TIME, it just went downhill.📉😬 (edited) 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s interesting @CarolynM about he wasn‘t on sabbatical and all that happened was just his imagination. The story could take on a different direction from there. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Totally an unreliable narrator @Cinfhen ..At one point I did think the wife doesn‘t exist at all, but others saw her. So she should be real 😆. 7mo
Cinfhen This book and discussion leaves me more frustrated than assured @erzascarletbookgasm @I.be.Stef I might have to change my book from weak peak to so-so / Pan 😛 7mo
Librarybelle Like several others, I felt the relationship to be a bit on the creepy level - Richard is clearly obsessed. Our young heroine…not so much, though I like @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick thought that he was her ticket to Orkney. All of that discussion about going up North; her childhood up North. Richard is an unreliable narrator, IMO. He‘s too obsessed; he‘s clouded by this obsession. 7mo
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4 ⭐ and just in time for #holidayescape @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen ! 😂

Low pick/high so-so

Cinfhen Agreed!! High so-so / low pick 😉but I didn‘t HATE it. Looking forward to discussion in a few hours 7mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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#HolidayEscape DISCUSSION TODAY 2pmEST, 7pmUK, 8pm CE
Questions posted by @Cinfhen
Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts….

CarolynM I'll catch up with the discussion in the morning🙂 7mo
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TheBookHippie I‘m ready 🤐 7mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll join as soon as I can! This discussion will be great! 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👌 if I‘m still awake. Otherwise I‘ll catch up in the morning. 7mo
Cinfhen I know…..the time difference is complicated @erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM Look forward to reading your comments 7mo
Cinfhen Good luck tonight @BarbaraBB ⚽️⚽️⚽️ 7mo
Cinfhen Yay @TheBookHippie 🧜🏼‍♀️🧜🧜🏼‍♀️🧜🧜🏼‍♀️🧜 7mo
Megabooks Looking forward to it!! 7mo
rubyslippersreads Now I‘ll find out the mysterious ending. 😏 7mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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Read to page 111, skim read the end. I have a day off today and don‘t want to spend hate reading this later.
Can‘t wait for the discussion though 😁

CarolynM Good call. Life's too short. (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB Ha! I expected that. And I completely understand 😂 7mo
Cinfhen Yay you!!! Enjoy your day XX 7mo
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rubyslippersreads I bailed too, but maybe I‘ll read the end. 7mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻 7mo
LeahBergen I‘m so glad I skipped this one. 🤣 7mo
emilyhaldi Don‘t blame you for this decision 👍🏻 7mo
Megabooks You read the best part. The second half was 💩 7mo
britt_brooke I bailed, too. 7mo
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We‘re hovering on a bail….is it just me that finds the professor so bloody creepy!!

TrishB Just read some of the reviews and thankfully it‘s not just me! 7mo
Cinfhen Ha!! He‘s a total creep 7mo
squirrelbrain Nope, he was definitely creepy! 7mo
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TrishB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain he‘s definitely making me squirm! 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Totally a creep! 7mo
BarbaraBB He is super creepy! 7mo
rubyslippersreads He‘s so creepy, I can‘t read anymore. 😠 7mo
Cathythoughts Creep times a million 7mo
I.be.Stef I found him very creepy to the point I was frustrated with him! I had to keep telling myself it‘s just a book. 🤦🏽‍♀️😂 (edited) 7mo
TrishB @I.be.Stef I love that! I suppose the author would say that was her intention( well I hope so anyway!) 7mo
I.be.Stef @TrishB Exactly! That‘s why I raised my rating of the book from a pan to a so-so 7mo
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Mother/daughter read. I‘m thinking hers is probably a bit more exciting.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ooo! Been curious about Orkney! Let me know what you think! 7mo
julesG I liked King of Scars! It's certainly more exciting than your choice. 😬 7mo
squirrelbrain Hers is bigger too! Do you have book envy?! 😘 7mo
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BarbaraBB I love how much you read with Charlotte. So cool!! 7mo
TrishB @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled tbh nothing much has happened but the writing is good so far. 7mo
TrishB @julesG I concur and I haven‘t read King of Scars! 7mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain I definitely do, it‘s one you want to stroke 😁 7mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB I love it ❤️ the funniest thing is when one of us starts crying! 7mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 I bet it is! 7mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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This started with such promise, especially as I read it during a rainstorm, befitting the mood of the book better than if I had been on a sunny beach 🌧 However, the writing quickly became repetitive and lagged on far too long. I am eager to discuss the mysterious ending though 🧐

Cinfhen I think everyone had similar feelings about this one/ at least it was short 😉 7mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m officially skipping it. 😬 7mo
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It‘s nearly time for our #BuddyRead
Before we escape to the Orkneys we have some packing to do:
Friday, June 25 find your favorite #HolidayEscape photos & mementos & share your best memories 📸
Saturday 6/26 Do you have a summer playlist that sings long, hot, lazy days? Or maybe you have some favorite beach tunes or pool playlist?? Share🎶
On Sunday 6/27 we‘ll discuss Orkney 2pmEST, 7pmUK, 8pm CE
**Questions posted by @Cinfhen **

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Cinfhen If I tagged you by mistake or if I forgot to tag you, my apologies 💓💓💓I‘m all 🤪🤪🤪today 7mo
Librarybelle Yay! 7mo
BookwormAHN Looking forward to it 😺 7mo
LeahBergen I ended up not buying this one after the first couple of bad reviews by the group. 😆 7mo
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen I did the same. I tried to order a cheap copy from e-bay but couldn‘t find one that was at the right price & delivered to Hawaii & I just couldn‘t make my finger press “buy now” for $13 for the Kindle one after the reviews.😔 7mo
Cinfhen Good call @LeahBergen @DebinHawaii it‘s definitely a #BorrowNot Buy or #BuyCheap / hopefully you‘ll join us for #DecemberChill xx 7mo
Cinfhen Yay is right @Librarybelle @BookwormAHN Excited for the discussion and party weekend 🎊🎶📸🤳 7mo
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen For sure, I‘ll join in for December. I may still pop by with a playlist & vacay photos if I can this weekend. 7mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘d love that @DebinHawaii 💜💜💜 7mo
BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii That would be awesome 😎 7mo
Centique I didn‘t read it either sorry. But I will dig out some holiday snaps! 7mo
Cinfhen Looking forward to your snaps @Centique LOVE THAT terminology ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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A solid so-so. I was going to pan it but changed my mind as I finished the book.
(I have a theory about the ending) Full review is in the comments ⬇️
TLDR; it‘s a good read if you have the patience to get through it. Personally though, I don‘t think I‘ll read it again. :/

Next time can we go to a summery place for the #buddyread please?? 😂
Rating: 3/5
Book description ⬇️

I.be.Stef My review: First of all, I couldn‘t get past the mundane, almost monotonous days (chapters). Initially it was poetic and almost dreamlike. But then it began to be repetitive to a point where I got frustrated with his obsession. I skipped a few chapters to get ahead. 🤷🏽‍♀️
I.be.Stef (contd…) Secondly, I couldn‘t digest the whole 40 year gap. Richard lives in his head throughout the book. And it‘s clear that he remembers things wrong. I can‘t shake the feeling that he‘s forced himself on his “little wife” rather than the other way around. There‘s a part that says she has a headache but relents….🤢 7mo
I.be.Stef (contd…) Besides that, it‘s beyond creepy how he‘s always watching her like a hawk from his window. Little kids I understand, wife I don‘t get.

Thirdly, the reason why I gave this book a so-so is because of the author‘s writing. The POV of the creepy husband is spot on.
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I.be.Stef (contd…) And lastly, for my theory about the ending. Based on the mysterious disappearance of his wife, either one of the below 3 could‘ve happened: 7mo
I.be.Stef 1. She really was a selkie and found her home. (And lived happily ever after)
2. She ran away in the middle of the night because she understood that life with Richard would be hard. He‘s a creepy stalker and would never leave her alone
3. Richard could‘ve killed her and not know it since he lived in his head a lot. He could‘ve mixed up reality with fantasy.
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Cinfhen I agree with your ENTIRE review!! You hit on almost all of our discussion questions 🤓Discussion is this Sunday 2pmEST 7mo
Cinfhen And yes, not my idea of a summer vacation/ at all 🤪 7mo
I.be.Stef @Cinfhen Awesome! I‘ll get my list on Sunday! 😂🙌🏽 7mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review! Looking forward to the weekend! 7mo
I.be.Stef @BarbaraBB thank you! Can‘t wait for Sunday. ☺️😆 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Aye for a summery place vacation! 😁 7mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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Thank you Helen 😘 I shall do my best to read before the weekend now!

squirrelbrain Yay - glad it arrived quickly. It won‘t take long to read at all either. 😘 7mo
charl08 I love that chai. Good choice! 7mo
BarbaraBB Uh oh, no avoiding now 😉 7mo
TrishB @charl08 good to know 👍🏻 7mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB exactly! 7mo
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“And Thomas told the crofter that the ladies he had seen were the daughters of the King of Lochlann, from beyond the sea‘s brim, and explained what the crofter must do if he wished to capture a sea-princess, when the selkie women came back.”

What are the odds that I found this post on Instagram about selkies and the Statue of Kopakonan- ‘The seal woman‘?!

To read check comments/ click:https://www.instagram.com/p/CQAIv3Br2DA/?utm_medium=copy_link

I.be.Stef What is this photo about? The Statue of Kopakonan. ‘The Seal woman‘. Faroe Islands.

The legend of Kópakonan (the Seal Woman) is one of the best-known folktales in the Faroe Islands.
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I.be.Stef (contd…) The myth goes: Seals were believed to be former human beings who voluntarily sought death in the ocean. Once a year, on the Thirteenth night, they were allowed to come on land, strip off their skins and amuse themselves as human beings, dancing and enjoying themselves. 7mo
I.be.Stef (Contd…) If their seal skin is hidden or stolen, they are unable to return to the sea.

The Seal Woman commemorates a particularly well known story about a beautiful Selkie (Selkies are a variation on the mermaid concept in Scottish, Irish, Icelandic and Faroese folklore) trapped by a fisherman on the island of Kalsoy, who hides her seal skin while she is on land one night. Trapped, she becomes his wife and they have 2 children.
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I.be.Stef (Contd…) One day however, he goes fishing and she finds her seal skin hidden in a chest in their home. She escapes back to her Selkie family after ensuring the children are cared for until the fisherman's return.

She leaves behind a message to not follow her and to not harm her Selkie family. The fishermen however ignore the warning and end up killing both her Selkie husband and Selkie children.
I.be.Stef (Contd…) In revenge she curses the men of the island to die in frequent accidents until as many have perished as can link arms around the whole island.

The 9 ft bronze and stainless steel statue of Kópakonan (The Seal Wife) was created by Hans Pauli Olsen and was installed in the Mikladalur Harbor on Kalsoy, one of the Faroe Islands, on August 1st, 2014.
Cinfhen How unbelievable!!! The underworld is calling to us…And now I‘m thinking of the soundtrack from The Little Mermaid 🧜🏼‍♀️ Thanks for sharing 🥰 7mo
I.be.Stef @Cinfhen hahaha I can see that! You‘re welcome :) 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks so much for sharing! 7mo
BarbaraBB Fantastic picture. And indeed what are the odds? 7mo
I.be.Stef @Riveted_Reader_Melissa You‘re welcome! 💖 7mo
I.be.Stef @BarbaraBB I agree! 🙌🏽💯 7mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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It‘s nearly time for our #BuddyRead
Before we escape to the Orkneys we have some packing to do:
On Friday, June 25 find your favorite #HolidayEscape photos & mementos & share your best memories 📸
Saturday 6/26 Do you have a summer playlist that sings long, hot, lazy days? Or maybe you have some favorite beach tunes or pool playlist?? Share with us🎶
On Sunday 6/27 we‘ll discuss Orkney 2pmEST, 7pmUK, 8pm CE
Questions posted by @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Tagging those who expressed interest but all are welcome to join in : ) @JaclynW @Simona @Cathythoughts @mitch @squirrelbrain @Kalalalatja @CarolynM @AmyG @Megabooks 7mo
TrishB My book never arrived 😞 7mo
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Cinfhen Apologies if I forgot anyone ❤️ 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m sorry @TrishB I‘m happy to send you my copy if you‘re still interested xx 7mo
Librarybelle Yay!! 7mo
TheBookHippie I‘m ready!!! 7mo
AmyG I will catch you all for the next book. Babysitting through end of July....I have no time to read much of anything. Thank you for tagging me. (edited) 7mo
Cupcake12 I have so much college work to do, will have to give this a miss. Enjoy everyone x 7mo
TrishB Thank you 😘 still hoping it turns up, but it‘s ok I shall just read all the comments anyway! 7mo
Cinfhen We‘ll miss you @AmyG @Cupcake12 7mo
Cinfhen Join in for the other festivities @TrishB 🕺🏾💃🏾🎶 7mo
batsy Thank you for the tag! But I might have to pull out of this one because I haven't read it yet and just don't have the time to finish it by this weekend. I hope you have a good discussion! I might come back to it later if I can get to this next week 🙂 7mo
Cinfhen It‘s a very quick read if you find the time @batsy 😘otherwise we hope you‘ll pop in if possible 7mo
squirrelbrain Shall I send you mine @trishb? You‘d have it by Weds then…. 7mo
I.be.Stef I‘m still catching up 😅 7mo
Cinfhen No pressure. @I.be.Stef 😉 7mo
Megabooks So curious about this discussion!! 7mo
JennyM @TrishB I‘m the same as you Trish - my book seems to be on its own summer holiday and hasn‘t arrived yet. I‘ll also read the comments - so curious as there are lots of mixed reviews 😘 7mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain only if it‘s no bother! Don‘t make a special journey if not near the PO. 7mo
TrishB @JennyM they want me to sign a legal declaration that I haven‘t reviewed it and I only paid Qa! 7mo
squirrelbrain I already parcelled it up for you @trishb and hubby will post it at work tomorrow. They send out sacks of post each day so it‘s no trouble (for me!) 😘 7mo
JennyM @TrishB 😬😬😬 7mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain oh thank you and hubby 😘 7mo
Cinfhen So sweet @squirrelbrain !!! I think you can easily read this in one sitting @TrishB 🥰I would send you my copy @JennyM but it won‘t get to you until Halloween 👻 and it‘s not a good enough book to justify the crazy postage 🙊 7mo
JennyM @Cinfhen ah thank you for even thinking of it, but our post is literally 🐌 pace! I look forward to seeing everyone‘s discussion through x 7mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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Great #HolidayEscape with this book! 🌊🌬🌨
Nothing unusual if an elderly professor marries a young woman, his former student. But it‘s very strange if he‘s so obsessed with her, watches her, fantasises about her, day in day out during their honeymoon. I was frustrated with him & his mysterious wife! After halfway of the book, I got a suspicion how it‘s going to end. Though the writing is mostly ‘too, too much‘, it‘s undeniably lyrical. ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm .. The atmospheric setting is fantastic. How the folklores come into play, the foreshadowing, my doubt of what is real and what is imaginary..they worked for me. For that, this book leans towards a Pick. 7mo
BookwormAHN I kind of had a feeling how the book was going to end as well. 7mo
JennyM Great review, Jessie. A rare pick amidst the pans and so-so‘s 👍 It is looking less likely that my copy will arrive in time for the discussion, which is a shame as I‘m curious as to where I would fall with it. I love the cover regardless! 💫 7mo
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BarbaraBB Great review Jessie! 7mo
Cinfhen Yay, another pick and another fabulous review!! 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @JennyM Thanks. I hope your copy arrives soon. I‘ll be curious how this bodes with you. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I look forward to the discussion. It was not easy deciding if I liked or hated it. 😆 The repetition was exhausting but overall a Pick because of the later part of the story. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @BookwormAHN I thought she was going to turn into a mermaid right in front of him! 😂 7mo
Cinfhen It was definitely repetitive but I wasn‘t frustrated by that like many others 7mo
youneverarrived Great review! I am intrigued by this one. 7mo
I.be.Stef Great review! I‘m among the pans and so-sos atm but let‘s see how it goes. 😅 (edited) 7mo
TrishB @JennyM mines been lost in transit since 3 May! 7mo
Crazeedi I DNF , unfortunately I couldn't even get into it 7mo
JennyM @TrishB the post is doing it‘s own thing during this pandemic 🙃 (edited) 7mo
TrishB @JennyM definitely 😁 7mo
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This was just a weird book. A college professor marries his favorite student and they honeymoon on the remote Scottish Orkney Island. They don't really seem to know each other and the ending which was the most interesting part was just nuts 🤷🏼‍♀️
It did however make want to pack and head for Scotland.
#HolidayEscape @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Exactly!!! I know must people didn‘t like this book but I thought it was engaging. A bit repetitive but easy to follow. Looking forward to our discussion 🤓 7mo
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Nope. I really did not like that at all. Clichéd, over written, repetitive and just not very interesting. Initially I liked the descriptions of the island, the sea and weather, but they got old very fast. If you're going to write a modern take on old legends you need to give the story and the characters a lot more colour and freshness than this.

Cinfhen Fair assessment 💖😘 7mo
BarbaraBB Totally agree though I really liked the atmosphere. 7mo
LeahBergen And now I‘m even more glad that I didn‘t buy this one. 😆 7mo
Cathythoughts I agree with you 👍🏻 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm I liked the description of the island and sea too. I‘m halfway through the book, ..and day after day, nothing is happening except his obsessive observations & reminiscences! I am very curious where this is leading to! 7mo
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Finished this as close to the beach as im@going to get today. My review is : ethereal at times, magical times but mostly odd for me. I think this would appeal to someone who really appreciates poetry somehow.

Cinfhen Fair assessment 😆 7mo
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Doctors office read as I prep for #BuddyRead #HolidayEscape. I really look forward to the fun posts with this quarterly group! Contemplating a beach playlist, however this read is more solemn and detailed - more Jack Johnson than Beach Boys…🤔

BarbaraBB This book is definitely not the usual idea of a #HolidayEscape 😀 7mo
CarolynM I'm about halfway through and wondering if it's going to escape from the string of clichés it has started with. 7mo
rubyslippersreads @CarolynM 😂😂😂 7mo
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Late night reading with Druzy 😺

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He is 40 years her senior and while they honeymoon on an Orkney island he obsessively watches her every move while she‘s standing by the sea and he pretends to work. Each day seems the same. Waiting for something inevitable to happen, waiting for the storm.

This book could have been so good and I LOVED the setting. Yet I can‘t rate it higher than a so-so.
There will be things to discuss though, during #HolidayEscape

(Pic: Vaccination hall!!)

TrishB I was wondering where you were! Mine still hasn‘t arrived. 8mo
vivastory Happy to hear you got your vaccine! 👏 👏 8mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I‘ve been so busy working, meh! I wonder what you‘ll think. The proze is wonderful, the plot a bit repetitive 8mo
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BarbaraBB @vivastory Thanks ! It actually felt a bit emotional 😀 8mo
vivastory I agree! I recall feeling very emotional when I received mine as well. 8mo
Megabooks Congratulations on your vaccine! Hope you‘re feeling well. I still feel weird not wearing a mask. (edited) 8mo
Megabooks What do you think happened to the wife? Is she a selkie? Did she commit suicide? Did one of the people on the island help her escape? (And why the fuck did she marry him???) 8mo
Cinfhen Congrats on your vaccine 🙌🏻💕this book was pretty pointless but the setting was very atmospheric 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful news on your vaccine. 👍💕 I‘m still waiting for my turn (the vaccine) 😞 8mo
Liz_M Woohoo! 8mo
emilyhaldi I wish I was reading this one on the beach but alas, starting it today! 8mo
Simona Congratulations for 💉🦠 I got my second dose today and I feel so tired ... 8mo
Simona ... and about the book ... I feel the same - loved the setting, but the content is so repetitive. 8mo
CarolynM Glad you've had the vaccine, I hope you won't have any side effects💕 I'm not feeling much enthusiasm to start this book with all the so-so reviews! 8mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Thanks! I feel fine, no side effects. I am ready for the world to open up! I know what you mean about this book but it is written very well. And it‘s short 😉 8mo
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Look what arrived in the mail today…my copy of Orkney for #HolidayEscape , which I see has drawn a lot of mixed reviews.

And Barbara, thank you for the postcard! I love it! ❤️

BarbaraBB I loved it too, it was a gift by another Litten and I thought it suited you well ❤️. Happy birthday - way too late! Sorry it took so long! 8mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! So glad you received your copy!!! Curious to hear your thoughts 8mo
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I loved the setting and the gloomy atmosphere on that island ... and well, that‘s it. I finished the book yesterday and I can already tell, that I will soon forget it. Usually I like quite, pondering novels, but something in the Sackville writing style was very annoying for me. I don‘t know what was that, but maybe I'll figure out what that might be till the discussion time. #HolidayEscape

Cathythoughts I was a ‘so-so‘ too ... yes something about the writing getting repetitive.. interested to hear what everyone thinks (edited) 8mo
Cinfhen Awesome graphics and on point review! I didn‘t mind this book, but like you said #NotMemorable and sort of predictable 8mo
squirrelbrain Love your graphic! 8mo
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BarbaraBB I am starting it now. I can hardly imagine it will be a pick for me after reviews like yours! 8mo
vivastory I just requested this from the library, but all of these so-so reviews don't bode well! 8mo
Simona @vivastory @BarbaraBB Maybe you will find some aspect we've missed ...🤞 8mo
Simona @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen Ebooks are so terrible unphotogenic, that is almost necessary to add something 😁 8mo
Simona @Cathythoughts I hope that the book gets some strong advocate, or the debate could be quite prone in one direction ... 8mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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Need to read everyone‘s spoilers now that I finished this book. It strange, atmospheric and definitely dreamy. I liked it - parts reminded me of The Snow Child. #HolidayEscape

BarbaraBB I‘ll start it once I finish my current read! 8mo
Cinfhen I found it very readable but not at all “relatable” - can‘t wait to hear your thoughts. I think you‘ll like the setting @BarbaraBB now to think of discussion questions 8mo
Megabooks So glad it was a pick for you! 8mo
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Cathythoughts That‘s great you enjoyed it 👍🏻❤️ 8mo
Cinfhen It‘s not going to be a favorite read @Cathythoughts @Megabooks but it was easy to get through and I‘m hoping we can have a good discussion. And I believe it was definitely a #HolidayEscape 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yeah, the first Pick I see! I‘ve just started it, enjoying the writing but I fear it‘ll be repetitive, as others commented. 7mo
Cinfhen It‘s definitely repetitive @erzascarletbookgasm but I didn‘t hate it 😉❣️ (edited) 7mo
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Cathythoughts Oh good 👍🏻❤️ I hope you enjoy all of it ! 8mo
emilyhaldi I almost forgot it was time for Orkney!! 🤭 gotta get into it this week! 8mo
TrishB Mine still hasn‘t arrived yet! 8mo
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Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 8mo
squirrelbrain Shall I send you mine?! @TrishB 8mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain I‘ve just checked order info and it now says Tuesday! If it doesn‘t arrive by then, I may take you up on that 😘 8mo
squirrelbrain Let me know as hubby can post it from his work any day.... 8mo
KarenUK I loved the atmosphere... it‘s really ethereal and dreamy.... 💕 8mo
britt_brooke Hope you continue enjoying! 🤞🏼 8mo
britt_brooke Cool photo, btw. 💕 8mo
Crazeedi That's good that you're enjoying 8mo
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Just a soft pick from me, but I didn‘t mind it. (Damning with faint praise there!) I was worried after the bails and so-sos but I was rather intrigued. It felt a bit like an unreliable narrator book to me; who was actually misremembering things, him or her?

I‘m glad it was only a short book though as it did get a bit same-y after a while.

Looking forward to the #holidayescape discussions. Tagging all Littens from other posts (I think!)

squirrelbrain The Prof was rather vile though - seemingly having (sometimes rough) sex with her when she was semi-conscious or asleep. Urgh. 8mo
TrishB Mine said arrive by today, so expecting tomorrow! 8mo
Cinfhen Hope to start tomorrow ❤️glad you made it to the end 8mo
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Cathythoughts I found it intriguing at the start too ... but it went down hill after that. Yes the Prof was a bit creepy with his obsession of her ... off putting 8mo
britt_brooke Thanks for tagging me! Even though I bailed, I‘m looking forward to the discussion. 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Finally a(soft) Pick! The discussion‘s going to be interesting! I hope to start this soon. 8mo
BarbaraBB I must start soon too, I become more intrigued by the review! 8mo
Hooked_on_books I think this may be one of favorite reviews ever. “I didn‘t mind it.” 😂🤣 8mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain Omg he was so weird. Quit talking about her shoulder blades and pubic hair!! As I‘ve said, such bizarre things to fixate on! @cathythoughts I‘ve kind of thought of a third possibility to her suicide or being a selkie: what if one of the people she talked to helped her escape? She had so many private conversations; could she have faked her death?? (edited) 8mo
squirrelbrain Thanks @Hooked_on_books - I do try my hardest to give considered, intelligent reviews! 🤣 8mo
squirrelbrain Interesting thought @Megabooks - at the moment I‘m leaning towards suicide but I need to know more about selkies as the being afraid of the sea just didn‘t fit for me. 8mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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What a strange book! Odd details, the obsession he had with her body parts, her angularity, that he married her without having her email address?! It was obvious by 50 pages where it was going. Still, the first half moved quickly and was fairly enjoyable. The second half was trite and a slog. The setting didn‘t disappoint, though. Perhaps someday I‘ll have a #HolidayEscape to the Orkney Islands? A 2⭐️ so-so.

Megabooks @britt_brooke she was a selkie. I called it. So obvious! 8mo
Megabooks @cathythoughts I generally agree with your assessment. 👍🏻💜 It will be interesting to see what the rest of the group thinks! 8mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo but yikes...this book has me WORRIED 😱 @BarbaraBB 8mo
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squirrelbrain Me too @Cinfhen ! 🤣 I‘ll give it a go this weekend though.... 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m going to pick it up this weekend too @squirrelbrain 🤞🏼🤞🏼 8mo
Crazeedi @Megabooks oh no, I keep reading so-so reviews, I have it on kindle to get to but... 8mo
Cathythoughts Yes you called it Meg 👍🏻 🐠 , the webbed hands & feet @britt_brooke .... such a great setting ... there was something very off-putting about him & his obsession... be interesting to see what everyone thinks .. 8mo
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH The Cover is beautiful... 8mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Oh jeez. You sure did! 😂😂 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @Crazeedi I hope y‘all enjoy it more!! 😬😬 8mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts I‘m excited to read more reviews and have the discussion. That‘s the best part of getting through this! 8mo
Cathythoughts I think she was a selkie, or maybe just the slightly webbed fingers & toes .... it felt like a suicide too ? Do you think ? 8mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts idk. She just seemed more strange than suicidal. I think all the poetry, mythology, and stories points to this not being “real”. The only thing that points to suicide is that she couldn‘t swim, but I also think that‘s in the selkie stories?? I haven‘t read enough of them to say for sure though. 8mo
Cathythoughts Idk either , she was following her father back to the sea - their home. Or by suicide ... it‘s just been niggling at me ... be interesting to hear other‘s thoughts now .... yes does point to not bring “ real “ 8mo
BarbaraBB I guess we didn‘t make the best choice for our buddyread 🤦🏻‍♀️😉 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Eh. I think it will make an interesting discussion, which is probably more important than liking it for a situation like this! 8mo
BarbaraBB You‘re right about that of course! I didn‘t like any of our buddy reads much - to be honest 😂 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think I gave Bunny over 4⭐️, but yeah, a lot of books have sounded better in the blurbs! 😂😂 8mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I loved it, but maybe it‘s just me! 🤷‍♀️😂 8mo
Megabooks @KarenUK I love all the different opinions and reviews of large buddy reads! So interesting to read them. 👍🏻 8mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'll try to go into this positively. Sometimes I like weird. 🤞 8mo
Megabooks @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I really enjoyed the first half, so maybe you‘ll enjoy both halves! 🤞🏻 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m willing to take my chances @KarenUK 😘like Meg said, varying opinions leads to better discussions ♥️ 8mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Cinfhen @KarenUK @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I think different opinions and such are better than everyone agreeing 8mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi Absolutely agree 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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Such a beautiful cover , This started off really promising ... then came the cliches , and I could see where she was going .. sadly this didn‘t work for me. I loved the sea & Orkney & the romance.. but , I found it very ‘ light weight‘ where there might have been depth. Looking forward to discussion later this month. #HolidayEscape

Cinfhen I plan on reading this weekend/ thanks for your honest review 😁 8mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, interesting review! I‘ll be reading shortly.... 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh no..very curious about this now..I hope to start on it next week. 8mo
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @erzascarletbookgasm I look forward to your reviews ... I hope ye will like it 🤞🏻❤️ 8mo
Crazeedi Oh no, I am ready to read... 8mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi I hope you like it 👍🏻😁... I‘m probably #unpopularopinion 🙄 8mo
britt_brooke This make me feel a bit better about bailing. 😅 8mo
Cathythoughts @britt_brooke I know ! I felt better about my ‘ so-so ‘ after your review too 😁 8mo
BarbaraBB Oh my, I am so curious to see where this is heading! (edited) 8mo
TrishB Mine hasn‘t arrived yet! 8mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB I predict an interesting discussion 👍🏻 8mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB oh no ! I hope you get it soon... you‘ll have it read ( or not 😬😁) in no time ... #fastestreaderIknow 😘 8mo
BarbaraBB I am so curious about this one. Reviews are so mixed! We‘ll have a great discussion! (edited) 8mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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So. Many. Semicolons. I gave it about 30 pages. This style is not for me at all. Overwritten and pretentious. If I‘d been able to get my ears on an audio version, maybe I could‘ve powered through, but no dice. I sincerely hope the rest of the #HolidayEscape crew has a better experience. 🤞🏼 Still love that cover, though. #coverlove

Megabooks I‘m really enjoying it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks I hope you continue enjoying it. 🤞🏼 It‘s the only booked I‘ve bailed on this year. 😅 8mo
Megabooks I‘m on page 99 and still liking it. I think it‘s also a case of right book, right time. 8mo
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Megabooks It does have very Lolita vibes to me. He keeps on obsessing over her age and (even stranger) the angularity of her body. It‘s definitely different. I think she‘s going to turn out to be a selkie (or a murderer). 😂😂 (edited) 8mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks 😂 There‘s def something going on with her. I‘ll be watching for your review! 8mo
Cinfhen Oh no!!!! Now im worried 🙈 8mo
BarbaraBB Oh no! 8mo
Cathythoughts Interesting! I found the first half good , but the second half ... I agree with all you say 8mo
Cathythoughts @Megabooks it does have Lolita vibes & he started to really annoy me .. so did she 😬. Just wasn‘t believable for me. Such a beautiful setting though 8mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts Yeah, I‘m exactly at the halfway point now. We‘ll see. 🤔 I‘ll read your review after I‘m done. 8mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB Sorry to be such a downer. 😅 Hope y‘all have a better go! 🤞🏼 8mo
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts Oof! I was hoping maybe the story was better as it progressed. At least you got through it! 8mo
Cinfhen Not looking good @BarbaraBB 😳 8mo
Cathythoughts I did ! I wanted to see what happened.. but the second half was underwhelming all round 😬😬 8mo
BarbaraBB You‘re no downer Britt, I can see why you don‘t like it! I still hope I‘ll like it @Cinfhen , I know @KarenUK loved it and @Megabooks was enjoy it too - the first half 😱. We‘ll see! 8mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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I‘ve started ! Sorry now I didn‘t order the book with the beautiful cover ... I have my kindle out in the weather though ...
“SHE is Protean, a Thetis, a daughter of the sea , a shape-shifting goddess who must be subdued; I hold her fast and she changes, changes in my grasp...”

Off to a great start .. Orkney & sea & mystery.. it‘s all good so far ✨ #HolidayEscape

Cinfhen Yeah!!!! Our first glimpse of #HolidayEscape #BuddyRead 💕💕💕💕 8mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen oh it‘s off to a great start !!! ✨ 8mo
Lindy Oooh! I like the sound of this. 8mo
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Cathythoughts @Lindy I‘ve only begun ... it‘s promising 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Glad to hear it‘s starting off great! 👍 8mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I think it is 👍🏻❤️ 8mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB Oops! I thought the buddy read was for the June holiday weekend ( first weekend in June here ... Bank holiday weekend. But I see it‘s for the last weekend.... I‘ll slow down 😁 8mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts You‘ll finish in time 😀. Looking forward to it! 8mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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The post by @Megabooks reminded me that my copy of Orkney arrived this week too, ready for our #holidayescape buddy read in June.

This was a used copy, only 67p on Amazon. I did have a slight panic when it arrived as it was shipped from Germany so I thought for a moment I‘d ordered a German translation! But no, all is good and I can still join in the buddy read - very much looking forward to it.

Megabooks Sweet that you got such a great deal, and I love that shelfie! 8mo
squirrelbrain Always need a 🐧 shelfie now and again @Megabooks 😁 8mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous! 8mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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Look what arrived yesterday for #HolidayEscape!! 😁🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

BarbaraBB Exciting! I am looking forward to start it! 8mo
Cinfhen Yay♥️ 8mo
Lucy_Anywhere Such a cool place to visit - although the ferry crossing was a little rough 🤢 8mo
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Cathythoughts Oh that looks nice 💫 8mo
squirrelbrain Mine came recently too... I forgot to post about it on here... 😳 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @cinfhen I‘m very much looking forward to reading this next month! 👍🏻 8mo
Megabooks @Lucy_Anywhere I have not been to that part of Scotland, but I would like to visit. It‘s cool that you‘ve been there! 8mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts It‘s such a neat cover! 8mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I just love posting shelfies...any excuse! 😉😁 8mo
squirrelbrain Exactly Meg - any excuse to post pictures of books, shelves and books on shelves! 8mo
BarbaraBB I am happy you decided to join the buddy read! The setting of the books seems awesome! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I really enjoyed Scotland when I visited, so I‘m excited to read about a different part! (edited) 8mo
BarbaraBB I hope to go there in the fall. Where did you go? 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB so far I‘ve only been to Edinburgh with dad. We traveled to there and London with some day trips to other places around England for his 60th and my 30th birthday. 👍🏻 It was a nice trip! 8mo
BarbaraBB That sounds amazing. I only hear good things about Edinburgh and London of course is quite special too. 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB We were there in the spring when all the azaleas and rhododendrons were blooming in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, and it was so beautiful. They have one of the largest collections of them in the world, and it truly made an impression! Just hit it at the exact right time. 8mo
BarbaraBB I can imagine! What a fortunate coincidence! And lovely to go there with your dad. 8mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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My used book arrived with a newspaper book review copy of the book folded up inside the front cover!

Cinfhen That‘s SO COOL 😎 8mo
Kdgordon88 💜 8mo
BarbaraBB That is quite special 8mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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When you match your #bookmail! 🤩 All set for #HolidayEscape next month. And, it turns out, I‘ll literally be on vacation at that time. ⛱

TheBookHippie Mine should be here soon!! How fun that you‘ll be on vacation! 9mo
britt_brooke @TheBookHippie We just booked the trip. Fun coincidence! 9mo
Cinfhen Awesomeness!!! It‘s a fabulous cover, don‘t you think?? 9mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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All set for the #holidayescape #buddyread in June 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Cinfhen Oh wow!! It‘s a gorgeous cover/ excited you‘re joining us♥️ 11mo
BarbaraBB So good to have you joining us! 11mo
Mitch @Cinfhen It's a part of the world I love and would move there in heart beat! So excited to be there in print if not in person! 11mo
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DGRachel That cover is gorgeous! 11mo
Mitch @DGRachel it is isn‘t it - very atmospheric! 11mo
Erika.M.Moody Would love to visit there someday! 11mo
Mitch @Erika.M.Moody it‘s truly a magical place 11mo
TheBookHippie I cannot wait for my book to arrive ! 9mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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Excited to announce our next #BuddyRead #HolidayEscape
Join us June 25-27 as we plan our next escape to Orkney, an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
We‘ll share photos of past vacations, reminisce about the days when we could unmask and of course jam to our favorite vacation playlists 🎶🥳❤️And yes...we‘ll discuss Orkney by Amy Sackville 📚
Pick up your copy and join the fun
Open to all ❣️

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Cinfhen If you want to be added to the list tag me or @BarbaraBB looking forward 💕 11mo
Mitch Yeah - love to join you for this one. 👍🏼 11mo
Megabooks Love Scotland! 11mo
Cathythoughts Excellent! I will order the book 👍🏻💫 11mo
Cinfhen Excited to add you @Mitch Great @Cathythoughts @Megabooks 😍I just ordered my copy😉 11mo
Crazeedi Yes! I'm in it's one of my favorite places to visit through books!! 11mo
Cinfhen Excellent @Crazeedi 🎶 11mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I found it from my library so I'll hope I can borrow at the right time 11mo
TheKidUpstairs Sounds fun! Can you add me to the tag list? 11mo
AnneCecilie The library has the book, and it sounds great so I‘ll be joining in. 11mo
Hooked_on_books I don‘t know about this one for me. I adore Scotland and think the location is amazing as a setting, but the description turns me off. I‘m rankled by the whole 40 year age difference. Plus my library doesn‘t have it. So I‘ll have to see how I‘m feeling about it as time gets closer. 11mo
Cinfhen Yay! Happy to welcome both of you @AnneCecilie @TheKidUpstairs 💜I‘ll keep you on the list @Hooked_on_books and you can decide if it‘s a good fit or not 11mo
Kalalalatja So exciting! Can‘t wait to see all the photos and have my wanderlust go crazy 😅🙌 11mo
Librarybelle Yay! Looking forward to it 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m actually hoping we‘ll be able to go back to traveling for leisure come summer @Kalalalatja but just in case this will be JUST AS FUN and a whole lot more affordable xx 11mo
Cinfhen Great @Librarybelle 🥰 11mo
LeeRHarry I‘m onboard for this one 😊 11mo
Cinfhen Wonderful @LeeRHarry looking forward to discussing Orkney with you and the others ❣️ 11mo
KVanRead 🤩 Fun! 11mo
LeahBergen I‘ll add it to my shopping list. 👍🏻 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Scotland! Yay! I‘ll order the book. 👍 11mo
Cinfhen When I see Scotland, I think Outlander ( which i haven‘t read) so im excited to visit a new to me country @LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm @KVanRead 11mo
TrishB Look forward to it 👍🏻 been to Scotland quite few times but never this far up. 11mo
squirrelbrain Yay! I will see if I can order this...looking forward to June! 11mo
Cinfhen Excited you‘re joining us @squirrelbrain @TrishB 11mo
emilyhaldi Fun!! Looking forward to this one 🤗 11mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 @emilyhaldi 11mo
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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#3books #thatmademewanttotravel ......

....to the beautiful Cinque Terre coastline, to the Hawker markets of Singapore and to a remote, windswept Scottish Island.....
A girl can dream!

OriginalCyn620 I chose Beautiful Ruins too! 1y
BarbaraBB Orkney sounds great! I have another one by her on my shelves 1y
Cathythoughts Orkney ! My husband brought me a silver necklace from Orkney a few years ago .... I think they are famous for their silver ! I love it 1y
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Megabooks Oh yes, beautiful ruins!! 1y
KarenUK Orkney is fantastic @BarbaraBB I think you would love it....💕 1y
KarenUK @OriginalCyn620 @Megabooks Beautiful ruins definitely has an idyllic location! 💕 1y
KarenUK How lovely! I had no idea they were known for silver.... @Cathythoughts The book has a lovely ethereal and atmospheric vibe..... 💕 1y
BarbaraBB If you say so 👯‍♀️ #stacked 💚 1y
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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Today on the virtual tour we are leaving the mainland on the Ferry and doing a day tour of the Orkneys, from Stromness to the famous Churchill Barrier, the Italian Chapel and on to Skara Brae and the Old Man of Hoy.

The last day of the working well for many of us, hope you had a good day today and are ready to have Easter at home with our household. Tell us how your day has been, the good points and the low points. #DailyCheckin

GHABI4ROSES Happy Good Friday! I plan to return with my final post for the 27hours💪🏾 2y
Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES Hope it has gone well, given lockdown I was thinking of setting up a week long Readathon from Easter Sunday where people can set their own targets. Any thoughts? 2y
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TheBookHippie I scored QTIPS and an EASTER LILY at grocery pick up! I‘m filling eggs for the grandbaby to come hunt by himself on Sunday. I miss my city of Chicago so much it hurts today. This is the longest I‘ve gone with not being there in my life, it‘s where I go to BREATHE. Tacos for supper tonight! Hope you enjoy time to just set Andrew! Everyone else hugs hope your day was manageable! 2y
IamIamIam What a beautiful chapel for Good Friday! I love sco the coastal views and ancient monuments! 😁 Today has been a good day so far! I got beef & barley soup in the slow cooker and I made chipless cookies but only half a batch. The rest have chocolate and peanut butter chips! I finished this today too! 💓 Love to everyone today!!! 2y
CocoReads Still at work but doing ok. It‘s colder today but I‘m off the weekend which is great. Working on a few surprises to drop off the family over the weekend. 2y
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie well done on the shopping. Like you miss Chicago, I‘m missing the sea! 😒 We will get through this together however and appreciate so much more in the future. 2y
Andrew65 @IamIamIam Yes the timing was good wasn‘t it! Like to say it was planned. 🤔😚 Glad to hear you have had a good day. The cookies sound great, we need pictures! 😂 Well some on finishing the book. 2y
Andrew65 @CocoReads Much warmer here today, and sunny spells. But nice feel outside in he garden today. Got a circuit in the garden here days! Also getting my exercise by trying keep on top of the rogue dandelions. Have a great weekend. 😊 (edited) 2y
CocoReads Oh and we had a peeps potluck in the department today. I‘m not a huge peeps fan but I was a good sport and tried them all. 2y
Andrew65 @CocoReads what are peeps? 2y
CocoReads @Andrew65 basically sugar covered marshmallows. 2y
Andrew65 @CocoReads Thanks, just done some research. Thanks Mr Google! They do look very sweet. 2y
BookwormM Bank holiday with sunshine so of course my first thought was get the washing done 🤣🤣I have turned into my mother. Nice to be able to enjoy the garden 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CocoReads I‘m happy you have the weekend off 💕 2y
Andrew65 @BookwormM It is good to at least have the weather to spend some time in the garden. Means don‘t go totally stir crazy! 2y
CocoReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks we rotate them around—next weekend is my weekend. Hoping for low key and relaxing in an hour when I leave this place 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m off for a week and had all these plans to do things in my house, but have had a migraine since midnight 🤯 It‘s a cool, beautiful morning here in Mississippi. I had a nice talk with my mail woman (6 feet apart) and if I see one more “My Pillow” commercial I think I‘ll scream 😱 That‘s probably what caused the migraine!! I posted a Facebook rant addressing the uneducated people who won‘t do the right thing so I‘ll probably be in Facebook jail! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 you are my peep Andrew! 💙 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CocoReads we rotate also... enjoy your time off ❤️ 2y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🥰🥰🥰😍😘❤️ 2y
LiteraryinLawrence I love the idea of a readathon. My day has been pretty good (within the realm of what is now good and bad). I am off from work so I slept in and finished a book. I‘m going to write some letters this afternoon and later do my every-10-days grocery shopping, which always makes me a bit anxious, but I take all the precautions. 2y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good luck on the Facebook front, and hope you quickly get over the migraine. 🤯 I‘m meant to be off over the next week and want to do some reading, but with everything going on will find it hard to not keep working. Over these two weeks split the staff into two halves to give everyone a week off, so got someone deputising for me, but all Local Authority emails will still come to me. 2y
Andrew65 @LiteraryinLititz That‘s good to hear, the Readathon. 😊 Sounds a good day. Always good to finish a book. I‘ve got to take on the shopping tomorrow night, most probably do at 9 pm when quieter even if limits some of what I can get hold of. 2y
Birdsong28 I am ok thanks, just been on a street party as an ex dj on our street is playing music and we are all standing on our driveways 🎶😊 2y
Andrew65 @CocoReads Hope you have a quiet lady hour. 😊 2y
Andrew65 @Birdsong28 Social distancing partying. 👍😊👏 2y
CocoReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks migraines are tough. Hopefully you kick it soon. @Andrew65 I‘m down for a readathon, even with work I usually squeeze in some reading every day, more so now since there‘s nothing else going on. 2y
Ms_T @BookwormM I so relate to this! 😂 2y
Andrew65 @CocoReads That‘s was what I was thinking and give people something to focus on. 2y
Ms_T I was in work today but got to finish a couple of hours early. I‘m looking forward to three days off and some sunshine. I‘m lucky enough to live in a rural area so my husband and I are able to enjoy some lovely local walks. Should just about stop us going stir crazy! Hope all is well with you, Andrew 😃 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick So beautiful. I like the prospect of going 5000 years into the past. Today was going well until I clicked over to Instagram for a couple minutes & found out my favorite internet doggo crossed the rainbow bridge. My own pup gave me some comforting kisses. Had a short talk with my brother who always makes me laugh. Some of my sales efforts got a good lead for some medical crews that need rooms. Now a bit more work before the weekend. 2y
TheSpineView I only worked a few hours this morning. It turned cold again so I have been reading most of the day except for a short nap. I need to start dinner in a little bit. The thing I miss the most is not being able to eat out. I have cooked every day for almost 4 weeks and would love a break. 2y
Andrew65 @Ms_T Should be a good weekend for you looking at the weather forecast.we‘re as well as we can all be at this time. Unfortunately we are all getting used to it! Have a great weekend. 😊😍 2y
Andrew65 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 5000 years, it seems incredible doesn‘t it!oh no that sounds awful. 😢 Do try to have a good weekend when you get there. 2y
Andrew65 @TheSpineView I agree not being able to eat out is a miss, as is driving to the coast on a sunny day and have fish and chips. A break from cooking would be great! Have a good weekend . 🥰 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 Love Italian Chapel. So beautiful! Up at 5 am and read Sebastian St. Cyr and got to 45%. The high is only 47 today. Had a bit of sun but raining now. Spotted a few snow flurries. The mail person took 4 more books away today. Never got my corned beef but did get cabbage so I'm making cabbage rolls tomorrow and using pork sausage and ground beef. Found more great recipes online as long as I can get the ingredients Yeah, Boris is out of ICU 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB Definite good news about Boris. I will be taking on the shopping tomorrow night! See what I can or cannot get hold of.These times are making us have to be creative and flexible. Good to see you are getting back into your reading. 2y
TheSpineView @Andrew65 You have a wonderful weekend too! 😊 2y
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Thanks, will try my best to. 😊 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 Good luck with your shopping & be sure to stay safe! I still haven't got delivery date from my one store. The other store will be delivering Wed April 22. I hope I can get things that I will need. This store sent a survey & I didn't give them high marks as I was so disappointed with only getting 1/2 of my order & no chance of substitutions. I told them about the good service from the other store so maybe change will happen. 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB Although UK strongly recommending no masks in the UK, said again very strongly in the press briefing tonight, I will be wearing my mask and gloves and ensuring my wife stays at home. April 22nd!!! 1/2 order is not very good, last time I went shopping I was far more successful than that. 🤞 the survey makes a difference. 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 They may not like my comments & wipe me off their list. I'm hoping they do better as that is my store that I use mostly. John likes the new store as they were very accommodating. Their prices are higher but he said you get what you pay for. I saw a video today of the police pulling a man off a bus very roughly grabbing him because he was not wearing a mask. He had a good hold of a pole on the bus but they finally pulled him off. Scary! 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB That is ridiculous, the bus incident, and not the way to go. In contrast the daily briefing here almost made you feel guilty if you were wearing a mask! Strange the difference in approach. Hopefully they will listen, don‘t ask the questions if you don‘t want the answers! 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 In regards to the mask, they don't want to take masks away from the health care workers but they want people to make their own. This was our worst week for deaths and they warned us about that, so they said it was time to be safer and wear the masks. Soon we will be on the downside hopefully. 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB Hopefully we will too. Quite frightening the number of deaths each day. I bought our masks from Amazon 6 - 7 weeks ago when I saw it coming. 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 That's great that you had the forethought to buy your masks ahead of the rush. I made ours out of cloth napkins. I used a mask pattern where there was no need for a sewing machine. This one uses old t-shirt but is similar to the one I made:

Texreader Good holiday today. Cool outside so I gardened two hours this morning and maybe another tonight. Then I made cookies, watched a movie with my daughter, and now reading a bit while enjoying my son‘s guitar lesson. 🐣🌷🌸🌼🌈🌺💐🌻 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Beautiful!!!!🌻 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB I‘m impressed! Always been a pre-planner. 2y
Andrew65 @Texreader Sounds a fantastic day. 😊 2y
Andrew65 @JanuarieTimewalker13 Most definitely. 2y
Crewgurl Kind of a dreary windy day, but I‘m excited to relax this weekend. We are going to do some easter crafts with the little one and have an Easter egg hunt. Obviously no family gatherings planned, but I‘m just excited not to work (but still thankful I‘m able to obviously) lol. Hope everyone is doing well and can find some time to recharge! (edited) 2y
Andrew65 @Crewgurl Yes I think a recharge for people this weekend is most definitely needed. Enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt! Time away from work is most definitely good, and a time when we can relax and feel secure in our own houses. 2y
JacqMac Today is a holiday for us, so hubby and I spent some quality time together. Even though he has been home forever, he has been spending most of his time working and taking care of his students. It has been a really good day. We needed it. No internet or news, just lots of talking and some movies. And it‘s been snowing all day. Again. So Scotland looks extra good. (edited) 2y
Andrew65 @JacqMac Sounds a good all round day. 2y
tracey38 I am so glad it's Friday as this has been a long week and I am exhausted. Plus, the mask I wore all day today seemed to have irritated my skin and broken out some parts of my face. I did brave the grocery store to get my mom some groceries that I dropped off for her, then got some for myself. And I did get myself some goodies: a small chocolate Easter bunny, some face masks, some new stickers for Litsy mail. Looking forward to a relaxing weekend! 2y
tracey38 And what a lovely day trip outing in Scotland! Beautiful pictures as always. I imagine Scotland as such a revitalizing environment. 2y
Andrew65 Well done on getting through the week and on getting the groceries in. Now to relax this weekend 👍😊 2y
Andrew65 @tracey38 Does it to me every time. Missing my Easter fix this year. 2y
tracey38 @CocoReads so glad you have the weekend off! Enjoy your time! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm so sorry about your migraine. I've been getting them more frequently lately, too. Hope it goes away soon a d you have a wonderful week off. 2y
tracey38 @CocoReads I am not into peeps either but they do seem to have a lot of different flavors this year. Good for you on being a good sport! 2y
tracey38 @EadieB I have seen so many people out with homemade masks now, even a lot of our patients. 2y
tracey38 @Andrew65 I plan to! I tend to get myself an Easter chocolate every year, too. I'm gonna miss seeing my nieces this year though. I'll get to talk to them on the phone, but it's not the same. Can't wait til we can all get together with family we don't live with again! And thanks, I will definitely enjoy relaxing this weekend! 😉 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @tracey38 thank you sweetie ❤️ 2y
kezzlou85 Checked in with my brother who is a radiographer but staying well. This is usually his quiet time but not this year. He was laughing with his colleagues that they were all contacting family to see how they were but he and I just send each other random stuff. It keeps us going. Our parents have both died so I'm glad we're both still close. Enjoy your weekend off @Andrew65 2y
DieAReader Today was...a day. Lots of lower back pain & spasms as well as some tailbone pain. 😖Spent most of the day in a weird fog that I just couldn‘t seem to break free of. 🥺 Took a hot shower & sat outside for a bit too, but got little relief unfortunately. High Point: Kevin making blueberry waffles for supper followed by some together time watching tv. This was followed by a late nap that did nothing to help but lasted too long 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
DieAReader Took out a big ham from the freezer for Easter Sunday. Just gonna be me & Kev, but we don‘t mind leftovers so it‘s all good. Make some potatoes, veggies, dessert & we‘ll celebrate being HOME after being away from 10 years. I‘m sad that we can‘t be with family right now & I am trying with every ounce of being to be more positive (even if it‘s just my inner dialogue), but wow is it ever getting difficult to do as the days go by. Hugs to everyone 🥰 2y
gradcat @Andrew65 5000 years!?! Have you ever been to Skara Brae? 2y
emmaturi These are all fantastic places! I visited them all last summer! 2y
Crazeedi So beautiful, thank you Andrew ❤❤ 2y
Andrew65 @tracey38 It is a weekend where restrictions will affect contact with families. 2y
Andrew65 @kezzlou85 Family is so important to us all and that is what will make the Easter weekend tougher. Usually a time families get together. Stay strong everybody. 2y
Andrew65 @SquidgetsRoom Sending positive thoughts, these are indeed tough times for all and Some days feel worse than others. Important that we all attempt to distract our mind with other activities but not always possible. Try not to be too tough or hard on yourself. Sending positive thoughts and all my love. 🥰 🌈 (edited) 2y
Andrew65 @gradcat No that was something that we were planning for this Summer but depends if we have the opportunity to go on holiday. 2y
Andrew65 @emmaturi I bet you had a great time. When were you there? 2y
Andrew65 @Crazeedi They are definitely beautiful places 🥰 2y
emmaturi In August last year. Yes they were all beautiful. Especially the Italian Chapel! 2y
Andrew65 @emmaturi We weren‘t in the Orkneys in August but were staying near John O‘Groats during August. 2y
gradcat @Andrew65 I‘m crossing my fingers for your future trip!! 🤞🏼 2y
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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#LilithJuly #thecoast

These four novels, their settings spanning the whole length of the UK, really capture the gorgeous wind-swept, rugged coastline that I love so much...
Each story features a crumbling home, a woman, drawn to the isolation and beauty of the coastline, seeking solace or escape, or finding a connection with the sea...💕🌊

Today‘s song choice 🎧🎶

Cathythoughts Looking forward to reading Marvellous Ways soon for #lpmbc 3y
Suet624 Love this post. 3y
JennyM Read and enjoyed the top 3 - not read Orkney. Maybe I should! 3y
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KarenUK @Cathythoughts Sarah Winman is my absolute favorite! Hope you love it 🤞💕 3y
KarenUK @Suet624 🙏💕😊🌊 3y
KarenUK @jennyM I loved it..... So atmospheric 💕... it was one of my top reads in the year I read it... (edited) 3y
Cinfhen Lovely 😍 3y
TrishB Great choices ❤️ 3y
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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“But even when she is with me and gives herself wholly, she seems at the same moment to slip free”

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Orkney | Amy Sackville

“Come back to me, come up from the deep.And she kissed me fiercely then,the storm still in her; the gale raging without, the waves clutching at the shore empty-handed;close, safe, warm inside.”

Orkney | Amy Sackville
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“I would sometimes think of lighting a cigarette and realize that I already held a lit one in my hand. As if the craving would always far outreach its satisfaction, as if it was only ever a meager substitute, an insufficient means of fulfilling a greater and unknown lack. And this is how it is with her; each single instant can never be commensurate to the constant want of her”

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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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#allthebooksof2017 #beautifullywrittenbook
I found this novella so captivating... it's a strange, ethereal tale of love and obsession. The setting of the wild and stormy remote Scottish island, is captured by such gorgeous writing.... and the obsessive love of an older professor and his fragile young wife is told with subtlety and care. It's a novel to allow to sweep over you... it's all about the atmosphere... Pretty cover too!

LeahBergen This sounds good! 4y
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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#LitsyReadingChallenge update.... 11/25 so far.... so I guess I need to read a "Starts with Z" for my first Bingo line ?.....

LauraBeth You're going to be yelling Bingo soon! 😀 5y
Lola Impressive! And I love your graphic! How do you do that??!! 5y
KarenUK @Lola Thanks! I use 'pic collage' app and screen shots of Goodreads book covers 😊 5y
Lola @KarenUK Fantastic. I just love your posts 😍 5y
KarenUK @Lola thank you! 😍💕 5y
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