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Description - The Island Wife by Jessica Stirling

Set in 1878, this is the story of Biddy and Innes, two young girls from a large crofting and fishing family on the Isle of Mull, whose world is thrown into confusion by the arrival of a handsome young shepherd. Tragedy follows when they both fall in love with the same man.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780340671955
ISBN-10: 0340671955
Format: Paperback
(179mm x 111mm x 25mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Hodder Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 7-May-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Reviews - The Island Wife by Jessica Stirling

US Kirkus Review » In the first installment of Stirling's (The Marrying Kind, 1996, etc.) latest trilogy, the cataclysmic year of 1878 for the Campbell family sets the stage for an ongoing saga of lust, greed, and other challenges on a rural Scottish island. Though they're landholders, the Campbells spend strenuous days tending to their own cattle, farming, and fishing. And though Ronan is a drunken husband and father to the five Campbell children, it's Vassie who owns the land and attempts to guide the destiny of her children. When shepherd Michael Tarrant is spotted on the horizon, the beginning of the end is near for the hard-earned pleasures of the family. Not only does the shepherd signify the modern changes about to transform the island, but he catches the eye of two of the Campbell girls, the ravishing Biddy and the thoughtful Innis. The story progresses at a clip with each daughter falling for Michael (though it's really Biddy who scandalously wins his sexual favors) while the youngest, Aileen, touched in the head, is made pregnant by her tippling dada (she believes the fairies did it). Biddy breaks off with Michael just in time to be courted by the lord of the estate, leaving a door open for Innis - who still pines for the shepherd's affection. The travails of the three girls are offset by the tragic bootlegging scheme of the two boys and their father, leaving Vassie, by novel's end, euphemistically childless, landless, and husbandless. Standard fare for the historical genre, though admittedly enticing. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Jessica Stirling

Born in Glasgow, Jessica Stirling is the author of many heartwarming novels, most of which have Scottish backgrounds. She has enjoyed a highly successful career since The Spoiled Earth was published in 1974.