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  • Sealskin

    A legend that came true and changed a man's life forever. This story pulled me into the lives of families in a fishing village, their sadness and joys. Such a different but good read right to the very end.

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  • Magical!

    A beautiful story, beautifully written. I loved the setting, the characters, and the almost poetic storytelling. A simple story, but with depth and swirling undercurrents. I don’t want to give anything away - just read it!

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  • Compelling

    I held off reading this one for ages because I saw how it upset people on the rape/Stockholm syndrome front. And I can totally see why they were upset, but Bristow's writing is so incredible that you do get lost in the characters and the legend. I would have LOVED it if Mairhi had gone savage and ripped Donald's throat out, because that's just me, but I also love how Bristow has taken a scenario I wouldn't usually have had any time for and turned it into something utterly compelling.

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  • Adored it!

    Enchanting, enthralling, charismatic and mesmerising, this book really is a thing of beauty! I'd been wanting to read it for ages and I was over the moon to win it in a Twitter competition. I was not disappointed, I truly adored every word and now I just want to start reading it all over again! There's a Scottish legend about Water Selkies -'Seal Folk' who are mythological beings capable of changing from seal to human form by shedding their skin. These selkie folk have been recounted many times in Scottish folklore and are a delight to hear of. "Sealskin" written by Su Bristow is a beautifully crafted tale about that mysterious legend and one selkie in particular who finds herself unable to return to her skin - so prepare to unwind, chill and immerse yourself in a little Scottish magic! This book was pure medicine for me at the moment, it was such a lovely distraction from everyday life and I was happy to be transported to a different world. I was captivated by the atmospheric coastal setting and the characters were just perfect - Mairhi was so innocent, gentle and lovely. I truly felt for her predicament, finding herself so far away from her family and home and not understanding a thing in her new life. Set on the west coast of Scotland (a place I adore) I thoroughly enjoyed this magical and spell bounding story and could visualise every scene clearly even though set fictionally many years ago. I won't talk about the denouement or give any clues as to how it ends but it was as I imagined it to be with a little twist to boot. Beautifully written by a talented and imaginative author, this was such a complete and welcome change from my humdrum routine of life. A typical classic Orenda publication, this book will be categorically staying on my book shelf and will most certainly be read again! So if you too fancy some Scottish cultural fantasy fiction then this is definitely the book to read, atmospheric, haunting and so human - just perfect! 5 magical stars.

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