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Auld Acquaintance

#1, Prime Time

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First novel in a series of six contemporary women's fiction books about second chances and self-discovery!

Auld Acquaintance by Ruth Hay is the story of a woman in her 60s who has lost her confidence through life events, including a divorce. Anna has a part-time job in a library, and a group of good friends, but she is sinking into a depression.

 Unexpectedly, she receives a legal letter informing her that she has inherited a piece of property in Scotland. Her first instinct is to ignore this letter as she has no knowledge of the person named as the owner.

 Anna's friends persuade her to travel to Scotland and stay until she can decide how to dispose of the farm house near Oban. So begins an adventure which opens up prospects for Anna and introduces her to a new environment and new people who help her.

Will Anna adjust to living in a farm house with the minimum of amenities?        

Will she solve the family mystery of the unknown relative who has bestowed this legacy on her? 

Will she leave Canada for Scotland or return to her homeland and her safe life there? 

This novel is the first in a series. It is specifically designed to appeal to a demographic of women who enjoy reading, who require the printed page in their hands and who want a good story, in an interesting setting, with a positive outcome.

Anna's group of friends and the family mysteries she discovers in the first book, are component parts of the series.

In Time Out Of Mind, (Book 2), Anna's story continues, although that is not obvious at the start. The issue of 'the sandwich generation' is explored in this novel, which is multi-generational and multi-level.

The author intends to focus on several characters from the first book in subsequent novels with a view to garnering an audience which enjoys discovering more about favourite personalities and their lives, in much the same way as world-renowned authors Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy have been able to do. 

One of the features of the series is its international appeal. There are 4.7 million people in Canada who describe themselves as "of Scottish descent" and a further 1.5 million in Australia.

Auld Acquaintance
Time Out of Mind
Now or Never
Sand in the Wind
With This Ring
The Seas Between Us

Customer Reviews

Auld Acquaintance

This was an amazing book to read. Just could not put it down. Some books are hard to get interested in, the beginning so boring. This book fascinating from beginning to end.

What a lovely story!

I spent quite a bit of time, flipping between map apps and Wikipedia while reading this novel I happened upon, possibly through BookBub. I haven't done this sort of mapping of a book since I was Fiona's age, and I was reading Roberta Gellis' medieval-set novels.

Reading this novel was a lot of fun--almost like visiting a fascinating relative you haven't met for ages. Scotland felt like home to me, as well as to Anna Mason, even though I have no familial links to it, at least in this life. Canadian family, yes, though.

I confess that I'd prefer the west coast, away from the North Sea storms, closer to the Gulf Stream, and to the Hebrides--and Islay especially, whence come my favourite malts.

As necessary for my enjoyment, the characters were fun to meet, the settings lovely, interesting history, and a good tale. You'll want tea and at least a snack, as there is some good food mentioned. The fish & chips shop mentioned does exist, and its menu looks good.

I must read the rest! I want to know more!


Auld Acquaintance
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Dec 19, 2014
  • Publisher: Ruth Hay
  • Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
  • Print Length: 340 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: #1, Prime Time
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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