Review of “The Glass Guardian” by Linda Gillard

Once again Linda Gillard provides us with an appealing older (age 42) protagonist who, despite her “geriatric” status, is still capable of love and even sex! Moreover, there is a choice of handsome heroes – one of whom is a ghost – and there is the wonderful setting of the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

As Linda does in her earlier books, she creates characters who are believably flawed and skillfully nuanced. Moreover, in this book, we gain intimate knowledge of the heroine’s thought processes by the use of first person narration.

Ruth is suffering from multiple personal losses in her life, and she is bereaved – indeed, somewhat shell-shocked – and lonely. She moves into her late Aunt Janet’s old Victorian house on the Isle of Skye and makes a number of important discoveries. One is that there is a very handsome and eligible gardener working on the property. Another is that the house is haunted by a ghost who is himself haunted by the harrowing way in which he died in WWI, and by the unfinished business he left behind. And finally, Ruth discovers from her correspondence with a Canadian musicologist who is interested in Aunt Janet’s music that Janet was a woman of secrets successfully kept hidden her whole life.

The intersection of all of these characters and the revelations about them create life-changing epiphanies for all of them.

Evaluation: This is a romance with some very appealing differences: a protagonist who is not a teenager (and who thus deals with themes more appropriate to an older cohort); well-researched background material; and the piquancy of a charming and valiant ghost to add spice to the proceedings.

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2012

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18 Responses to Review of “The Glass Guardian” by Linda Gillard

  1. Yikes, am I geriatric at 42?? I have yet to read anything by Linda Gillard, though she’s been on my radar for quite a while. This one sounds appealing and I love the fact that it’s set on the Isle of Skye. However, I don’t have a Kindle (and hate reading Kindle books on my computer)… 😦

  2. BermudaOnion says:

    It is nice to hear of a romance with an older character!

  3. Staci@LifeintheThumb says:

    42 and enjoys sex…who would’ve thought!! LOL! 😀 i’m buying it because I’m a geriatric!! 😀

  4. Hurray for romance among the geriatric set! I really must read Linda Gillard.

  5. Barbara says:

    I’m about 3/4 of the way through this book and I’m loving it. Normally I don’t care for ghost stories but Linda Gillard’s ghosts are different. I find myself believing in them. I’ve been getting this read slowly because I’m reading it on my computer which is in my study, the hottest room in the house. Now we have a cool down (and rain, lovely rain!) so I’ll be finishing quickly.

  6. zibilee says:

    This does sound good, and the fact that it’s a romance between people that are mature and not teens or twenty-somethings really entices me to pop on over to Amazon and pick it up. Great review today. I need to see if I can find grab this one while it’s on sale!

  7. Thanks for your interest, ladies. I’m the author. 🙂

    The heroines in 5 of my 6 novels are in their 40s (one is 47!) and they all have love lives with some rather gorgeous men. I started writing fiction when I was 47, which probably accounts for it.

    I attempted to write a *literary* paranormal love story. The Amazon reviews so far indicate that readers have found this a pleasant change. I think I should perhaps have promoted it as “a paranormal romance for people who don’t like paranormal romance.” Anyway, more of that on Sunday when I’ll be guest blogging.

    Sorry THE GLASS GUARDIAN is only on Kindle at the moment, but you can download the Kindle app for other devices like iPad, iPhone & Android as well as PC & Mac.

  8. June says:

    Sounds like a must-read for me!

  9. Beth F says:

    HA!!! Love your first paragraph! I’m laughing over the geriatric comment. And then you said Scotland, which *really* caught my attention. Sounds like a fun read.

  10. I must agree I love characters that are flawed and just a little older.

  11. Sandy says:

    Oh, oh, oh. Must have. But what is your rating? It sounds like at least a 4 from you.

  12. Trisha says:

    Older characters are very appealing to me, especially in romance type novels. Thanks for the suggestion.

  13. Julie P. says:

    I’m still reeling from the geriatric reference! How insulting! LOL!

  14. Jenners says:

    I love the cover of the book. And being geriatric myself, I do appreciate a well-worn heroine. ; )

    • I’m so pleased you liked the cover, Jenners. 🙂 It was expensive, but I think it was worth it.

      Since I went indy I’ve used the same professional designer for each book cover. I love her work and I love the way we work which is – I spend days of my life sifting through stock images until I find something that could be the basis of a cover. (This photo was b & w originally. All the light & colour has been added by my designer following my instructions.) Then I send it to my designer with some vague email instructions meant to convey mood/colour/genre. After a few weeks she sends me back some ideas, then we tweak them until one is perfect, then I fall in love with my cover. The book creation process is complete: the book has the cover it deserves and I can now let it go on its journey.

      Authors care terribly about their covers. It’s agony to be landed with a cover you dislike or one you feel is just wrong for the book. I’ve now brought out 2 backlist novels and 3 new novels with covers for which I’m responsible. I’ve really enjoyed the challenge and it’s been one of the great joys of going indy.

  15. stacybuckeye says:

    Oh man, did you have to call me geriatric. I’m already feeling old today!

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