Castles in the Snow
by Linda Heavner Gerald
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 04 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 25 May 2021
Lime Pie Publishers, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Caroline Emma Corbett Reid and her husband, Thomas, hail from Charleston, SC, but move to the estate of Alladale in Scotland when a nasty family lawsuit ruins their reputation. After five glorious years living at Alladale, the beautiful Caroline awakens tied to her bed inside her favorite suite, the Willow. After three days without food or water, she realizes her end is near. This story features flashbacks of her life in Charleston, SC, and Inverness, Scotland, and her struggle to remember what happened in the final days before finding herself shackled. The reader is quickly drawn into this tale of greed and murder as the lives of this couple are detailed. Historical facts mingled with the appeal of a mystery in this whodunit will keep the reader engaged late into the night. Castles in the Snow is based on Paul Lister, a true ecologist and the actual founder of Alladale, a 23,000-acre wilderness reserve in the Scottish Highlands. Paul’s goal is to create a controlled wolf reserve within his beloved estate. This great conservationist’s story has received media attention from 60 Minutes and other sources in the US and the UK. The importance of philanthropists like Paul Lister and their impact on our world challenges us to take the fate of our planet seriously.
A Note From the Publisher
Other contributors: Paul Lister
Other contributors: Paul Lister
Castles in the Snow: Alladale is a historical mystery written by Linda Heavner Gerald. Caroline struggled to clear her mind of the fog, still holding it captive. She knew it was Alladale, her lovely home, but why was the window near her bed wide open, making it feel as though a thousand tiny shards of ice were assaulting her eyes, her lips, her face. And there in the hearth was a roaring fire, its warmth overbearing despite the chill of the open windows. Her hands and feet were manacled; she was restrained, but what had happened, how had she been made a prisoner in her own home—and why.
Where was Thomas? While she lay there, her body buffeted by the heat of the fire and the chill blasting through the open window, she began to remember her earliest days in the wedding-cake home she shared with her parents in Charleston, South Carolina. Thomas and his brother Max were a part of that early life as well; their home painted a blazing gold by their father, a gold which, captured in the late afternoon sun, seemed to be metallic rather than merely bricks painted gold. Thomas and Max each sought Caroline for their own as the three grew up together, but Thomas had won her hand, and together they went in search of their ancestral roots, back across the Atlantic to Scotland.
Linda Heavner Gerald's Castles in the Snow: Alladale has the reader wondering who has taken Caroline captive and why as they follow the details of her life in Charleston and later in Scotland, and learn about Scottish history through her and Thomas's research. There's also the tantalizing aspect of the 23,000-acre nature preserve they intended to create when they purchased Alladale. Gerald's story is well-written and will make the more imaginative and impressionable reader begin to notice the scent of heather as they read this marvelous tale. Her characters are credible, and her mystery bristles with red herrings and clues for the armchair sleuth to puzzle over. Castles in the Snow: Alladale is highly recommended.”
—Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Average rating from 3 members
"Castles in the Snow, a treat for lovers of historical mysteries, sees Caroline trying to clear her mind of what is happening around her. She wakes up tied to a bed, with no food or water. Going from the past to the present, wondering if she will die and at the same time, wishing for death. Thomas, her husband has disappeared and Caroline begins to wonder if he is behind whatever is happening. Gerald successfully has created an illusion that can be clearly seen as the book is read. It is a bit difficult at time following the story, due going from past to present. Takes much concentration to stay on task. Overall, a very good read. I would like to read another of Gerald's novels in the future.