In 1945 Molly Hazleton is heartbroken when her fiancé doesn’t return from the war after being reported “missing in action.” So when Aunt Daphne comes to visit with news of having bought a 17th century manor house at auction in Scotland, Molly welcomes the opportunity to start afresh and help her aunt turn Aberdoch Manor into a hotel.
With a strange sense of déjà vu, Molly struggles to understand her connection with the property having never stepped foot inside of it or even Scotland for that matter. Ross McDaniel, the newly appointed gardener, knows more than he is letting on. And when he shows Molly an ancient yew tree named by the locals as the Ghost Tree, after touching it, Molly discovers a remarkable ability to vividly see and experience her own past life – a life of extreme danger and hardship on the road with the Jacobite in 1745, hunted by the Red Coats for crimes she hasn’t committed. She is also in love with a brave, Scot warrior, leader of the McDaniel clan who soon becomes her husband.
Stirring up forgotten memories and an uncontrollable yearning to be back with those she once loved, Molly is hopelessly torn between very different worlds, two hundred years apart!
This is a really intriguing historical romance set in 1745 during the Jacobite rebellion and in 1945 after World War II. The back and forth between Ella’s life during the Jacobite Uprising and Molly’s life after World War II is well done. The connection between the lives of Ella and Molly is very well done, and the use of a yew tree is brilliant.
I tend to look at this as more of a “past life” romance than a “time travel” romance, which is a good thing, as I have high expectations of time travel novels–my favorite genre–and time travel romances usually don’t hold my interest. However, I was completely captivated by this book. I loved the use of the yew tree to draw Molly into her past life, and I loved all the historical references from the Jacobite uprising in 1745 and post-war Britain in 1945. It was a pleasure to read. Outcast is a well-researched, cleverly plotted, and gorgeously written dual timeline historical romance. I look forward to a sequel.
I received a free copy of this book via Zooloo’s Book Tours. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Voet is an English author, born in Gosport across the shores of Portsmouth Harbour. Claire started writing in 2010 and has since then written a number of books, including The Ghost of Bluebell Cottage, The Other Daddy A World Away, Captain Hawkes, short story A Helping Hand, Echoes In The Mist and the Outcast series.
Claire demonstrates her love for history and also the supernatural in many of her spellbinding stories.
As a commercial participator for the BBC Children in Need Appeal, Claire donates money from her book sales once a year.
Website : www.clairevoet.com