The story moves back and forth from their time at the field hospital to the west highlands of Scotland where Donald grew up. As they talk in the quiet hours he tells her the stories of the coast and glens, how his family lived and the fascinating life of a century ago: bagpiping, sheep shearing, celidhs, illegal distilling, his mother saving the life of the people of St Kilda, the navvies building the west highland railway and the relationship between the lairds and the people. Louise in turn tells her own story of growing up in the Welsh valley: coal mining, a harsh and unforgiving upbringing.
They get cut off from the allied troops and with another nurse are forced to make their escape through Turkey to Greece, getting rescued by a Coptic priest and ending up in Malta. By this time their love is out in the open, but there is still another tragic twist to their story waiting on the way back to Donald’s beloved highland home . . .
a fast-paced narrative with deeply likeable characters … far more than yet another wartime love story … impossible to put down' ~Scottish Field
a genuine portrait of a time gone forever ... a very good read' ~Rosamunde Pilcher
a tragic tale, captivating and a good read' ~Press and Journal, Book of the Week
Burns with love for his country…[Macdonald's] plain, easy-going style takes on a natural engaging momentum' ~The National
Extraordinary. Far more than another wartime love affair. I closed the book with the strong feeling of the importance of kin shire, the need to nurture one another, and the power of love. It will enter your soul' ~Scots Magazine
Striking, charming, page-turning novel about love in the ruins of the first world war' ~Piping Times
This is a book that is truly enthralling - brutal, poetic, unjust but beautiful… A beautiful yet tragic tale, set in the First World War, Ardnish Was Home kept me captivated throughout and left wanting more at the end. It delivers everything the title implies about family and community in the Scottish Highlands and illustrates that love can be found in the most desperate of circumstances' ~The Bookbag
If ever there was a story ready-made for the big screen, the Ardnish trilogy is it: an unforgettable case, heart-thumping adventure and romance, but above all a backdrop of spell-binding beauty' ~National Trust Magazine