Delighted to welcome Margaret Skea to the Cafe and Bookstore with her books and today in this introduction to her work, I am featuring the first book in her series Turn of the Tide (The Munro Scottish Saga Book 1) published in 2017
About the book
‘The quality of the writing and the research is outstanding.’ Jeffrey Archer
Scotland 1586. A land in turmoil, a family torn apart. An ancient feud threatens Munro’s home, his family, even his life.
Munro owes allegiance to the Cunninghames and to the Earl of Glencairn. He escapes the bloody aftermath of a massacre, but cannot escape the disdain of the wife he sought to protect, nor inner conflict, as he wrestles with his conscience, with divided loyalties and, most dangerous of all, a growing friendship with the rival Montgomerie clan.
Set against the backdrop of the turmoil of the closing years of the sixteenth century, Turn of the Tide follows the fortunes of a fictional family trapped at the centre of a notorious historic feud. Known as the Ayrshire Vendetta, it began in the 15th century and wasn’t finally resolved until the latter part of the 17th, the Cunninghames and Montgomeries dubbed the ‘Montagues and Capulets’ of Ayrshire.
One of the many excellent reviews for the book
nanjar Feuding families don’t make friendships easy! Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 April 2018
What is it that makes one family take umbrage against another, so much so tht it lingers and festers for decades? In Turn of the Tide, we get a glimpse of what it must have been like to have been a family member, during the never ending violent and bloody feud between the Cunninghames and the Montgomeries of Ayrshire, Scotland. Within a relatively small geographical area, it’s inevitable that some of those people will have ties to both sides, since the pool of moneyed people was fairly small. ‘On which side does your loyalty lie?’ must have been a very difficult question to answer for a woman with connections through marriage, but an even more difficult one for a man who wanted the hundred and fifty year long feud ended.
Turn of the Tide paints a very realistic picture of the harshness of life during the late 1500s. And, as well as being embroiled in family feuds, it was a time when loyalty to the king and his cronies, was also a very dangerous business – though sometimes a profitable one for the astute, and the canny. Befriending one of the opposite faction, as Munro (linked to the Cunninghames) and Hugh (Montgomerie) do, is central to this tale, and the trials and tribulations of their families are very believable.
The other books in The Munro Scottish Saga
Other books by Margaret Skea
About Margaret Skea
Award winning writer Margaret Skea grew up in Ulster at the height of the ‘Troubles’, but now lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders.
Katharina: Fortitude was shortlisted for The 2020 BookBrunch Award Katharina :Deliverance was placed 2nd in the (international) Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018. Judged ‘Assured, evocative, compelling, a fascinating read.’ by Lead judge Catharina Cho. Together they chronicle the life of Katharina von Bora, the escaped nun who married Martin Luther.
Previous Prizes: Awarded the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2014 and Historical Fiction Winner in the Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist Competition for her debut novel Turn of the Tide, the sequel A House Divided was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2016. The third book in the series, By Sword and Storm, was published in July 2018.
Margaret is passionate about well-researched, authentic historical fiction and providing a ‘you are there’ experience for the reader.
An Hawthornden Fellow and award winning short story writer – wins include, Neil Gunn, Chrysalis, and Winchester. Placings and listings include Rubery Short Story, Historical Novel Society Short Story, Mslexia, Fish – Short Story and One Page Prize and the Matthew Pritchard Award. She has been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA.
A collection of short stories – Dust Blowing and Other Stories – including some of those from competitions mentioned above, is also available.
Thanks for dropping by and it would be great if you could share Margaret’s books around the usual places.. thanks Sally.