#BOOKTOUR #REVIEW – Outcast by Claire Voet – @ZooloosBT #ClaireVoet #BlossomSpringPublishing #Outcast #ZooloosBookTours #prdgreads

Today I’m on the tour for Outcast by Claire Voet, thank you to Zoé at Zooloos Book Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy.

Pages: 287

Synopsis: In 1945 Molly Hazleton is heart broken 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!

My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧.5

My Thoughts: Now I’m not normally a fan of historical fiction/romance, but when I was invited on the tour for this one something intrigued me and made me decide to give it a go.

The story is told over 2 time lines spanning a couple of centuries, in the 1700’s we’re following Fergus and Ella, in the 1940’s we’re following Molly and her aunt Daphne.

Daphne has just bought a Manor House in Scotland and wants to turn it into a hotel, but she’s not as young as she once was so she ropes her great niece Molly into moving to Scotland to help.

When they get there all the locals go quiet every time they mention that they’ve just moved into Aberdoch Manor..

Back in the 1700’s Fergus has just rescued Ella from the Redcoats who are after her because they think she’s a witch, being English everyone finds it hard to accept Ella in Scotland, there has been some recent history between the 2 countries..

This is a story of love, loss and determination spanning the 2 centuries, everyone is linked together and with the help of a magic tree they may just be able to work out how.

I really enjoyed this one, it was gripping in a way I just didn’t expect and surprisingly my favourite chapters were the ones from the 1700’s.

I thought the underlying message of fighting for what you think is right was apparent throughout which really made me smile. None of the characters backed down even though it would’ve been the easy option.

I also appreciated that the romance aspects of this book weren’t ‘fluffy’ it made it feel more authentic and relatable.

Definitely a book I’d recommended to both fans of historical fiction and to those wanting to dip their toes into a new genre 😊


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