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The Island House - Simon & Schuster book review :
4.4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews.

The Island House is the fifth novel from Posie Graeme-Evans.

In 2011 Freya Dane, a Ph.D. candidate in archaeology, arrives on the ancient Scottish island of Findnar. After years of estrangement from her father, himself an archaeologist who recently died, Freya has come to find out what she can about his work. As she reads through his research notes, she sees he learned a great deal about the Viking and Christian history of the island. But what he found only scratches the surface of the discoveries Freya is about to make.

In 800 A.D. a Pictish girl named Signy loses her entire family during a Viking raid. She is taken in by the surviving members of the Christian community, but when she falls deeply in love with a Viking boy, she is cast out. She eventually becomes a nun and finds herself at the center of the clash between the island’s three religious cultures. The tragedy of her story is that, in the end, she must choose among her adopted faith, her native religion, and the man she loves.

Centuries apart, Freya and Signy are each on the verge of life–changing events that will bring present–day and Viking–era Scotland together.

The Island House, written by Posie Graeme-Evans, is a new release from Simon & Schuster.

Available where all good books are sold in paperback for $19.99  Also available as an ebook for $17.99.

Find out more about The Island House here.

 


Published 4th November 2013


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    Intriguing

    I wasn’t selected but have since been given this book for my birthday earlier this year & loved it. There’s a bit of everything from mystery, romance, murder but it kept me highly interested. I love the authors style of writing, it was easy to follow but ever so interesting. I would def read more from her.

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    Sweeps you away

    This book is a great read, encompassing past & present. Written well and a pleasure to follow as you ride the waves of the island past & present. A treasure, not of the gold & riches kind, is hidden on the island enveloping those who are on the quest to uncover the hidden truth. You too will be enveloped as you join them on their journey. Highly Recommened

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    The Island House

    The only books I have ever read were Stephen King books. So when I got the chance to review the Island House I was blown away. I love reading books, so it was good to also be able to read another book by a different author. I really did enjoy reading this book, and will be looking into other books by the author. Thank you again for letting me review The Island House.

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    Don't judge a book by its cover...

    I finally finished reading it last night, the cover seems boring but as I have learnt it is usually these books that are the most interesting. I really enjoyed reading a chapter from the present and then one from the past and so on, it was almost like reading 2 books but I was totally captivated by how detailed it all was, from clothing to the ‘raids’. All day I have walked around thinking about things that happened in the book and to the characters. I will definitely go and buy more books written by Posie Graeme-Evans!

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    This book is great read.

    When I first received the book I wasn’t sure it was going to be something that would interest me. When I start reading a book I either can’t put it down or can’t pick it up again. I’m happy to say this book has been very hard to put down. It is very well written and has a way of keeping you in suspense and wanting to keep reading to find out what happens next. As I am only half way through this book so far I will post another review once I have finished it. :)

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    Great Read

    Really loved how the story keep going from the past to the present and the way the writer in twined them and how the spirits were reborn into the present day people and how the contection was instant from the start. The only thing was the way it ended for me ( I think that somehow the woman’s bones mad there way to her true love ) But that wasnt quite conformed. But overall a great book and I would recommend others to read it :-)

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    Start reading now - fantastic book

    For the other Mum reviewers who have not started this book – START NOW.
    I do not read many books and I am half way through this book. Posie’s style of writing is captivating and easy to read and immerse yourself in the story. I like how there are two stories within one book and I am enjoying the tale unravel.

    Thank you!

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    intriguing, a real page turner - you'll love it!

    Well I’m just over a hundred pages in. I got the book yesterday and pretty much started ready straight away. It’s a peek into ancient times as well as a story that follows Freya an archaeologist student working on her thesis. She inherits an Island from her tragically deceased archaeologist father, she has his finds to go through as well an unearthing some secrets herself. She leans more about her father along the way. It has 2 storylines and is well written. I’m also looking forward to finding all about Signy and the people left behind after a Viking raid, including one of there own who was injured and left for dead. A real page turner, can’t wait to find out more about the Island and the artefacts her father found. I’ll post more later…….

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    Gripping!

    This book will suck you in right until the end. I was up until 2am one night as I just couldn’t stop reading. It has murder, mystery, history, love, treachery all rolled in to one fantastic story. It flows seamlessly through time zones and just when you think you know what’s going on, there is a fantastic little twist at the end. Loved it!

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    Could not put it down - fantastic read

    I love the feeling of reading a good book, I was captivated from chapter one and have just finished it! I love how it ends I found it easy to read. Thank you for introducing me to a fantastic author and re-discovering the joy of reading which I have not done for a long time!

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    Fantastic

    I loved this book. It is such a good read. Couldn’t put it down. I love the whole thing. How old and new come together to make a good read. I’ve already passed it on to a friend to read so we can talk about it. Soooooo Gooood!!

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    Intriguing

    I wasn’t selected but have since been given this book for my birthday earlier this year & loved it. There’s a bit of everything from mystery, romance, murder but it kept me highly interested. I love the authors style of writing, it was easy to follow but ever so interesting. I would def read more from her.

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    Intrigued

    This book will get you hooked. I love the feeling of reading a good book, I was captivated from chapter one and have just finished it! I love how it ends I found it easy to read. Thank you for introducing me to a fantastic author and re-discovering the joy of reading which I have not done for a long time!

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    Sensational hard to put down

    I am still reading this amazing book and am loving the story so far. Unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of reading time lately bit every chance I get I am reading a page or two. What an amazing story, I can’t wait to read more it is enthralling. Can’t wait to see what happens next!!!

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    The story is very Interesting, with many changes in the story. History and fiction are combined in this story to make is an entertaining read. The descriptive writing creates visual images in the readers mind as they read – almost like watching a movie of the story! I Throughly enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to others.

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    Definitely Worth a Read

    This is a brilliantly researched tale of the clash between the Vikings, the Picts, and the early Catholic Church in Scotland. This story runs parallel to the contemporary one in which Freya, an Aussie archaeologist, arrives on the Scottish island bequeathed to her by her father. He was also an archaeologist but didn’t quite manage to solve the island’s mystery which Freya also inherits.

    The parallel plot works well most of the time, but there is often a lag while one side of the story catches up with the other, so some momentum is also lost. It also means that there are few surprises, other than the supernatural ones and I had difficulty suspending disbelief with these. With so much happening to a large number of characters, we don’t get to know and love the heroine to the same extent as we did “The Dressmaker” which is a shame.

    But Posie’s writing remains a treat and her ability to bring the past to life is astounding. Her sensitive treatment of all three cultures is also to be applauded.

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    A good love story.

    Upon finishing the Island House, I was satisfied with the story. It kept me, the reader intrigued and interested while offering an insight into the past. The love story between the modern day characters seemed a little too rushed and there was one character that really didn’t need to be there but overall a good story.

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    Gripping!

    This book will suck you in right until the end. I was up until 2am one night as I just couldn’t stop reading. It has murder, mystery, history, love, treachery all rolled in to one fantastic story. It flows seamlessly through time zones and just when you think you know what’s going on, there is a fantastic little twist at the end. Loved it!

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    Great Read....once you're into it....

    What a great story,,,, i did find it hard going originally but once i got into it …i could not put it down…although it was almost 500 pages…and the printing was tiny….

    But the story of love throughout the ages mixed in with the violence of the vikings, the staunchness of early life in a monastery and the picts ( early english folk) all set in scotland throughout many many centuries as well as present time….made for a very interesting read….my mind was wondering where it was all going to end up…constantly…and sadly it did not go the way i had hoped…but the introduction of new modern characters made me feel they would also come out in the early9th century time…i wasnt sure which way it was going to end…so try for the read… it will delight you and also make you try and guess what will happen next…. thanks for taking the time to read this review… hope it inspires you to read it and then look for more books by this author…. it has me….cheers Cindy

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    Sweeps you away

    This book is a great read, encompassing past & present. Written well and a pleasure to follow as you ride the waves of the island past & present. A treasure, not of the gold & riches kind, is hidden on the island enveloping those who are on the quest to uncover the hidden truth. You too will be enveloped as you join them on their journey. Highly Recommened

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    The Island House

    The only books I have ever read were Stephen King books. So when I got the chance to review the Island House I was blown away. I love reading books, so it was good to also be able to read another book by a different author. I really did enjoy reading this book, and will be looking into other books by the author. Thank you again for letting me review The Island House.

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    Don't judge a book by its cover...

    I finally finished reading it last night, the cover seems boring but as I have learnt it is usually these books that are the most interesting. I really enjoyed reading a chapter from the present and then one from the past and so on, it was almost like reading 2 books but I was totally captivated by how detailed it all was, from clothing to the ‘raids’. All day I have walked around thinking about things that happened in the book and to the characters. I will definitely go and buy more books written by Posie Graeme-Evans!

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    Could not put it down - fantastic read

    I love the feeling of reading a good book, I was captivated from chapter one and have just finished it! I love how it ends I found it easy to read. Thank you for introducing me to a fantastic author and re-discovering the joy of reading which I have not done for a long time!

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    It's Here!

    My copy of “The Island House” has finally arrived! I’m so excited to read it; I adored “The Dressmaker”. In fact, Posie Graeme-Evans is one of the few authors who could drag me away from my George R.R. Martin binge. And so far, it’s everything I expected.

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    secluded escape

    A very good book for all you history fantasy women out there. for me this brings back memories of my years befor children when i was working and backpacking around scotland working in the highlands walking taking photos of pics ogh am stones and being transported to a plane between time and imagination. reading this book will call on your ancestors and commune on your inner spirit x

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