|Title:||Almond, Wild Almond|
|Publisher:||William Heinemann Ltd.|
A return to the '45, and three important characters of the Cameron trilogy turn up again - the Bonnie Prince, of course, and Archie and Ewen Cameron in surprise walk-on bits. Alas, Ranald Maclean, our hero, although handsome, daring, and over-honourable, just does not come up to our friend Ewen; he does, however, form the centre of a most agreeable sentiment-adventure story, with the man-woman relationship firmly at the centre of the story, and a subsidiary Frenchman to get a moral education in the last half. The introduction of the Cameron characters, altho' delightful, was, I think, a mistake; their presence tended to point out how assiduously Broster was avoiding the locations and events of the '45 that she'd used in the Other Book. The young heroine, on the other hand, altho' not noticeably different from Alison, had a much bigger and more spirited role to play, and once one got past her objectionable name (Bride), proved quite an attractive character. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Broster, D. K. (Dorothy Kathleen)
Dorothy Kathleen Broster (2 September 1877 – 7 February 1950), usually known as D.K. Broster, was a British novelist and short-story writer, born in Garston, Liverpool at Devon Lodge (now known as Monksferry House), which lies in Grassendale Park on the banks of the River Mersey. Educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College and St Hilda's College, Oxford (where she was one of the first students), she served as a Red Cross nurse during World War I with a voluntary Franco-American hospital. Broster's first two novels were co-written with Gertrude Winifred Taylor; Chantemerle: A Romance of the Vendean War and The Vision Splendid (about the Tractarian Movement).
Following the war she returned to Oxford where she worked as a secretary to the Regius Professor of History and senior civil servants. The Yellow Poppy (1920) about the adventures of an aristocratic couple during the French Revolution, was later adapted by Broster and W. Edward Stirling for the London stage in 1922. She produced her best-seller about Scottish history, The Flight of the Heron, in 1925. Broster stated she had consulted eighty reference books before beginning the novel. Broster followed it up with two successful sequels, The Gleam in the North and The Dark Mile. She wrote several other historical novels, successful and much reprinted in their day, although this Jacobite Trilogy, featuring the dashing hero Ewen Cameron, remain the best known.
Broster also wrote several short horror stories, collected in "A Fire of Driftwood" and Couching at the Door. The title story of "Couching at the Door" involves an artist haunted by a mysterious entity. Other supernatural tales include "Clairvoyance", (1932) about a psychic girl, "Juggernaut" (1935) about a haunted chair, and "The Pestering", (1932) focusing on a couple tormented by supernatural entity.
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