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Ruth Travers has lost a lover, both parents and her job. Now she thinks she might be losing her mind...

When death strikes again, Ruth finds herself the owner of a dilapidated Victorian house on the Isle of Skye: Tigh na Linne, the summer home she shared as a child with her beloved Aunt Janet, the woman she’d regarded as a mother.

As Ruth prepares to put the old house up for
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Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published 2012
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Anne
Jun 07, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
If anyone doubts that you can cuddle up with a Kindle, this book will prove to you that you really can. In some ways it's an unusual book to have come from Linda Gillard, but in other ways it really isn't. It has the strongly drawn characters we're used to, the same insightful examination of thoughts and emotions, and that strong sense of place in the Skye setting and the wonderful Tigh na Linne. This is a book that delves into the pain of loss, and the healing power of love, and I found it ...more
Tahlia Newland
It’s not often these days that I get really excited about a book, but this is one of those times. I simply loved it. Not only is it a lovely, sensitively written story with characters you fall in love with immediately, but it is also deeply moving and inspiring.

Blurb: Ruth Travers has lost a lover, both parents and her job. Now she thinks she might be losing her mind... When death strikes again, Ruth finds herself the owner of a dilapidated Victorian house on the Isle of Skye: "Tigh na Linne",
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Alison
Dec 14, 2013 Alison rated it it was amazing
Following the sudden deaths of her partner, father and beloved aunt in the space of nine months, Ruth moves to the house she inherits on Skye to grieve. However, given the way death seems to follow her around it's hardly a surprise when things start to go bump in the night ... What starts off feeling like a traditional ghost story develops into something much deeper as Ruth comes face to face with two very different friends from her childhood and starts to explore her aunt's musical career and ...more
Nancy
Mar 11, 2015 Nancy rated it it was ok
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Naomi
Jan 15, 2015 Naomi rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was a fantastic book in every way. I love the whole time travel warp type storyline, but this was different. I liked the concept of a ghost who materializes for the right people. I have wanted to read a story like this for a while. In fact I even thought I might have to write my own because I could not find a good story along these lines.

Once again, the characters are so real that they do not seem fictional. I fell in love with the ghost in this story.

I would like to see
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Jaime
Jun 16, 2012 Jaime rated it really liked it
I just love a good ghost story and The Glass Guardian delivers. It has everything necessary: the remote Scottish landscape, a heartbroken protagonist, unearthly manifestations in a drafty old manse, and a bit of generational mystery....Typical of its author, the story explores several themes at once with great delicacy, including loyalty, loss, and the variegated nature of love, as well as its creative and redemptive powers. Linda Gillard's books are always a pleasure and this is no exception.
Carol Kerry-green
Jul 08, 2012 Carol Kerry-green rated it it was amazing


I loves this take on a ghost story. I felt Hector was a very strong character and his relationship with Ruth was very well drawn. Ruth's struggle to understand what was happening to her made for an interesting story. As always with a Gillard novel, the description was superb.
Kathleen Jones
Nov 03, 2012 Kathleen Jones rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally buy paranormal fiction, though I read the 'Turn of the Screw' at university and last year very much enjoyed Dee Weaver’s indie published novel ‘The Winter House’. So I wondered how I’d feel about Linda Gillard’s new novel ‘The Glass Guardian’. The ingredients intrigued me - a musical mystery, a concealed stained glass window, a first world war journal, and a love affair with a ghost, all set in a magnificent, dilapidated house on the Isle of Skye.

Ruth Travers, a TV gardening pre
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Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
'Do you sense the past at Tigh-na-Linne?'

When her dear Aunt Janet passes away, Ruth Travers inherits 'Tigh-na-Linne', a large old house on the Isle of Skye. She spent summers here in her childhood. Losing her Aunt is one in a series of bereavements that Ruth has experienced in a short space of time, with both her father and also her partner having passed away. Her television career as a horticulturalist isn't looking very promising either. When she revisits the house on Skye, wondering what her
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LindyLouMac
Sep 14, 2012 LindyLouMac rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
With temps of up to 40C this summer I have enjoyed the excuse of the weather to spend time reading during the heat of the day. I have read some great novels this summer and with The Glass Guardian, once again Linda Gillard had me engrossed in her writing. In fact this time her writing, which I have always enjoyed finding all her previous novels to be five star reads, actually exceeded my expectations as I was unsure about the paranormal aspect. I need not have worried this is another five star ...more
Valerie Laws
Jun 05, 2013 Valerie Laws rated it it was amazing
Linda Gillard is an excellent writer, a real story-teller, and she takes on meaty challenges in her books without flinching and pulls off tackling those challenges with verve and dash. I've read stark tragedy and eroticism, even of a taboo kind, in her work before. This time she seems on the face of it to be enjoying bringing us a simpler, less shocking love story with well-drawn characters and the usual painterly sense of place, together with a musical 'soundtrack' which again is a recurring ...more
Diane Will
You are always guaranteed and good read when Linda writes and this one didn't disappoint. I wasn't sure about a 'paranormal romance' and how it could possibly work but it did although some of the detail had me thinking it a bit strange, then I remembered it was only fiction!

As always there is a mixture of characters, non of them perfect and all have their history. Ruth with her recent grief to contend with and finding herself the owner of her Aunt Janet's huge old house on Skye (I would love to
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Jill
Jul 20, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it
Once again Linda Gillard provides us with an appealing older (age 42) protagonist who, despite her “geriatric” status, is still capable of love and even sex! Moreover, there is a choice of handsome heroes - one of whom is a ghost - and there is the wonderful setting of the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

As Linda does in her earlier books, she creates characters who are believably flawed and skillfully nuanced. Moreover, in this book, we gain intimate knowledge of the heroine’s thought processes by the
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Hilary
Dec 22, 2012 Hilary rated it really liked it
Paranormal romance is a genre that I have not tried before - would my ultra-sensible self be able to cope with it? Answer - yes! To my surprise, somewhat - although having read and enjoyed Linda Gillard's novels, but finding them pitched emotionally not quite to my taste, I thought I'd try something that went that extra bit further. And I'm so glad I did. I thought this was a wonderful story, richly detailed and so romantic, with so many elements that are just what I love to read about. There's ...more
Lynn
Jun 07, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing
There is something very special about ghost stories set in Scotland; it just seems to be THE perfect setting and as usual, Linda Gillard has crafted a fine story with the elements of supernatural, mystery, and romance including loves lost and found. Ruth Travers is at a major crossroad where she has some serious life choices to make after a year of much emotional upheaval and to further complicate or make things interesting, she comes into contact with 3 very interesting men. It's a nice change ...more
Jo Barton
Dec 28, 2012 Jo Barton rated it it was amazing
Gripped by the sense of the past, The Glass Guardian is a paranormal story which delves into, not just the pain of love and loss, but also into the resilience of the human spirit.

They say that you should save the best until last, and I knew when I clicked open The Glass Guardian on my Kindle I wouldn't want to put it down, and so my Christmas ‘end of year’ treat to myself was to read the story uninterrupted once the family festivities were finished. To be immersed in a Linda Gillard novel is to
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Peggy
May 31, 2013 Peggy rated it really liked it
I don't usually go for ghost stories or romance but when I read this review over at I Prefer Reading and this one at read_warbler this one sounded intriguing enough that I actually purchased the Ebook. I don't normally do that!

I really liked this book. Well written and characters you like. I found myself rooting for Ruth and 'falling' for the ghost a little myself. The setting is spectacular and there's a house that fits in as a character in the story which I love. Then there's the mystery of Au
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Paula
Jul 03, 2012 Paula rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored 'The Glass Guardian', the story was gorgeous with characters you could not help but love. Ruth's loss was told in a sympathetic and realistic way which brought a tear to my eye a few times as I read, as did the relationship between Ruth and Hector, it was so lovely to read, their stories so heartfelt. I loved the description of Ruth's family home 'Tigh na Linne', it sounded so beautiful and tranquil, along with the description of Skye which made me feel proud to be Scottish. ...more
Kathryn Guare
Dec 20, 2015 Kathryn Guare rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-authors
I just adored this. It’s been a while since I’ve been so thoroughly pulled into a story that I hated to tear myself away from, and didn’t want to see end. Gillard displays an impressive mastery of all the elements that go into fantastic storytelling: a thoroughly engrossing plot; characters that leap off the page; believable, tone-perfect dialogue; and a strong narrative voice that connects it all. Before long, you are so deeply drawn in to the story and the dramatic Isle of Skye setting that ...more
Lynne
Sep 12, 2013 Lynne rated it it was amazing
Every time I pick up a book by this author I know after the very first page that I'm going to love it. I have read and enjoyed all of Linda Gillard's books so the expectation is there before I even begin - but I have never ever been disappointed. This novel, set in the beautiful Isle of Skye is very different from any of Linda Gillard's other works - and so intriguing. I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying it's a love affair with a ghost, a soldier from the first world war (but it is ...more
B J Burton
Dec 06, 2012 B J Burton rated it really liked it
The blurb mentions a ghost and so this has to be badged 'supernatural', but if that genre isn't usually your thing, don't be put off. This is unlike any 'supernatural' book I've ever read. The ghost doesn't frighten either the characters or the reader. He's not there to unnerve, but to be a very clever device that enables the author to create strong personal connections between the characters and events that befell earlier generations of their family.
Once again Linda Gillard's talents are amply
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Anne Harvey
Dec 30, 2014 Anne Harvey rated it it was amazing
Linda Gillard has pulled another rabbit out of the hat with this novel. It's a ghost story but a ghost story with a difference. After three bereavements in a year, Ruth returns to Skye to sort out her great-aunts effects. A lonely child, she'd spent meany a happy summer holiday with her imaginary friend, Heckie. But is he imaginary? Or is he a ghost? And who is the mysterious Canadian academic who wants to write a book about her great-aunt's musical compositions, seemingly written in another ...more
Ali
Jul 17, 2012 Ali rated it it was amazing
A wondeful book.
Linda has branched out into the Paranormal here but she keeps the romance and the wonderful characters of her usual style alive....no pun intended.
Again you feel absorbed by the characters within a few pages, you can taste the things they are eating, you can feel the cold and the heat as it is so eloquently described.
There are a couple of times you think you know which way the story is going but you will be gently prodded down a different path, to a destination you will not be di
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Jenny Stewart
Mar 23, 2014 Jenny Stewart rated it really liked it
Linda Gillard has the gift of story-telling. She develops intelligent, likeable characters, even the supposed "bad guy" of the story has some redeeming qualities. The ghost element of the story was a new angle for me. Hector is a major character here. He's a friend, a hero, lover (though I found that a bit bizarre) and a disquieted spirit. I really wanted him to find peace, but not at the expense of lonely Ruth. Linda weaves a satifying close with renewed hope and new family connections. I found ...more
Ann Roberts
Sep 02, 2014 Ann Roberts rated it it was amazing
The other reviews for this wonderful book have described the content, so there's no need for me to elaborate. 'The Glass Guardian' was a wonderful read, written with Linda Gillard's usual honesty. The characters are so human - not perfect, a little chipped round the edges, all carrying life's baggage - and that is part of their charm. We believe in them - even the ghost, the 'guardian' of the title, with his unfinished life. The subject of this novel found its echo with me, as a WW1 'ghost' set ...more
Brenda
Jun 11, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Something rather different from Linda but still containing the beautiful house/place(Tigh-na-linne/Skye)the rugged hero (choice of 2/3 if you include the ghost), music and mystery. These elements are all interwoven into this story of loss, family relationships/mystery, a flawed human, love and of course, a ghost - and that is all you need to make an un-put-down-able book.
Paranormal is not a genre that I normally enjoy but after I'd read a couple of chapters I was intrigued and was soon hooked.
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Suzie Grogan
Mar 01, 2015 Suzie Grogan rated it really liked it
The third book I have read by Linda Gillard and once again her story telling skills are to the fore - this rattles along at a pace and is a real page-turner. I had to stay up to finish it as although aspects of the story can be predicted, Linda is master of the twist and the surprise and keeps you guessing.

This isn't a ghost story in the strictest sense - the ghost is too real a character and his relationship with Ruth, the narrator, is intense and solid. It is a love story of many layers and vi
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Margaret
Jul 28, 2012 Margaret rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars:
Linda Gillard’s book, kept me spellbound. It’s a ghost story and a love story, with a bit of a mystery thrown in too.

This is a book that brought tears to my eyes and there aren’t many that do that! It deals so poignantly with death and the pain of loss, but it’s never sentimental and the supernatural element, even though there are moments where you have to hold your breath, is not horrific.

My full review is on my blog.
Lis
Jul 29, 2016 Lis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
I don't need to write the "blurb" here, other reviews include it, what I do need to write is that I devoured The Glass Guardian in one sitting. I'm already a fan of the author and this book had her classic Scottish setting, the well developed characters and the intricate plot and sub plots but it also seemed a more relaxed, confident tale if I may be so bold. Beautifully written, utterly absorbing and now I have to live without Hector et al in my life because I couldn't resist reading to the ...more
Clare
Dec 10, 2013 Clare rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'd never read a paranormal love story and didn't know what to expect. I came to the book having read all of Linda Gillard's other novels and feeling eager to read more. I liked the characters, who were well crafted and vivid. It was easy to care about them. I loved the setting; so very well described! I simply adore this author's style of writing and cannot wait for the next book!
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Linda Gillard lives in Ayrshire, Scotland and has been an actress, journalist and teacher. She’s the author of eight novels, including STAR GAZING, short-listed in 2009 for "Romantic Novel of the Year" and the Robin Jenkins Literary Award, for writing that promotes the Scottish landscape.

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