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Secrets and Shadows

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Determined to start a new life, Louisa Forrester has come to Scotland in search of adventure, new relationships and a second chance. She has enrolled on a creative writing course at the renowned Glendrochatt Arts Centre. It is here that she meets Marnie Donovan, a young American woman who has travelled to Scotland in search of the childhood home of her eccentric benefactre ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 7th 2008 by Arrow (first published 2006)
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Yang Shu-yuan
Louisa will noch einmal ganz von vorn anfangen. Während eines Schreibseminars in den schottischen Highlands findet sie in Marnie eine enge Vertraute und in Christopher den Mann, der sie zum ersten Mal seit Langem zum Lachen bringt. Doch auch Marnie fühlt sich zu Christopher hingezogen. Ein wunderbarer Roman über die Wendepunkte im Leben und das Aufblitzen ganz großer Gefühle.

Louisa ist gerade frisch getrennt von ihrem Ehemann und hat ihren Job an den Nagel gehängt, als sie zu ihrer Cousine Isobe
Carinya Kappler
This book has many lovable features. It is set in picturesque Scotland in a beautiful setting where creative, interesting people gather for workshops and share ideas. This fertile backdrop yields multiple interesting mini plots and sagas which are successfully melded into the intertwined plot. The writing is delightful, the characters not always charming but quite believable. Two women, Louisa and Marnie are attracted to the same man, thus putting them on a collision course. This is a good light ...more
Ana Luisa
Costumamos ouvir que o passado torna-nos naquilo que somos e muitas vezes nem acreditamos no quanto essa afirmação é verdadeira. Os sofrimentos, as alegrias, os mistérios das nossas vidas podem transformar a nossa personalidade das mais variadas maneiras. Todos esses pequenos detalhes podem ser visionados na personalidade das personagens deste livro. Cada uma delas tem um mistério nas suas vidas, cada uma tem algo que marcou o seu passado e que torna difícil a missão de seguir em frente, de tre ...more
Een heerlijk boek voor tussendoor. Het verhaal speelt zich grotendeels af in Schotland, waar een groep mensen samen een schrijfcursus volgt. Hoewel het verhaal een romantisch tintje heeft, gaat het niet alleen over de liefde, maar ook over vriendschaps- en familiebanden. Ik heb dit boek als luisterboek en vond het prettig om er naar geluisterd te hebben. Al ergerde ik me soms wel aan de uitweidingen. Zo zitten een aantal mensen te ontbijten en dan wordt er gezegd dat een van de personages niet d ...more
I loved this book. It's a character-based saga, starting with an elderly lady who bonds with a small, neglected girl. The main section of the book features a writing course in Scotland, where the girl, now grown up, is on a kind of treasure hunt.

I was surprised - and pleased - to find that this book is also a sequel to 'Off Balance' - by Mary Sheepshanks, another name Mary Nickson wrote under, featuring many of the same people.

I could hardly put it down once I had started, and it's not a short
Lena Blomme
is al lang geleden dat ik hem las.
Was wel goed
I loved it! Basically, I just love it when a story takes place in a country I've never been to (which is practically nothing). It gets my imagination going! So I really enjoyed Secrets and Shadows (: Also, I love to try to figure people out and see what they're all about, and this was definitely a good book for that. It's all about people's past and how that influences them in the rest of their lives. Also, it's about changing your life and yourself for the better, even if it's not in your own h ...more
This is Mary Sheepshanks alter ego or the like, and so far, the 2 books I've read under the Nickson name don't come close to the originals. Don't even know why she did this. Blurb reads "A beautifully written story of three women and three uncertain futures" a la Maeve Binchty but, personally, I found the 3 women plain irritating, didn't care as much as I'd have liked to about their 'uncertain' futures and thought the writing trite and pedestrian.
Jo Barton
An eclectic mix of people are brought together on a literary course,and stay in the beautiful Scottish countryside. All the participants have a story to tell, there are the inevitable secrets and shadows to be revealed. A predicable story, but a lovely read.
Lisa Rich
Jan 13, 2008 Lisa Rich rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Noelene Atkins
Set in rural Scotland, this is the story of various characters coming together to participate in a writng course. It's a good read with believable characters.
Vera Neves

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Avaliação: 4,5 estrelas
Enjoyable enough light read, but not very original and I felt I'd read similar stories many times before.
Lovely and romantic if a bit unbelievable, still very enjoyable
Soms is het gewoon eens zalig om een ontspannend boek te lezen.
Uma história cativante e reconfortante!

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Under her former name: Mary Sheepshanks, Nickson also published several novels, including Off Balance, the prequel to Secrets and Shadows, and several works of poetry.
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