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The Grasping Root

(Remnants #2)

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Inspired by Scotland's history and enlivened with extensive research, with a page taken out of the Outlander Bible...


Four children and their mother have found a new home in 1824 Nova Scotia, but ghosts haunt their steps.


A strong sense of justice leads Neil to push for an investigation into the death of their father, Gillan, while religious prejudice and economic disparity
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Published November 3rd 2017 by Margaret Pinard
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Jackie Rogers
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liked this book. I like any reading on Scotland. Is a family who has migrated to Nova Scotia. They struggle with hardship as they forge a new path. The characters were delightful and improved on as the story develops. This is second book in series and I eagerly await the third. Thanks to Ms. Pinard and Goodreads.
Gwen Elf
This is the second of three books. I was glad to see a glossary in the back as my Gaelic isn't so good.
Thank you for the continuing story I look forward to #3.
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Pamela Ferguson
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. I did not read the first book but the story and struggle of family was easy to comprehend. I loved the book cover. Good read.
Valerie Ihsan
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a sweet book (second in series) that reads as a blend of Outlander and Little House on the Prairie. The family is Scottish and go through many trials within their pioneer lifestyle. I liked all the characters and the ending was satisfying. The main stories in this book were centered around discovering who was responsible for the father’s death in the previous book, the oldest daughter getting ready for a possible marriage, and a fascinating look at the mother’s mysterious malady.
Elizabeth Mitchell
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Reading The Grasping Root is like slipping on worn leather gloves; each time you sit down with her book, it becomes more comfortable and familiar than the time before. Ms. Pinard's characters live and breathe through every word–both heartbreakingly and heartwarmingly so. Each paragraph brings a new depth as if her writing is getting better as the story unfolds. By the end, I was on the edge of my seat to see what life would throw at Neil next, how Muirne would handle her discovery and motherhood ...more
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Margaret Pinard has spent her first few decades traveling the globe in search of adventures to incorporate into her writing, including living in the lands of the Celts, the cities of European fashion, and several dolce far niente Mediterranean cultures.

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