By Euro Weekly News Media • 09 January 2013 • 16:59
THE ROCKING HORSE GARDEN By Maggie Silwood
Beginning in 19th Century Scotland, The Rocking Horse Garden follows the lives of the fishing communities on the coast of Fife. Fishing boats track herring shoals through cold and treacherous waters, while their women, the Herring Gutters, follow them. Conditions are hard, but the community keeps up a lively spirit.
Jessie, one of the young women falls in love with a boat builder and wood carver of great skill. Misfortune follows the family and the young couple, left feeling accursed, emigrate to Australia. The epic journey under sail is full of incident and tragedy.
One hundred years later, a great granddaughter finds Jessie’s diary and travels back to Scotland to follow in her footsteps.
Influencing this family’s fate is a sinister creature, well known in Scottish myth. It is a beast who preys on humans, the legendary horse from the sea, the Kelpie. An enchanting tale vividly told, makes this a great read.
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