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Drumveyn, set in its remote glen, has long been a neglected and oppressive place when Sir Charles Napier died. Only his widow lives there now, grudgingly looked after by a self-serving couple, still complying with the rigid patterns laid down by Charles and his mother. But after her husband's death Madeleine begins to break free from his lingering domination. When her twoDrumveyn, set in its remote glen, has long been a neglected and oppressive place when Sir Charles Napier died. Only his widow lives there now, grudgingly looked after by a self-serving couple, still complying with the rigid patterns laid down by Charles and his mother. But after her husband's death Madeleine begins to break free from his lingering domination. When her two grown-up children return, each seeking her help, Madeleine discovers in her new independence the ability to offer them the love she has never been able to express before....

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ISBN : 9780340738924
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Drumveyn Reviews

  • Hannah
    2019-03-10 10:27

    Raife's books are so frickin', compulsively readable to me, and Drumveyn, her very first novel, is no exception. It is my favorite Raife novel so far (I've read 2 others), and it examines what it means to have a frozen life. The main heroine, Madeleine Napier, is very relatable as she explores widowed life without her controlling, emotionally distant husband of 26 years. Her quest to find herself and find fulfillment in her life at age 46 is one that touched and moved me. Secondary characters including her two grown children, a daughter-in-law, and a young cook weren't as successfully portrayed IMO, but still have much to offer the reader.The thing I admire most about Raife's writing style is that even when she presents the reader with some unbelievable story lines, or characters that don't behave in normal, reasonable ways, you're still invested in the overall story and want to read it from start to finish. I think in the hands of another writer some of Raife's plot ideas or character attributes would make me throw the books into a wall in disgust and disbelief, but in her hands I can almost, almost not only accept these wild leaps of illogic, but also understand why they happened. That's a skillful writer, folks...So far, Raife is my favorite "newly discovered" writer in 2011. I look forward to many more reading hours in her Scottish highland world.

  • Anne Libera
    2019-03-06 06:38

    A re-read of a book I found while cleaning bookshelves - exactly the comforting read that I was looking for (I think they call it "hen lit") with Scottish houses and kitchen remodels and family dynamics and a mature love story (a la Pilcher0.

  • Linda
    2019-02-24 11:26

    When I ran across this title in a used book shop I read the description on the back cover and set the book on the shelf. I had no intention of buying it. I was unfamiliar with the author and naively thought it was going to be boring. I continued searching for titles of books I needed when I came back to the shelf this book was on. Apparently I failed to shelf it properly and it stuck out. I looked at the book again and, this time, I admired the front cover. DRUMVEYN was an unusual name and the house and grounds looked eerily like it might make an interesting gothic-type romance. So I bought it.It starts out several months after the death of Madeleine Napier's husband, Sir Charles. You slowly get an idea of what Madeleine was like; she had been married for 26 years, had two children and had nothing to show for her life. Charles had dictated what she had become. The caretakers, the Platts, had been with the house for as long as she could remember and they were rude. Her mother was on her fourth marriage and was nowhere around and her son and daughter felt alienated. She knew that they had concerns of their own but confided little to her. She had one old friend that visited her recently but didn't stay long because of the crushing feel of this house. Up to this point, a feeling Madeleine had always taken for granted. Then on page 44 things started to accelerate. Madeleine's daughter, Lisa, headed back to her mother's house. Madeleine's safe and boring world begins to change. Without giving away too much of the story, the author takes a group of characters and weaves their individual stories together to make an interesting family drama. And family they are, whether they are related to each other or not with Madeleine as their center. Each of them is valued and needed and it shows.I would recommend this book to twenty-somethings that are old souls, thirty-ish people with eclectic tastes but those that are 40 and older because you might remember the era it was written in and appreciate it more. DRUMVEYN was published in 1997 and sometimes it felt mildly dated but not in a bad way. Because of a few minor quirks I couldn't give it five stars. It was suppose to take place in Scotland but with the exception of a few times the language spoken made me think England was the actual setting. Also, time passing by came into question several times. Something would be going on and then several weeks had come and gone with little explanation. The month of August moved very slowly into September. It wouldn't have been so bad except I took notice.Most everyone finds happiness in the end. A few in unusual places. One moment hippy-style, another time highly emotional, the storyline continually flowed. For me it wasn't a page-turner but the content kept me interested until the end. I am very tempted to read RETURN TO DRUMVEYN, the sequel, if I can find it.***Oh, and I never did learn where the title of the book came from.***

  • Feodora
    2019-03-09 11:34

    I found this book, I think on my mums bookshelf. It laid on a pile of books for long bevore I started it last week. I really regret that it is now finished. Such a heartwarmlng story. Sometlme a bit overdone but still nice. Sometimes a bit too perfect and well fitting but that was right what I needed.

  • Mary Catherine
    2019-03-14 12:28

    I read this so long ago that I can't remember exactly why I loved it! I do love Scotland and this book reminded me a bit of Rosamund Pilcher's works. Good summer read. I loaned it to a friend and she loved it too.

  • Jina Howell-Forbes
    2019-02-26 14:34

    Fun and poignant story about family issues in Scotland. Like all Alexandra Raife's stories, communication is a major issue. Thankfully, the miscommunication in this one is less exasperating than most.

  • Hnolan
    2019-03-24 07:31

    One of my alltime favourites!

  • CLM
    2019-03-17 07:43

    for fans of Rosamund Pilcher

  • Jenhester
    2019-02-25 11:19

    Great story about the rebuilding of a family, outside of the normal "family".

  • Debi
    2019-03-18 13:48

    A wonderful story teller.

  • Sue
    2019-02-26 07:24

    Madeleine is trying to come to terms with her husband's death. As she matures and develops, she learns to live again. Reasuring, sympathetic and encouraging.

  • Maggie Shanley
    2019-03-04 10:36

    I loved this book, but I hate that poor Maddie waited until her husband died to start living life. I wish she had stood up for herself sooner.