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An epic emotional journey about love and sacrifice set between the magical Isle of Skye and the promising new frontier of distant Tasmania. 'Oh, how magnificent,' Christy's granddaughter breathed as the ferry followed a curve in the water and they had a clear view of Dunvegan Castle at the end of the loch. 'It's like a fairy-tale castle.' She turned to Christy, her faceAn epic emotional journey about love and sacrifice set between the magical Isle of Skye and the promising new frontier of distant Tasmania.'Oh, how magnificent,' Christy's granddaughter breathed as the ferry followed a curve in the water and they had a clear view of Dunvegan Castle at the end of the loch. 'It's like a fairy-tale castle.' She turned to Christy, her face radiant. 'How does it feel to be home again after all this time?' Christy felt the tears prick and gathered the tartan shawl closer, her gaze avoiding the hated castle and all it stood for. 'I don't know whether to laugh or cry,' she confessed. 'I've seen so many changes already that I'm almost frightened of what I'll find when we arrive . . .'1905. Christy has always dreamed of making the journey from her home in Tasmania back to the wild and beautiful Scottish island where she was born - the Isle of Skye, nicknamed 'cloud island' by the Old Norse people - to once again lay eyes on the tumbling waterfalls and dramatic coastlines of her homeland. And now, in her sixty-fifth year, Christy has finally decided to go, her mistrustful daughter Anne and beloved granddaughter Kathryn acting as companions. But what Anne and Kathryn don't realise is that Christy's past is darker and more textured than they could know, and that in returning to Skye they will unearth bittersweet memories long-buried - memories that will ultimately change the course of the three women's lives forever....

Title : Spindrift
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ISBN : 9781782066675
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Number of Pages : 405 Pages
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Spindrift Reviews

  • Brenda
    2019-03-17 08:51

    It was 1905 and two weeks after the death and funeral of Christy’s beloved husband, she announced to her children, Hamish, James and Anne, their wives and husband, and her granddaughter Kathryn that she was sailing from her home in Tasmania to visit her place of birth – the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The uproar was immediate but Christy was adamant. It had been a lifelong dream after she had arrived at the tender age of fifteen with her two brothers on the shores of Tasmania – she needed to see the place of her childhood before she died.A compromise was reached in which Christy was accompanied by her daughter Anne along with Kathryn. Anne wasn’t a keen traveller (to put it mildly) and did nothing but criticize, but Kathryn was extremely excited. She loved her grandmother and could see that this journey was important to her.The arrival on the Isle of Skye was an emotional one for Christy; the memories were sharp as though it had all happened just days ago. And as they travelled in the rickety old trap pulled by the old horse, Jock, their guide and distant relative Gregor MacGregor was a font of information. Gradually Christy told Anne and Kathryn the stories of her childhood – heartbreaking and dreadful as they were. There were dark secrets too that Christy knew needed to be told. Would those very secrets drive her family away – or bring them closer together? Either way, changes to lives would be made…Spindrift by Aussie author Tamara McKinley is a deeply moving and emotional story which tells of a heartbreaking past; and a strong and resilient young woman who forges her own way into the future, creating a family for which she has a deep, abiding love. She made mistakes – who doesn’t – but it made her a stronger person for it. Spindrift is an excellent historical fiction novel which I have no hesitation in recommending highly.With thanks to Hachette Australia for my ARC to read and review.

  • Odette
    2019-03-18 06:44

    A great historical novel and mystery, Spindrift is set in two different locations, Australia and the Isle of Skye. This story of Christy and her family is also set in two different time periods 1904 and 1840s.Christy, Anne her daughter and Kathryn her grand daughter make the sea voyage to Christy's birthplace, the Isle of Skye. While they are reliving the sadness of her early life there, Anne's husband, Harold is trying to locate some mysterious documents back home. Family secrets are gradually being revealed, including misfortune and mistakes made in the past..The author brings places to life with her great descriptions. I enjoyed the landscape of Skye, which I could clearly see in my mind. Some of the characters were hard to relate to initially, especially Anne. Though a product of their era, they did develop and grow as the book progressed.Spindrift drew me in with the style of writing and the suspense of the mystery. I found this a very interesting book to read and highly recommend it. Thanks to NetGalley for the copy of the book to review.

  • Carolyn
    2019-02-27 07:44

    Spindrift by Tamara McKinley is a novel to hide in between the covers or wrapped comfortably in your woollen tartan shawl as you slowly drift through the pages on a seabound adventure.It's in The Isle of Skye where you'll be beside towering black cliffs where waterfalls tumble to the sea and the mist of 'spindrift' become lost in the soft veil of rain.You'll be on a voyage to Pacific Islands, Rio and Morocco until your destination finds you looking at Dunvegan Castle in Scotland.It's a grandmother's journey to show you how important it is to say the things we need to say - to tell those we love how we feel. Because once they're gone it's too late.Spindrift is a pioneering adventure where you'll find yourself sailing on high seas to all different parts of the world and back to Tasmania, Australia where the journey begins.Be wild and spindrift - floating across the land in search of somewhere to settle - adrift.Be free and embrace it as if you are nothing but a gypsy.Sit back and enjoy this adventurous novel, Spindrift that changes the lives of three different women forever by Tamara McKinley.

  • Thebooktrail
    2019-02-25 11:52

    Follow the trail of locations on the Literary Travel Agency: SpindriftA very moving and heartbreaking story about a woman travelling across the world to literally step into her past and see her childhood again. This obviously causes more problems that she realises and if you’ve ever done similar, those feelings will leak out. Heartbreaking however for her past and her memories as they flicker into view and in the middle of a conversation with her daughter, that life comes to the fore as if a black and white photo of the past is placed over the colour present day.This is definately a novel where the locations are central to the story line. Two central stories play out on two opposite ends of the world but it was the one in Skye which really captured my imagination. The scenes played outt here were awful and a shameful view of the past but evocative and raw. You can still ‘ smell’ and see them as Christy revists them for real. It’s a neat technique which more than carries the novel alongEven the way in which she travels to Tasmania and back to Skye all those years later is eventful. This is the story of a journey in every sense of the word. As she is remembering her life in Skye, life as she knows it is unravelling on the other side of the world.I have to say that the characters, Christy’s family were interesting if a little harsh towards their mother. I did enjoy meeting Gregor MacGregor with his horse and trap – a man who knew the past and the present like the back of his hand. I wanted to spend time with him in his cottage with a hot cup of tea and ask him about the history of this place.This is Christy’s story though and a one which unravels slowly but surely. It was slow moving but that just allowed the idea of how we are tethered to our past and where we’ve lived, to really shine through.I always enjoy a bit of Scottish history and this was a tale which blended the emotional but the here and now.

  • Villivonkansbooks
    2019-03-05 11:28

    Året är 1905. Christys make har nyss gått bort och Christy drömmer om att resa från Tasmanien till ön Skye, där hon föddes. 65 år gammal har hon bestämt sig för att resa, något som barnen genast sätter sig emot. Christy reser iväg med dottern Anne och barnbarnet Kathryn och återser Skye.🐴Jag har tidigare läst nästan alla böcker författaren släppt, gillar hennes fina miljöer och skrivsätt. Vågornas viskningar är en bok som jag genast sögs in i, när jag börjat läsa den gick den inte att lägga ner. Christys resa tillbaka till Skye, där alla hemskheter hon upplevde i barndomen kommer tillbaka är spännande och intressant att följa. Naturen och miljöerna är målande och väl beskrivna, känns nästan som jag står mitt ibland allt och ser det framför mig. Vågornas viskningar är en ren fröjd att läsa! Jag skulle gärna läsa en fortsättning på denna!

  • Annette Juhlin
    2019-03-06 14:30

    analys och omdöme kommer!

  • Brita
    2019-02-27 08:44

    Ingen vidare bok. Det är klara luckor i berättelsen men ändå ville jag se hur det slutade.

  • Tanya Boulter
    2019-02-24 14:27

    struggling with this so far...hope it gets better.well it didnt get much better but I stuck it out. was ok wouldn't rave about it

  • Jill Robertson
    2019-03-23 14:28

    If you like family sagas set in the past with secrets that return to haunt the protagonists years later, then look no further than Tamara McKinley's epic novels. 'Spindrift ' is no exception, and while I enjoyed the story and stuck with it to the end, there were a few niggles for me. Christy is recently widowed and returns to the Isle of Skye to confront her past when her family were victims of the cruel clearances; her daughter and granddaughter accompany her and she relates some of her past to them. So far, so good. But the daughter (Anne) was so annoying in her rudeness and obnoxiousness it felt unrealistic. While they are in Scotland, her sons in Australia receive word that a shameful family secret will soon be uncovered. The rest of the story involves this secret and the story flits to Tasmania, the Barossa Valley and Sydney, while the author keeps hinting at this shameful secret. I'm afraid it was difficult for me to feel the full impact of the secret as I was reading this with a 21st century perspective and thinking 'So what', but for a genteel person in 1905 it would have been disastrous. But the whole story was so drawn out and none of the characters except Christy really likeable, I sometimes lost interest. Two further niggles: it is impossible to see the Tasman Peninsula and Storm Bay from Bellerive; and the sentence 'It was still winter in this southern corner of the world although it was late May' makes no sense as winter does not even begin until June. Methinks the author, while born in Tasmania, may not have been there for a while, and thus the book needed better research or a more diligent editor.

  • Camille
    2019-03-09 07:28

    Spindrift tells the story of Christy MacInnes, a 65-year-old woman living in Tasmania. In 1905, after the death of her husband, she goes back to the Isle of Skye, her homeland, with her daughter and granddaughter. During the journey, she tells the story of her younger years. But there are also events happening back in Tasmania and Australia, which the rest of the family has to deal with.For me, what drew me to the book is the setting on Skye. A line of my husband's family come from there and I have been a few times, so I thought it would be very interesting to read about it from a historical angle. It was quite fun to follow their journey to Skye and read about the places I've seen myself. I did learn a bit about what happened there during the Highland clearances - I have always wondered why there are so many ruins of houses on Skye and in the Highlands in general, and only knew part of the story. The descriptions of Skye really bring it to life, and I could picture it well in my head. It brought me back to my holidays there.The tagline of the book, "The island will always call to her..." is tad misleading though, as only maybe a third of the book is actually set on Skye.I was very interested to read about Australia and New Zealand in the 19th century and wasn't disappointed. The characters are all human, with their flaws and personalities.From the very beginning, we are told there is a terrible secret, which we don't actually learn about until the last quarter of the book. It was quite well executed, but I have to admit I got annoyed with the constant referring to the secret after a while - tell us, already. I felt at the end that the secret was quite anti-climatic to what I had been led to expect, and a great deal of pain and worry could have been avoided had the characters been a bit more honest. They were really annoying by the end and I wanted to shake them and tell them to stop being so difficult. But I guess that's what makes them human.The multiple points of view worked well here, although I still am not a fan of this technique, but that is just personal taste. I find it very frustrating to go from one point of view to the next and to be left hanging. I also tend to roll my eyes at clichés such as "she let out the breath she didn't know she was holding" (not a 100% accurate quote, but it appeared a couple of times in the book), but overall I did enjoy the writing style.So, all in all, I think it was a good read albeit a tad frustrating. I think readers who like multiple points of view will like Spindrift better than me. The historical element is what drew me to it, and I wasn't disappointed, so I'm happy with that.Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and Quercus Books for a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.------ More reviews on my blog.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-02 14:39

    An epic journey about love and sacrifice set between the magical Isle of Skye and the promising new frontier of distant Tasmania.1905 - Christy had always dreamed of returning to the wild Scottish island where she was born - the Isle of Skye - 'an t-Eilean Sgiathanach' in Gaelic, nicknamed 'cloud island' by the Old Norse people - to once again lay eyes on in it's tumbling waterfalls and dramatic coastlines. And now, in her sixty - fifth year, she has finally decided to go, her mistrustful daughter Anne and beloved granddaughter Kathryn acting as companions.But what they don't realise is the Christy's past hides some dark secrets, and in returning to Skye they will unearth bittersweet memories long - buried - memories that will change the course of the three women's lives for ever.I loved the description of the desolation and beauty of the Isle of Skye, even though the settlements of MacInnes Bay and Gilleasbuig do not exist, but the instances of what happened during the clearances on the island, are real.

  • The Researcher
    2019-03-11 08:46

    Spindrift by Tamara McKinley is a journey to one's past where one enlivens Christy's past, How she grew up in dire circumstances and how she overcame the difficulties of her life by willpower and hard work. Its really inspiring. The book promises intrigue in the sense of a big secret which, if revealed will create catstrophic damage to the family. I waited the full length of the novel for the secret to be revealed as it was portrayed as something sinful done by Christy and the reactions given by her daughter in this regard was pretty extreme. However, I was disappointed in the end to find that the secret was not so sinful or big to create such an intrigue in the book. Its overall a good book which shows the bonding of three generations and family love, but I found the book unnecessarily long and over-descriptive at some instances. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

  • Librarians' Choice
    2019-03-03 07:51

    This was a novel set in 1904. Christy lives in Tasmania and her husband has just died. Her children and granchildren live in other states of Australia. So she rarley sees them. Christy and her daughter Ann and grandaughter Kathryn go to Scotland and Skye, so Christy can revisit her birthplace and put her memories to rest. Along the wah Christy gradually tells her life story to her daughter and grandaughter revealing the tragedy of her early life and the decision to leave and go to Australia. Christy has other secrets about her early life in Australia. I loved the way the history was told in Skye and back in Australia of life in the goldfields.LG, Richmond Tweed Regional Library

  • CrazyCat (Alex)
    2019-03-17 13:41

    I loved "Spindrift" it's a well written story with a lot of background information on the hard lives of the Irish people. I was so involved in the story that I had to lower the book some times just to take a breath. It's just amazing how masterly woven the story about Christy's life and her family is told. Sure, she made mistakes along the way, but she became a better person, stronger, for it. If you're searching for a book to get lost in - this is the one you should read. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Quercus Books!

  • Sarah
    2019-03-06 09:28

    I received this lovely story as a Good Reads giveaway.The flash backs in time and the switching of characters for different aspects of the storyline are done well and not at all confusing.The only thing I could say is that the pacing seems a little off in some parts, nothing major and it may just be me but felt a little slow.Dealing with the family secret revealing it bit by bit is very well done there is no way you can figure out the 'whole story' before you get to it.All in all a very enjoyable read.

  • Val
    2019-03-13 07:45

    I received this book free from Good Reads.This is an enjoyable, charming, family saga. I loved reading it. It has made me want to read some of her other books.It is the story of the life of Christy Keller, who has just lost her husband & decides to go on a voyage from Tasmania to the Isle of Skye, where she was born. She is accompanied by her daughter Anne & her granddaughter Kathryn. There are twists & turns & family secrets revealed along the way.

  • Shirley Revill
    2019-02-26 11:22

    Thank you #Goodreads for this wonderful book in exchange for a review. This is a story about Christy who ventures back with her daughter and granddaughter to the place of her birth.She tells of her life with each place she visits.It is a story that touches the heart.A tale of hardship, unbearable loss and a secret that Christy hoped she would never have to reveal.Christys past becomes entwined with her future and her family stand to lose everything.I really enjoyed this book and it has joined my other books on my to read another day shelf.A wonderful story that the author has written on a blank page and created a masterpiece.Highly recommended.