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Free read Þ Fiona Author Catherine Gaskin 105 ✓ 1830 THE WEST INDIESSugar and slavery still reigned supreme but the spice scented island of San Cristobal seemed a tropical paradise to FionaTo Fiona the invitation to become governess at the Maxwell family plantation was a welcome escape from the lonely misery of her life in ScotlandBuOns glimpsed through the accursed second sight that had haunted her since her mother's deathThen she discovered that even her love affair with Fergus the handsome enigmatic stepson of the plantation's owner was part of a macabre plot to hold onto a secret and sinister pas. This book has a lot of the reuirements of a gothic romance but I missed the most important one suspense However there are a lot of dangers from the main characters from the weather in the form of a giant hurricane and finally from a slave uprisingIt's 1833 in Scotland The heroine Fiona is a governess who at 23 already has been fired from three positions because she cannot hide the fact that she has the second sight Even though she prevented the death of one of her charges her employers couldn't handle her gift or curse as it's also called Then Fiona gets the chance to travel to distant relatives who have a sugar plantation in the West Indies to take care of their 7 year old son The family situation is explained early on and doesn't add to any kind of mystery The mistress of the house does behave like perhaps she's having an affair though Both the older illegimate son of her employer and a visiting family relative present possible love interests for FionaThe first half of the book was decidedly boring I almost put it away unread but fortunately it picked up its pace in the second half A huge amount of text was spent on the revelation of the bad person and hisher motivation not unworthy of Mr Hercule Poirot himselfI wondered why the author needed this second sight for our heroine and assume it's her way of making us curious Victoria Holt tantalizes the reader all the time with just a few well placed words which is so much better But who can eual Ms HoltI've got a few other complaints The author should have picked her names better While reading I usually don't spell out the names all the time just seeing its shape is enough But having Andrew and Alister and Fiona and Flora together is confusing Why the book was called Fiona is beyond me as well If she wanted to name the book after the most intriguing person it wouldn't have been Fiona's but the name of the mistress of the house she should have picked which unfortunately was Maria Bummer Maria is from a proud Spanish family and has two sisters Katarina and Joanna Ummm Joanna Shouldn't that have been Juana No but one of the house slaves is called JuanitaI also came to hate the repeated use of the word sweat in the book Thirtythree times it appeared Perspiration five times One morning the heroine arises early to leave her sweat soaked bed GrossThe book could have used an epilogue The ending isn't very happy and it would have been nice to learn how the heroine fared in say a year or ten

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E in ScotlandBut the plantation was a far cry from Fiona's exotic dreams of peace and pleasure They treated her graciously enough and her young charge Duncan adored her Yet she could not rid herself of premonitions of dangerWere they pure imagination Or were they the visi. This was the first book I ever read by Catherine Gaskin and it is still my favorite I read it when it was first presented as a Reader's Digest Condensed Book and then I had to get my hands on a hardback copy That started me on gothic romances Gaskin Victoria Holt Phyllis Whitney etc Great story that I like to pick up every now and then

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Fiona Author Catherine Gask1830 THE WEST INDIESSugar and slavery still reigned supreme but the spice scented island of San Cristobal seemed a tropical paradise to FionaTo Fiona the invitation to become governess at the Maxwell family plantation was a welcome escape from the lonely misery of her lif. Historical romantic suspense by the always reliable Catherine Gaskin an author whose body of work hasn't received the recognition it has deserved IMOAgree with some of the other reviews in that the story did wax and wane in places but I appreciated the ending It wasn't your typical romantic ending and that is always a plus in this genreAll the characters were well presented enjoyed the gothic overtones and the lush tropical settingA little dated now but not overly so