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Erica Vansterdam, a young widow, living in Lanarkshire, still grieving for her husband and with no other family to turn to, bafflingly inherits an estate from an unknown benefactor: It is a fortune and utterly life-changing. The Estate lies in the vast and magical Fetteresso Forest of rural Aberdeenshire on the East Coast of Scotland. The details of the will force Erica to leave her home and live on the estate for a year. Unwillingly she leaves Lanarkshire and moves north to the house called Lanshoud, supported by her two closest friends, Gillian and Katie and accompanied by James the solicitor charged with overseeing the transfer of the estate. No stretch of the imagination could prepare them for what they will eventually find; neither for Lanshoud itself nor for the terror they will face there. In desperation, they turn to the police but are met with cynicism and disbelief. Help does come, eventually but from a most unexpected source. A little history, a little fantasy, a supernatural tale with a twist. Lanshoud is, in essence, the story of the most unlikely people bonding together in the face of adversity. Friendships are formed but unfolding events cause their loyalty to be tested. Some are forced to question their long-held faith and some have their grip on reality challenged when they stand together to face the secret of Lanshoud and the terror of the Hunt.
Midwest Book Review 278 Orchard Drive Oregon, WI, 53575, USA

Critique: Deftly written by a writer with a genuine flair for originality and deftly crafted characters, Rosemary Showell's "Lanshoud" is an inherently engaging and expertly plotted novel from the first page to last. While very highly recommended for community library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Lanshoud" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $2.99).