A Strange Scottish Shore

A Strange Scottish Shore Scotland A mysterious object discovered inside an ancient castle calls Maximilian Haywood the new Duke of Olympia and his fellow researcher Emmeline Truelove north to the remote Orkney Island

  • Title: A Strange Scottish Shore
  • Author: JulianaGray
  • ISBN: 9780425277089
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback
  • Scotland, 1906 A mysterious object discovered inside an ancient castle calls Maximilian Haywood, the new Duke of Olympia, and his fellow researcher Emmeline Truelove, north to the remote Orkney Islands No stranger to the study of anachronisms in archeological digs, Haywood is nevertheless puzzled by the artifact a suit of clothing, which, according to family legend, oncScotland, 1906 A mysterious object discovered inside an ancient castle calls Maximilian Haywood, the new Duke of Olympia, and his fellow researcher Emmeline Truelove, north to the remote Orkney Islands No stranger to the study of anachronisms in archeological digs, Haywood is nevertheless puzzled by the artifact a suit of clothing, which, according to family legend, once belonged to a selkie who rose from the sea in ancient times and married the castle s first laird.But Haywood and Truelove soon discover they re not the only ones interested in the selkie s strange hide, and when their mutual friend Lord Silverton vanishes in the night from an Edinburgh street, the mystery takes a dangerous turn through time, which only Haywood s skills and Truelove s bravery can solve

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    1. I have not read the first book in this series so I was not sure what to expect when I started to read this one. I didn't even know that Juliana Gray is a pseudonym for Beatriz Williams (who I haven't read anything by, but have a couple of books to read). However, I quite liked the beginning of this book which starts off with Emmeline Truelove traveling to the Orkney Islands. That she tends to see her dead father and the late Queen add more intrigue to the story. Then, I discovered that this is n [...]

    2. I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.When I read A Most Extraordinary Pursuit, the first of Juliana Gray’s historical mystery series featuring the intrepid Emmeline Truelove, I wasn’t – at first – quite sure what to think.  There’s a mystery, yes, and a bit of romance… but I wasn’t expecting the time travel element or the fact that the heroine has regular conversations with both her deceased father and the late Queen Victoria!  In the end, however, I enjo [...]

    3. A Strange Scottish Shore is book two in the Emmeline Truelove series. I started with the first book, had some niggles so cautiously picked this one up to see if it improved for me by giving the series another chance. It's a blend of genres that is usually an all-systems go for me: history, mystery, strong female lead, compelling side characters including a potential romantic interest, and a dash of the sci-fi just when I wasn't suspecting it.Mmm, yes, but no. I was no more enamored with the seri [...]

    4. I received this as an ARC from Penguin Random House. Thank you.I thought this book was a fun an interesting read. The big bonus it helped me keep my mind off pain related issues.It was a mix of many genres, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, and Historical fiction. It's perfect for fans of "The Sterkarm Handshake" and Outlander series.

    5. 4.5 starsI enjoyed this even more than the first! All the same quirkiness and spunky characters with so much wit. Still full of surprises and a bit more romance here than book 1. Recommended to readers who want a little something different!

    6. I very rarely pick up books out of order in a series but since time was short and I really wanted to read this, I took a chance and dove right into the somewhat murky waters that is this series. Being that I at the time was craving the historical setting of Scotland, it was hard to resist such a story. I can say without a doubt that while I don't like just diving into a series, I did so with this one with relative ease and little discomfort. What I didn't expect was this not to be your typical h [...]

    7. Sometimes you pick up a book in a series and immediately know you are going to love it. That’s what happened with this one.Just the cover and title alone was enough to entice me to read this one and next thing I know, within a couple of pages, I already know I desperately need the first book in the series.For a number of reasons though, not just because I liked Emmeline Truelove and wanted more, but mostly because I felt like I needed to know more about what was going on with the characters an [...]

    8. I've given this a C- for narration and an A- for content at AudioGals. I gave it the same grade as the book because the narration was so distracting (and boring) that I felt unable to make a proper judgement of the story in audio.Why do audio publishers employ inexperienced narrators to work on major releases by big-name authors? I know everyone has to start somewhere, which is why I make a point of picking up audios using first time – or very early-in-their-careers – narrators; there have t [...]

    9. I enjoyed the first EmmelineTruelove book. As I said in my review, it didn’t, however, leave me on a satisfied high. I picked up the sequel hoping that the problems I had with book number one would all be solved. Well… Let’s just say I still wasn't completely satisfied.One problem I had with the first book surrounded Silverton, the love interest. I was unsure about him for most of the first book. I didn’t know whether or not I should be cheering him on, or perhaps my loyalty should have [...]

    10. I'm loving this series and am bummed I'll have to wait another year or so to read the next one! The books are sort of Outlander meets Amelia Peabody. They're less researched and lighter than either of those series, but the heroine, Emmeline Truelove is smart, brave and just a little bossy, like Peabody. Good fun, highly recommended if you like historicals.

    11. Juliana Gray's Emmaline Truelove series is a bit of a surprise for me. When finishing the first book I was surprised by how much I liked it considering it had the one fantastical element that I avoid like the plague in my fictional adventures: time travel. I suppose that Gray just handles it in a way that appeals to me, which is a good thing considering that this element plays a much larger role in the second book than it did in the first. In A Strange Scottish Shore Emmaline has traveled to Sco [...]

    12. A STRANGE SCOTTISH SHORE(EMMALINE TRUELOVE #2) BY JULIANA GRAY is the second book in the series but for me its the first I have read. The book delves into multiple genres; romance , mystery, time travel and the paranormal. To some that would be too much but I loved it and cant wait to read book one and the next in the series to see what's going to happen. Emmaline is an incredible strong woman who does what she wants even though it does not blend into the timeline she is living at the moment. Th [...]

    13. If you read the first book in this series (and you should before reading this one), you'll be surprised. The very pleasant and entertaining themes that show up in the first book are energized and powered up for this second book! It's a strong read that opens up the perspective of time travel to make this second installment a major time-travel episode. I found that unexpected -- but powerful. Good read!

    14. openbooksociety/article/a-A Strange Scottish ShoreEmmeline Truelove #2By Juliana GrayISBN#9780425277089julianagray/Brought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis: Scotland, 1906. A mysterious object discovered inside an ancient castle calls Maximilian Haywood, the new Duke of Olympia, and his fellow researcher Emmeline Truelove, north to the remote Orkney Islands. No stranger to the study of anachronisms in archeological digs, Haywood is nevertheless puzzled by the artifact: a suit of clothing, [...]

    15. Truelove and Silverton are back again. I enjoyed them together in the first book. In this book their relationship is reaching the next level. They made a good couple. Some of the witty banter between them makes for some entertaining and charming moments. This new mystery that Truelove and Silverton encounter had me intrigued. Readers may be familiar with legends of selkies. As the legend goes, if someone captures a selkie's skin, they possess the selkie. The selkie can't return to the water unle [...]

    16. My first book of the year left me feeling slightly bemused. I enjoyed the first one immensely because of what it offered me: a mystery, an intriguing protagonist, some satisfying chemistry between the protagonist and a dashing character. The second one in this series is decidedly not in the same genre. I somewhat understand why and how the novel plays out like it does. But for all the times Emmaline is told Silverton loves her, I never actually felt it. Emmaline's willing slide into domesticity [...]

    17. I really loved this! I'll admit I didn't expect time travel when I read the first in the series, so if you're not prepared for that this won't be the book for you. Hopefully I'll write more about this later, but for now I'm just hoping the author plans to continue the series. I do want more of Emmaline and Silverton! And Max!

    18. I loved Truelove & Silverton! I enjoyed the banter & love story that developed between the main couple, the time travel aspects, the mystery, the excellent story-telling & the Audible narration. Perfect choice for a day of chores & grading papers.

    19. I received this book for free from and I am so glad.I began to read and was immediately pulled into the lives of the characters. I thought this was a stand alone book, but it is on in a series. so I stopped reading this until I had read the previous two books. the stories were wonderfully creative, the characters were interesting enough that once I had finished this book I immediately hoped that Juliana gray would write another one.I heartily recommend this book for historical fiction readers w [...]

    20. Best book ever. Thirty pages from the end and I still had no idea how the story would end. This was not a cookie-cutter book. It was masterly written. Part history, fiction, and fantasy. I will recommend this book to everyone.

    21. I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I am not a fan of time travel books, but found I was so involved with the characters that the fact they went from one time to another did not bother and was not too jarring.

    22. *Advance copy courtesy of NetGalley* I really enjoyed this book but I would caution readers that it is waaaay different from the first book in the series. The time travel aspect that was introduced in the first book comes into play in a major and unexpected way in this one (I can’t say much more without giving anything away, sorry!). The romance between Emmeline and Lord Silverton continues and evolves which was my favorite part of the novel. I have no idea what is going to happen with book 3, [...]

    23. Time Travel. Don't we all have dreams about it?Emmaline Truelove and her boss, the Duke of Olympia, have no idea in 1906 just what they are tinkering with.Follow Ms. Truelove to those strange Scottish shores and find out just how powerful love can be, no matter what time you might think you belong in.A very cozy read. I liked this book, and recommend it to anyone who needs a lift from the doldrums of "life as usual".

    24. Ok, you can say I am conflicted about this book and I found myself mulling over it in the wee hours of the morningLast night, reading the last pages and finding myself in the sort of mood that makes me itch to just stare in the nothingness of the last blank page, I was considering the options.1- it's me, not you. The writing is good, characters interesting so maybe there is something wrong in me2- it's a marketing problem: I was expecting a quirky historical mystery with a dash of time travel an [...]

    25. To be honest, I was not impressed with the first book in the Emmeline Truelove series so I was hesitant to read A STRANGE SCOTTISH SHORE, but the premise and the author, along with the cover, still appeal to me. I am so glad that I gave this book a chance. It is everything I expected from A MOST EXTRAORDINARY PURSIUT to be and more. In SHORE, all of the elements, time travel, a bit of paranormal, adventure, mystery, and romance, all come together to make an exemplary escapade.I do not want to sa [...]

    26. A DISTANT SCOTTISH SHORE by Juliana Gray/Beatriz Williams fangswandsandfairydust/201If, like me, you think it is hard to keep Scottish history straight from Henry VIII forward then you’ll be okay with this one because you won’t even have to wonder if the story is accurate. As the author points out in her notes there’s not a lot of data available. So, that is one obstacle to historical fiction we don’t have to worry about. Then, the author takes on time travel, the most difficult of paran [...]

    27. To begin with, note that there is a selection from an old tome, The Book of Time, before each chapter, telling the tale of a Scottish selkie, who rose from the sea in ancient times and married the Lord of a Castle, had two lovely children but who was swayed to return to her former marine life. Each section parallels the unfolding action in this tale in which it is 1906 which begins with a selkie suit being found. Maximilian Haywood and Emmeline Truelove have traveled to the past to solve other m [...]

    28. Emmaline Truelove, Lord Silverton, and their friend Max Haywood, now the Duke of Olympia, are once again seeking the answers to the strange events in Greece last year. No longer the Duke's secretary, Truelove is now the Director of the Haywood Institute, created to be the organizing force in the Duke's research into history, archaeology, and anachronisms--and last year's events, recounted in A Most Extraordinary Pursuit, are currently a major focus.And a puzzling adversary, a ginger-haired man w [...]

    29. I am a sucker for anything Scottish, so obviously this title hooked me right away! I do like the cover, though it puts me more in mind of a cozy mystery, and other readers on have shelved it in mystery, so I spent most of the book thinking it was a mystery, and I'm pretty sure that it showed up in that genre to me on Netgalley, even though they considered it Historical Fiction and Romance in the write up. Be that as it may, there IS a mystery to be solved, and a very interesting one at that! Fi [...]

    30. This was an unusual book even more so than the first one in the series. I thought the plot was moving in one direction only to be surprised when Truelove is propelled in a completely different direction.The love story wasn’t quite working for me in this book. She seems to accept him more out of a sense of loss and shock than any real love. Her refusal of him in the first book didn’t make much sense to me either. And they both keep so many secrets from each other. Why doesn’t she trust him? [...]

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