Robert Grant is a retired lawyer living in Fergus and Southampton Ontario. His love of history, writing, law and the game of curling have blended to produce this work. His studies took him through those disciplines at University yet he always harboured a desire to tell a make-up story. He has curled internationally particularly in Scotland and dealt with tangled estates in his law practice. The joy of writing motivates him through the chapters touching on many mainstream issues of the time. The epilogue of this book begs a sequel.
Scotland 1913 - twins are born in the Inverness Poorhouse to an unwed woman. One disappears while the other's identity gets bungled. All of it leads to a courtroom drama.
Canada 1918 - WWI has just ended and the survivors are returning from Europe. One man is "missing" until his wife travels to Germany to discover his fate. Or is it still a mystery?
From the mine at Ailsa Stone on the west coast of Scotland to the fishing boats of Aberdeen in the east, young Stuart deals with prejudice, class distinction and the misunderstanding of epilepsy. His union with Regina is both loving and sadly disasterous. Unknowingly smitten by the Fraser curse, his family will face it head on.
Their son Ewen is gripped by the struggle in determining his clan heritage and the truth surrounding his emigration from Scotland to Canada. He will lean on a talisman – a small curling stone – that leads him through the courts. "Death pays dividends".
Good morning, Bob
I can't begin to tell you how much I loved the book!!! In between tennis, two jobs and looking after the routine stuff around here, I managed to read it in four days.
I have only one criticism.... when the hell is the second book coming? Grrrr.
It was wonderful!
My heart is racing after reading the final page of your amazing novel!! Oh how I've cried and laughed during this wonderful story and now I'm beside myself not knowing what will happen next!! Honestly Bob this is one of the best novels I've read. I'm going to recommend it to my bookclub. I've got a few questions I'm wondering if you can help fill the gaps. It is all so intriguing figuring out fact from fiction. Being a Fergus girl I recognize many of the names and places and would like to know how much is based on history. So here goes!
Was the Beatty Brother really on the Titanic?
Was the Garafraxa Rider motorcycle a real thing and was it developed in the area?
Was it used in WWI
Is Glenlachie a real whiskey
Where was Fairhaven, did it represent Grand Valley area or Fergus?
I really think this story would make a remarkable film as it touches on themes that are as relevant today as they were in the late 1800s!
Gob-smackingly tight plot that moved along at an amazing clip (so much so that I missed my subway stop.) Alex and Ewan are very sympathetic characters. And i loved the Ontario setting and history. I agree with your other readers, we need a sequel.
I read the entire story yesterday. This has not happened to me in years which should give you and indication how engaging I found the story.