Release Date: January 19, 2023
About The Book:
Millions are fans of Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander books and television series, but few know that Gabaldon’s fictional Castle Leoch was inspired by a real Scottish castle, Castle Leod. The two sisters who lived there at the turn of the twentieth century were among the most fascinating and talked-about women of their era.
Lady Sibell Mackenzie is a spiritualist, a believer in reincarnation, and a popular author of mystical romances. Petite and proper, she values tradition and duty. Her younger sister Lady Constance, swimming champion and big game hunter, is a statuesque beauty who scandalizes British society with her public displays of Greek-style barefoot dancing. The differences between the sisters escalate into conflict after Sibell inherits their late father’s vast estates and the title 3rd Countess of Cromartie. But it is the birth of Sibell’s daughter that sets in motion a series of bizarre and tragic events, pitting sister against sister and propelling Sibell on a desperate mission to challenge the power of fate.
Sisters of Castle Leod, by award-winning author Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard, is the emotionally charged story of two sisters torn apart by jealousy and superstition, and the impossible leap of faith that could finally bring them together.
About The Author:
A former touring musician/songwriter and public relations professional, Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard is the author of two Amazon bestsellers: THE BEAUTY DOCTOR, “a compelling historical novel steeped in mystery with strong elements of a medical thriller” (Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars), and TEMPTATION RAG: A NOVEL, a “resonant novel … about the birth and demise of ragtime … luxuriously crafted” (Publishers Weekly). Her books have been finalists for the Eric Hoffer Book Award, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Arizona Literary Contest; they have received 5-star ratings from Readers” Favorite, Book Readers Appreciation Group, and historical fiction Discovered Diamonds. Elizabeth and her family live near Phoenix, Arizona.
Author website and blog: www.EHBernard.com
Set in the misty mountains and untraversed wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, the novel has an atmospheric feel that captivated me. I would heartily recommend SISTERS OF CASTLE LEOD, a bittersweet saga of sisterhood, to anyone appreciating historical fiction.” –Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars
“Whilst the historical element of this novel can easily be compared to some of the great historical novelists, like Sharon Kay Penman …, the ghostly apparitions and contact with the spirit world add an original view of … Sibell Lilian Mackenzie, 3rd Countess of Cromartie, [who] truly comes alive in this classic.” –Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars
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