Thursday Reading update!
In 2015, I went on a Coach Trip to the west coast of Scotland islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa and loved it. It wasn't my first visit to Mull but it was to Iona and Staffa. It was, therefore, lovely to re-visit via a contemporary story set on Mull.
Here's my thoughts on Daughter of Mull by Joan Fleming, #3 of The Magic of Mull Series, published by Tirgearr.
This was a lovely revisit for me to the
island of Mull
and Iona. I was last there in 2015 and the
memories are still fresh of some of the spots mentioned in Daughter of Mull.
There are a number of themes running through the book which are generally relevant to lots of people: like making new friends quickly; enduring love; deep friendships; failed and broken relationships; and various causes of indecision during the transition from friend to lover. There can be many reasons for holding a person back from committing to a long time relationship or marriage, and this is true for Anna and her mother Janet. The question remains undetermined till the end about who is the one for Anna—is it her new friend Finn or her old friend Roddie—and even then I wasn’t entirely convinced that Anna’s heart was totally engaged. The theme of adoption is central to the story and for Anna it’s an all round successful ending with all parties happily reconciled to a meeting between Anna and her birth mother.
The pace of the novel is steady and the writing and editing neatly done - a simple story and a quick read.
If you love tales set in west coast of
backgrounds, you’ll enjoy reading Daughter of Mull!