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The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange

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  • ISBN: 9781912235667
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  • Publication date: March 19, 2020


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Edinburgh, January 1732: It is Lady Grange’s funeral. Her death is a shock: still young, she’d shown no signs of ill health.

But Rachel is, in fact, alive and (mostly) well. She’s been brutally kidnapped by the man who has falsified her death – her husband of 25 years, a pillar of society with whom she has raised a family. Her punishment, perhaps, for railing against his infidelity – or for uncovering evidence of his treasonable plottings against the government.

Whether to conceal his Jacobite leanings, or simply to ‘replace’ a wife with a long-time mistress, Lord Grange banishes Rachel to the remote Hebridean Monach Isles, from where she’s removed again to distant St Kilda, far into the Atlantic – to an isolated life of primitive conditions, with no shared language – somewhere she can never be found.

This is the incredible and gripping story of a woman who has until now been remembered mostly by her husband’s unflattering account. Sue Lawrence reconstructs a remarkable tale of how the real Lady Grange may have coped with such a dramatic fate, with courage and grace.

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About the author

Sue Lawrence

As well as writing popular historical thrillers, including Down to the Sea, Sue Lawrence is a leading cookery writer. After winning BBC’s MasterChef in 1991, she became a regular contributor to the Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday and other leading magazines.

Raised in Dundee, she now lives in Edinburgh. She has won two Guild of Food Writers Awards.

Praise for her previous novels:

“A haunting, moving story.” Kirsty Wark

“Fast-paced and full of fear and intrigue… right through to the book’s satisfying conclusion.” Undiscovered Scotland

“Enthralling. It’s a cracking story beautifully told.” Lorraine Kelly

“Lawrence’s parallel plotlines advance in lockstep with each other over alternate chapters, until they’re entwined to great effect towards the end.” Sunday Herald

“A gripping tale.” Daily Record