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Turn of the Tide (The Munro Scottish Saga Book 1)


'The quality of the writing and the research is outstanding.' Jeffrey Archer

Scotland 1586. A land in turmoil, a family torn apart. An ancient feud threatens Munro's home, his family, even his life.

Munro owes allegiance to the Cunninghames and to the Earl of Glencairn. He escapes the bloody aftermath of a massacre, but cannot escape the disdain of the wife he sought to protect, nor inner conflict, as he wrestles with his conscience, with divided loyalties and, most dangerous of all, a growing friendship with the rival Montgomerie clan.

Set against the backdrop of the turmoil of the closing years of the sixteenth century, Turn of the Tide follows the fortunes of a fictional family trapped at the centre of a notorious historic feud. Known as the Ayrshire Vendetta, it began in the 15th century and wasn't finally resolved until the latter part of the 17th, the Cunninghames and Montgomeries dubbed the 'Montagues and Capulets' of Ayrshire.

Book 1 of the Munro Scottish Saga trilogy

Praise for Margaret Skea - Beryl Bainbridge Best First Time Novelist 2014

'I have read some wonderful debut novels this year - Turn of the Tide is one of them. I loved it … a tale of love, loyalty, tragedy and betrayal.'BooksPlease

'Munro frames the book, in at the initial kill, and centre stage in the brilliant climax, all the more shocking as the conclusion of an otherwise measured tale … a fascinating and engaging read with great visual effect.'Between the Lines

'It is hard to know where to begin, there were so many things I liked about Turn of the Tide…an emotionally gripping story about a man caught between duty and conscience at a time in history when a man's livelihood depended upon his loyalty to family and clan.'The History Lady

'Margaret Skea brings sixteenth century Scotland to vivid life in Turn of the Tide. I enjoyed travelling back in time with her.' Sharon K Penman

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Margaret Skea

Margaret Skea is an award-winning writer of both novels and short stories. Short story credits include Neil Gunn, Mslexia, Winchester, Rubery and the Historical Novel Society. She grew up in Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’, so is no stranger to conflict. Her passion is for authentic, atmospheric historical fiction.

Her first novel, Turn of the Tide won her the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best 1st Time Novelist 2014, and the sequel A House Divided was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2016. The third in the trilogy, following the fortunes of a fictional family trapped in the long-running and bloody feud between the Cunninghames and Montgomeries, known as the Ayrshire Vendetta, By Sword and Storm, was released in July 2018. The problems and pressures posed by tribalism, and diverse loyalties have many resonances in our modern world. Her fictionalized biography of Katharina von Bora, wife of the reformer Martin Luther, was placed 2nd in the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018.

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