GIVEAWAY – 2 signed copies of “The Story Keeper” by Anna Mazzola!

10th February 2019

A wonderful combination of a thrilling mystery and a perfectly depicted period piece’    (Sunday Mirror)

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola, historical novel set on the Isle of Skye.

Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect the folk and fairy tales of the people and communities around her. It is 1857 and the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and a community riven by fear. The crofters are suspicious and hostile to a stranger, claiming they no longer know their fireside stories.

Then Audrey discovers the body of a young girl washed up on the beach and the crofters reveal that it is only a matter of weeks since another girl disappeared. They believe the girls are the victims of the restless dead: spirits who take the form of birds.

Initially, Audrey is sure the girls are being abducted, but as events accumulate she begins to wonder if something else is at work. Something which may be linked to the death of her own mother, many years before.


Just tell us (in the Comments section below) which of the Scottish Islands you would like to visit! Do this by midnight, 23 February 2019, and the first two names out of the hat will be sent a copy direct from the publisher/author.


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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 24/02/2019 at 11:21 am

    The winners are:
    Vivienne B and Louise E


  2. User: Amanda Graham

    Posted on: 17/02/2019 at 11:06 am

    Isle of Gigha looks amazing, I’d love to visit.


  3. User: Tessa Page

    Posted on: 16/02/2019 at 3:52 pm

    Arran. Visited as a child and have wonderful memories I’d love to refresh.


  4. User: Angela Paull

    Posted on: 15/02/2019 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve always fancied Skye


  5. User: Emma Briddon

    Posted on: 15/02/2019 at 9:08 pm

    I’d love to visit Isle of Bute. When we went to Dunoon we didn’t have time to visit


  6. User: Georgina Prince

    Posted on: 14/02/2019 at 8:21 pm

    I would love to visit Isle of Skye xx


  7. User: Rose

    Posted on: 13/02/2019 at 4:29 pm

    I would love to visit the Shetland island. It has been the setting of several of the books I have read. Thank you!


  8. User: Sheila Sayer

    Posted on: 13/02/2019 at 3:19 pm

    I would love to visit the Shetland Island. I am an avid reader, I am always reading books. I have 3 books on the go, 1 by my bed and the other 2 in the bathroom. Thank you for the opportunity.


  9. User: Christine webb

    Posted on: 13/02/2019 at 2:49 pm

    Would love to visit Shetland islands for the bird life and the light in the summer.


  10. User: Judith

    Posted on: 13/02/2019 at 1:49 pm

    I would love to visit Shetland after reading anne cleaves novals based on this tiny community. I would also like the peace, tranquility and stunning views that this island gives.


  11. User: Judith coote

    Posted on: 13/02/2019 at 1:44 pm

    I would love to visit the orkneys, for the peace and tranquility and stunning views.


  12. User: Irene Wright

    Posted on: 13/02/2019 at 8:35 am

    I had a quick visit to the Orkney Islands years ago and would love to return there so I can have a good lok around there. Read so much about these islands want to explore more.


  13. User: Elaine Hunter

    Posted on: 12/02/2019 at 9:05 pm

    I loved Mull when I went there 18 months ago but am hoping to visit Skye this year! Would also love to go to Iona when I go back to Mull!


  14. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 12/02/2019 at 6:33 pm

    I’d like to Shetland as I love knitting and Shetland has a wonderful woolly history!


  15. User: Sarah Clapton

    Posted on: 12/02/2019 at 5:57 pm

    Would love to visit Skye


  16. User: Natalie

    Posted on: 12/02/2019 at 2:00 pm

    I was there many years ago when there was still a Youth Hostel, and no Sunday ferry.
    I would love to go back.


  17. User: Rae Cowie

    Posted on: 12/02/2019 at 11:46 am

    Would love to visit the Isle of Arran and hike up Goat Fell


  18. User: Denise Price

    Posted on: 12/02/2019 at 10:46 am

    After reading Ann Cleeves’ books set there I’d love to visit The Shetland Isles. I’d also love to see Shetland ponies in their home.


  19. User: Jackie Robinson

    Posted on: 12/02/2019 at 10:03 am

    Would love to visit the Isle of Skye for its wild landscapes


  20. User: Margaret GALLAGHER

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 11:33 pm

    A beauiful read – new author for me too


  21. User: Jean Richards

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 10:23 pm

    I’d love to go back to Skye and see it in spring, and I’d also like to go to Mull, always seems an illusive island.


  22. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 10:13 pm

    I would love to visit The Orkneys, I have visited Mull and The Shetlands which were both lovely, at least they were when the mist lifted!


  23. User: Marian Linford

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 4:18 pm

    Jura – “Island of Deer” – would be my first choice though I’d like to visit them all.


  24. User: Duncan Barrett

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 1:11 pm

    Skye, mainly because my son is constantly singing the song and i can’t get it out of my head now.


  25. User: judy smith

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 1:00 pm

    I would love to visit the isle of skye


  26. User: Lyndsay Jarvis

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 12:13 pm

    Islay. Have been to Skye and it’s amazing but the spirits took against us …


  27. User: Pythika

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 12:00 pm

    Skara Brae on Mainland – older than the Pyramids! older than Mycenae! Proto-writing, stone circles, and groovy ware.


  28. User: Ben Boscoe

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 11:53 am

    Definitely Orkney. So many cool things to see.


  29. User: julie ryan

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 11:23 am

    Have visited Skye and love it. Would like to visit Aran next.


  30. User: Anita Traynor

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 10:50 am

    I’ve been to Skye but only in the rain – I’d love to return in some sunshine! X


  31. User: Sue Dawson

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 10:31 am

    We have been to Skye but would love to go back again. Would also love to go to any of the Scottish islands. They all will have their own special atmosphere and the Islanders are so friendly and welcoming.


  32. User: Vivienne Bloomfield

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 10:27 am

    Skye as a boyfriend invited me years ago & my father wouldnt let me go


  33. User: Patricia Bowley

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 9:25 am

    I’d love to visit Iona, it looks such an intriguing place.


  34. User: Lynn Brown

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 9:11 am

    I’d love to visit Shetland


  35. User: Pauline Jollands

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 8:57 am

    Mull — Have been here once in pouring rain would love to see it at its best.


  36. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 8:13 am

    I’d love to visit Islay, the home of peaty whisky.


  37. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 11/02/2019 at 4:41 am

    I visited the Orkneys many years ago in my teens and would love to go back there, this time with my husband. I think he would find the history of the islands, both modern and ancient, fascinating, and would love the strong sense of community there.


  38. User: Helen Gee

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 11:30 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Skye


  39. User: Jan cudmore

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 11:08 pm

    I would love to go to Skye but mull has always intrigued me so that’s my first choice


  40. User: Maureen Julian

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 10:45 pm

    I wouldn’t mind visiting any/all of them – as I have never visited that part of the world.


  41. User: Ali Bacon

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 10:26 pm

    Hi. I’d love to visit Arran as well as Skype. I’ve seen it from a distance and always wanted to go there.


  42. User: Andrea fiander

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 10:05 pm



  43. User: Karen Lewis

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 9:49 pm

    I would love to visit the Isle of Skye, So romantic !!!


  44. User: Emma Brooks

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 9:31 pm



  45. User: Ruth Matheson

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 9:29 pm

    Have already been to the outer hebrides but my husband hasn’t so would love to show him their stunning scenery and beautiful beaches


  46. User: Tracy

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 8:23 pm

    Mull, for me it most definitely would have to be Mull.


  47. User: Ann Bryce

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 8:17 pm

    I would like to visit Skye


  48. User: Rae Stewart

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 7:44 pm

    I’d love to visit the wild, white beaches of South Uist, and stare out to sea knowing there’s nothing but water between me and Canada. I’d also like to fly in to Barra, which uses one of its beaches as a landing strip. Despite being brought up in the Highlands I’ve never been to the Outer Hebrides – and I’d like to rectify that one day.


  49. User: Alexina Golding

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 7:30 pm

    Isle of Skye, would be my first choice, but would go to any. The scenery sounds amazing


  50. User: Pam Clifford

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 7:29 pm

    I would love to see Skye


  51. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 7:27 pm

    I would pick The Flannan Isles because I want to visit the lighthouse and site of the mysterious disappearances which I became fascinated by when I read Coffin Road by Peter May.


  52. User: Evelyn Vernolini

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 7:26 pm

    Skye just love this island


  53. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 7:19 pm

    I’ve been to Oban and Arran but would love to go to Skye x


  54. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 7:18 pm

    I would like to visit the Isle of Harris, because my surname is the same!


  55. User: ALYSON READ

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 7:12 pm

    I would like to visit Lewis after reading so much about it by Peter May.


  56. User: Janice Clint Atkinson

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 6:58 pm

    As much as I love Skye and visit friends there often I would love to visit Harris to see the gorgeous beaches and visit the gin distillery.


  57. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 6:53 pm

    We visit the Scottish Highlands every year, but never been on the Isle of Skye and would love to visit, beautiful scenery just on the journey to the Isle too!


  58. User: Catherine McAneney

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 6:52 pm

    Orkney, Isle of Skye etc etc etc!!


  59. User: Claire Thorpe

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 6:51 pm

    Would love to visit the Isle of Skye my stepmother was born there and tells such lovely stories of her childhood that sounded so idyllic.


  60. User: Louise Evans

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 6:48 pm

    I would love to go to the Isle of Skye. My parents went and spoke so inspiringly about the scenery x


  61. User: Nerys

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 6:45 pm

    I’d love to visit the Isle of Mull.


  62. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 6:34 pm

    Holy Isle.


  63. User: Hannah

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 6:25 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Shetlands islands, the mainland but also the nearby isles


  64. User: Claire Broomsgrove

    Posted on: 10/02/2019 at 6:21 pm

    The Isle of Skye for its rugged landscape