The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley by Susan ÖrnbrattThe Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley by Susan Örnbratt

The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley

bySusan Örnbratt

Paperback | April 23, 2015

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Finalist, 2015 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Award 
Silver Medal, Romance, 2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award
First Place, Historical Romance, 2015 Chanticleer Chatelaine Award
Finalist, Historical Fiction, 2015 Cahnticleer Chaucer Awards

From the shores of The Great Lakes to the slums of Bombay and a tiny island in between, this love story takes the reader on an intimate journey to unravel a family secret that’s lain hidden for generations.  To satisfy her wandering feet, eighteen-year-old Gillian McAllister is sent from Ireland to Canada in the summer of 1932. She arrives with her Irish ways intact, determined not to let the wiles of crop duster Christian Hunter woo her into submission. Yet as the summer unfolds and the sweet taste of love grows, Gillian’s appeal lures more than she anticipates, shattering the life they’ve built.  Fourteen years, a Great Depression, and a World War later, Christian sets out to discover why Gillian was ripped from his life. What he discovers on the Isle of Man will change them both forever. Not even a thatched cottage by the sea, a spritely Gillian, or memories sprinkled on a page can mask the secret that has been buried for too long. But it isn’t until a set of poems is given to Gillian’s granddaughter that the real mystery—Gillian’s true secret—is freed. Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal Award winner.
Susan Örnbratt was born in London, Canada and grew up on the dance floor until her brother's high school rowing crew needed a coxswain. Quickly, she traded in her ballet shoes for a megaphone and went on to compete in the Junior and Senior World Championships and the XIII Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. A g...
Title:The Particular Appeal of Gillian PugsleyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:338 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.25 × 0.8 inPublished:April 23, 2015Publisher:Light Messages PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:161153111X

ISBN - 13:9781611531114


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An evocative love story Readers will find themselves borrowing more than one of the witty Gillianisms that Susan Ornbratt dreams up in this beautifully written, evocative love story. One of my favorite novels of the year.
Date published: 2015-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding debut novel Plot: I read some other reviews and the blurb for The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley, and decided this was a “must read.” When the author contacted me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing her book, I didn’t hesitate. I loved the story. It is definitely my kind of book, containing a mix of genres – historical fiction and romance. What could be better? The book did not disappoint. There is some mystery to the story, but it is eventually brought to light. The story was, at times, exciting with lots of surprises, and at other times, melancholy, but not overly so. The way the author kept going back and forth from present time (2003) to the early days of the story (1931-32 and 1946) kept my interest in overdrive. The transitions were smooth and easy to follow. Characters: What made this book so enjoyable for me is that it is character driven. Gillian McAllister Pugsley, is seen as strong and independent with a lot of love to give, but will she find Mr. Right, and if she does, will she let him back into her life? Christian Hunter is everything a young girl could hope to find – handsome, strong, interesting, romantic, daring. As the story progressed, the characters grew with it, and this increased their believability. Writing: I loved the way the book was set up. A poem written by the author’s grandmother preceded each chapter. The story was easy to follow even though it kept changing back and forth between times, and sometimes from other characters’ point of view.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of those rare stories that wraps around you... A tarnished silver pocket watch, a packet of letters and poems and a newspaper clipping are all clues that tell the tender love story of two lovers, the unbreakable connection between a grandmother and granddaughter, the feisty friendship between two sisters, a true friendship over the oceans and the love between a father and his daughter. The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley is one of those rare stories that wraps around you and stays with you long after you've finished reading it. The humour, wit and exquisite writing keep you smiling, laughing and crying. There were so many amusing and quirky expressions, while the poetry was very touching. This is definitely a keeper
Date published: 2015-04-24

Editorial Reviews

"Reminiscent of Kate Morton and Susanna Kearsley, I highly recommend"  –Just One More Chapter, 5 stars