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Katie Cameron  - Fiona McDonald

UK price: £8.55  US price: $11.66
Format: Paperback
Pages: 168
ISBN-10: 0595524117
ISBN-13: 978-0595524112
Product Dimensions: 1 x 15 x 22.5 cm
Published: May 2009

Katie was a shy and sensitive lass when she was a young girl living in Scotland, and when her father died her mother took to America to live with her cousins in Louisiana. When war broke out in 1861 between the north and south, Katie moved to New Orleans, where she found love and intrigue and danger-after meeting the dashing and handsome Captain Clark Boyd who's loyalty lay with the south rather than marriage.

The author:

Fiona McDonald became interested in writing when she was a teenager, but took up her hobby after retirement. On writing Katie Cameron, she had the opportunity to visit New Orleans/Baton Rouge, where she visited Magnolia Plantation.

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REVIEW OF KATIE CAMERON by Fiona McDonald (iUniverse, 158 pages, paperback)

FIONA McDONALD’S NEW NOVEL – A FAST MOVING ROMANTIC ADVENTURE SET DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR – INTRIGUE, PASSION AND TRAGEDY SURROUND KATIE CAMERON, A SHY, SENSITIVE AND VULNERABLE SCOTS LASS THROWN INTO THE CHAOS OF WARTORN LOUISIANA

Katie Cameron, the author’s second book, is a historical romance, the story of a girl, born in Inverness in 1845 to a Scottish father and French American mother. Shortly after the untimely death of her much loved father Katie is taken by her mother, Isabelle, to live with close relatives in her native Louisiana just before the outbreak of the Civil War there in 1861.

The fast moving tale details the many trials and tribulations faced by this young and vulnerable woman during a thirteen year period in America, in the south, notably New Orleans, and latterly in the north in Boston. It narrates the joys and anguishes of her relationships with the dashing Clark Boyd and with Frank Dempster, both Army officers but one with the Confederacy and the other with the Union. Love, marriage and motherhood are all deeply affected by the four year war which the author has researched assiduously and through visits to the area.

Whilst life for Katie Cameron settles down significantly after her decision to return to Scotland and Inverness with her young son, Brett, it remains far from smooth. She is destined to meet the kind Dr Robert Taylor but there are episodes of passion and pathos still inextricably linked with her former life in America as the story approaches its conclusion.

The author’s style and language is short and sharp, giving this quick and easy read an almost journalistic feel, unusual in a romantic novel. The true underlying nature of the characters is left largely to the reader’s imagination, making it seem as if the book is in fact a film. The author herself affirms that her writing is often inspired by seeing the characters as if in screenplay. This sometimes means that, particularly during the battle scenes and their aftermath, the action moves rapidly from character to character and situation to unrelated situation in short, quickfire and successive paragraphs. However, the story never fails to hold the reader’s interest in a sound and gripping story. There is a useful appendix detailing main events of the Civil War.

The author’s first book, Gunfire, a western, was published in 2003

“Glenshiel”, Edinburgh, October 2009