The Bonnie Road Suzanne d’Corsey is my favorite new novelist!
This book breathes, it roars life into a world of magic, obligation and temptation, an American returned to her roots, amidst local intrigues personal and political. When Morag, takes you to the Samhain rites in the recumbant stone circle. Then you will understand the richness of this novel, when you can feel the knots of the garter untied and the wind of the Bonnie Road take you away.
Set in St. Andrews Scotland, that d’Corsey knows so well, the plot artfully intersects the intrigues of the personal needs of characters, the place, the living history, the whirl of ceremony and sexual abandon, sacred rite, and the pull of guilt and revenge, the humor of comeuppance and the reality of cruel actions. There is joy and surprise in the reading. The plot is complex, yet crystal clear because of the graceful writing. The sensual language and vivid description, the depth and specificity of characters - you can hear and see them – create an intimate relationship with the township of St. Andrews.
Forgive my resorting to a cliché – it was a page turner. The final 200 pages of The Bonnie Road kept me up reading til 3 in the morning -and that was reading on a computer screen!