Friday, July 20, 2018

Women Of The Dunes by Sarah Maine

​Scotland, back and forth in time, murders, illegitimate children, missing jewels, secrets, buried treasures, legends, a permitted excavation, authentic characters, and an old estate all greet us in WOMEN OF THE DUNES.

We follow Libby as she and her university team have gotten permission to excavate the estate of Hector Sturrock and an estate where Libby's great grandmother worked as a servant.

Libby's grandmother told her of the legend of Ulla that was part of the estate and the town of Ullaness. Libby had always enjoyed the legend and liked to hear it every time she visited her grandmother.
When Libby joined the team for the excavation, she had to decide if she would tell what her grandmother had told her and what her great grandmother had kept from the estate.

The legend began with a ship coming into a harbor where a monk named Odrhan lived.  Ulla was pregnant with her husband’s brother’s child, but when the husband found out about the baby, he badly hurt his brother, Harald, so Ulla sailed away with the injured Harald and sailed to Odrhan for help. 

As generations continued so did the legend and its people. The most interesting aspect was that Libby was the current generation of the women involved, and there were many secrets kept by them all.

WOMEN OF THE DUNES was captivating simply because of the lifestyle of the original family as well as those who lived in the Sturrock estate today.

The women of all generations had stories to tell, the estate’s castle-like home still kept its charm, and the legend made WOMEN OF THE DUNES enticing.

I really enjoyed the descriptions of the land and the house.  Going back in time and hearing a story re-created is something I always love to read about.

The two stories - present and past - connected, came full circle, and brilliantly meshed together as mirrored stories. 

Any reader who enjoys castles, secrets, looking for clues in old documents, and re-tracing the steps of characters that lived long ago will want to read WOMEN OF THE DUNES.

WOMEN OF THE DUNES is going to be a favorite.  5/5

This book was given to be as an ARC by the publisher by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.


  1. Glad you enjoyed this Elizabeth. Sounds both simple and complicated!

    1. Thanks, Kathryn.

      I loved it. It was very good.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. This sounds like one terrific read. Thanks for the review and for whetting my curiosity.

    1. was excellent.

      The cover pulled me in immediately, and the story line is great.

      Thanks for commenting, Elizabeth.

  3. Sounds good, Elizabeth. When will I ever have time to read all the fantastic books you tell us about?!

    1. You are so sweet.

      I agree, though. I wish I could read ALL of the books I see.

      Thanks for commenting, Mary.