How far would you go to make your lover's dreams come true? Spirited Perdita Miggs is thrilled when her bland marine-biologist husband, Perry, gets a grant to spend the summer studying Loch Ness. Home to her alma mater, Scotland is also the place where seventeen years ago Perdita fell in love with Highland poet Andrew Macgruer. At the bed-and-breakfast where Perdita and Perry are staying lives an eccentric pair of sisters, Kira and Catitlìn. Among the unexpected guests are Breton Trent, Kira's old flame, and Andrew, whose allure has only improved with age. Recognizing in Kira's thwarted love an example of her own, Perdita works to bring the couple together again. In the process she finds herself growing ever closer to Andrew. Perry's subsequent anguish, however, incidentally coincides with an illness that seems to affect her heart. As three sets of love triangles hurtle toward final conclusions, the marine biologist's quest for the legendary creature of Loch Ness becomes the central metaphor for the secrets that glide beneath the surface of us all.
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Brian Jay Corrigan is a professor of Renaissance literature at North Georgia College and State University. He is also founder of the North Georgia Theatre Project and has written two books on Renaissance drama. He won the Josiah W. Bancroft St. novel prize, as well as first place in the Florida First Coast Writers' Festival, for The Poet of Loch Ness. He lives with his wife in Dahlonega, Georgia.Review:
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"The magic and mystery of the Scottish Highlands come together in this opulent, elegiac tale of lost love and renewed desire. Corrigan is the true poet here, rhapsodically combining the taut foreboding of a thrilling mystery, the ethereal caprice of a legendary fantasy, and the lyrical emotion of a poignant romance in this stunning debut novel."
"An atmospheric, bravely affecting debut."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Compelling and beautifully written . . . The writing is wonderful, lyrical, and with great narrative flow. [Corrigan] has a marvelous grasp of Scotland--the country, the people, the speech. . . . He shows us real love, blooming in humility."
- Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series
"Imbued with the mystical beauty of Loch Ness, the book is enchanting--full of yearning and heart, and romantic in a fresh way. The characters broke my heart several times over. I loved it!"
- Candace Robb, author of the Margaret Perr of Kerth series
"A mysterious and uncanny tale, an unforgettable journey into the depths of the heart and the Highlands. How deep do your own monsters lurk?"
- David Poyer, author of A Country of Our Own and The Command
"Wise, vividly rendered, and deeply affectiong--a journey straight to the beating heart of Scotland."
- Lenore Hart, author of Waterwoman and Ordinary Springs
"A warm and a truly romantic book . . . the reader will easily feel the emotionally filled air as written by Corrigan."
- Post-Gazette (Boston, Massachusetts)
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