Flora Air is passionate about writing and she dreams of becoming an author, but she’s in a fog with her mundane day job. She meets a charismatic professor who nurtures her writing and suddenly her dreams seem possible. A touch of magic at the professor’s home adds old-fashioned charm and enchantment to Flora’s writing journey. When she realises she loves the married professor, her journey takes a wild turn. Can Flora actually succeed in becoming an author? What happens to the love Flora Air feels for the professor?
This is a deceptively calm and measured novel. Flora appears to be a very self-contained, unflappable person living an unexciting but satisfying life. However, there’s a lot going on under the surface in both the novel and our heroine. The story develops in ways you don’t expect, and Flora’s hormones are playing havoc with her and her writing isn’t really getting anywhere. She’s resigned to never marrying, and it seems that she’s quietly giving up.
Enter the healing ghost, a clever, unusual yet fitting touch, and suddenly things become far from mundane.
Flora Air is a gentle, undemanding heroine whom we quickly get to know and admire. She’s a bit ‘airy’, as her name suggests, in that her head can be in the clouds, thanks to her author’s imagination. She’s charming and genuine.
I love how Janice Cairns writes. She has a thoughtful, engaging style. Think Anita Brookner, but with more zest. She marries a convincingly reality-based element with magic, and the two apparently incongruous components work like a charm together.
This book is a delight to read.
Janice Cairns is the author of quality romantic fiction. For more than thirty years she has lived in Edinburgh and her first three novels are set there. She now lives in a historic market town not far from Edinburgh. Most of her time is spent writing or thinking about writing. She loves long country walks, reading good books and eating out in lovely restaurants.
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