No Safe Anchorage
A glimpse of a mysterious stranger sends a sailor on a quest across the ocean...
Tom Masters, a nineteenth century naval officer, is a round peg in a square hole. A tantalising glimpse of a stranger leads him to jump ship on a quest to find her. His adventures, interwoven with the life of a young Robert Louis Stevenson, take Tom from the Isle of Skye to Canada. There he encounters others who have been jettisoned by society, including Silent Owl, a Native American who becomes his soulmate. But, danger and exposure threaten Tom's every move as he is forced to continue on his journey...
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This Historical novel is really lovely to read. Based on some fact it is extremely well written and the descriptive prose of the islands of Skye is really quite poetic. Set in 1886, the book tells a tale of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife staying in the islands and the rich cast of characters that follow makes this a wonderful reader. Tom Masters, a Naval officer at first seems unconnected to this story but as we read on the connection is clear and this becomes a stunning tale of mystery and drama. I loved this and it is beautifully done. highly recommended ~ Tracy Shepherd, NetGalley
An evocative and fast-moving tale set in Skye and the West Highlands before moving to Canada, 'No Safe Anchorage', like its title, swirls with danger. It invokes the spirit of Robert Louis Stevenson whose childhood it portrays. With its sharp use of dialogue and tight, concise description, it also conjures up that writer in other ways, creating an adventure story that is as breathless and exciting as some of that nineteenth century novelist's work. ~ Donald S Murray
'No Safe Anchorage' is a great second novel by Liz MacRae Shaw. Set in the mid-nineteenth century in and around the Isle of Skye, and moving on to Canada, we follow the life of a naval officer, Tom Masters, a square peg in a round hole. His childhood experiences, slowly revealed, loss of a close friend and awakening sexuality make for a very strong central character. Neatly woven in is part of the life of Robert Louis Stevenson who might be described as a similarly round peg within his lighthouse building family. ~ Linda Henderson, author and editor
Liz MacRae Shaw can spin a yarn like few others.'No Safe Anchorage' is the sort of book you look forward to returning to. The historic frame is graphic and memorable. The frightening collapse of the young Robert Louis Stevenson on a remote Hebridean island at the start of the book, Tom's dramatic encounter with the fisher lassies and his quarrel with his fierce but admirable sister Emma set the scene for the sweeping adventure to follow. This adventure takes him from the Hebrides to Canada. Along the way Tom meets and makes relationships, good and bad with a wide span of characters. ~ Jenny Salaman Manson, editor and author
Liz MacRae Shaw weaves her way between reality and fiction with ambition and skill in another fine historical novel. Its characters are rich and fully drawn...and she pulls her narrative threads together with ease. ‘No Safe Anchorage’ is another fine book from an extremely interesting author. North-west Highland and Island history could not be in the hands of a better modern novelist. ~ Roger Hutchinson , West Highland Free Press
Hard to put down. ~ Janice Matthews, Coffee And Ink
An evocative and fast-moving tale set in Skye and the West Highlands before moving to Canada, 'No Safe Anchorage', like its title, swirls with danger. It invokes the spirit of Robert Louis Stevenson whose childhood it portrays. With its sharp use of dialogue and tight, concise description, it also conjures up that writer in other ways, creating an adventure story that is as breathless and exciting as some of that nineteenth century novelist's work. ~ Donald S Murray, author