Nobody fights harder for hearth and home than the Scottish woman
At the turn of the 19th century, the Scottish clan chiefs had a problem. More landlords than family heads, they all had to pay out huge sums to support their poorest tenants whose efforts at subsistence farming were failing.
Elizabeth Gordon, 19th chief of Clan Sutherland (yes, a woman!) decided, like many others of her class, that the people had to go, clearing out the ancestral glens and straths which were to be given over to sheepwalks and return a handsome profit.
But the people of the glens--mostly women since their men had been sent to fight Bonaparte on the European continent--did not want to go. Despite their poverty, the Highlands had been their well-loved home for nearly a thousand years.
Year of the Sheep is a sweeping historical novel by James Y. Bartlett, author of the best-selling Hacker Golf Mystery series, which tells the story of one such glen where the women decided to make a stand and refused to go. Based on historical events, this novel encompasses the changing times in Scotland, from the Battle of Culloden Moor, when the clan system began to crumble, through the wild streets of Paris at the height of the French Revolution, from the gilded halls of London to the bitterness of the evictions of the Highland people. Add in some faerie lore, a white witch, the hated troops of the Black Watch and a shape-shifting fighter named Billy Hanks, and Year of the Sheep takes on a cinematic scope.
"A fusion of the gothic novel and Virginia Woolf, this book delights in storytelling. Something mystical looms in Bartlett's writing, making it a tale just as enchanting as its folklore." --BookLife
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