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Follow the Dove

By Catherine M. Byrne
ISBN 978-1848768-062
Category Modern & contemporary fiction
Winter 2012


Fifteen year old Isa Muirison loves her life working for the floating shops of Orkney at the turn of the 20th century. But her happy family life is thrown into turmoil by her father’s decision to emigrate to Canada, her sister’s illness, and her own love for Davie, a penniless whisky runner. Despite her family’s opposition, she follows Davie to his tiny island home where she is met by the fierce hostility of his mother and his childhood sweetheart, Chrissie.

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Author's Biography

Catherine Byrne has always wanted to be a writer. Her professional life however, took a very different path. She first studied Glass engraving with Caithness Glass where she worked for fourteen years. During that time she also worked as a foster parent. After the birth of her youngest child, she changed direction, studying and becoming a Chiropodist with her own private practice. At the same time she did all administration work for her husband's two businesses, and this continued until the death of her husband in 2005. However she still maintained her love of writing, and has had several short stories published in woman's magazines. Her main ambition is to write novels, and has now retired in order to write full time. She was born on the Island of Stroma, and was brought up hearing stories from her grandparents about the island life of a different generation. An interest in geology, history and her strong ties to island life has influenced her choice of genre for her first novel. Catherine Byrne lives in Wick, Caithness.


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Reader Comments

A brilliant book, cant wait to read the follow up. Well done Catherine
Fantastic book!
A beautifully written, up-lifting book. How lovely to read a traditional love story - refreshing!
Some of my family came from an island like Raumsey. Brilliant story and true to life as it was then.
Wonderfully written story. Not just a love story, but a believable account of the harshness of life on an island at the turn of the century.
this is one of the best books i have ever read, i felt i was actually in the islands which was a great thrill for me as i love orkney so much, the attention to detail and the heart felt feelings of the characters were so real, i can't wait to read catherine's next book . Fantastic reading in this one.
The author draws you in immediately, and takes you back in time. Family trials and love lost make this a great read. You can almost feel the island air. Can't wait to read the next installment !
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