Originally posted February 2020.
I took a little stroll along Rosehearty beach. No exaggeration. It was a stroll. Recovery from pneumonia is a slow process, so the walk was slow too. It was a meander along the sands, if you will!
I chose Rosehearty for the stroll because it’s a beach that feels gentle. Sheltered at both sides by harbour walls, some old, some even older, it’s rarely windy there. It’s small too, so I knew I wouldn’t be tempted to march on for miles and exhaust myself.
The low sun created beautiful effects on the silvery sands…
The sea air was perfect for my poorly lungs, and the general magic of the place, healing. I mentioned the magic of this beach last year in my article 10 Mystical and Magical Sites in Aberdeenshire on the official tourism site for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Meanwhile, back home: the snowdrops are out 🙂
Some recent reviews of THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR:
Memories of Scotland: “Our society has made some strides towards treating all people as human beings but we’re yet a long way from where we need to be. Books that remind us of that are always to be welcomed; dreams are worth pursuing.”
Here on GoodReads: “The Mermaid and the Bear is a charming mix of dark history and romance, lightly dusted with its own magic.”
Miss LiV Adventures: “I’ll declare this an entertaining and satisfying read with a playful and dear aspect that kept it at the top of my reading list each time I considered what to pick up on an evening.”
And even on Barnes and Noble: “The setting, the characters, and the story — all great! I was whisked away to another time & place, and enjoyed it immensely.”
Set in a fictional castle in Aberdeenshire, Ailish Sinclair’s debut novel, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story.