An untraditional wedding gift tugs at a young woman's heart-strings
Cass falls instantly in love with Corrie Cottage, the small house perched on a grassy ledge of hillside on the borders of the Riach estate. And when Guy suggests that they take it on as a wedding present to each other, she leaps at the chance; maybe it will set the seal on their marriage as the wedding and honeymoon had failed to do.
But it is not long before Cass finds that the more time she spends in Scotland, the less she sees of Guy. And as she becomes increasingly involved with the lives of her neighbours - Gina, struggling with domestic chaos and a recalcitrant teenage daughter; socially competitive Beverley and her enigmatic husband Rick - Cass finds her loyalties shifting inexorably from London, and Guy, to Glen Maraich - and her new friends.
Alexandra Raife has lived abroad in many countries and worked at a variety of jobs, including a six-year commission in the RAF and many years co-running a Highland hotel.
It is the country as much as the vividly portrayed people that jumps out to grab the reader's attention — Coventry Evening Telegraph
Quotes for Alexandra Raife
A welcome new storyteller — Rosamunde Pilcher
'Alexandra Raife weaves the details of everyday life into a compelling tale; the characters are real, the setting enchanting, and the whole experience very enjoyable' Jeri Wright in Under the Corners Book Reviews on Belonging
Belonging has all the emotions ... we have come to expect from Alexandra Raife's characters — Woman's Weekly
A love story with an unconventional twist and a very readable novel — The Times
'Belonging ... brings alive life in a small Scottish community ... With her beautiful tales, Alexandra Raife is quickly proving that she belongs with the top writers of contemporary Highland romances' Harriet Klausner, Under the Corners Book Reviews
The power of a natural born storyteller — The Lady
An absorbing story with a perfectly painted background — Financial Times
'SUN ON SNOW by Alexandra Raife has a most appealing character as its heroine.' Woman & Home best reads this month from Vanessa Berridge (Sept 99)
'A writer of distinction [who has] lived a life as full, fascinating and eventful as any of the characters in her books' Irene Row, The Courier and Advertiser (Aug99)
'[Belonging] has all the emotions ... we have come to expect from Alexandra Raife's characters' Woman's Weekly
'A real find ... the genuine storyteller's flair' Mary Stewart
'A welcome new storyteller' Rosamunde Pilcher
'A love story with an unconventional twist and a very readable novel' The Times
'A compelling read' Woman's Weekly
'The power of a natural born storyteller' The Lady
'An absorbing story with a perfectly painted background' Hilary Hale, Financial Times
'Warm, friendly, involving ...lovely' Reay Tannahill on Drumveyn
'Drumveyn had me hooked from the first page. A delightful book which I enjoyed enormously' Barbara Erskine