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Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl

Judy Croome lives, writes and reads in Johannesburg, South Africa.  A novelist & poet, Judy loves cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, rainy days and cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) Visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

Island of Wings

Island of Wings - Karin Altenberg Meticulous research is the foundation of this narrative-heavy historical novel, based on the true lives of the Reverend and Mrs McKenzie, sent as missionaries to the Scottish island of St Kilda in the mid-19th century.

The plentiful descriptions perfectly evoke the harsh barrenness of the land, and the fictionalised characterisations of this real family were interesting; at times, I would have enjoyed a tighter focus on Neil & Lizzie.

An interesting and well-written portrayal of an historical era, which seemed so primitive it's hard to remember the story was set only 150 years ago, and is based on fact.