Friday, August 26, 2016
Lament for Bonnie by Anne Emery
Lament for Bonnie by Anne Emery is set in Cape Breton, an island in Nova Scotia Province. Early settlers were part of the Highland Clearances, and these forced Scottish immigrants brought their highland music and traditions with them.
The island is still famous for its Celtic music, and twelve-year-old Bonnie MacDonald is part of the famous Clan Donnie band. When Bonnie disappears from a family party, the entire clan is determined to find her, but Monte Collins' daughter Normie has insights that the adults do not--partly because of her place among the younger generation and partly because Normie has a gift inherited from her grandmother.
I read one other Monte Collins novel in 2009 (Cecilian Vespers) and found it interesting for entirely different reasons. Monte Collins was the main character, the setting was Halifax, and the complications were all involved with Vatican II. Lament for Bonnie is set in beautiful Cape Breton, Normie is an intriguing young protagonist, and the emphasis is on the highland music.
Read in May; blog rev. scheduled for Aug. 26, 2016.
Mystery. Sept. 13, 2016. Print length: 300 pages.