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More About This Title A LIFETIME BURNING


A powerful and haunting novel exploring forbidden love in three generations of one family, spanning the 20th century. From the author of Kindle bestseller, HOUSE OF SILENCE.


Flora Dunbar is dead. But it isn’t over.

The spectre at the funeral is Flora herself, unobserved by her grieving family and the four men who loved her.

Looking back over a turbulent lifetime, Flora recalls an eccentric childhood lived in the shadow of her musical twin, Rory; early marriage to Hugh, a handsome clergyman twice her age; motherhood, which brought her Theo, the son she couldn’t love; middle age, when she finally found brief happiness in a scandalous affair with her nephew, Colin.

“There has been much love in this family – some would say too much – and not a little hate. If you asked my sister-in-law, Grace why she hated me, she’d say it was because I seduced her precious firstborn, then tossed him on to the sizeable scrap heap marked ‘Flora’s ex-lovers’. But she’d be lying. That isn’t why Grace hated me. Ask my brother Rory.”


Linda Gillard lives on the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands and has been an actress, journalist and teacher. She’s the author of six novels, including STAR GAZING (Piatkus), short-listed in 2009 for Romantic Novel of the Year and the Robin Jenkins Literary Award (for writing that promotes the Scottish landscape.) STAR GAZING was also voted Favourite Romantic Novel 1960 - 2010 by Woman's Weekly readers.

Linda's fourth novel, HOUSE OF SILENCE became a Kindle bestseller, selling over 20,000 copies in its first year. It was selected by Amazon as one of their Top Ten "Best of 2011" in the Indie Author category.

Linda’s latest indie ebook is a supernatural love story, THE GLASS GUARDIAN.


"Probably the most convincing portrayal of being a twin that I have ever read."

"An absolute page-turner! I could not put this book down and read it over a weekend. It is a haunting and disturbing exploration of the meaning of love within a close-knit family... Find a place for it in your holiday luggage!"

"A bold and powerful novel about a family in turmoil."
West Highland Free Press

"The emotional power makes this reviewer reflect on how Charlotte and Emily Bronte might have written if they were living and writing now."
Northwords Now

"This book will affect you profoundly... It is also a goldmine for bookclub group discussions."
Rhapsody in Books Weblog

"Disturbing themes, sensitively explored... An emotional avalanche."
Lochcarron Reading Group