The Blessing of Burntisland by Jenny Stanton

By Jenny Stanton

This can be a tale of buried mysteries and fears, of mistrust and betrayal. It explores our courting with the earlier. it is also approximately love and confusion, taking as its critical personality a guy who's in many ways on the margin of our society, yet who possesses a unique reward, which neither he nor these round him absolutely trust.Joe Fairlie is a dowser with a capability to discover ancient treasure. because the novel opens, he's at the most vital project of his profession, assisting to find The Blessing of Burntisland, a sunken seventeenth-century treasure barge within the Firth of Forth. At what will be a second of triumph, he's assailed by means of the 1st of a sequence of waking desires, which plunge him into the lifetime of one of many wreck's survivors. This court docket health practitioner, Thomas Newbolt, is the antithesis of Joe. the opposite survivor is the “magical boy”, Robbie, who resembles a more youthful, extra blameless model of Joe.Wrestling with those visions of the prior, Joe launches on a quixotic trip, amassing bizarre partners alongside the way in which. In his quest to find what it truly is concerning the smash that provides him any such powerful feel of dread, he revisits the location of the ruin, at the Firth of Forth, in addition to the fortress the place King Charles I final used the treasure.Here, he turns away, either from his quest and from a dating that's commencing to flourish. What draws him is the boy, the replicate of his former self. He turns into keen about an tool that he believes will allow him to touch Robbie and reject Newbolt. the result of his efforts is especially varied from what he needed for.In this picaresque novel of ownership, the previous is either very brilliant and likewise basically unknowable. If there are messages in Joe's waking goals, they aren't what he's looking, simply because the messages that Robbie supplied for the King have been ones that he used to be unwilling to listen to. Joe has an opportunity of knowing his blunders, yet now not sooner than he has gone through fireplace.

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My knowledge of the Civil War was sketchy, but I guessed it might have been Marston Moor. I added the latest waking dream to my notebook, still in a trance. The doctor was a dowsing rod, maybe, a channel for me to make contact with the boy. Alison’s curiosity about my trade was strong enough to provide an excuse for an excursion. I offered to take her out on a necessary but non-urgent trip to examine a couple of sites on behalf of the Bury St Edmunds amateur archaeology group. It was unpaid, so I’d been putting it off, and they were probably despairing of their chances of ever getting on Time Team.

I’d never got around to redecorating; I’d always felt I was camping out in that house. So I led Alison out to my shed, to give her an idea of my own taste. Alison’s eyes widened with pleasure when she saw my woodworking tools arrayed along one wall, and the chessboard hanging among them. “Joe, that’s marvellous,” she said. ” I nodded. The pieces were tucked away in a box, and I hesitated to bring them out. Instead I switched on the light boxes, to show off the bottles gleaming in their many hues around the other two walls.

What we probably have here is an older burial, could be Bronze Age, there may be pottery goods. ” “Ah, bones now, that’s a moot point. ” I considered this, looking at my hands. “It’s different. But there will be a dominant one, usually the metal if there’s any there; that’ll be the one I sense, and anything less definite like glass will be like a whiff of another scent that you can’t quite place. ” We moved on to another nearby site, on the same hilltop but in another field. I knew from the definite twitch of the rods that there was more than just disturbed earth below the flat surface.

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