I recently read A Stone on Their Cairn by Kevin S MacLeod. I have never written to a publisher or author but I was so moved by this book I just had to let you know. I bought this book while on vacation in Cape Breton this summer. What a great souvenir this turned out to be! The character development was wonderful. I felt like I could invite each and every character to my house for tea and would enjoy talking to them for hours. I laughed and cried while reading this book. The writing was exceptional. The Gaelic speakers were very interesting. I also liked the genealogy, the glossary of Galic terms and the map. They helped to bring the story together. If possible, could you pass on my appreciation to Mr. MacLeod. Thank you also for publishing such a wonderful book!
Charlestown NH USA
It truly is one of my top 10 and I read a lot. Congratulations on the book. It was wonderful. You did a super great job of depicting life at the turn of the century. When I found tears coming down my face they were wiped away with a good laugh.
Thanks for such an enjoyable read. regards,
I am writing because I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your novel, A Stone on Their Cairn.
What most struck me was how vividly you were able to draw the characters, and to bring out the sense of communion between the individual, the family, the community, and the land.
I was born in Toronto and raised by immigrant grandparents, so I can relate to the idea of growing up in my own country, but immersed in the heritage of a family that drew much of its identity from a sense of loss of the old, firing a determination to eke out a new life in a new land.
However, I must confess with some embarrassment that before reading your novel, I had never really considered the Scottish-Canadian community (Highland or Lowland) as also having had an immigrant or arrival experience. Scottish culture is such an intrinsic part of Canadian culture and identity, that it did not occur to me that arrivals from Scotland would have had an experience analogous to that of other immigrant groups.
Thank you again for writing your novel. It will always have a cherished spot in my library, and in my memory.
With best wishes,
Please pass on my thanks for a wonderful book to the author - Kevin S. MacLeod. I bought it at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton for Celtic Colours. An excellent read - one of the best on CB that I have read!
M. H. — Arcadia, Florida
A Stone on Their Cairn is truly a spiritual journey that one takes as the pages unfold. There are so many touching moments. I salute the conviction and the passion that held your pen to paper to tell the story. Bravo! Thank you for every page.
G. H. — Ottawa, Ontario
A Stone on Their Cairn (Clach air An Càrn) is a mesmerizing tale of the settlers of the fictional Loch Dubh . . . there is everybody you might encounter had you stumbled across Loch Dubh around the turn of the 20th century. Basically, this is the story of rural Cape Breton caught up in a tiny, independent coummunity. Its focus is on the little, everyday things of life set against a Victorian/Edwardian backdrop. He (MacLeod) wanted to understand the world of his grandparents, Gaelic speakers, who were born in the age of the settlers of Loch Dubh and to capture the richness of a culture, warts and all, that is now all but gone. It is all here - piety, pain, stubborness, fighting, drinking, loving.
Celtic Heritage (magazine)
I am a student of Gaelic. I was given your book, which I love and feel should be required reading for all Gaelic learners.
B. T. — Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
A relative of mine sent me A Stone on Their Cairn as an early Christmas present and I eagerly await my visit with several more chapters every evening. It has been a long time since I read such a stirring tribute to family ties, heritage and nation building. The descriptive prose takes on the role of a camera panning across hills and valleys and the sands of time, often leaving me breathless with the colour it captures.
C. A. — Nottingham, England
Congrats on both book and web site. I have enjoyed both very much. I've finished the book and feel it should be embraced, especially by the people of Cape Breton, as a chronicle of a people and a way of life that have changed a great deal as time has passed. Our anscestors' stories must be documented or they will be lost forever. You've done this with your book. Keep going. Au plaisir!
B. R. — Québec City, Québec
I just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying your book, getting to know the different families and each family's trials and tribulations as well as their blessings and joys. I can actually visualize every family and you have brought Loch Dubh to life. Every page brings me back to (some might say a better and less complicated time). You have managed to tell wonderful stories of each family and find a bit of humor in every day situations. I'm totally enjoying your labor of love. Thank you so much for sharing this book with me and making Loch Dubh come alive.
B. A. — Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
I have just finished reading , viewing and browsing ( all of the above) your website! It is fantastic. It is also very beautiful . . . It is professional, interesting and emotional! You must be so thrilled with all that is happening around the launch of your book.
N. P. — Verdun, Québec
My children gave me your book as a Christmas present and, when I started to read it, I couldn't put it down. As a native of Cape Breton, it just put me back home when I was a kid and I could see everything happening including all the good times and hard times on the farm. I am not a great book reader but A Stone on Their Cairn is exceptionalLy well done. I'm really enjoying it and plan on reading it again....
J. G. — Bellingham, Massachusetts