The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange Book Review

The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Book: The Unreliable Death Of Lady Grange

Author: Sue Lawrence

Publication Date: March 19th 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 3 stars


Edinburgh, January 1732: It’s Lady Grange’s funeral. Her death is a shock: still young, she’d shown no signs of ill health. But Rachel is, in fact, alive. She’s been brutally kidnapped by the man who has falsified her death – her husband of 25 years, a pillar of society with whom she has raised a family. Her punishment, perhaps, for railing against his infidelity – or for uncovering evidence of his treasonable plottings against the government. Whether to conceal his Jacobite leanings, or simply to `replace’ a wife with a long-time mistress, Lord Grange banishes Rachel to the remote Hebridean Monach Isles, until she’s removed again to distant St Kilda, far into the Atlantic – to an isolated life of primitive conditions, with no shared language – somewhere she can never be found. This is the incredible and gripping story of a woman who has until now been remembered mostly by her husband’s unflattering account. Sue Lawrence reconstructs a remarkable tale of how the real Lady Grange may have coped with such a dramatic fate, with courage and grace.

My Review

I quite enjoyed this story. We follow Lady Grange who got Kidnapped and sent away by her husband so he can get rid of her due to her drinking, pestering, drinking, strong will, stubbornest and nerves of steel. We start with Rachel at the age of 18 meeting her husband and how their marriage fell apart.

The was a really interesting story and I enjoyed following Rachel trying to cope with no money, no riches or finery. Although Rachel was not the greatest main character and not very likable I respected her strength and resilience in all of these horrible situations.

We don’t just follow Rachel on her journey we also follow other perspectives for example her husband, the preacher on the island she was banished to, her daughter and her maids which added an extra layer to the story.

After finishing this book and reading the authors note really surprised me. Lady Grange was a real woman who this happened to.

If you like historical fiction this is definitely a book for you to check out.

About the Author

As well as writing popular historical thrillers, including Down to the Sea, Sue Lawrence is a leading cookery writer. After winning BBC’s MasterChef in 1991, she became a regular contributor to the Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday and other leading magazines. Raised in Dundee, she now lives in Edinburgh. She has won two Guild of Food Writers Awards.


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