The Posy Ring

When antiques seller Daisy Graham inherits an ancient house on the Hebridean island of Garve, she’s daunted by its size and isolation. But the building, its jumble of contents, its wilderness of a garden and the island itself prove themselves so fascinating that she’s soon captivated. She’s also attracted to Cal Galbraith, who is showing an evident interest in the house and its new owner, yet she’s suspicious of his motives – with good reason, it seems.

In parallel with their story runs that of sixteenth-century cousins Mateo and Francisco, survivors from the ill-fated Spanish Armada who find safe passage to the island. There, one of them falls in love with the laird’s daughter. The precious gold posy (poesy) ring he gives her is found centuries later. Are its haunting engraved mottoes, un temps viendra and vous et nulautre, somehow significant now for Daisy and Cal?


Praise for Catherine Czerkawska:

“Beguiling and enchanting.” Scottish Review

“Czerkawska tells her tale in a restrained, elegant prose that only adds to its poignancy.” Sunday Times (season’s best historical fiction)

“A powerful story about love and obligation…a persuasive novel, very well written.” John Burnside

“Clear-eyed, succinct … a substantial piece of work.” Rosemary Goring, National

“Moving, poetic and quietly provocative.” Independent

“Heart-warming, realistic and page-turning.” Lorraine Kelly

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Publication Date

April 2018


The Posy Ring on the Saraband Books website