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Creature comforts
Stirling, Jessica.
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New York : St. Martin's, 1986.
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Hugh C. Rae was born on November 22, 1935 in Glasgow, Scotland. After graduating from secondary school, he worked as an assistant in the antiquarian department of John Smith's bookshop. His first novel, Skinner, was published in 1963. He wrote several novels using his name including Night Pillow, A Few Small Bones, The Interview, The Shooting Gallery, The Marksman, and Harkfast: The Making of a King. He also wrote as Robert Crawford, R. B. Houston, James Albany, and Stuart Stern.

Using the pseudonym Jessica Stirling, he wrote more than 30 historical romances. He wrote the first few novels with Peggie Coghlan. However, when she retired 7 years after the first book was published, he wrote the remainder on his own. The books written under this pseudonym include The Spoiled Earth, The Constant Star, Hearts of Gold, and Whatever Happened to Molly Bloom. He died on September 24, 2014 at the age of 78.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Although it helps to have read her earlier historical novel, Treasures on Earth, this second volume in Stirling's proposed trilogy, set in rural Scotland of the last century, can stand on its own. The daughters of Gaddy Cochran, the indomitable drover's woman who was a central character in the first book, realize the haunting of their hardscrabble youth in tragically flawed marriages. Elspeth, the foundling raised by Gaddy, stifled in a mysteriously nonconsummated marriage with a wealthy weaver, and Anna, the sensual dairymaid wed to Matt of the upright Sinclair family, but lusting for the newly installed laird and landowner, are the focusas well as indirect precipitatorsof the havoc that descends on the tiny enclave. The complex plot, enhanced with the schemes of crafty rurals, kept in check by the honorable Sinclairs, is an arresting exploration of thwarted ambitions and damaged lives. Stirling vividly represents the ironclad societal structures of the period and the violence sprung from lust and injustice, as the stage is set for completion of the trilogy. (August 29) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved