The Secret of Ardnish is the fourth book in Angus MacDonald’s Ardnish series.
Set in 2016, this is more a fast-moving contemporary adventure story with romance than the previous three novels set a century ago. The story opens in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Young Peter Angus Gillies reluctantly follows his grandfather’s dying wishes and comes back to the old country, arriving in Arisaig, Scotland. As Peter Angus explores the long-abandoned places where his ancestors eked out a living and listens to stories about them, he learns of treasure lost centuries before from a ship transporting French gold to help the Jacobite cause. Completely bewitched by the spell of Ardnish and the ghosts of its past, he sets out to find the hidden gold. With the help of a local girl, Sarah, he embarks on a search that will test him emotionally and physically as he learns independence and resilience – and experiences a love like he has never known before. In this book is woven the strong connection highlanders have with Nova Scotians, both people sharing the same courteous ways, music and traditional language.
Angus MacDonald OBE has lived all his life in the west highlands. Now largely retired from corporate life, he is the author of the Ardnish series and the owner of the Highland Bookshop in Fort William.