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The trip to Scotland
Hetty leafed through a booklet. She was disappointed because her husband Oliver preferred to play golf with a client rather than celebrate her birthday with her ...
Nobody thought of Hetty's birthday except for her daughter Becky who congratulated her effusively. When she got a phone call from her mother inviting her to a family dinner, she thought the parents had been thinking of her birthday, but it wasn't. On the contrary, they wanted to send her to Scotland to see an old great-uncle. And that although her mother had left her relatives in an argument….
Hetty was pissed off and called her friend Pippa. She immediately congratulated her and they made an appointment. Hetty told her the whole story and then got a few ... more from Pippa

The trip to Scotland
Hetty leafed through a booklet. She was disappointed because her husband Oliver preferred to play golf with a client rather than celebrate her birthday with her ...
Nobody thought of Hetty's birthday except for her daughter Becky, who congratulated her effusively. When a call came from her mother inviting her to a family dinner, she thought the parents had been thinking of her birthday, but it wasn't. On the contrary, they wanted to send them to an old great-uncle in Scotland. And that although her mother had left her relatives in an argument….
Hetty was pissed off and called her friend Pippa. She immediately congratulated her and they made an appointment. Hetty told her the whole story and then got some good advice from Pippa…. But she hadn't quite decided on Scotland yet….
In Scotland she first had to get old curmudgeon Maxwell to stay with him because he was really sick and needed help. But at first he didn't even want to let her into the house. When Hetty was finally in the house, he needed her more than ever….
Here she also met Jules Webster, the man her great-uncle - apart from the cleaning lady - let into the house. And the ghost Rosa, who always rushed out the window….
Since Scotland is not outside the world either, Hetty heard and read about the problems in which the bank that Oliver worked for was stuck….
When Hetty drove home with the promise to return, she had made an irrevocable decision. She wanted to tell Oliver about this, but what she found in his room left her puzzled ...
But then Oliver came home and she gossiped. What he did then, she would never have thought of him ...
And then there was Hetty's aunt, her mother's sister, who was after the castle ...

Why did Oliver have to go golfing on his wife's birthday? What was her mother thinking about sending her to the unloved relative? Why did she leave her parents in an argument? How did this argument come about? What advice did Pippa give her friend? What made Hetty go to Scotland even though she felt used by her family? Why did your great-uncle need her so badly? Who Was Jules Webster? And what's up with this ghost named Rosa? What problems did Olivers Bank have? Was it affecting him too? What did Hetty find in Oliver's study? What did Oliver do that Hetty would never have thought of him? This book answers all of these questions - and many more.

My opinion
The book was easy and fluid to read. The author's writing style is uncomplicated, I never asked myself what she meant by this or that word / sentence. I was quickly involved in the story and was able to empathize with the protagonists. I felt sorry for Hetty to be alone on her birthday because not even her ages thought of it. She slowly notices that she is only being used by everyone because she was 'just' a housewife. But she realized in time that she was only a cook and cleaning lady for her husband. A man who didn't even see the need to take care of an old uncle. When she came back he did something that was unforgivable. And that is put in harmless terms. I felt very sorry for Hetty and very glad Jules supported her. The book was exciting from the start and it stayed that way until the end. It is the author's third book and, like the other two before, I liked it very much. This book gets the full rating from me.


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