While thinking of putting together a wish list of cover photo and art for KINDRED, I stumbled across a particular photo on Flickr yesterday, and have finally pulled myself away from staring at it to post a link to it here.
If you're so inclined, go take a look. I'm going back to stare at it some more. The girl needs a bit more clothes on, and curlier hair. Otherwise she is SO Seona. I won't even go into the whole "rivers as boundaries," and "crossing rivers" symbolism that permeates the story.
Yes I will. Here's a brief snip, one of many:
Copyright 2009 Lori Benton
“Da’s Highland-born, from a place called Glendessary, but he went to Inverness to be a bookbinder. That’s where one of my Lindsay uncles met him. My uncle brought Da home to their croft in Aberdeen. I suppose the family thought an acquaintance with a fellow hailing from the wild Highlands fine and good, but when that fellow took a fancy to their sister…. Well, Mam was old enough to marry, but they insisted she was needed at home.” He shrugged. “True enough, but so was their wanting to wed.”
“She liked him back?” I felt foolish in asking, like a child caught up in a story. Inverness… Glendessary… Aberdeen. Here we stood, hands bound and clasping, yet I felt like Ian stood across some wide river, trying to tell me what was over on his side. A leaf fell between us, landing on my hand, a splash of yellow. Ian turned our palms so it dropped into the cup of our fingers.
“Aye, she liked him back,” he said, with a look I felt down to my toes. Just that quick, he’d crossed back over that river to me.