Desiree Anstey, book reviewer for the Journal Pioneer (Summerside), had nothing but praise for An Irregular Marriage in her May 18 column “In The Books”: “Author Margaret Westlie leaves nothing to chance and whisks the reader away with her poetically detailed scenes.
Westlie evokes the damp wind-swept moorland setting so effectively you can practically smell the rain from far away and trace the moss-covered granite rising upward out of the heather. …
Westlie magically transports the reader with her detailed descriptions … and brings the eccentric charm of the characters to life. … And there are some page-turning secrets to be revealed for these two star-crossed lovers, Annie and Alistair.” Read More
Elizabeth Cran, book reviewer for The Guardian (Charlottetown), praised Molly and Company in a review published January 30, 2016. “A tragi-comic novel may well be the best kind. After all, life is like that, and most novels try to imitate life, in some way. From Prince Edward Island comes “Molly and Company’’ by Margaret A. Westlie.
It’s a sequel to “Shades of Molly’’, a story set in a nursing home, and full of rambunctious ghosts. The book is mainly concerned with Willie Poste, a renowned artist and a nasty man, who’s hovering between life and death. He’s sent over to Molly, Lucy and Larry to see if they can rehabilitate him before he has to go back to mortal life. In a beautiful meadow with a brook running through, they work at it with difficulty because of Willie’s inherent lack of co-operation. Meanwhile, the human ghost hunters are having a lot of trouble trying to find who is doing the haunting.
The dialogue in this book is especially lifelike. The story reads fast and well with no bumps caused by mistakes in language. If you haven’t figured out where the tragedy comes in, read the book.”
Margaret A. Westlie was a featured guest on Main Street PEI on CBC Radio-1. Karen Mair, the host of the program, interviewed her about An Irregular Marriage, the third novel in her Scottish Pioneers series. View on CBC
Elizabeth Cran, book reviewer for The Guardian (Charlottetown), had praise for Anna’s Secret in her column of January 31: “One of the most striking things about this fine book is the way the spreading uneasiness around the community is described. Another is the author’s skill in description, especially in conveying a sense of the beautiful natural world all around.” Read More
Elizabeth Cran, book reviewer for The Guardian (Charlottetown) has reviewed Shades of Molly, the first of the Partners Paranormal novels. “Westlie is a writer to watch,” she writes, referring as well to her previous and highly favourable review of Mattie’s Story. Read More
Read More Margaret was interviewed by Kerry Campbell on CBC Radio-1 on the release of Mattie’s Story in Prince Edward Island in May 2013.