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Monday, January 17, 2011

Review: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

The Winter SeaPublisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN: 1402241372
Pages: 480 pgs
Genre: Historical Fiction
Challenges-Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Summary from Publisher:
In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her...

My Review:
I have had some trouble getting this review out. I have no idea why. I have written it and scrapped it multiple times since Christmas. Call it writer’s block or whatever, I just could not get my thoughts about this book to come out right.

I absolutely fell in love with this book and with Carrie. I love books about writers and historical research. It may seem completely geektastic but most of my love for Carrie comes from how much she delves into her research for her books. I only wish I could find something that I want to research that deeply. I also loved the touch of romance—of course. I did not know who I wanted Carrie to end up with of Jimmy Keith’s sons. I liked them both. Graham was sweet and with Stuie, it’s always nice to reform the rake. I was happy with the way the romance was resolved and who Carrie ended up with.

I loved the way this novel flowed between past and present. I don’t think I have ever seen an author pull it off quite as well as this. I never felt that either time period was more interesting than the other. It’s actually quite amazing because I always prefer one over the other. I think I can credit that to amazing writing, good characterization and in-depth historical research. I am most definitely looking forward to read more books by Susanna Kearsley.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog. 

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