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I live on the north shore of Lake Ontario, east of Toronto, in Canada.
Top Customer Reviews
Bestselling author Carrie McClelland comes from France, where she is working on a book related to the 1708 attempted return of James Stewart to regain his throne. On the way to the christening of her friend and agent's baby, she takes a side road and is drawn to Slains Castle.
Deciding to move from France to Scotland, she rents a cottage near Slains and finds her connection to the old castle is closer even than her ancestor who once lived there.
This is not a gothic, time travel or a torrid romance. It is a flawlessly crafted novel set in two time periods with a romantic relationship in each. From the first page, I was immersed in the story. Kearsley's sense of place is evocative; I was with the characters in sight, sound and even smell.
Her characters became real to me. In the present day, Carrie is a wonderful protagonist; smart and independent, as is Sophie in the past. Surrounded by a strong group of supporting characters, I felt I could sit down and have a chat with any of them. The plot is so well done and flows beautifully between the two time periods.
Kearsley is an excellent writer. There is a lot of factual information in the story, but it is incorporated as part of the story and through dialogue; thus never taking you out of the story or causing you to question her facts. After the end of the story, she very clear about what liberties she did take, and those were few. The explanation used for the link from the present to the past was fascinating and one with which I was unfamiliar.
At the same time, there was nothing dry about this book; I did laugh, I did cry, at times, my heart beat a bit faster from suspense and romance and I absolutely loved the endings.Read more ›
In the great romantic/suspense tradition of Mary Stewart--who in my opinion retains the grand old dame seat for positioning her damsels in distress with the most literary language and in magical venues that act as characters while crafting a plotline that withstands the test of time and achieves levels of sophistication and nuance that most of today's writers can't even fathom--Kearsley's heroine finds herself in an abnormal situation but not of the usual predictable formulaic fabrication. Like Stewart's ladies, she possesses intelligence and a degree of fierce tenacity that fits with the sensibilities of the 21st century yet the telling of her tale relies on subtlety to convey that extra oomph that propels this one beyond the ordinary overly sentimental romantic confection that lends to knowing the ending before even reaching the midpoint of its pages.
Instead of the usual potboiler revolving around murder, kidnapping or the plight of a helpless child, Kearsley manages to interject an element of the supernatural into each of her stories. "The Winter Sea" cleverly relies heavily on such a premise--in this case, genetic memory and uncontrolled yet compelling voices from the past--but with such a light and deft professional touch that the reader becomes more absorbed with rather than skeptical of a turn of events more akin to the horror anecdotes of Barbara Erskine than Stewart or Victoria Holt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful work of historical fiction! The characters come to life in a remarkable way, both the past characters and the "present" ones. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Raidee A. Hernandez
The writing was mesmerizing. There were revelations in the book that I do not wish to spoil for anyone, but I was quite stunned. Perhaps others saw this coming, but I did not. Read morePublished 3 days ago by T. Lopez
Nice complexity to something that could have been formulaic. Good beach read, or when you have a cold.Published 4 days ago by Pen Princess
This book is two stories at once: one of present day author Carrie, and one of her ancestor Sophia during the first Jacobite rebellion in 1708. Read morePublished 5 days ago by L. Robinson
Found this interesting as I hadn't till now read anything about Scotland and history about the area. Well done and enjoyable read.Published 8 days ago by NPR fan
The Winter Sea was so much fun to read! The story is compelling-I found it hard to put down. A great book!Published 8 days ago by L. Riddle
I wanted to like this book. I really did. I'm a fan of the author (favorites include The Firebird, The Shadowy Horses: An enchanting, mysterious tale that bends time and place, A... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Lostgirl
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I kind of agree with you.
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I agree with you Dolores. I prefer "stand alone" books rather than the "to be continued" books in a series for the same reason. The first book is priced low and the rest are priced high. It's just a good way for an author to make money (which I can understand), but I usually... Read More
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