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The Winter Sea [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Kearsley
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Book Description

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!


Fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series will devour this hauntingly beautiful tale of love and time travel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.


History has all but forgotten...


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...


"Powerful, atmospheric, enthralling, and simply mesmerizing, [The Winter Sea] is one of the best books you'll read this year!" -Singletitles.com


"Susanna Kearsley's obvious love of history is infectious... The Winter Sea is an acknowledgement that so many of us are haunted by the deeds of our ancestors, perhaps literally..."-Gail Anderson-Dargatz, international bestselling author of A Recipe for Bees


 


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Reading this book was pure magic.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley's writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. She recently hit the bestseller lists in the U.S. with The Winter Sea, which was also a finalist for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award and winner of a RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best Historical fiction, and RITA-nominated The Rose Garden, winner of a RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best Historical Fantasy/Paranormal. Her award-winning books have been translated into several languages, selected for the Mystery Guild, condensed for Reader's Digest, and optioned for film. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario.

Product Details

  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 520 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402241372
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DCB32K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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640 of 651 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A flawlessly crafted novel August 7, 2008
Format:Hardcover
First Sentence: It wasn't chance.

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.
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155 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Winter Sea January 16, 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Winter Sea is wonderful. It is exactly the kind of historical fiction that I love reading. The story is about a writer in the present time who travels to Scotland and stays at a cottage in Cruden Bay (between Aberdeen and Edinburgh) near Slain Castle to research materials for her novel about the Jacobite uprising of 1708. (King James (Catholic) was exiled from the English throne to France when Mary and William became King and Queen (Mary was James' daughter) at the request of the English people. King James died in France in 1700, but his son James (aka The Pretender) with the help of the French King invaded Scotland to try to reclaim the crown.) This was the period of the first Jacobite uprising, historical materials for which are hard to come by, as there were many cover-ups, betrayals, etc. Ms. Kearsley gets better with each book she writes. I was reminded pleasantly of Lady Dorothy Dunnett's writing style in which fictional characters are interwoven with real people and events. This book was so much like Lady Dunnett's Checkmate, her six book of the Lymond Chronicles, except that Kearsley is so much easier to read. I loved this book.
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231 of 249 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Contender to the Mary Stewart Throne May 23, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Susanna Kearsley's "The Winter Sea," is a darn good read. From the opening pages, her words flow like that of an old friend, lulling the reader into a comfortable sense of satisfaction that has one wishing that as the pages turn, more pages will mysteriously appear to allow this particular treat to be savored longer.

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.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On my all time top 10 reads! April 2, 2011
By abcnest
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
At my age, I'll just say over six decades, I have read a few books in my time. Some of my favorite books being, West With the Night, by Beryl Markham; Sena Jeter Nashlund's, Ahab's Wife, One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; The Red Tent, Cutting for Stone, The Help, Sarah's Key I could keep going but you can tell the kind of books I like from that sampling. Well I have never been so emotionally involved in a book like I was with Winter Sea. I can hardly find words to tell what a fantastic read this was. All I can say, and I do love to write myself, is that I wish I could tell a story the way Susanna Kearsley does!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
I had a hard time getting into this book which is unusual for me because I like just about everything I read. I can admit that I'm not always the most discerning reader. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Bkblee
5.0 out of 5 stars History Doesn't Have to be Dull
I really enjoyed this book. As another reviewer wrote it is finely crafted throughout. I have always been interested in the Jacobite period of Scottish history, and have read... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tea Lassie
3.0 out of 5 stars A little boring.
Let me start by saying Ms. Kearsley writes beautifully and I will be reading more of her books.

I wanted to love this book, but it was just a little flat, if you ask me. Read more
Published 1 day ago by eighty-eight
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I very much enjoyed this book. In fact, I enjoyed it enough to write my first amazon review. I'm now interested in reading more from this author.
Published 2 days ago by missrennie
3.0 out of 5 stars Half good, half so-so
I liked the real life story the author experiences in the book, but I was less interested in the history she wrote about. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sha
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend
I enjoyed this book although it took me a little longer to get into then normal. Basically there are two different plots happening at the same time yet in two different historical... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Concerned Parent
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love historical fiction and this did not let me down. Great read.
Published 4 days ago by golum
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great historical background, with love and adventure!
Published 4 days ago by Penny strelow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed the book!
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
Such a beautiful and well-written story. I was hesitant to read this at first but so glad I did. While I guessed the end, it was simply only due to my desire for a HEA. Read more
Published 6 days ago by jlynn
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I write modern gothic novels that blend historical adventure and modern-day suspense with romance and a touch of something spooky, so they don't fit neatly into any category, really...but they're fun to write!

I live on the north shore of Lake Ontario, east of Toronto, in Canada.

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