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The Winter Sea [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Kearsley
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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

"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

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...

What readers say:

"Kearsley weaves an airtight spell that alternates and mingles the past with the present... Kudos go to her ending that, believe it or not, had this jaded reader blinking back both tears and smiles of surprise and approval. Well done."

"A perfect concoction of history and romance. Susanna Kearsley has to be one of my all-time favorite authors-she captures the audience's attention from the start."

"The book is so beautifully written the reader will feel they are right there on the northeast coast of Scotland; one can almost taste the salt-laced wind..."


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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: #4,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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628 of 639 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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149 of 158 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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67 of 68 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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228 of 246 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
A wonderful and entertaining read. The history woven into the story was especially interesting. Loved the characters and am looking forward to reading more Susanna Kearsley.
Published 10 hours ago by Cynthia L Mader
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun relaxed reading
Really enjoyed this historic romance novel. I especially loved the developement of the caracters in different time periods and ending
Published 1 day ago by betty patillo
3.0 out of 5 stars The story was a slow read..
It was OK just wasn't a couldn't put it down story.. I like a story with more excitement.
Found it a bit boring at times.
Could not recommend it..
Published 2 days ago by Marjorie Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure why I waited so long to read this.
This was one of the first Kindle books that I bought and I'm not sure why I did not read it earlier. I liked the mxi of present and past, and the sweetness of the romances. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Trixienell
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter Sea
Great book,loved the author. Was recommended by a friend it is her favorite book. We read it for book club.
Published 4 days ago by virginia hartwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a very good book, love the whole theme of the book. The writing was great it flowed, easy to read even going back and forth from one time to another. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sue V R
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat Characters
This was one of those books I chose to read because of all the positive reviews. This is my first Susana Kearsley novel, but I read summaries and reviews of her other books, and... Read more
Published 6 days ago by SuzReader
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story
Nice story set in Scotland, easy to follow, easy to read. If you like Outlander you will like this-same period in history
Published 8 days ago by Kathleen Peiffer
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating
I loved the book. It had everything and the ending was spectacular! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves history ,
Published 9 days ago by John C Griffith
4.0 out of 5 stars The Winter Sea
good read, however, not very believable when the author has the main character, the mother, leave her only child. No mother would so callously leave her baby. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jeanne Marie Hannan
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