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Bellewether Paperback – August 7, 2018
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"Kearsley weaves a richly told contemporary story with an imaginative, authentically detailed tale from the past, throwing in just the right elements of romance and the paranormal." - Booklist, STARRED Review
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA award winner, Susanna Kearsley is known for her meticulous research and exotic settings from Russia to Italy to Cornwall, which not only entertain her readers but give her a great reason to travel. Her lush writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. She hit the bestseller lists in the U.S. with The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden, both RITA finalists and winners of RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. Other honors include finaling for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award, National Readers' Choice Awards, and the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. Her popular and critically-acclaimed books are available in translation in more than 20 countries and as audio books. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario.
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The prose is eloquent and expressive. The characters are alluring, sympathetic, multi-layered, and authentic. And the plot is a sweeping saga filled with familial drama, introspection, love, loss, grief, mystique, heartbreak, romance, secrets, passion, loyalty, as well as a little peek into a war that had a tremendous impact on the culture and history of Canada as we know it today.
Bellewether is a beautifully written, exceptionally atmospheric novel that transports you to another time and place and immerses you so thoroughly into the personalities, feelings, and lives of the characters you never want it to end. It is without a doubt one of my favourite novels of the year that once again highlights Kearsley’s extraordinary imagination and talent as a masterful storyteller and researcher.
I have to say that Susanna Kearsley is a very talented storyteller! I love her style of writing, and when I start reading one of her books, I get the feeling that it will be unputdownable! It's the case for Bellewether, a thrilling tale of the Wilde house that was handed down from generation to generation.
First, the author has nicely alternated two periods, the past and the present day. She has very well blended her characters to create a family story that will intrigue you until the very last chapter. It’s filled with secrets, love, honour and family relationships.
Past: we learn the sweet love story of Lydia Wilde, who's trying to keep peace in her broken family and the arrival in her life of a French-Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran. Did their story really happened or was it just a ghost tale invented from generation to generation?
Present day: Charley Van Hoek is the new curator of the Wilde House Museum, the same house that holds lots of secrets. Will Charley discover them with the help of Sam and her friends? Slowly, she will delve into the past, and become fascinated by Lydia and Jean-Philippe's true story. Who is the ghost that haunts the old Wilde house now? Will the truth come out? Do Charley and Sam have a chance to be happy?
*Received an advance reader copy from NetGalley and publisher in exchange for a fair review.