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The Shadowy Horses: An enchanting, mysterious tale that bends time and place Paperback – October 2, 2012
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"This poetic novel will seduce readers with its beautiful prose and lush, vivid descriptions of the Scotland shore." - RT Book Reviews
"Do you love romantic suspense? Do you ever feel nostalgic about the Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart books you read in your girlhood? Are you apt to re-read Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca once a year? If so, you will very likely enjoy Susanna Kearsley's fine new novel, The Shadowy Horses. " - The Romance Reader
"So a smooth, descriptive style, characters who breathe on the page, attention paid to the details of the action and the characters' professions, a little humor, an intense growing love, a willingness on my part to believe the paranormal, they all lead to a great reading experience. " - Dear Author
"I look forward to reading it and collecting this author's back list" - Obsessed with Books
"If you'd like a book to put you in mind of the Mary Stewarts of yesteryear, but which has a poetic style and energy all its own, I recommend The Shadowy Horses. Lass, I don't ken what more you could ask for.
" - All About Romance
"This was a fun enjoyable read, that sucked me on the first few pages. Easy to lose yourself in, and nicely paced. " - Jenny Loves to Read
"If you have read Kearsley's books before and enjoyed them, you will enjoy this one as well. It is an entertaining book that I had a hard time putting down. For those who have not read a book by Susanna Kearsley yet, I highly recommend starting with this one, it is a great book!
" - The Book Garden
"The last 30 pages were intense, heartbreaking, and wonderfully satisfying; I couldn't have asked for a better conclusion.
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"This one is going in my keeper pile " - Burton Book Review
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It's not the ancient Roman history that intimidates Verity--even when that history takes the ghostly form of a slain Roman sentinel--it's her co-worker David Fortune, who frustrates her with his remoteness.
As the group of archaeologists strives to uncover the truth of the mysterious Roman campsite, science must contend with the paranormal. The ghost's appearances become more urgent and more chilling until Verity can no longer deny its message--someone is in great danger. Could the deadly warning be for her or for David? Somehow they'll have to communicate with each other, which is proving to be the biggest hurdle they face at the dig site...
The wild Scottish landscape is a perfect backdrop for intrigue, as Verity learns that outside the scientists laboratory the shadowy horses of history carry messages from the past. --This text refers to the Unbound edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The Shadowy Horses is set in a small town on the east coast of Scotland and is, as mentioned above, a blend of literature, romance and suspense. Kearsley's writing is masterful, as she manages to tell a modern tale of a haunted archaeology site without ever going over the top. At several points the characters actually attempt to communicate with the ghost of a Roman legionnaire, and not one time did I ever want to roll my eyes; quite a feat for a writer, in my opinion.
The weakest part of this book -- and the reason I am not giving it 5 stars -- is the suspense element. The suspense is so mild as to be almost non-existent. So if you're looking for a spine-tingling, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat type of book this is definitely not it.
The romance is low-key, also, which is fine with me. But again, if you're looking for a heart-stopping, blood-racing, titillating love scene you're not going to find it here. Nevertheless, the romance is there, as the heroine is faced with not just one but two admirers (three, if you count an eight-year-old boy), both drop-dead gorgeous (we should all be so lucky, huh?). And one of them -- I don't want to say who as that could be a spoiler -- did make my heart beat just a little bit faster. :)
Kearsley's greatest strength is in her dialogue. This is the aspect where many writers of fiction -- especially those writing in a contemporary setting -- lose me.Read more ›
This is an excellent, fast moving book that I was sorry to see end. The descriptions of life in a small Scottish coastal village were excellent and very true to life. The characters were colourful and likeable and it is not at all hard to picture them at the Ship Hotel with a pint or gathered around the kitchen having a hearty Scottish breakfast.
Pour a cup of tea and make plans to curl up for a day by the fire reading this book, you won't regret it.
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This author is just an amazing talent. Her words weave together and wrap me up in her story. This one was amazing and unique.Published 5 days ago by S. Gay Norris
Love all her books but this is by far my favorite. Met her St a book signing as well last year and she could not be nicer. Hope she tours again soon!Published 10 days ago by K. Mitchell
Even though I usually don't like books with ghosts and the supernatural it seemed pretty believeable.Published 14 days ago by Phoebe
Bought this book on a recommendation and it did not disappoint. Set in Scotland the story of an archeological dig that is steeped in mystery truly grabs your attention. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sue
This story kept me intrigued to read on & couldn't help but put myself in the shoes of the characters. A good read & will look for other titles from this author for sure!Published 18 days ago by Jaime Prentiss
This book arrived in TERRIBLE condition. It was yellowed, bent, and wrinkled. I will have to throw it away when I finish reading it.Published 28 days ago by Judi
I loved this book and its story. Since I read firebird, I already knew Robbie. I may have read them out of order? But it didn't matter. Peter is Quite the character. Read morePublished 1 month ago by terry saxon
Beautifully written, romantic and mysterious. This one's worth reading more than once. Currently working my way through all the books from this author, this is one of my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer