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The Winter Sea Paperback – December 1, 2010
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"Kearsley's novel is highly reminiscent of Barbara Erskine's Lady of Hay and Mary Stewart's works: evocative novels that lift readers straight into another time and place to smell the sea, feel the castle walls, see history and sense every emotion. These are marks of a fantastic storyteller. 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick of the Month" - RT Book Reviews
"The rich history and the historical aspect of this novel made it a book that was hard to put down. " - The Romance Studio
"Skillful writing and research... Readers will not be disappointed in Sophia's enthralling story. Highly recommended." - Historical Novels Review
"Reading this book was pure magic. " - Queen of Happy Endings
"I loved The Winter Sea. It drew me in from the start and I found myself reading faster and faster just to find out what would happen next... " - Starting Fresh
"A creative tour de force... Brilliant!" - New York Journal of Books
"Scotland past and present comes vividly alive in this superior piece of historical fiction - the rugged countryside, salty sea air and rich heritage are the perfect setting for this tale of love, loss and destiny. " - Thoughts From Lady Tess
"This is historical fiction at its best!" - Library of Clean Reads
"Vivid... One of those books that you remember long after the last page has been turned." - Debbie's Book Bag
About the Author
Susanna Kearsley's writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. Her 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.
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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
I loved the way the book began. The history was very interesting as well. The DNA memory concept did not turn me off. Read morePublished 1 day ago by dana hunt
Buy, read, and love this book. The Winter's Sea has given me a book hangover and the feeling I'll never find a book I love again. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Klein
Several of the characters in The Winter Sea were real people who lived in the time the book is set and did what they did in the book in real life. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Astrid
Just not my cup of tea. Tried to like it and get more into it but it just seemed too pat, predictable, with characters I just didn't seem to connect to. Didn't finish....Published 5 days ago by Indiamike
What a great plot....the writer travel traveling back in time! Loved the last twist to finish off this wonderful tale!Published 6 days ago by CBF, DPT
I really enjoyed the history and the twists and turns in the book.Published 6 days ago by janet soucek
I thought this was a very well, differently written book. I enjoyed the historical aspect about an era and part of the world I new nothing about plus the manner of how this was... Read morePublished 6 days ago by lwntrtn