Author: Susanna Kearsley
Genre: Historical Fiction
About: (Goodreads synopsis) Carrie McClelland came to Scotland to research her next book. Renting a cottage in the same town where her story takes place, Carrie embarks not only on her novel, but on a romance with her landlord’s handsome son, Graham Keith. When the boundary between past and present begins to blur, Carrie finds herself channeling memories not her own. Pulled deeper and deeper into the memories of the past, Carrie realizes these visions are more than the means to another bestselling novel, but also a way to right the wrongs of the past and create a future with the man whose love is her destiny.
My thoughts: Although this is the first of Susanna Kearsley’s books I’ve read it won’t be the last. The Winter Sea slowly pulled me into the story – which I liked because it gave me a good sense of setting, story, and characters. I liked the dual-history aspect of the story almost writing itself using the author who may or may not be related to one of the characters. The possibility of genetic memory is explored – a concept I find intriguing.
Kearsley weaves a story of Scotland during a time of great upheaval with enough historical detail that made me understand what was at stake and why the characters would risk everything for the greater good. They are faced with heart-breaking decisions and sacrifice which gives the novel an emotional undertone. Once I was pulled into the novel I found the pace to be such that I didn’t want to stop reading – which is how I like historical fiction to make me feel.
I was satisfied with how Susanna Kearsley wrapped up the story and am happy to report she is now writing a sequel to The Winter Sea.
Have you read any other books by Ms. Kearsley? If so, can you recommend one for me to read?
Source: I bought it.