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Susanna Kearsley
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30 Sep 2013
When one of her authors invites her to Wales for the Christmas holidays, literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw hopes to escape the nightmares that have plagued her since the death of her baby five years before. But Lyn's painful memories are brought to the surface when she meets Elen, an emotionally fragile widow with an eight-month-old child. Mysteriously afraid for her son's safety, Elen seems to view Lyn as his protector. But what makes Elen so sure that Lyn has been sent to guard little Stevie? With the help of brooding neighbour Gareth Gwyn Morgan, Lyn begins to untangle the myths surrounding the child. As her dreams grow ever more disturbing, she finds herself pulled into an ancient Celtic world of haunting legends, dangerous prophecies, and a child destined for greatness ...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (30 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749040262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749040260
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write modern gothic novels that blend historical adventure and modern-day suspense with romance and a touch of something spooky, so they don't fit neatly into any category, really...but they're fun to write!

I live on the north shore of Lake Ontario, east of Toronto, in Canada.

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'Thrilling, haunting and deeply romantic' Rachel Hore, author of A Gathering Storm 'Beautifully imaginative, with a dreamlike quality' --The Bookseller

About the Author

As a former museum curator, Susanna Kearsley brings her own passion for research and travel to bear in her books, weaving history with modern-day intrigue in a way that, in the words of one reviewer, 'tells the story of the past and illuminates the present'. She won the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Award for her novel Mariana, and was shortlisted for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award for Sophia's Secret.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAUNTING...EVOCATIVE...RIVETING... 30 Dec 2002
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is yet another beautifully written book by Susanna Kearsley. Almost as good as "Marianna" and better than "The Shadowy Horses", both by Ms. Kearsley, this book is a highly entertaining gothic style novel.
A literary agent with a sad past, her client who is a children's author, another author romantically linked with the agent's client, as well as his brother, all spend the Christmas holidays together in the two brothers' farmhouse in Wales. Our literary agent starts having vivid dreams in which a woman from the past keeps asking her to protect a beautiful child she has with her. Meanwhile, a local, somewhat eccentric neighbor also perceives this literary agent to be someone sent to guard her own child from danger. She, too, has had haunting dreams.
Throw in a brooding Welsh playwright, some atmospheric surroundings, a lonely, wild country side, some romantic yearnings, haunting legends, and mysterious, inexplicable occurrences, and what you have is a gripping page turner. It is a book well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 8 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I tried to pace myself when reading this, I really did. I don't know what it is with Suzanna Kearsley's novels but I put everything to one side just to read them.

This one centres on Lyn, struggling with a tragic past, who goes to stay with her author client in a farmhouse in Wales. She has strange dreams (and they seem bonkers until the plot comes together at the end) and finds herself drawn to faerie-like Elen and her small baby. Put into the mix, two beautiful blonde brothers and Gareth, a brooding playwright and you know you're in for a treat.

Just my thing: Arthurian legend, Tennyson, dragons and a gorgeous hero. My only complaint: it's too short and I read it far too quickly! Can't wait for the next book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good 23 Jun 2000
By Natasza
Format:Paperback
This is the second book that I have read by Susanna Kearsley and the execellent quality has been consistent.
This is a love story but it is more a ghost/paranormal/mystery and even travel book. It is beautifully written and the book draws you into it's world effortlessly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a Disappointment 16 Oct 2013
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I have read all of Susanna Kearsley' s books and eagerly awaited the arrival of this one,having waited for 9 months.
The others I have loved.This one was a disappointment. I felt as if the author was under contract to write another book and did not really know what to write about.! There were incidents in the book that I felt were put into the book to bulk it out and having come to the end of the book did not have any relevance at all. They need not have been there at all!
Really disappointed
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable relationship drama 28 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Author Bridget Cooper persuades her literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw to join her on a Christmas vacation in Angle, Wales. Bridget looks forward to spending some time with a famous playwright, whose name she refuses to divulge to Lyn. She wants Lyn to occupy a boy friend, noted writer James Swift. Lyn looks forward to meeting James because she loved his last wok "The Leaden Sky" that she thought deserved a Booker.
After they arrive in Angle, Lyn learns that Bridget plans to have a tryst with the renowned recluse Gareth Gwyn Morgan, whose play several years took the world by storm. Gareth rejects the spotlights of the London stage and has not published anything since he was heralded as the greatest. When Gareth and Lyn meet for the first time, no sparks fly. There is only a squabble that occurs whenever they're together. As they see each other, they begin to fall in love. However, neither one can handle a relationship filled with love because their respective hearts are overloaded with guilt from their pasts. Adding to their problems is the continual dream that Lyn suffers involving a mother and a child.
NAMED OF THE DRAGON is a very interesting contemporary romance that centers on protagonists predominantly belonging to the world of literature. The story line is character-driven, which works because the prime players are different in temperament yet add much to the mix. Though the subplot involving Merlin's Prophecy (Lyn's dream) seems distracting at times, it ultimately works its way into the main plot. Susanna Kearsley provides her audience with a complex relationship drama that shows her ability to showcase her cast.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 15 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A good read. As always, Susanna Kearsley writes in a compelling style. Set in a Pembrokeshire village and involving literary characters. Historical link. An enjoyable read, with a twist.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dashed hopes 27 July 2014
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Considering the many high ratings, I was expecting rather more from this novel. It consists instead of a number of unrelated and unnecessary incidents, a clutch of wannabe characters that somehow never manage to make the grade, a supposedly strong but consumistic celtic/Arthurian-cum-ghostly presence secondary story line that does nothing to enhance an already weak principal story. Just a lot of stuff jumbled together to make a book. In comparison, "The Shadowy Horses" was much, much better, with a logical beginning, a neatly thought out middle and a satisfactory if very obvious ending. Not a book to keep, unfortunately, because I'm sure Kearsely is capable of a far higher standard.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAUNTING...EVOCATIVE...RIVETING... 24 Feb 2003
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is yet another beautifully written book by Susanna Kearsley. Almost as good as "Marianna" and better than "The Shadowy Horses", both by Ms. Kearsley, this book is a highly entertaining gothic style novel.
A literary agent with a sad past, her client who is a children's author, another author romantically linked with the agent's client, and his brother, all spend the Christmas holidays together in the two brothers' farmhouse in Wales. Our literary agent starts having vivid dreams in which a woman from the past keeps asking her to protect a beautiful child she has with her. Meanwhile, a local, somewhat eccentric neighbor also perceives this literary agent to be someone sent to guard her own child from danger. She, too, has had haunting dreams.
Throw in a brooding Welsh playwright, some atmospheric surroundings, a lonely, wild country side, some romantic yearnings, haunting legends, and mysterious, inexplicable occurrences, and what you have is a gripping page turner. It is a book well worth reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good quality used book.
Published 4 days ago by helen evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I've bought another three by this author
Published 9 days ago by Anne Stavers
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical charm
This is the 4th time I`'ve read this book. My love of the Pembrokeshire coast first inspired me to read this. I love the mystery and there`s a love as well.
Published 24 days ago by r e hooper
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it
i so wanted to like this but just not my fav of hers and I have now read quite a few
Published 1 month ago by debs4g
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 1 month ago by R S Hefford
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
As always with Susanna Kearsley books, Named of the Dragon, is a fantastic story with a mix of history, mystery and gripping adventure. A book you will not want to put down!
Published 2 months ago by sarah McKean
3.0 out of 5 stars Average easy read
I was hooked on this author but quite disappointed with this one. The passion appears to be more with the Scottish stories which are much better.
Published 4 months ago by Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good atmospheric writing.
Thoroughly enjoyed this, like books about publishing etc, and now want to go and see Angle due to the atmospheric writing in this book.!
Published 6 months ago by Biblioteque
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the Dragon?
An interesting book mixing the countryside, folklore, sadness and romance with adventure but with an unexpected twist in the tail.
Published 6 months ago by Dee Coleman
2.0 out of 5 stars Very predictable
Named of The Dragon, Went flat at the end, very predictable, a bit slow and boring, got the plot half way through.
Published 7 months ago by robin spencer
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