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Season of Storms

Season of Storms [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Kearsley
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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'If you liked The French Lieutenant's Woman, you'll love this' Romantic Times 'Like something out of the pages of Daphne du Maurier' Daily Express

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From the international bestselling author of Mariana

In the early 1900s, in the elegant, isolated villa Il Piacere, the playwright Galeazzo D’Ascanio lived for Celia Sands. She was his muse and his mistress and the inspiration for his most stunning and original play. But the night before she was to take the stage in the leading role, Celia disappeared.

Now, decades later, in a theatre on the grounds of Il Piacere, Alessandro D’Ascanio is preparing to stage the first performance of his grandfather’s masterpiece. A promising young actress – who shares Celia Sands’ name, but not her blood – has agreed to star. She is instantly drawn to the mysteries surrounding the play – and to her compelling, compassionate employer.

And even though she knows she should let the past go, in the dark – in her dreams – it comes back…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1104 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0515131113
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (1 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB7H66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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A young actress travels to a villa high above Lake Garda in Italy to take the lead role in a play that was written for her name sake. Previous attempts to stage the play have failed miserably earning it a reputation like the
Scottish play of William Shakespere.
Many Dangerous situations lead up to the opening night, with more than a few surprizes along the way.
Fans of MS Kearsley will find this novel somewhat less " spooky and ghostly " than her previous books but none the less enjoyable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant novel from Susanna Kearsley 5 April 2010
Firstly I have to say although I really enjoyed this book, it wasn't my favourite of her works. It's difficult to compare this one to Sophia's Secret and Mariana as they were absolutely outstanding but that still dosen't mean that that this is still an excellent book. It took the first few chapters to get into but it was really worth it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars COMES UP A BIT DRY... 31 May 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a somewhat tepid book by this award winning author. Perhaps because her other novels are so terrific, this one pales in comparison. While well written, it moves along at a ponderous pace, a lull before the storm that never quite arrives.
The author weaves two stories in one. One is about a turn of the century actress, Celia Sands, who mysteriously disappeared, during a torrid affair with her wealthy, married Italian lover, who wrote a play for her. She never had an opportunity to perform the leading role in her lover's masterpiece, however, due to her untimely disappearance. The main story line is about a present day actress of the same name, though no relation, who is called upon to play the role the first Celia Sands was unable to play.
For this role, Ms. Sands is brought to a villa in Italy, which was once the home of the playwright and now belongs to his grandson, Alex. While there, Celia realizes that there are some strange goings on, but does not know why. All soon becomes clear, though it takes many pages for everything to fall into place. There is really nothing too mysterious in this mildly suspenseful novel.
Those who have read the author's other novels may be mildly disappointed. Newcomers to this author may enjoy it more. Nonetheless, it is still a well written, though somewhat tepid and belabored, novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is the first book by Kearsley that I have read so I cannot compare SAESON OF STORMS to her other works. What tempted me to pick it up was the theatrical element of the story along with a hint of the past haunting the main character through dreams. However, although I began by enjoying the story's slow unwinding, I quickly found myself becoming bored.

The basis of the plot is that the main character, Celia Sands, is a young actress who shares her name with an infamous actress from the early 1900s who disappeared the night before she stared in a play by playwright Galeazzo D'Ascanio. When Celia is asked to star as the lead in a new staging of the famously doomed play, she travels to Italy in which to do so. And, far from being the past, the events of the original Celia Sands begins to haunt her.

OK, sounds great. The problem with this book is the pace - it is incredibly slow. Kearsley takes a long time describing every little detail. This results in very little actually happening for quite a while. I am normally a fast reader but I was trudging through this - a few times I stopped after only a short time but then decided to pick it up again and trudge on some more.
Although I can see that some will relish the attention to detail, for me it was too much. Rather than the slow amble towards the heart of the story, I would have preferred there to be a bit more of a storm to drive me on with my reading.

I may look at some of her other pieces of work, but unfortunately this one I cannot recommend.
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1.0 out of 5 stars lost opportunity 11 Feb 2014
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I bought this book because of the promising description and because other books I have read by the same author were entertaining, rather light though nicely written reads for moments of leisure. The author herself states in her acknowledgements that the novel, a work of fiction, was written in homage to the great Italian poet, Gabriele D'Annunzio. So I expected a pleasurable but somewhat more taxing book this time, with a setting rather closer in spirit to D'Annunzio's celebrated retreat on Lake Garda and a vivid, more eccentric atmosphere, with well-rounded characters to match. Alas, the characters were little more than stereotypes, the story motifs ordinary, the pace snail-like and the atmosphere limp, damp, and off-putting. Not to mention that what there is of Italy and the Italians is seen through rose or blue-tinted glasses, according to the moment, and has little to do with Italy as a real country and its inhabitants as live persons. A struggle to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Suzanne Kearsleys books 30 Jan 2014
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I think most people would like this book, I shall certainly pass it on to my friends when I have finished it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 24 Aug 2013
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I normally love Susanna Kearsley books but this one didn't hold my interest as much as previous stories. A bit predictable but I did finish it. For readers who have not previously read Susanna Kearsley I would recommend starting with Sophia's Secret or Mariana.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A twisted plot 24 July 2013
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Like the Sands of an egg timer, the trickle of the grains gather speed before the plunge of an exciting end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars could not put it down
excellent book, I could not stop reading, I was almost disappointed when it ended ,am looking forward to reading another book .
Published 9 months ago by rose dewsbury
2.0 out of 5 stars An endless Season of Storms.
I struggled to finish this book in the hope it would improve, but it did'nt! The plot was totally unbelievable and half the characters were surplus to requirements. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Abraham2
5.0 out of 5 stars Recomended!
Again a wonderful novel by Susanna Kearsley. Her caracters and cast of surrounding is great. i love her novels.So, read!
Published 9 months ago by Liz van Beek
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful
What a good escape read this is well done. It's well written with lots of twists in the story line.
Published 9 months ago by Katherine Trotter
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Highly recommend this book. I love this writer she tells a totally different story in each book. I've read most of them
Published 11 months ago by isuzieq
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not my favourite from this excellent author
I recently discovered this author - and having read all her other works that had a time/supernatural element to them, I missed that element to this novel. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another pge turner!
Again this author did not disappoint. Her description in every sentence puts you at the scene, engulfing you in the atmosphere as well as the physical surroundings. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pages
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite
Now this is my favourite Kearsley book. I again loved this with all the characters surprising. I usually try to make my books look like they haven't been read but this one looks... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Libby6
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I love all of Sussana Kearsley's books and this is no exception, couldn't put it down. Makes a for a good read
Published 13 months ago by Mary Rendle
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