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Sophia's Secret [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Kearsley
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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'A deeply-engaging romance and a compelling historical novel ... Susanna Kearsley has written a marvellous book' Bernard Cornwell

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When bestselling author Carrie McClelland visits the windswept ruins of Slains Castle, she is enchanted by the stark and beautiful Scottish landscape. The area is strangely familiar to her but she puts aside her faint sense of unease to begin her new novel, using the castle as her setting, and one of her own ancestors, Sophia, as her heroine. Then Carrie realises her writing is taking on a life of its own and the lines between fact and fiction become increasingly blurred. As Sophia's memories draw Carrie more deeply into the intrigue of 1708, she discovers a captivating love story lost in time. After three hundred years, Sophia's Secret must be told.

Previously published as The Winter Sea


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 731 KB
  • Print Length: 520 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402241372
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (15 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB7IW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 19 Jun 2009
By Lewes
Format:Paperback
I love historical romance/supernatural/ghost stoies and my favourite author is Barbara Erskine. I have read all of Barbara's books so am always on the look out for other books/authors. I have to say this book surprised me, it had me gripped from the start and I loved it. Well worth reading if you like this kind of story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 24 Sep 2008
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I picked this book because it seemed to be a Barbara Erskine time slip story. Whilst it lacks the tension of a Barbara Erskine it was still good and well written. The historical bits are in the third person and the modern bits in the first person which gives it a certain immediacy. Carrie finds lots of locals more than willing to help her with historical detail when she starts writing a book about the failed 1708 Stuart uprising in Scotland. She quickly makes friends not least with the two sons of her landlord - Stuart and Graham. Her writing progresses much more speedily than normal and she seems to be almost in a trance when she's writing. But would anyone believe that she has got all the historical details right without doing the research? If you can't wait for the next Barbara Erskine then this is a good substitute.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, Believable, Emotional 19 May 2011
By volone
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I know this book was nominated for a Romance Writers' award a couple of years ago, but I wasn't prepared for how good it was going to be!

Beautifully evoked,the wild Scottish eastern coastline provides the setting for the two romantic journeys travelled respectively by novelist Carrie and poor relation Sophie in their respective eras.

I suppose one yardstick for any romantic novel is how much the writer can engage the reader's emotions, and I confess that Ms Kearsley had ne reduced to tears on at least three occasions. I will not elaborate on these as I don't wish to spoil the plot for anyone.

Ultimately, this is what I believe a romane should be; romantic! It is also taut with suspense and an excellent little history lesson on a fairly quietly reported piece of British past.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect concoction of history and romance. 23 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Susanna Kearsley has to be one of my all time favorite authors, she captures the audiences attention from the start. This book and Mariana are the best two in my opinion, I couldnt put them down and finished each of them within the day. What I love about this book is the historical events which the story is centered around is not well known, which is a refreshing change to many of the historical best sellers. If you love history and romance then Im sure you will love this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 15 May 2011
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Having read and raved about "Mariana" I was anxious to read another book by this author. Sophia's secret is another very well written and interesting read although due to my ignorance about this period of history I did find it difficult to fully appreciate and understand the complexity of some of the characters. Definitely a book you need to read intelligently and concentrate on, - would recommend it but do feel that I preferred "Mariana" with regard to storyline - but that is just a personal viewpoint. Very excited to have discovered such a brilliant author (is it not pc to say authoress these days?) Will definitely read all of her novels given time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! Fabulous mix of history and romance 18 April 2011
By L. Bretherton VINE VOICE
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If you like historical fiction, you will love this book, especially if you have Scottish blood in you! Anyone who knows Slains Castle (inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula) will be interested in this well-written tale based on real characters from the Jacobite Rebellion. Carrie is a feisty modern heroine, and Sophia is a lovely creation for the herione for the historical thread. All the characters are believable and well-crafted. You will cry in places, as you become gripped by Sophia's secret and try to guess how it's all going to end up..... I read this book in a couple of days on holiday, and was genuinely sad when it ended. I am definitely going to read more books by this author, I loved her style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reincarnation type story 20 Jan 2010
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Excellent novel set in early 18C Scotland and modern day. Unusual historical era and very well written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read 25 May 2009
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I haven't read this author before, and, if this book is anything go by, certainly will in the future. It's a long book but it never flags: I couldn't put it down and read it over a few days. The author skilfully intertwines the historical, and largely true story of the unsuccessful Jacobite incursion into Scotland in 1708, with a modern, largely fictional strand, involving an authoress writing a historical novel about that historical event. Not only is a riveting read but it's also very well written: Suasanna Kearsley has a gift for creating fluid and evocative prose. Thoroughly recommended.
Watch out that the hard-cover version of this book has a different title The Winter Sea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOPHIA'S Secret by Susanna Kearsley
I like historical books and this appeared to be well researched. You could tell by the writing even though I don't know much about their Jacobite period. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marian Knell
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story and beautifully written
This will definitely keep you turning the pages... Historical detail was fantastic. As a native of the area it was set in I can confirm that her description of the landscape was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kerry Slaven
3.0 out of 5 stars OK ish
Quite interesting if you want to know about the life & times of Jacobites. I found this book rather twee, a tad predictable & the ending contrived (at least as far as the modern... Read more
Published 5 months ago by musiclover
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I am glad it ended the way it did; and I did enjoy it. The only thing that slightly irked was all the info about the battles _ I got impatient with that.

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Published 6 months ago by Mrs. A. W. Mcleman
4.0 out of 5 stars nice twist
Could have been written by Barbara Erskine (Lady of Hay). A historical romance with an unexpected twist at the end. A good read.
Published 7 months ago by Daisy Durya
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in a long time...
Bored with period paranormal romances, I initially found and read The Rose Garden, also by Susanna Kearsley and fell in love with her books... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarahj
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely compelling and enthralling
I read this story a few years ago and liked it, recently bought it (for lack of something to read) and couldn't believe i'd forgotten it was absolutely fantastic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rapenzel
5.0 out of 5 stars History, and a good story!
First book I have read by this author. It won't be the last! I had forgotten I have some Scottish Ancestry. It really appealed to my love of Historical settings in my novels. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bernadette
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have never been to N.E Scotland
After reading this great story by Susannah Kearley, I just want to go to see all the places referred to in journey that takes the reader into the mystery's of time she gives to her... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. M. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good read, i found i could not put it down.
This was the first book hat i have read by this author,and i was hooked from the beginning,i did not want the story to end.
Published 9 months ago by Amanda Schwarz
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