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Sophia's Secret

Sophia's Secret [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Kearsley
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 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.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB7IW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 19 Jun 2009
By Lewes
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 24 Sep 2008
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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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7 of 7 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect concoction of history and romance. 23 Feb 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A new favorite author! 7 Mar 2009
Recently, I finished Susanna Kearley's Sophia's Secret (also known as The Winter Sea). It's historical fiction, set in the present day and 1708 Scotland. In the present, Carrie McClelland is a bestselling author of historical fiction who's having a bit of writer's block, so she goes to Scotland to follow up with some of her research on the Scots invasion to recapture the throne of Scotland for James Stuart. Carrie chooses as her main character one of her ancestors, Sophia Paterson, a young woman who was deeply involved in the events of 1708. Carrie then finds that she begins channeling her ancestor's memories, thus fuelling the writing of the novel, excerpts of which make up roughly half the book.

I have to say that I've found a new favorite author! It's a shame that the author's books haven't yet sold rights here in the States, because she's an awesome writer (Kearsley says on her website that Mary Stewart is one of her favorite authors, not surprising considering that the two authors' styles are so alike). This was literally one of those books that I couldn't put down; the story is intriguing, as are the characters. Kearsley's approach to historical fiction is unique, so important in a world where the historical fiction market has been glutted. In addition, Kearley's writing style is beautiful, and the reader truly gets sucked into the story. I've never been to Scotland, but this book makes me want to pay it a visit. I have another one of Kearsley's novels, Mariana, on my TBR pile, begging to be read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read 25 May 2009
By Bluebell TOP 500 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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
A brilliant A mixture of history, romance, and a touch of sadness. Really enjoyed reading this and had a job putting it down.
Published 1 month ago by Beryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, just as described.
Published 2 months ago by Codge
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Romance Stories in One - Neither of Them Suited This Reader
This is my first Susanna Kearsley novel and perhaps her books just aren't a good fit for my reading pleasure. In Sophia's Secret, Ms. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Judge Tabor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good book
Published 2 months ago by C Simmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good book brilliant read as always from Susanna Kearsley
Published 3 months ago by helen evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this story, would like to read more from Susanna Kearsley
Published 4 months ago by Aranka Racz
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyed reading this book
Quite enjoyed reading this book.Must say that Barbara Erskin takes some beating.saying that, I would read another book by this author. Service very good.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. M. A. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 5 months ago by PD
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I enjoyed this story, well researched and written. Will read more of Susanna Kearsley's books. Would recommend her to others.
Published 5 months ago by saavikam
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Another great story from Susanna Kearsley, a clever time travel story through the history of 08 in the beautiful countryside of Scotland. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Thurley
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