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Something Old and Something New,
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This review is from: The Firebird (Kindle Edition)
I've read all of Susanna Kearsley's books, and so far although I have particular favourites she's never written one I didn't like. The reviewer before me claims that this is 'over researched', but I have to completely disagree. One of the things I love about Kearsley's novels is the research that goes into them and which helps to make them seem so much more realistic.
In this case I was fascinated by the links between the Jacobites and Russia - something I previously knew nothing whatsoever about. It's the meticulous research into the real people who populate this book that makes it stand out. The weaving of fictional characters into known events in the lives of real historical figures is so cleverly done, it's hard to remember where fact and fiction divide.
Yes, it does help enormously if you've already read Sophia's Secret (also known as The Winter Sea, which is a far better and more relevant title in my opinion). The Firebird is a sequel of sorts and although you could read it without any knowledge of Sophia's Secret, the characters have a lot more depth if you read the two in the right order. Various favourite characters are back (including one who had a smaller part in The Shadowy Horses, another Kearsley title), and I was interested to see the continuation of storylines I hadn't even really considered before.
As with most 'time-slip' books, the action is divided between past and present. Nicola and Rob travel from modern England and Scotland on to Belgium and Russia trying to find out about the firebird of the title, and in doing so they become intrigued by Anna, the woman who owned it hundreds of years earlier and who led a life that was anything but ordinary.
This is a novel primarily about women and from their point of view, although the male characters also have depth and believability. There is the usual romance, in both time periods, and you really get the sense that these are characters that the author cares about and wants the reader to fall in love with (which I certainly did!). Another brilliant read, and I'm already looking forward to the next one.