Winter Sea, The Hardcover – 24 Mar 2008
Please note that this book was previously published as Sophia's Secret, the content of both titles is the same.
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Historical author Carrie Mclelland travels to Scotland to visit her agent only to be lured by the solitary beauty of Slains Castle. When she finds her muse has taken on a new persona in the shape of a young women from her familial past, she finds a new direction for her work-in-progress in Scotland not France. As the story Carrie had intended to write unfolds in this new way she can't explain the hold the history of the area and the people has on her. What's even weirder she quickly learns (after the fact of writing it) that what she writes from her imagination has strong elements of the actual facts that are disclosed by those around her. Fearing she might be insane, she wonders if maybe this is genetic memory shared from her ancestor Sophia Paterson, the protagonist narrator of her book?
When she meets the Keith brothers she finds that maybe what is happening in the present is somehow linked with her ancestor of the past and until the final pages of her story are written she won't know her own future?
The book is so beautifully written the reader will feel they are right there on the northeast coast of Scotland; one can almost taste the salt-laced wind. She has created memorable characters both in the present and past that the reader will not want to let go once the last page is turned. Clearly she has done her research and it is wonderful to find a plot that isn't sunk in all the Jacobite romance of Culloden, but embraces a time period of Scottish history not often written about in fiction-1708.
I savored every page of the journey Carrie/Sophia made. A must read for those who like historical fiction with a unique twist linking present to past.
Bestselling author Carrie McClelland comes from France, where she is working on a book related to the 1708 attempted return of James Stewart to regain his throne. On the way to the christening of her friend and agent's baby, she takes a side road and is drawn to Slain Castle.
Deciding to move from France to Scotland, she rents a cottage new Slain and finds her connection to the old castle is closer even than her ancestor who once lived there.
This is not a gothic, time travel or a torrid romance. It is a flawlessly crafted novel set in two time periods with a romantic relationship in each. From the first page, I was immersed in the story. Kearsley's sense of place is evocative; I was with the characters in sight, sound and even smell.
Her characters became real to me. In the present day, Carrie is a wonderful protagonist; smart and independent, as is Sophie in the past. Surrounded by a strong group of supporting characters, I felt I could sit down and have a chat with any of them. The plot is so well done and flows beautifully between the two time periods.
Kearsley is an excellent writer. There is a lot of factual information in the story, but it is incorporated as part of the story and through dialogue; thus never taking you out of the story or causing you to question her facts. After the end of the story, she very clear about what liberties she did take, and those were few. The explanation used for the link from the present to the past was fascinating and one with which I was unfamiliar.
At the same time, there was nothing dry about this book; I did laugh, I did cry, at times, my heart beat a bit faster from suspense and romance and I absolutely loved the endings.Read more ›
In the great romantic/suspense tradition of Mary Stewart--who in my opinion retains the grand old dame seat for positioning her damsels in distress with the most literary language and in magical venues that act as characters while crafting a plotline that withstands the test of time and achieves levels of sophistication and nuance that most of today's writers can't even fathom--Kearsley's heroine finds herself in an abnormal situation but not of the usual predictable formulaic fabrication. Like Stewart's ladies, she possesses intelligence and a degree of fierce tenacity that fits with the sensibilities of the 21st century yet the telling of her tale relies on subtlety to convey that extra oomph that propels this one beyond the ordinary overly sentimental romantic confection that lends to knowing the ending before even reaching the midpoint of its pages.
Instead of the usual potboiler revolving around murder, kidnapping or the plight of a helpless child, Kearsley manages to interject an element of the supernatural into each of her stories. "The Winter Sea" cleverly relies heavily on such a premise--in this case, genetic memory and uncontrolled yet compelling voices from the past--but with such a light and deft professional touch that the reader becomes more absorbed with rather than skeptical of a turn of events more akin to the horror anecdotes of Barbara Erskine than Stewart or Victoria Holt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very unhappy about this book waited two weeks for this book only to find its the same story as Sophia's Secret !! Which i already have...Not happy !!!Published 15 months ago by kay
This is my first Susanna Kearsley novel and perhaps her books just aren't a good fit for my reading pleasure. In The Winter Sea, Ms. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Judge Tabor
I already have this in hardback but have wanted the paperback version for a longtime which has not been available in the UK 'till now. Read morePublished on 21 May 2014 by Wendy McFarlane
I was captivated from the first page to the end. I have never read this author before, but Susanna Kearsley describes her characters beautifully and conjures up atmospheres and... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2012 by Vintage Rose
Have loved S.K.'s novels since I read Mariana in 1995 and have bought most since!! If I could write a book this is what I would wish to have written. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2011 by Cider girl
Historical fiction author Carrie McClelland suddenly finds her current work-in-progress stalled and during a brief visit to Scotland she finds herself under the spell of Slains... Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2010 by Misfit
I ordered this because I'd enjoyed Susanna Kearsley's first novel, Mariana, so much. While the research is meticulous, and throws light on a little-known event in Scottish history,... Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2010 by H. Petre