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- Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY
- Format: Paperback | 527 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 36mm | 358g
- Publication date: 22 September 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0749080787
- ISBN 13: 9780749080785
- Sales rank: 45,041
This title was previously called "The Winter Sea". 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 realizes 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.
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By Marian Sutton 20 Nov 2012
Fantastic story! I read a lot of historical novels but I was wary as when I started reading this as I did not think it would keep my attention. I was wrong. This is one of the best that I have read and the twist at the end was unexpected and delightful. I am looking forward to reading more of Susanna Kearsley's books.
By Emilienne 03 Feb 2012
This is one of the most gripping tales I have ever read. It's like reading two different books at the same time but you cannot read one without the other. The way the author manages to shift from one story to the other is a talent to behold. A beautifully written and extremely touching masterpiece. This is definitely a book which I shall treasure!
By Anne Whitfield 01 Sep 2010
Any book that makes me cry instantly becomes an all time favourite and bookshelf keeper!
I loved this book!
Susanna Kearsley is an author to be admired. The way she wove the two stories in one was so very good, I didn't want this book to end.
Two heroines, two heroes, the present, the past (1708), genealogy, great characters, rich details and a true sense of her surroundings makes this book a very worthy read.
When you've read this book, and sighed happily at the ending, go then to visit Susanna's website and see the pictures relating to this book and you'll feel like you've been in that part of Scotland before, and you have, within the book.
This is the second book by Susanna Kearsley I've read and the other, Mariana, was a long time ago, but it's still a favourite on my shelves. I'm so pleased that SK has given me another book to treasure.
If you enjoyed Lady Of Hay by Barbara Erskine, you'll enjoy this book too.
Hurry, go read it!
'A deeply-engaging romance and a compelling historical novel ... Susanna Kearsley has written a marvellous book' BERNARD CORNWELL