The Winter Sea

The Winter Sea

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By (author) Susanna Kearsley

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  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 202mm x 37mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Naperville
  • ISBN 10: 1402241372
  • ISBN 13: 9781402241376
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 21,375

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller! Fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series will devour this hauntingly beautiful tale of love and time travel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley. "History has all but forgotten..." In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her... ""Powerful, atmospheric, enthralling, and simply mesmerizing, [""The Winter Sea""] is one of the best books you'll read this year!"" -Singletitles.com ""Susanna Kearsley's obvious love of history is infectious... ""The Winter Sea ""is an acknowledgement that so many of us are haunted by the deeds of our ancestors, perhaps literally...""-Gail Anderson-Dargatz, international bestselling author of "A Recipe for Bees"

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Susanna Kearsley's writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. Her books have been translated into several languages, selected for the Mystery Guild, condensed for "Reader's Digest," and optioned for film. She lives in Canada near the shores of Lake Ontario.

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By Marie Johansen 28 Dec 2010 5

I knew that this was going to be a special book in the first pages. Most often it takes me 20-50 pages to convince me that I am going to want to blaze through a book - but this one was different. "The Winter Sea" is, indeed, both a historical novel as well as a romance. The book comes with a "side order "of very well done paranormal, genetic memory, interest thrown in for good measure.



Basic Plot:

A well know historical fiction writer, Carrie McClelland, travels to Scotland to research the material for her book in progress and to get a feel for the area where the main action will take place. Her main character is Sophia Patterson, named for an ancestor who, coincidentally, had lived in Scotland in the early 18th century and had been an relative of the Duchess of Slains castle. The Duchess was an instrumental figure in the times of the Jacobite rebellion and, Sophia resided with at Slains Castle at this time.


The book is really two stories in one: the 'old 'story playing out during 1708 and the Jacobite rebellion, the 'new' in present day Scotland.


Carries rents a small cottage from a local man , Jimmy Keith (who retains the decided burr of the local dialect) who has two sons, Stuart and Graham. Both sons begin to fall in love with Carrie - although only one of the sons 'feels right'. As Carrie's research intensifies, and her need for for more information increases, she calls on her father to fill in details about their ancestor's story. Gradually as her research and writing, as well as her love interests, progress, Carries finds herself swept up in more than just words on on paper. She finds herself caught in a time warp of sorts. Her flashes of insight feel more like memory than writing and her love for one of the brothers feels more compelling than just a present day love interest. As Carrie writes her book she finds that she is, in fact, recounting her own story - a story that began during the Jacobite rebellion and a love that has lasted through time. Her flashes of deja vu are more than just images - they are images that are filled with remembrance and as real to her as her present day life as a writer


Susanna Kearsley is an amazing writer. She weaves the two plots flawlessly and fluidly. Well researched history about the Jacobite rebellion and it's main characters blend effortlessly with present day information about Scotland. What a gifted writer Ms. Kearsley is! This is one book that I wish had gone on - it took me away and put me in with the characters. I couldn't put it down - what more can a book do for a reader?


If you have never read anything by Susanna Kearsley this is THE place to start. What a treat you will have before you! Her previous work 'Mariana' is another well crafted, slightly other worldly novel that had much the same effect on me as I read it. Oh! I want more from this author!



I can compare my enthusiasm about this book to my love for other authors such as Sarah Dunnett, Sharon Kay Penman, Susan Higginbotham and Vanora Bennett to name just a few.

By Gaby @ Starting Fresh 20 Nov 2010 5

In Carrie McClelland, Susanna Kearsley gives us an interesting lead character. Carrie's a bestselling author who specializes in historical fiction and it's fascinating to read about her life. Each time she begins a novel, she moves to the place where her novel is set - she lives there, gets to know the topography, the people, culture and history. The place starts to speak to her and the characters come alive. When the book opens, she is living in a cottage in France and heads to Scotland to meet her literary agent. During the trip to Scotland, something calls out to her and she decides to relocate herself and her characters from France to Scotland.

Suddenly, in Scotland, everything comes together. Carrie creates Sophia Paterson, named in part after Carrie's ancestor. The story comes together quickly, almost as if Carrie inexplicably knows details of the real Sophia's life. As Carrie meets a handsome stranger, her life -- and growing romance -- echoes that of her main character. And both stories draw you in with the romance, plot twists, and engaging characters.

I loved The Winter Sea. It drew me in from the start and I found myself reading faster and faster just to find out what would happen next to Sophia and to Carrie. If you enjoy historical fiction, I highly recommend The Winter Sea.

ISBN-10: 1402241372 - Paperback
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc. (December 1, 2010), 544 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

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"Beautifully written... A book to be read carefully and savored." - DearAuthor.com