The Winter Sea

The Winter Sea In the spring of 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

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.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 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

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  1. New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is a former museum curator who loves restoring the lost voices of real people to the page, interweaving romance and historical intrigue with modern adventure Her books, published in translation in than 20 countries, have won the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize, RT Reviewers Choice Awards, a RITA Award, and National Readers Choice Awards, and have finaled for the UK s Romantic Novel of the Year and the Crime Writers of Canada s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel.She lives near Toronto, Ontario, Canada Aka Emma Cole, a pseudonym she used for one novel, Every Secret Thing, a thriller which at the time was intended to be the first of a trilogy featuring heroine Kate Murray, and which may yet be finished, some day Meantime, Every Secret Thing has been reissued under Kearsley s name, and the Emma Cole pseudonym is no longer in use.

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  1. The five stars I ve given this book reflects the high I m still coming down from after having finished it I think I might be in love with Susanna Kearsley I read The Rose Garden earlier this year, and being a huge fan of time travel, devoured that shit like it was going out of style Granted, it took me a little while to get into it because I found the pacing in the beginning to be kind of slow, but after getting over that bump in the road, there was no turning back.The Winter Sea was a whole dif [...]

  2. i have what can only be described as a love hate relationship with this book i found so much of it to feel incredibly stupid and yet i couldn t put it down explain that one to me warning here there be spoilers 10 Things I Hate About You 1 the employment of a frame story i m pretty sure the conversation with her editor went something like this sk it s going to be two books in one one story will be set in modern day and the other will be her historical novel editor oh, you mean, like a frame story [...]

  3. Update 5 17 12Rosalyn Landor has been nominated for the Audie Awards 2012 Solo Narration Female category for her narration of The Winter Sea.Slains Castle as it was in all its glorySlains Castle now This is a review of the audiobook I love to listen to the talented Rosalyn Landor read a book Her elegant narration is perfect for this lyrical, atmospheric book Ms Landor does the accents nicely, especially the Scottish She does a great job of the male and female voices in this sweeping, emotional n [...]

  4. 8 15 11 Addendum to original review I did not rate this book after reading it because I was so upset about the ending, but in retrospect I have to allow that it was one of the best books and perhaps THE BEST I have read this year While I am VERY stingy about 5 star ratings and this is NOT the HEA I would have chosen, I confess that the author s meticulous research, beautiful prose, and riveting parallel storyline has won me over in the end I ve decided to give it the 5 stars after all.WHERE OH W [...]

  5. Reader beware This author does not compare to Mary Stewart, Daphne Dumaurier or Diana Gabaldon I really wish I could have given this book a 2.5 It was better than okay, but not much I really disliked the plot device of cutting back and forth from the 18th to the 21st century When the 18th century story started to get interesting, the story would revert to the 21st century The contemporary part of the story was dull and I didn t care about the characters The use of genetic memory as a plot device [...]

  6. Re read 2 22 13Just as excellent the second time around.Now to dive into The Firebird DOriginal ReviewFrom the onset of Susanna Kearsley s, The Winter Sea, fate clearly plays a large part in the destiny of writer Carrie McClelland, as well as the novel she is researching on the unsuccessful Jacobite uprising of 1708 A detour to Slains Castle on the rugged west coast of Scotland solidifies Carrie s desire to move her base of operations there After meeting with her agent and good friend, Jane, Car [...]

  7. Historical fiction is not usually my genre I picked up this book because I thought it would also contain a paranormal element Well, it does not or very slightly so , but I loved it nonetheless Whoever compared it to Diana Gabaldon s Outlander in their reviews is seriously misleading readers, because this book has basically very little to do with it and it does not deal with time travel at all.The narrative technique was very good The story is told by a writer, Carrie McClelland, who travels to C [...]

  8. I went along with it thinking it wasn t TOO terrible But the ending was just bad I can t understand relate to a husband and wife who would just abandon their baby to another family like that Sure, sure, it was all the family she d ever known , but she s TWO She never should have been given to them in the FIRST place, but hells sakes, get your kid Not to mention, I can t relate to this in the circumstances in MY day and age, back then there would be a HUGE difference her growing up in her foster [...]

  9. This is such a beautiful book I ve never seen dual storylines intertwined with such facility and elegance Usually, when the author take this approach, one will be appealing than the other, but both stories were fascinating The historical detail was meticulous the writing is lyrical and evocative The characters feel real This book made me cry I would recommend it for readers of Diana Gabaldon Yes, it s that good.

  10. 4.5 stars This is a classic case of the right book finding the right time I know I ve picked this book up several times with the intent to read it and it just didn t look all that compelling Nothing really grabbed me about it beyond the cover, I didn t really know much about that historical period, and I m not really a person who reads romance novels regularly I d read a kind of heavy, dark book though and needed something light A friend recommended something short that was perfect I enjoyed it, [...]

  11. Listened to this one on audio for a challenge as the narrator won an Audie award for solo female narration I found the narrator boring and distracting, but I was determined to finish this book.The story itself is rich in history and mystery, set against a gorgeous background Parallel storylines cross paths from early 1700 s the Jacobite uprising to present day author finding her characters voices Handsome men, castles, and a Scottish lilt to top it off what s not to love The characters were inte [...]

  12. I ve seen Susanna Kearsley s name pop up hither and yon around the blogosphere for going on a year now I added her name to my list of authors to check out awhile back and I ve spent the intervening time idly wondered whether the enticing comparisons to the likes of Mary Stewart had some merit Not long ago I decided THE WINTER SEA would be the perfect maiden voyage with Kearsley Published a couple of years ago in the UK, the U.S edition was slated to come out December 1st and I added it to my Chr [...]

  13. If you knew me at all in person, you d know that I am a lover of history Though I am always interested in history of any kind, my particular interests range from ancient Egypt, it s ties to ancient Rome, and how that all eventually leads to England before it was England, across the sea to the Danes and the Northmen, and back again to England, Scotland and Ireland What fascinates me most is how the influences of all these great people through history still dictate so very much of what we do today [...]

  14. I have been hearing about this books for months in different groups I belong to, everyone who has read it saying they have absolutely loved it Finally read it and loved it too Such an interesting mix of history, genealogy, present and past, and romance, as I read I became totally immersed in both stories.Wonderful characters and I appreciated the fact that the author included a postscript detailing exactly which characters and what part of the story was actually historical fact.

  15. History has all but forgottenIn 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.Lies.Or at least, it s severely misleading The book does seem meticulously researched, and I have no doubt that the attempted coup d etat actually happened, but it s not what this book is about.What this book actually is about young women taking long walks on the cliffs and beaches of Scotland and gett [...]

  16. 5 Stars For if there was no winter, we could never hope for spring I m speechless I didn t think I d end up enjoying this book, but I became obsessed with the romance and history Carrie is a talented author working on her next novel As she s traveling around, she feels an odd pull towards the ruins of Slains Castle A pull so strong, she stops everything to focus on its past Throughout her research, she receives unexplainable memories and dreams about the past Sophie s past Reality gets blurred a [...]

  17. view spoiler Is Carrie the reincarnation of Sophia and is Graham Moray Or is it just ancestral memory somehow passed down through to reemerge in Carrie Did Sophia guide her to choose her for her novel so he story could be told Was she merely remembering her life from before hide spoiler It could go either way really, Miss Kearsley lets you decide for yourself as you are reading Though for me, it fell one way than the other I thought I could sense who was who for some people early on one of my g [...]

  18. This is the story about an author named Carrie, who writes historical fiction novels She travels to Scotland to research Slains Castle for her newest novel and to spend some time with her editor who lives there While she is there the characters of her book come alive in her memory She is actually remembering the life of her ancestor, Sophie Paterson and her marriage to John Murray While writing her book she meets a man named Graham and a romance starts The Winter Sea jumps back and forth from th [...]

  19. This is yet another book which I probably would not have read had it not been for reviews on and recommendations from several GR friends which prompted me to read another novel by Kearsley, Every Secret Thing I likedEvery Secret Thing enough to want to read of Kearsley s work This novel has dual time lines There is a contemporary narrative, told in the first person The narrator is an author writing a historical novel about a failed Jacobite rebellion which took place in 1708 There is also a thi [...]

  20. 3.3 starsWhere e er I go, my Soul shall stay with thee Tis but my Shadow that I take away First off, the delicious history in this was my favorite part I loved how the author intertwined real historical events and people while adding artistic flair Amazing Far than most of my friends have rated this very highly, and the writing definitely deserves it Unfortunately, while I loved the history and writing quality, the back and forth past and present perspectives didn t fully gel with me Until the [...]

  21. THE WINTER SEA Dual period novel Romance Carrie McClelland Scotland Cont 1708 Ex Kearsley, Susanna Standalone Allison Busby, Ltd 2008, UK Hardcover ISBN 9780749080976 First Sentence It wasn t chance.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 Slains Castle Deciding to move from Fra [...]

  22. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley really seemed like a book I would love as it dealt with a part of Scottish history that I was not familiar with I had not read a book set in Scotland before and was eager to get started on this novel after reading the fascinating blurb 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 Mc Clelland hopes to turn the stroy into her next b [...]

  23. For some reason this one was hard for me to get into However, as the book progressed I enjoyed the storyline I love historical fiction, but this felt like I had a history lesson that wasn t any too interesting jammed down my throat I like it pureed into a smoothie so I barely know I m learning anything nutritious Yum Smoothie Sweet story but not the best I ve read.

  24. The description of this book is accurate but doesn t come close to describing the rich characters, Scottish history and atmosphere that Susanna Kearsley brings to her readers This was my second time reading The Winter Sea The first time was many years ago, and while I didn t recall the plot I always had images in my mind from reading the book the first time around The sign of a good book.Kearsley s writing is rich in detail creating a vivid atmosphere for her story to unfold The story is told vi [...]

  25. I don t usually go for time travel themes, especially romances this author is a RITA award winner and I find it odd that time travel writers seem to always end up in Scotlandbut all in all, this was very readable and the time travel thing was handled in a way that demanded willing suspension of disbelief but not so far that it became impossible The time travel was presented as a kind of genetic memory that a return to places known in her past brought forth for the heroine Of course she ends up w [...]

  26. Just finished this wonderful book First off, this is not a romance novel This is historical fiction with a love story in it It would be a G rating It makes Disney s Pinocchio look risque There s tons and tons of history Not being a history buff my knowledge of history goes something like Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 it was a bit daunting I followed along as best I could and tried to get some help from my husband Alas, I was able to keep up and may have learned a thing or two Well, ther [...]

  27. There s a good reason why this book was on my why haven t I read this book yet shelf I should have read it long ago The historical fiction aspect of the novel dealing with the Stewart claim to the English throne and the exile in France, with the Jacobites attempts to restore the Stewarts to the throne, is an especially favorite part of history for me The story within a story vehicle for presenting the intertwining centuries tale is also a form to which I m partial Author Carrie McClelland is dra [...]

  28. Interesting historical romance about Author Carrie McClelland who finds she has a bizarre ancestral memory while writing a book set in 1708 Scotland Enjoyable read

  29. It likely comes as no surprise for those of you who have been following my recent reads that I ve fallen in love with historical fiction again It happens a few times a year I discover a historical novel I fall head over heels for and feel compelled to run out and read everything I possibly can within the genre before I become bored of it In this case, it started with Kate Forsyth s The Wild Girl and seemed to swiftly end there as well since Forsyth s other historical fantasy title was miles away [...]

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