Book Review Monday: The Winter Sea

The Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley

Book description: 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…

My review: I loved this book. For me, it was one of those perfect books that hits every note right, at the exact right time for me. It was a historical fiction as it is supposed to be: well-researched and well-written. It was romantic and at times heartbreaking, with a ending that redeems it, and I found myself carried away with this one, even as everyone else was cheering on the Olympics around me.

Even the premise, the attachment to an ancestor in the past as way of revealing the story, which can be gimmicky, worked for me. I am really impressed by Susanna Kearsley and will be seeking out her other novels – I love finding a new author!

Okay, I’ll admit that I was a little disappointed to find out this was a part of a series – why must everything be a series? However, since The Winter Sea was wrapped up perfectly as its own contained novel, I’m more than okay to let this slide – in part because I’m just so eager to read the next book in the series. So I guess it’s warranted. Well done.

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