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The Winter Sea

Kearsley, Susanna (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Carrie settles into the shadow of Slains Castle in Scotland, creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors, and starts to write about the Jacobite invasion of 1708. When she can no longer tell the difference between today and centuries ago, is she dealing with an ancestral memory-- a memory that might destroy her?
Authors: Kearsley, Susanna, 1966-
Title: The winter sea
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Landmark, 2010
Characteristics: 536 p. ; 21 cm
Notes: Originally published: London : Allison & Busby, 2008
Summary: Carrie settles into the shadow of Slains Castle in Scotland, creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors, and starts to write about the Jacobite invasion of 1708. When she can no longer tell the difference between today and centuries ago, is she dealing with an ancestral memory-- a memory that might destroy her?
ISBN: 1611291283
9781611291285
1402241372
9781402241376
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kea
Statement of Responsibility: Susanna Kearsley
Subject Headings: Scotland Fiction Americans Scotland Fiction Women authors Fiction Women novelists Fiction Memory Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Topical Term: Americans
Women authors
Women novelists
Memory
LCCN: 2010040648
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Mar 16, 2014
  • Beverleigh rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great book. Once I started reading it I didn't want to put it down. Kept going back for "one more chapter".
Will definitely look for more books from this author.

Jun 26, 2013
  • annem123 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Let me start by saying I love Susanna Kearsley. And I had heard this book was spectacular. But I was disappointed. This is the story of Carrie, a historic fiction novelist who drawn to Cruden Bay in Scotland and through genetic memory begins to experience the life of her ancestor Sophia. The story alternates between Carrie and Sophia. What I disliked most was how this was more telling than showing. Historic facts were told by one character to another. It did not ring true as conversation. it became boring and long winded. Also, the plot was convoluted. And I figured out the ending of the story near the beginning.

Apr 10, 2013
  • bridge1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Always enjoy her stories. She also writes thrillers as Emma Cole. Every Secret Thing is a good story.

Feb 01, 2013
  • elag24 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Susanna Kearsley has a very low key style of writing. Although there are many dramatic events, they don't just pop out! Nevertheless, once I started reading this, I couldn't put the book down. I look forward to other Kearsley works.

Oct 30, 2012
  • jmlaudem rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the first book I have read from this author. I loved this book and had trouble putting it down! Her writing style is similar to Kate Morton so check her books out if you liked this one. Can't wait to read another by Kearsley.

Aug 31, 2012
  • jdatwell rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good in parts but again it seemed like the author had an idea but just didn't keep the flow right the flipping got a little old one chapter in the past the next in the next in the present was just to much the flow was hard to in parts to keep into. should have kept the past more together or something i just had a hard time getting into it.

May 15, 2012
  • greenacres rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Kearsley has never disappointed me. Mariana and The Winter Sea are my favourites of this author.

Nov 05, 2011
  • Elizabeth49 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I didn't want to finish this book. While reading it, I could visualize the setting and the characters perfectly. I got involved with the characters and the emotions they felt - both in the present and in the past. It was, for me, a beautiful book.

Oct 18, 2011
  • SuzeParker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Historically rich, The Winter Sea is a clever weaving together of a contemporary story -- writer Carie McClelland's historical research into her latest book project and her blossoming romance with her landlord's son -- with the account of her book's subjects during the planning and aftermath of the 1708 failed Scottish Jacobite uprising. After spending five months in France, where she has researched the court of the pretender king and intends to locate her novel's events, Carrie is frustrated that work on the book is progressing slowly. She takes a break by visiting her friend and agent near Cruden Bay in Scotland, where she is drawn to a ruined castle that figured significantly into the Jacobite plot, and where she finds that the historical story begins to tell itself through her dreams. She first writes and then researches the characters and plot lines that emerge, finding that her research confirms the accuracy of places, names and events. Near the end, because Carrie's research reveals that her book's hero died in battle, she deals wisely with her struggle between writing a historically accurate novel and delivering a happy ending to her waiting readers. The Winter Sea contains politics, historical intrigue and military strategy, seemingly upstanding characters whose trustworthiness is questionable and romance that is both heart-warming and gut-wrenching. Told through the eyes of Carrie's young heroine, Sophia, and, in the contemporary part of the tale through Carrie herself, The Winter Sea is engrossing.

May 16, 2011
  • abookandacuppa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It has been a very long time since I have been so enchanted with a novel.

Reminiscent of Gothic storytellers of an earlier time, this story may put you into a "trance" as suggested by the main character, Carrie, as she writes her own story about Sophie and Mr. Moray.

If you enjoy tales of Scotland, both old and new, this book is a keeper! This novel has it all--suspense, romance, history, a castle, and a Scottish village, by the sea and cliffs, no less! Well done and highly recommended!

Interesting tidbit: This edition has the same cover as Lisa Samson's Songbird.

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Oct 18, 2011
  • SuzeParker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Historically rich, The Winter Sea is a clever weaving together of a contemporary story -- writer Carie McClelland's historical research into her latest book project and her blossoming romance with her landlord's son -- with the account of her book's subjects during the planning and aftermath of the 1708 failed Scottish Jacobite uprising. After spending five months in France, where she has researched the court of the pretender king and intends to locate her novel's events, Carrie is frustrated that work on the book is progressing slowly. She takes a break by visiting her friend and agent near Cruden Bay in Scotland, where she is drawn to a ruined castle that figured significantly into the Jacobite plot, and where she finds that the historical story begins to tell itself through her dreams. She first writes and then researches the characters and plot lines that emerge, finding that her research confirms the accuracy of places, names and events. Near the end, because Carrie's research reveals that her book's hero died in battle, she deals wisely with her struggle between writing a historically accurate novel and delivering a happy ending to her waiting readers. The Winter Sea contains politics, historical intrigue and military strategy, seemingly upstanding characters whose trustworthiness is questionable and romance that is both heart-warming and gut-wrenching. Told through the eyes of Carrie's young heroine, Sophia, and, in the contemporary part of the tale through Carrie herself, The Winter Sea is engrossing.

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