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A new Susanna Kearsley! Than's a good Christmas present for me look forward to. I have been reading her books for years and love them all; I think that Mariana is the best but they are all really good reads.


This sounds great! I've added it to my wishlist.


The Winter Sea does have a nicer ring to it, and I love the cover, too. That and a nice dose of Scottish history (plus your most excellent review, of course) will definitely put this one on my wish list!


When you first mentioned her, I looked her up and was puzzled that she had been published in Germany since years. Although I am not too keen on historical fiction, this does sound nice. I would love the setting. To be able to intertwine two story lines like this is great. It is often done too brutally and always takes some getting usedto the respective parts when the switch happens. These chnages do sound smooth.


Cathy--She is only a recent discovery for me, so I still have lots of her books to look foward to! I just finished Mariana over the weekend and loved it, too--not sure which I liked more. Now I will have to look for more of her novels.
Elizabeth--I really like her work--definitely a comfort read.
Megan--I like the mix of history and contemporary story and she does both very well.
Caroline--She has been published in the UK (and maybe Candada, too) for years, so it is not surprising that there are foreign language editions as well. I'm not sure why it has taken so long for an American publisher to pick up her work, but I am glad Sourcebooks did so finally. I do like historical fiction, but I know it is not to everyone's tastes. And that double storyline in two time periods is very tricky to do, but I thought she pulled it off well.


I finished Mariana not long ago and enjoyed it very much. It made me think of other regression stories I'd read, particularly Barbara Erskine's wonderful Lady of Hay. And then I discovered I had Anya Seton's Green Darkness, which is a similar plotline too and I was thinking I might read it soon for comparison. It's the ultimate past/present historical plot isn't it!


This sounds like a fun book, one that would be good when you want the story to pull you along without having to work too much but is still well written. And that castle! Looking a little drafty these days but still impressive.


This sounds great--I had Sophia's Secret on my wish list, and now maybe my library will get this renamed version. I loved the photos of Slain's Castle, too--what an awesome setting.

Dorothy W.

The book sounds really good -- like an enjoyable comfort read. How funny that it's the same book you read a while ago under a different title! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it a second time.


Litlove--I really enjoyed Mariana, too, and hope to share a little something about it this week still. I'm not sure which I liked better-this one or Mariana, but she's good all around I think. I've not read either Anya Seton (though I have one of her more famous novels...the title escapes me at the moment) or Barbara Erskine, though I've seen her name mentioned often enough. I don't always go for the whole time travel bit, but some authors can convince me and Kearsley can.
Stefanie--I bet it was worse than drafty even when it wasn't a ruin! :) Yes, this is a wonderful escapist sort of story and well done, too, so you can't feel too terribly guilty reading it!
Kathy--Hopefully The Winter Sea will be much easier to get ahold of now. I know my library gets in quite a few of Sourcebooks titles--hopefully yours will too. A castle on a rocky coast--how much more romantic can you get, eh?
Dorothy--I've been very into comfort reads this year--I hope to vary things more next year, but sometimes you just need a book like this. I can't believe I didn't realize sooner that the book was one I had actually read--wishful thinking that it was a new one, I guess!


Danielle...your review just made me add this list to my To-Read list for 2011. Though a historical fiction, the story seems to have a new concept..genetic memory. Thank you for pointing out the highlights of the plot.


The different titles for countries is perhaps one of my biggest bookish pet peeves. I know there must be a reason for it but I hate it it's easy to have a mix up.

Anyway, the book sounds really good and it's most definitely going on my list. Looking forward to your thoughts on Mariana. I hate to admit I was a bit disappointed by it but I don't fault the book. My expectations were just different going into it.


Zoya--I hope you like it! It is an unusual story and though I'm not exactly a fan of time travel novels, I thought the concept an interesting one. I've enjoyed a couple of her books now, so I'll be looking for more.
Iliana--I usually am more observant, but I think I was so excited at the thought of a new book I didn't read the description close enough! Yes, it is confusing when publishers switch titles! I liked Mariana, but I think it wasn't as complex as this one and if you were expecting something different I can see how it might not be as enjoyable. I'm curious what her thrillers are like, as she writes those under a different name.

Liz F

I hate it when publishers change the titles of books but especially when they have one title for the hardback and another for the paperback! I got caught out by that myself the other day - thought I had found another book by a writer I like only to get it home and discover that I had already read it in hardback!
You really should read both Anya Seton and Barbara Erskine - both excellent writers and very good at the whole timeslip thing, although Seton wrote some excellent straight historical novels - my favourite is Katherine about Katherine Swynford who was John of Gaunt's mistress and then his wife!
Earlier Erskines are better than the last three - Lady of Hay is great and I especially like her books set in East Anglia.


Liz--That's bad when publishers change titles between hardcover and paper. I almost expect it now when books are published in different countries. I sometimes wonder if they are trying to trick you into buying it again. I have Katherine by Anya Seton and it has a really lovely cover--it's on my pile just waiting (like the rest of them!). I will have try try Barbara Erskine now, too, since she has been mentioned several times. I'll look for her earlier books--thanks!

Kathleen Pizzo

I've not read nearly as much historical fiction as I would like and that is kind of ironic given I studied History in college. That being said I've also never read a novel set in Scotland before 20th century. I like the idea of this one flipping between time periods too. This is one to add to my list!


Kathleen--I really like historical fiction, but it seems as though I don't buy/read as much of it as I used to. Or, I'm just being pickier on which books I choose. I've read several crime novels this year set in contemporary Scotland, which I really enjoyed. I think before this year I hadn't read much either. It just makes me want to visit there even more!

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