Winter Sea

I’m going through a strange reading phase at the moment. I never used to read more than one book at a time, but lately I just keep starting more and more. I think my “currently reading” shelf on Goodreads has about eight books on it. It’s a little ridiculous. On the pro side, I never get bored with what I’m reading because I can just switch to something else. Reading on my nook encourages book polygamy. I can’t help myself. Ah well. The downside is that I feel like I never finish anything. There has to be some middle ground somewhere…

The Winter Sea

I did recently finish Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, because it was so good I ignored everything else in my reading pile until I finished it. Kearsley interweaves two story lines, one contemporary and one historical in a way that tempts the line between fiction and fantasy. The main character Carrie is a historical fiction novelist. While visiting her editor in Scotland, she stumbles upon the ruins of Slains castle. Her current work is set during the Jacobite Uprising of 1708, and she finds that her characters have chosen their own location. She hears them whispering their story and immediately rents a cottage in the area. The more research she conducts, the more she realizes that the details of her fictional story fall a little too close to historical records. Identical, in fact. Her protagonist Sophia, named after one of her own forebears who lived at the time as a tribute to her genealogically obsessed father, turns out to be eerily similar to the character she has created in her imagination, who lived for a time at  Slains castle. Carrie eventually starts to wonder whether her story is indeed fiction or fact drawn from sort of ancestral memory. Kearsley weaves the stories of Carrie and Sophia seamlessly. I enjoyed it immensely. Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series will definitely love this book.


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  2. Ariel Swan | 22nd Apr 12

    I had a hard time getting into it, but once I did I kept going and I was pleasantly suprised at the ending. My mother guessed the ending right away though. I just love slightly paranormal women’s fiction, and some not so slightly paranormal too.

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