Tuesday, 11 January 2011
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
By the time I was turning the first page of this book, ready to start page two, I was totally drawn into the story. They wasn't a chance that I would be able to set it aside for long. The story is set in a rural area of Scotland and the our main character is already admitting that something, or someone is guiding her almost from the moment she arrived. There was no doubt that I would have to keep reading.
As fictional author Carolyn sat to write, it seemed to her that the story kept telling itself to her. That it knew what needed to be written and that she had no say. I had no trouble believing that. I have sat down to write and my characters have told me what I had to do with them. Why would it be any different with this author.
Author Susanna Kearsley made both worlds real to me. The current day in Scotland and the long ago 1700's were both so vivid that at times I forgot I was reading fiction and I could feel myself living with Carolyn, Jimmy, Grahme, and with the older Sophie, and other visitors to Slains Castle.
Yes, this book has romance, but it has a lot more. It is full of historical characters who are a lot more than faded images in history books. Ms. Kearsley has brought them to life once again. If only I had been lucky enough to have had a history teacher in school who could have brought historical figures to life such as this.
I especially enjoyed the character of modern time Dr. Weir and his research into genetic memories. I have come across similar discussions previously and found it an excellent rational for what was happening with Carolyn.
The Darien Expedition/Scheme discussed in the book is a real event. Click here for further information.
I am definitely looking forward to reading further books by author Susanne Kearsley
Susanna Kearsley's website.
Photo Credit aerial view of Slains Castle- Pierre Lesage
Further information about Slains Castle can be found at Undiscovered Scotland.
Thanks to SourceBooks for my review copy.