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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

Fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series will devour this hauntingly beautiful tale of love and time travel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.

History has all but forgotten...

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...

"Powerful, atmospheric, enthralling, and simply mesmerizing, [The Winter Sea] is one of the best books you'll read this year!"

"Susanna Kearsley's obvious love of history is infectious... The Winter Sea is an acknowledgement that so many of us are haunted by the deeds of our ancestors, perhaps literally..."-Gail Anderson-Dargatz, international bestselling author of A Recipe for Bees

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The Winter Sea
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The Winter Sea
September 29th, 2014
Not bad, a little slow at times, historical aspect was good.
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June 24th, 2014
Enjoyed. Pay attention.
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Fascinating read
May 1st, 2014
So very much enjoyed Winter Sea and Kearsley's writing. She kept me engaged and wanting more.
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January 28th, 2014
A lovely romance with compelling characters. Kearsley's deft weaving of a novel within a novel leaves the reader hungry to know what happens to characters both in the present and the past.
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The Winter Sea
January 6th, 2014
I loved this book! I can't remember the last time a book made me cry. A beautiful love story and a lot of history expertly weaved in.
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October 4th, 2013
Carrie is a historical novelist and has come to Scotland to research her new novel that will be set in a little known 1708 Jacobite Rebellion. The Scottish involvement in her story was meant to be minimal but when she arrives at Slains castle near Aberdeen, her characters start telling their own story. Her heroine, Sophia, is her own ancestor. Carrie finds the area familiar though she's never been there and as she writes the story of Sophia, she discovers that the details she thinks she's writing from imagination are real. How does she know these details? The romance between Sophie and John Moray is really well written and believable. The historical details are well researched. The book takes place in the present day as Carry is writing her book and as she's falling in love herself with one of the two sons of the man from whom she's renting her cottage by the sea. We also get to read Sophia's story as Carrie is writing it. It's a bit of a different twist on "time travel" where Carrie isn't traveling back in time but appears to be "remembering" it though Sophia's words. The only parts I felt were a bit dragging were a couple of "history lessons" that one or another of the present day characters would describe to Carrie, filling in the back story for some of the historical events. While it's good to know these things, I felt it stopped the flow of the story cold. I still really enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
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Winter Sea
October 1st, 2013
Loved every minute spent reading this book. I will be looking for others of hers.
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