Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Winter Sea

The Winter SeaThe Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

On the library stacks: Adult Fiction
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Carrie McClelland is a Canadian author of historical fiction. She moves to a cottage on the Scottish coast for the winter so she can do research and write her new novel.  On a whim, she decides to base her main character on one of her Scottish ancestors that was alive during the Jacobite uprisings, in the early 1700s.

Everyone in the town where Carrie is writing is very friendly. Her landlord (who is written in a Scottish dialect called Doric) has two sons who seem to take a particular interest in Carrie. What seems weird to Carrie though, is how her life and her art seem to intersect. She finds herself writing things not only similar to what is happening in her own life, but she also realizes that she has an uncanny ability to accurately portray the history of her ancestors without any actual knowledge of the details until after she has written it down.

This is just really solid historical fiction. The author does not mess around very much with the historical figures. Her research is impeccable and I found myself delving even more into the facts after I finished reading. I liked the perspective shift between past and present and felt it kept the story moving along nicely. I read this on my Kindle and I was surprised to find out how many pages it is in print. I finished it in about two days. I also just found out Susanna is writing is "sort-of-sequel" to this book right now. I will definitely be checking that out when the time comes. 

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Source: Library Download

4 comments:

Melissa Mc (Gerbera Daisy Diaries) said...

I've really enjoyed her writing...Rose Garden has a "time shift" story line too and initially I wasn't sure if it was going to work...but it does and I like it!

Joanne said...

Susanna Kearsley is my new favorite author and I've enjoyed everything I've been able to find. I can't wait for the "sort-of-sequel" to the Winter Sea....some other good books by SK are Mariana (coming from Sourcebooks in April) and The Shadowy Horses.

Corinne said...

I read somewhere else that this was really good and I put it on my list for the year. Glad you liked it, if you hadn't I probably would've taken it off :)

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I'm glad this is so good. I've had it on my list for so long!