The Winter Sea

by Susanna Kearsley

Allison & Busby | May 15, 2008 | Trade Paperback

The Winter Sea is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 12.

History has all but forgotten the spring of 1708, when an invasion fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Scotland to reclaim his crown.  But when bestselling author Carrie McClelland is drawn to the coastal town of <_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Slains and decides to base her new historical novel there, it’s an opportunity for the past to come to life.  She focuses her story on the inhabitants of Slains Castle and decides to place one of her own ancestors - Sophia Paterson - into this Jacobite stronghold, through whom she can relate events.  Her subsequent discovery that Sophia did indeed live at Slains Castle during the rebellion leads Carrie to realise that this story is not entirely her own and that inspiration is coming to her direct from the past.  As Sophia memories draw Carrie more deeply into the intrigue of 1708, she comes to realise that a hitherto unrealised bond with her ancestor is providing her with a direct window into the true events of the time. Mesmerizing and meticulously researched, The Winter Sea is a haunting tale of two women’s experiences of love, political intrigue and personal betrayal in two very different times.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 3.15 × 2.17 × 0.27 in

Published: May 15, 2008

Publisher: Allison & Busby

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0749079851

ISBN - 13: 9780749079857

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Back and forth in time While working on her latest book, Carrie a successful novelist, finds that she seems to have memories of a 300 year old past. And when the research leads her to Scotland and into the arms of a very interesting man, the story she is writing parallels her own life. Full of wonderful descriptions of 18th century Scotland and the Jacobite rebellion, this novel will keep you interested until the twist at the very end.
Date published: 2013-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hypnotic! This novel kept me engrossed from beginning to end! It's a haunting tale of love, war and sacrifice. Carrie McClelland is a successful author who visits the Highlands of Scotland in order to research her upcoming book. She eventually finds inspiration in the form of a young woman who lived at Slains Castle in the 18th century and decides to use her as the protagonist. However, little does she know that every page she writes is a window to the events of the past. Suspenseful read that merits an accolade!
Date published: 2012-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not all Historical Romances are Cheesy and Cliché... Susanna Kearsley has written a richly detailed, well researched historical romance. This book was the first Goodreads recommendation that I have picked up, and I have to say it was a winner! I absolutely love historical fiction, but usually steer very clear of historical romance novels. They are usually too cheesy and cliche for my tastes, but I was looking for a light easy read to pull me out of a slump and decided to give this one a try, and I'm really glad I did. The author did a fantastic job in not allowing this story to tread too deeply into typical "historical romance" by using a dual timeline to effectively let the readers imagination to fill in the blanks. I also found myself genuinely interested in the history of not only the characters, but the locations as well and was thoroughly impressed with the accuracy of the facts of this book. The hint of paranormal was also intriguing and I totally bought into the idea of "genetic memory". I have not read a historical romance this well done since Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and give it a heartfelt recommendation!
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read What a gem of a book! You are going to want to make a spot of the bookshelf for this one, and keep forever. The first time you read it you will zip through, totally engrossed and falling in love. The second time you will savor it, picking up all the subtle nuances and details. Every time you read it afterward you remember all wonderful things you loved at first and then you will discover something new you didn't notice before. I laughed out loud and scared my cat, I burnt supper, I lost sleep, I forgot my chores and I cried...I can't wait to read it again.
Date published: 2011-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great story to get lost in Fictional author Carolyn McClelland has travelled to Scotland to continue her research for her newest novel. While there, she feels oddly compelled to remain in Cruden Bay, the site of the now ruined Slains Castle. As she continues to research her characters and location, so finds herself being pulled into the real lives of her characters, people that she thought she was making up. Turns out they are all real. 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.
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely and Sweeping I just finished reading The Winter Sea. About a Canadian writer who travels to Scotland to research her new book. As she starts to write, she finds that she is having memories of the past and it seems as if the characters in her story are real people she has known. This is the first book by Susanna Kearsley that I have read and I enjoyed it, however it took me a while to really get into it, about 100 or so pages. I thought the story was unique. It wasn't just a love story, for the sake of being a love story. It had real depth and thought. The characters were vividly drawn and I really liked the way the story traveled from modern day to the past and back. It was like reading two stories in one. I really love it when I discover an author I have never read before and enjoy their writing. I know I will read more of her novels.
Date published: 2009-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for subject I loved this book! I have read all of the books by this author and i appreciate how she weaves history and fiction together to make an enjoyable and interesting story. The book is well written and it has a good flow. My favourite book is still the first book - Mariana. I read all types of books regularly but this is still my favourite genre. I would highly recommend!
Date published: 2009-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully different! I loved this book. I give it a 5 out of 5. I have picked up and put down this book many times. This book would be an excellent choice for a book club. I highly recommend it. The Winter Sea has an element of mystery about it. It also has a gothic romance about it. The story enfolds when an author, Carrie McClelland, for some unknown reason decides to drive off the beaten path and finds herself in front of the ruins of Slain Castle, in Scotland. She is drawn to this castle and decides to write a book using the castle for plot, as her story unfolds. As she starts to write, and begins delving into the history of Slain Castle, she realizes that what she has written, is more factual than fiction. Is she remembering things from the past--a past life---an ancestor's memories??? Just what is going on??? Two women--from different times---sharing love and betrayal. If you enjoy historical fiction, laced with a mystery, you will enjoy this book as I did.
Date published: 2009-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Susanna Kearsley Just Keeps Getting Better! When people have asked me to name my favourite Susanna Kearsley book, I always had the same answer: “The Splendour Falls, and my second favourite is The Shadowy Horses.” Well, folks, I have a new answer now. It took me some time to really begin reading this book, not because of the story contained within, but because I was worried about taking it down from my shelf. As a surprise birthday gift, Susanna sent me a hardcover copy, signed with her birthday wishes, last March, two months before the Canadian release date. I didn’t want anything to happen to it, so I hesitated to take it anywhere with me. Well, four days ago, I decided to buy the trade paperback version, and I’ve had my nose buried in it since. I literally just finished reading it a little over an hour ago, and I’m still grinning. You know how a Susanna Kearsley book draws you in, weaves the story in around you like a warm blanket, and you are reluctant to let it go? The Winter Sea does that and more. In the tradition of Susanna Kearsley’s novels, The Winter Sea weaves together the past and the present, deftly telling two connected stories at once, each story intriguing in its own right, but with the interplay between them making both stories so much more. It’s probably particularly fitting that, as I struggle to describe this relationship, I am picturing the twisted strands that make up DNA. There were so many things I enjoyed about this book, but I really hesitate to say too much, lest I ruin it for anyone else who has not yet had the pleasure of reading it. So here are just a few items: * In The Winter Sea, Carrie finds herself experiencing déja vu, or echoes of what has come before. The dedicated Kearsley reader will find herslef experiencing that as well. For example, when needing to be alone with her thoughts, Sophia often goes to the stable to talk to the horses, as did Karen in The Gemini Game. There were several other instances where I found myself nodding at the vaguely familiar, but that is the one that stands out now. * Her sense of characterization has really gotten stronger with each book. I don’t know how she managed to keep the number of characters, past and present, straight, let alone make them live and breathe. With the exception of one character (who was evil personified, so perhaps he would have been one of those people in real life without much dimension anyway), these characters feel like “real people”. You care about them, question their motives, disapprove, cheer them on … From the standpoint of someone else who writes, I am completely blown away by how much dimension is there. * There are some thoroughly touching scenes, and I won’t lie to you: I cried — four times. (Read the book and see if you can guess when.) Some authors set you up for the required tearjerker, and those ones never get me. My emotions resent being manipulated, and refuse to play. But four times I caught myself misting up, and one time it was so obvious, my dog thought I was wounded. That’s saying something. I can say, without any hesitation, that The Winter Sea is Susanna Kearsley’s best work to date. She just keeps getting better.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, as expected from Susanna Kearsley The Winter Sea seduces from the moment the story opens. Ms. Kearlsey has once again created characters, an environment and a story so compelling that I could not put the book down. Her stories and the central relationships are so well written that they never come across as cliched or trite, but so real and deep that her books' endings come much too soon.
Date published: 2008-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Wonderful The only bad thing about Kearsley's novels is that there aren't enough of them. As a result I usually read them more than once (some of them four or five times) and each time I find something different to admire in her prose style or plot construction. "The Winter Sea" is another of her perfectly constructed historical romances. The characters are unique and captivating and her writing never descends into the flowery cliches that romance novels are prone to. Kearsley once again returns to Scotland for her setting and she evokes the land and the people who live in it beautifully. If you haven't read one of Susanna Kearsley's novels yet you should read this one. This is Canadian Fiction writing at its best.
Date published: 2008-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! What a beautiful, haunting story! If you loved Susanna Kearsley's magical novel Mariana, you will love this book too! I could not put it down. My mom loved it as well and she is hard to please :)
Date published: 2008-05-28

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The Winter Sea

by Susanna Kearsley

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 3.15 × 2.17 × 0.27 in

Published: May 15, 2008

Publisher: Allison & Busby

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0749079851

ISBN - 13: 9780749079857

From the Publisher

History has all but forgotten the spring of 1708, when an invasion fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Scotland to reclaim his crown.&nbsp; But when bestselling author Carrie McClelland is drawn to the coastal town of <_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Slains and decides to base her new historical novel there, it’s an opportunity for the past to come to life.&nbsp; She focuses her story on the inhabitants of Slains Castle and decides to place one of her own ancestors - Sophia Paterson - into this Jacobite stronghold, through whom she can relate events.&nbsp; Her subsequent discovery that Sophia did indeed live at Slains Castle during the rebellion leads Carrie to realise that this story is not entirely her own and that inspiration is coming to her direct from the past.&nbsp; As Sophia memories draw Carrie more deeply into the intrigue of 1708, she comes to realise that a hitherto unrealised bond with her ancestor is providing her with a direct window into the true events of the time. Mesmerizing and meticulously researched, The Winter Sea is a haunting tale of two women’s experiences of love, political intrigue and personal betrayal in two very different times.

About the Author

Susanna Kearsley is the award winning author of Undertow, Mariana, Season of Storms, Every Secret Thing, and The Rose Garden.
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