Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WWRW July 23rd

     Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley: Another recommendation from my mom and another good one! Winter Sea similar to the Pink Carnation series tells a historical and contemporary love story intermingled; the story follows novelist Carrie McCelland as she moves to the Scottish coast to write her latest book a story based on the events surrounding the failed attempt of James Stewart to reclaim his throne in 1708.  That story is told through the eyes of Sophia Paterson a distant cousin sent to live with family after her parents death.  She is pulled into the politics of the day since Earl of Erroll and his mother are Jacobites and have opened their coastal castle to members of King James court at Saint Germain in France as they travel back and forth in preparation for the invasion.  Including a soldier John Moray with whom Sophia forms a deep attachment.

    Coincidently while working on the book Carrie also starts a romance with her landlord's son who also happens to be a lecturer in history in Aberdeen.  The book moves smoothly between the two stories, each interesting in their own right the combination made for a very enjoyable book.  While I did miss the comedy of manners which often comes with books placed in the Regency period I loved learning about another part of history especially this was one I didn't know much about.

Would recommend this one to anyone mid-teens or older who enjoys a good historical romance and will be keeping an eye out for other books by this author.

Also reading Organized Simplicity and will report back soon.

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1 comment:

  1. I am completely intrigued by your book this week, perhaps because I am on season four of The Monarch of the Glen on Netflix. Not terribly similar to your book, but also set in Scotland. If you watch it, let me know. I have come up with lyrics for the very catchy theme song.