If you loved the Outlander series, you may also enjoy this book since it's set in historic Scotland. But the humor and sarcasm that Gabaldon generously sprinkles throughout her stories is missing in this book. Still, it's a very good story and the author is masterful at descriptions of the surroundings. I felt like I was standing on the edge of that winter sea. Some other reviewer's did not like the narrator's accents. Not being from the UK, I thought the Scottish accents were good. It was Carrie's voice that grated on me. There was something very stiff and proper about her voice that turned me off so much I had a hard time getting into the story. It was not the voice I would have cast as a romantic heroine. And similarly, the friend/agent Jane's voice sounded more like she would be the main character's hoity-toity old grandmother than a young, new mother. Once into the story, though, I was able to get past that and enjoy it. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more with a different narrator or just as a book, so I could imagine my own voices for the characters.
I loved this book...It was interesting and soothing to listen to. I liked how the author described the writing of the book and what went into the creation of the story. I found the narration to be slightly distracting as the English accent seemed a bit contrived, but I was impressed with the narrator's ability to do different voices for the different characters. I am off to "read" Susanna's next book!
The two parallel love stories are beautifully written. The performance is fabulous. The ride through history is interesting. I listened to it three times through.
I really loved this story. I don't really like most romance novels because I find them too superficial with not enough depth to the characters, details of the locations or historical accuracy. This novel was different, I loved the historical details and the characters were wonderfully described. I also loved the narrator she did an excellent job with each of the characters and it was always clear when it was the past or present time. Some narrators enhance a story and Rosalyn Landor definitely did.
The story flowed along as though the author had actually lived it. Her characters were very real and quite believable in both centuries. The descriptions of Scotland and the sea made me wish I was actually there.
The only other book that affected me in this way is the Highlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. The stories are different, but the moving through time plots, while handled differently, were both very effective.
The reader made more of the descriptive details come through. I frequently miss these when reading myself. Her voice effectively gives the characters life.
I too looked at this book as it was promoted for "someone who likes D Gabaldons" work and I'm happy I took the chance on this one.
The narrator did a wonderful job and I think she captured the essence of both Carrie and Sophie. I also think she did a great job with all the various male voices, so much so that I am actually on the Audible site double checking if there was more then just the female narrator and was inspired to write a review.
The story has just the right balance of Carrie's modern day tale and the historical story from Carrie's "novel".
Now I am greatly looking forward to Susanna Kearsley's newest book.
I was really looking forward in listening to this book. It was called the next "Outlander" (which I loved). However, it didn't come close. The book goes back and forth so fast and so often it's hard to keep up. Buy the time you figure it out, the story has switched back. I'm sorry but I wish i had the time back that I spent listening to it.
Why hasn't it been pointed out anywhere that this is the exact same book as Sophia's Secret. I have purchased both and am very disappointed that I got one book for the price of two.
This book was recommended as a substitute for a Diana Gabaldon book,, sort of a snack to hold ya over until the next Outlander book comes out. Well, the story happens in Scotland, the main character is a woman, and there is something like time-travel going on. But that's it.
It isn't that Winter Sea is a bad story but if writing like Gabaldon is the goal (and I'm not sure the author thinks so) it would have to sparkle at lot more to get my vote. I just couldn't care about the characters and felt the romance parts were just added in because it was expected.
This is the only Audible book I stopped reading. The story did not develop plausibly to me. I felt that some of the characters were there to further the story by....ummm....not exactly a lecture but sort of. But instead of the characters interacting to propel the plot, I felt like they appeared to plug a hole in the story that needed to be plugged.