I enjoyed this book very much. Well written and comfortably read. Story is very captivating. Another Susanna Kearsley winner in my book.
If you like historical fiction, you'll enjoy this book. The characters are vividly drawn, the background info is interesting. Best all of, the protagonists are intelligent, sympathetic characters that don't get into situations by doing stupid things???both the writer in the present and the heroine of the story she is writing.
One of the marks of a really talented voice performer is that you quickly forget there's only one person doing all the work! And the voices are so distinct, you don't depend on the text sentence structure (he said, she said, the captain said, etc) to know who's talking.
As soon as I finished this book I looked up Landor's other performances. The strength of her work alone is enough to make me seek out other books she reads. I do think this must be a great opportunity for talented performers to tackle characters they'd never have the chance to play on stage or in movies.
And really, Landor's men are just as strong as her female characters. Bravo!
I liked the audio version because the narrator really took you into the story.
I would compare it a little bit to books by Kate Morton, like The Distant Hours. The mood of the story is similar.
She really captured the characters and the accents very well. Even the men. I have trouble somethings with women doing men's voices and vice versa but she did the Scots' accents and the men very well. Her voice is very soothing and fit will with the whole story.
I like Carrie best, I guess. I'd love to write books like she did and have the characters come to life so well.
Great story! I liked the way it went from past to present and back again so seamlessly. Both Carrie's story and Sophia's story were wonderful and entertaining and I especially loved the ending! It was kind of like a time travel story but in a more believable way than most.
It's the kind of book where you could see yourself in the main character's part and how great it would be to have experiences like that. The scenery was brought to life so well too, I felt like I'd visited there myself.
Yes. The characters were realistic, the plot was interesting, the romance (especially the historical one) was lovely, and the narrator was excellent.
Yes. I appreciated the research, and the prose was lovely.
I have not listened to any of Rosalyn Landor's other performances, but I will be seeking them out. I really liked her performance in this book. Her voice acting and accents were good (as far as I could tell), and her male voices didn't make me cringe.
It is hard for me to decide if I disliked the writing or the performance more. The writing was junior high, and the performance that of a 7th grade English teacher reading aloud. A shame - the premise is intersting, but don't bother.
The narrator was incredible with her flawless accents.
The story was engaging and educational
She was easy to listen to and made it easy to get lost in the story.
Between work , kids , school and everything that life shoves at us I need a GOOD Book
I don't think i remember the last book that made me cry , heartbreaking with a twist of romance .
This book might not appeal to everyone but I loved it. It had a bit of all the things I find of interest. Genealogy, history, time travel (sort of )... I couldn't stop listening.
I bought this book because I enjoy historical fiction in general, and this was suggested to me based on my liking for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series - but this is book nothing like it: there is no hero and no heroine I can identify with, no humor and it's all very counter-intuitive and contrived. I would not recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Outlander. There is truly not one character in this book that I would want to take out for drinks.
The narrator drove me crazy. I don't know why I made it as far as I did - all the men sound alike and the main 18th century female character's voice and tone is that of a scared little girl. And on top of it all, the narrator sounds as if she has cotton balls in her cheeks when she imitates a Scottish accent.
Very interesting, engaging story of an author writing a historical novel in modern day Scotland. Love how Ms. Kearsley intertwines the historical story with the modern one, until they are one story. Narrator does a great job with all the accents of the characters too.