Audio production: This was narrated by, Rosalyn Landor who is always a good narrator, for this one she had a lot to live up to since this was recommended to me because I love Outlander so she had Davina Porter to live up to and I must say she did a very good job!
This was a nice mix of historical fiction and a modern day story set in Scotland, this was recommended to me because I love the Outlander Series. First off this doesn’t have time travel as I’ve seen some people say it has genetic memories which was a new device for me, but it worked well. It was interesting how modern day author Carrie is writing her novel and the characters in her head tell her how the story should go then she checks the historical records and they match perfect so there is this little bit of genetic memory, possible ghost story. I have heard from authors when they talk about their writing process that the characters decide where the story goes and not the writer and how they feel like their characters come to life, so this was kind of a take on this concept.
Both the present day and historical stories are blended well with the historical story set during the Jacobite rebellion of 1708 which was very well done and researched. There is romance in both stories that kind of mirror each other but both are kind of chaste and bittersweet neither is a big passionate affair just a nice addition to the story.
I enjoyed this story very much and would recommend it to fans of historical fiction. I will be reading more by this author!
4 1/2 Stars
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend and to my daughter. A wonderfully unique story that incorporates romance and history.
I can't think of a book...but this reminded me of the movie
Perfectly narrated! The narrator was exceptionally talented and I look forward to listening to a book by her again.
This book is one of those that remains in your memory long after finishing the book.
The ending...very well done!
Thanks for the Great Book.
Sandra L. Wallace
I haven't ever read the print version, but being able to listen to a book while driving to work and home (a 2 hour commute) has made my life infinately better!
I like historical fiction and the way the author blended the present into the past.
I would love to meet Graham or John.
Just started listening, and love audible, I listen on my Android phone and want to get an i-phone so I can continue when this one dies.
Loved this book, right up there with Diana Gabaldon which I love and can't wait for new ones.
Being into genealogy I liked the genetic memories idea. Liked the standing on the cliff and feeling of deja va.
sophia I guess but liked them all.
Loved the genealogy aspect more of that would be great.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
Absolutely. Many other reviewers said that this is NOT like the Outlander series and they are right. I think it is hard for any author to compete with Diane Gabaldon's Outlander series. Jamie, oh Jamie! Need I say more? So no you are not going to get Outlander. However what you will get is a very solid book with great characters, a great story, some romance and lots of history. I love historical fiction and this book was very good. It's one of those audios I'll most likely listen to again.
If you don't read this -- you are so really missing out on such an incredibly heart warming story of love and devotion that we all could only wish for. What an incredible well written, awesomely narrated story!
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.