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.
The narrator spoke in a deliberate, careful, plodding way and the story was not good enough to make up for it. Her Canadian/American accent was pretty bad. Perhaps it would have been okay to read. I kept trying and then had to stop because it was sounding more and more like a not so great romance novel and less and less like a historical novel or even a good historical romance. I don't understand the high reviews.
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.
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I was anxious to hear this novel as it was promoted as an.."If you like Diana Gaboldonm you'll like....", but let me tell you, from the first 15 minutes I wanted to stop listening. The narrator was annoying as she had a melodramatic tone which combined with the clumsy prose to make a real stinker. In the "formula" of such a novel, it is necessary to introduce the inciting incident and the ensuing tension quite early; the crux of this novel got lost in the fog. Never had so much regret at wasting money on an Audible selection.
I haven't read this type of book since i was a teenager reading aloud true love romance novels. The format of a writer working on an historical fiction book is so overdone these days.
Way too predictable and trite. crinkly eyes a bit too overdone
Really affected narration. the only thing she did well was the highlanders accent. The rest was so melodramatic...