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The Winter Sea has now become one of my favorite books of all time, ranking right up there with Jane Austen. The characters are so special, and the reader develops a relationship with each as their tale unfolds. I found myself captivated.
I loved the two stories: the narrator's, and then the historical characters in which the narrator wrote, and felt involved with each, respectively. I must say, that the ending took me by surprise, and I am so happy with the direction and fashion the author, Susanna Kearsley, brought the stories to each conclusion.
I wept...not teared up, but actually wept at a couple of parts. Interestingly, I usually avoid anything that will evoke that kind of emotion, as I always prefer to "have fun", but, this story was gripping and moved me from the beginning. It was worth the cry.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. Enjoy!
Science writer in America's heartland
This book surprised me. I bought it largely to hear the author's descriptions of Scotland and the sea -- and they are beautifully crafted -- but the plot-within-a-plot immediately captured me. As a writer, I wondered if I could enjoy a book about a writer writing a book. The answer in this case is a resounding yes.
I absolutely loved this book and have listened to it at least 4 times. I love both the story and the narrator. The combination of history and sweet romance make it a winner with me.
Avid Reader in Iowa
creative and artistic
I loved this book--with the modern and historical twist. I thought it was similar in style to Lauren Willig a fantastic author. I think anyone who enjoys Scottish history would enjoy this.
This story has it all! History, mystery, love, deceit, etc. Especially entertaining was the fact that there were actually 2 stories going on. One surrounding the main character (who was an author) and the other around the historical novel she was writing. Two thumbs up!
Kearsley hits the ball out of the park. The best "time fiction" is seamless and believable; this is it and more. I've spent time in Scotland and she nailed her Scottish, present day characters and her other "Character:" Scotland itself, past and present.
The descriptions say this this book is historical fiction, which I love. Instead, it's a thinly disguised romance novel, not much removed from a standard bodice ripper. After about 3 hours, I couldn't take it anymore and stopped listening. There were two others reasons to stop listening: the narration and the slow movement of the plot.
The narrator does her best to duplicate a heavy Scottish brogue, to the point where most of the dialogue spoken by the father/landlord is unintelligible. While her efforts are perhaps laudable, they were extremely annoying to the ear and deprived the listener of the benefit of the character's observations.
And it's really a slow book. After 3 hours something should happen to pique the listener's interest. It didn't.
Generally, I try to finish books, if for no other reason than the purchase itself. Not this one. It fell off my iPod as comfortably as an ill-fitting pair of jeans.
I love books!
Set in NE Scotalnd in the early 1700's, the author wrote the story in a different kind of way. She went in present day to Petershead where the Slains castle ruins still stand. She rented a cottage in the town and imagined herself as to how it would have been 300 years ago going from prersent to past. She pulled it off. Throw ini the story of the Scots against each other, throw in the English and Friench, a little romance and it had the makings of a good tale. Not a thriller at all it still kept my attention, I enjoyed it.
I got this on impulse when the promo suggested it was like Gabaldon. I was seeking something simple, easy and light that would be pleasant to listen to and require little concentration. This fit the bill perfectly. The Scottish settings, accents and characters, the mysterious and tantalizing knowledge of the author's ancestor's life, and the story-line about the Jacobites was very nice, indeed. There was no time-travel, and no iconic male like Jamie, but it was a nice enough listen. I didn't care for the tones of voice the narrator selected for the characters but the overall effect wasn't bad enough to be distracting.
Just a book fool.
Winter Sea is well written and very much a Historical Fiction. I liked this book but really only liked it. The story really drags... I would say in the middle but actually it feels like it drags the whole time.
The ending was great even though you are convinced the whole time you are not going to like it. I implore you to read this book if for no other reason then it is a prerequisite for Firebird by Susanna Kearsley and Firebird is amazing.
All in all Winter Sea is a good passer of time, has a great narrator, and is a MUST read series so far!