When I started the book didn't realize it was a sequel so it was a pleasent surprise to find it was and what a great book to sequel.The Winter Sea read it twice before I could put it down and thought I have to read this author again, had read The Rose Garden first, so I am sure, you can see a pattern.
What a great story, the twists and turns to get to the knowledge of The Firebird. Ms Kearsley definitely knows her history and when she started talking about St Petersburg well, I have traveled there myself and I felt like I was right back to one of my most favorite places in the world. The depictions was so much like I remember and the things I loved about the city were in the book. It was wonderful! Definitely a MUST READ. Another word would be enthralling, I could barely put it down when I had to.
At first I thought Ms Kellgren was a little cold and matter of fact after reading the other two books. As I finished I warmed up to her, her accents were spot on I thought, but the narrative seemed cold. Just her way I guess, Really enjoyed the book, well worth the read!
What a wonderful book! I have listened to all of Susanna Kearsley's books and have yet to be dissapointed. She blends history, romance, mystery and fantasy seemlessly and always leaves me wanting more. In Firebird we get to revisit the couple we met in The Winter Sea, but they are only a part of a larger story. Anne is a fantastic heroine who is gentle yet strong and probably quite accurate in behavior for a woman of her station at that time. It was also a treat to follow the romantic journey of both a modern day couple and the historical couple they follow. I didn't take my earbuds out for two straight days with this one. I was already a fan of Katherine Kellgren and though she usually portrays more upbeat, younger characters, she did a great job of moderating her reading to match the tone of this book.
Susanna Kearsley will be an automatic purchase for me from now on!
The story flowed seamlessly between past and present. The narrator's ability to portray multiple characters was superb. The combination of two love stories and the history associated with these characters drew me in and kept me for the entire time.
The characters in this story became inseparable from each other across two timelines. It was impossible to think of Anna without her connection to Nicola. Nicola's personal struggle with her gift added more depth to the story.
I saw pictures of the characters via her inflection, her pace, her timing. She navigated the characters with precision and mastery.
Empress Catherine. I would want to know how she dealt with both the loss of her love and the burden of running a country.
Highly recommend this book. I never write reviews. I felt that this book deserved it!
Half an hour into this I wanted to scream. The narrator over-dramatizes everything and her voice becomes incredibly grating. More like an audition than a story telling.
You must read the winter sea Rosalynn Landora the narrator was awesome they needed her in this one
Too fast undistinguished
When anna was reunited with her parents
Audible needs to get Susanna Kearsley's book Marianna
I wouldn't recommend the audio version of this book because of the irritating narration. I'm quite disappointed because I had researched the narrator's previous book reviews and hadn't found any complaints. As a previous reviewer mentioned, she reads too fast and with an irritating intensity without modulation except with a few of the characters' voices. I was really looking forward to Kearsley's latest book. Too bad I couldn't enjoy it.
It is one of my favorites. I listen to it as I work out, because it transports me away from the pain to a beautiful place.
Strong characters and the way the author allowed you to travel back in time.
The summer garden and when she Lund out Rob had his passport.
Anna running away to protect her family?
Librarian, Avid Reader, Audiobook Addict!
Susanna Kearsley has a unique talent of bringing together so many genres seamlessly into one book, this book has historical fiction, magical realism and romance with none being overwhelming. We travel from the present day to Jacobite Scotland and Catherine’s Russia in psychic flashbacks. Nicola has unique ability, she can touch an object and see its history and when a woman brings in a wooden firebird she sees a girl named Anna when she touches it and must figure out who she is and where the firebird comes from, which leads her from Scotland to St. Petersburg, but she isn’t traveling alone she asks friend and ex-flame Rob to accompany her because his gift is even stronger than hers, his is more seeing spirits of the past and he sees the future too. But is Rob only doing it out of kindness and friendship or does he want more than that.
We “meet” Anna at Slains castle in Scotland where she finds out things about herself and her past that send her off to find her real family, this path takes her to France and Russia. I don’t want to give too much of this story away because the way it builds to the climax of Anna’s story is written so beautifully that I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. But she meets some amazing people and she doesn’t go through any real hard times because it seems like there is always someone there to look out for her, but I liked her spunk and her spirit.
I truly enjoyed this book and have found a new swoon worthy crush in Rob, I enjoyed he and Nicola’s relationship as it grew into something more (and if you follow my reviews you know I’m not one for too much romance). I think my favorite scene was when he drives her to the airport. (Yes that is all I am going to say you’ll have to read the book to see what I am talking about) ;)
Katy Kellgren never ceases to amaze me with her amazing capacity for accents and varied voices both male and female. She makes it sound like there are way more than one person narrating because each and every character has their own unique voice and accent. I will always choose a book in audio if she is narrating.
I will read anything his author writes she has such a beautiful way of phrasing and such a talent at mixing the genre’s and time periods.
4 ½ Stars
Smooth transition between past and present. Interesting capabilities of characters. I liked how it tied into the other book.
As with most books this days I listen to them while at work and when a book is interesting enough I read on my kindle app at home. I'm thankful for the feature because it allowed me to understand and correctly pronounced the Scottish /Irish chat. The performance immersed me in a different time and place; understanding that this is touched by actual historical characters and places makes the story even more magical. The characters are easy to like and you keep coming back so you can find out what happens with both of our heroines, Ana (from the past) and Nicola (present). The story transported me to lands and places I wish to yet explore and I can't help but realize how different the world is nowadays - less trusting, more isolated but still growing and fascinating.