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  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2701)
    Performance
    (2267)
    Story
    (2272)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "NOT Diana Gabaldon!"
    Overall

    While this is a very interesting piece of historical fiction, the premise it began with felt far too contrived. I almost stopped listening. However, I was driving, and now that I finished the book, I really miss it. The atmosphere was well conveyed, and I appreciated the narrator's ability to change character and accent. Looking back at the book, it felt as if the modern day writer the story begins with is fairly superficial and much too pleased with herself. However, as the story develops in both times, she seems to mature to some degree, though is still not a well-rounded character by the book's end. I got the impression that the beginning of the book was tacked on later because it just felt "off". This writer has potential, but she did not portray the detail or complexity of plot and character that is such a compelling part of the Outlander series. I enjoyed it, but Audible did the writer a great disservice by suggesting this book was comparable to Diana Gabaldon's books.

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