Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable.
Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.
©2013 Susanna Kearsley (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Great writing, picturesque descriptions, and real historical characters. The narrator did an excellent job of inflecting unique personality into each character, the volume level stayed consistent (so important for listening to audiobooks in the car). The accents were passable, and just the right clues were planted to foreshadow what was to come while leaving a few surprises. The book is family friendly, and there were moments so touching that my tears poured out. Loved it!!
Although I expected the book to start out slow, it didn't. The story immediately took off on a grand adventure or two beautiful love stories, both past and present. Along the way both heroines show their strengths and unexpected acceptance of others. I would in the end highly recommend this book and was delighted with the story.
This delightful story transcended time and cultures fusing intrigue, romance, and life experiences across the ages. The author gave such depth to the characters and vividness to the scenery that I felt myself drawn into the worlds spontaneously. The reader was extremely adept at entering the scenes in technicolor and realistically engaging the characters.
I would definitely recommend this adventure whether listening or reading.
Just loved this book! Great characters and absorbing plot. I will be reading more by this author!
Absolutely, though I would add the caveat that the contrived bridge between past and present is not plausible in the least, even for the paranormal genre. This must be overlooked, because the reason for the contrivance is a good one...we need the window into the past.
Not sure I would change it. I advise suspending disbelief and enjoying the story.
No complaints here. Her voice is pleasant and she works well with several accents and age groups. I would listen to her again.
I rather liked Captain Jamison from the start, and even though I had my suspicions as to his history within the Jacobite scheme of things, I would have liked to hear his story from his own POV. Otherwise, I would say dinner with Peter the Great would be a fabulous thing!
I highly recommend this book as well as the earlier tale The Winter Sea (which is my favorite of this author's writings to date). The Winter Sea has a bit less contrived paranormal backing, and it flows a bit more without suspending belief. Still... This book is well written and the characters are wonderful.
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