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The Winter Sea Audiobook

The Winter Sea

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Audible Editor Reviews

When venturing into the historical fiction genre, I’m often drawn to specific, brief events that were either glossed over or left entirely out of the history books, as opposed to those that cover broad subjects that can be densely overwhelming. Given a subject like Henry XIII and his wives or Joan of Arc, both popular subjects of the genre, an author could easily lose an audience to an overwhelming amount of explanation and facts. Instead, Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea offers a narrow, controlled exploration of a lesser known event, the 1708 Jacobite failed uprising by James Stewart against William of Orange and Mary Stewart to reclaim the throne. It is an enthralling story that makes the facts and descriptions of the people and places surrounding the uprising much more palatable and absorbing.

The Winter Sea also offers a unique narrative format. Main character and popular historical fiction novelist Carrie McClelland rents a cottage for the summer on the coast of Scotland, not far from Slain Castle (where she sets her story) and where the Jacobite uprising occurred centuries ago. Thus, The Winter Sea has two narratives: McClelland in present day Scotland, writing her novel; and McClelland’s novel, a work in progress detailing the Jacobite uprising in 1708 Scotland. Such a narrative format is fodder for narrator Rosalyn Landor, whose performance skillfully embodies the complex mind of a writer. Her voicing of Carrie is investigative, creative, imaginative, and discerning. Her deep, expressive tone allows her the versatility to voice the myriad supporting characters, both male and female, past and present. The dreamlike writing sequences of McClelland writing her novel really sing under Landor’s rendering. With Landor as a guide, it’s easy to lose yourself in The Winter Sea’s journey through Scotland and through history.

The Winter Sea confidently flourishes in the intrigue surrounding this political uprising, while also offering the accommodating narrative device of delivering the story through the mind of a writer. Kearsley and Landor together remind us that history does not have to get bogged down by the facts, but instead can be thrilling, suspenseful, and imaginative, especially when presented from a unique perspective. —Suzanne Day

Publisher's Summary

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 bestselling 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 when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her...

Please note: This novel has also been published under a different title: Sophia's Secret.

Please note, this title is the original recording, which is now known as Sophia's Secret

©2010 Susanna Kearsley (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Romance, 2012

"Rosalyn Landor provides delightful Scottish accents for many of the characters Carrie meets inside and outside her novel....Landor adds a poetic edge to her storytelling while at the same time giving a dreamy aura to the historical side of the story." (Audiofile)

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    I enjoyed both stories told as one. An imaginative twist of story telling, very good!

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    This is a very good book and the narrator was perfect for it. She gave some accents and her voice was extremely pleasant to listen to.

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    This is by far the best book that I have listened to since the Outlander series of books.! The narrator was AMAZING! The story has it all....history, romance, mystery, and an ending that you will NOT expect! I highly recommend this book to fans of Diana Gabaldon ! You won't be disappointed!

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    It's time travel but not, a plausible explanation. Real entertaining history. If only school history books were written like this, students would retain the subject matter. Wonderful characters both fictional and non fictional. Perfect combination. Well done! The narrator did an excellent job with the story telling. I want more!!!!

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    Beautifully written in gorgeous detail and with a very interesting political aspect of the early 18th century. I couldn't put it down!

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    "Great story!"

    I loved this story! Loved the details and the history. I loved the narrator's use of accents especially for the historical women. Carrie sounded a bit mature for my ears and all the men basically sounded the same but did a great job overall. Love it!

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    bhí sé seo scéal mhór scríofa brilliantly agus a sheachadadh ar bhealach a rinne sé deacair a bheith ar shiúl!

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    "The Winter Sea - great read/listen!"

    I chose The Winter Sea as my companion book to listen to as I drove north from Florida to spend two weeks in Delaware. It was a wonderful choice - a very different and intriguing story. For those who like history and romance, this is a terrific choice! I will definitely look for others by this author.

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