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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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    GippyP Edmond, OK United States 06-04-16
    GippyP Edmond, OK United States 06-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    Loved this book all the way around. Great story line. Outstanding narration. Definitely a good choice!

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    Flowersgirl 05-28-16
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    The narrators voice was too mature for the main female characters and it made them seem older as you listened to it.

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    Sara M Tobin 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "surprisingly good read!"

    Loved the story in the story. First read for this author. Performance outstanding. Highly recommend!

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    Kristen Boltz Ohio 04-27-16
    Kristen Boltz Ohio 04-27-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Historical Fiction at It's Best!!!"

    I'm not one for details of history but the way this book is written captivated me from the beginning. The overall story, with it's ties between the present and past, portrays a love story like none I've ever heard! Must read!

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    Andrea 04-25-16
    Andrea 04-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth It "

    After a long, slow start, The Winter Sea turned out to be an incredibly beautiful story. Part of my issues with the first half is that the pace is so slow, the rest lays on the narration. I did eventually warm to her, but her take on the Scot accent was not good (particularly when I consider what the amazing Davina Porter can do with a Scot). 

    The Winter Sea contains a story within a story —with present day Carrie's heroine writing the story of her ancestor Sophia. I actually preferred Sophia's tale, particularly since it was set around the time of the first Jacobite rising attempt. Sophia's story was heartbreaking, interesting, and bittersweet. Be on the lookout for an amazing twist. The happy tears were flowing freely. ;-) 

    The Winter Sea was a lovely story, and has pulled me as a fan of Susanna Kearsley. If you decide up read this one, take your time. It's worth it. 


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    KMarmion 03-18-16
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    "The narrator's accents are delicious!"
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    Rosalyn Landor's skill brings this book to life in one of the best audible performances I've ever heard. Her accents (Scottish, American, British, older male, younger male, older woman, younger woman) just left me dazzled. The story was totally enhanced by her narration. I have to check out other books read by her.

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    ladyGreatrick 03-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't pass this book up"

    So good. Beautiful story and BEAUTIFUL narrating. This was a story I enjoyed so much I was heart broken to finish it.

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    Larry 03-10-16
    Larry 03-10-16
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    "this was written just for me it seems."

    I love anything about family history and my ancestors with our still living on a other side.

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    Sam 03-08-16
    Sam 03-08-16
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    Love how it's written, it was very unexpected, not sure at first, but within a chapter I loved it.


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    Bhc 03-07-16
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    I really enjoyed the movement of the the main characters through the centuries it flowed well, not my normal type of book but a Very Enjoyable story . I shall buy more by Susanna Kearsley

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