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Publisher's Summary

A USA Today best seller!  

"I've loved every one of Susanna's books! She has bedrock research and a butterfly's delicate touch with characters - sure recipe for historical fiction that sucks you in and won't let go!" (Diana Gabaldon, number one New York Times best-selling author of Outlander)

"The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren't such easy things to keep."

It's late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley's latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you've closed the last page.

©2018 Susanna Kearsley (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Not my favorite of Ms. Kearsley's books.

Ms. Kearsley has become one of my favorite authors. Each story has a bit of a ghost story and some history thrown in. Sometimes there is an aspect of dream/time travel but this book was different in that way. There is a ghost in this story and you don't find out who the ghost is until the very end (I didn't expect the outcome). There is a romance in both the present and past in this book. However, this story is told by the three main characters and each chapter is their perspective or outlook with the events that are taking place or have taken place. The story was good, the characters were pretty likeable but I just couldn't get into the story. I tried but it was just "ok".

The narrators were pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of a French accent so that might have had something to do with my not liking the story. I didn't particularly care for the female narrator for Charlie's chapters. Her voice was a bit too monotone for my taste.

If you enjoy Susanna Kearsley's writing, give this one a try. It just wasn't one of her best stories, in my opinion.

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Another great Susanna story!

I adore the stories Susanna Kearsley produces and this is no exception. The back and forth of past to present weave together a heartfelt story. The characters are well developed and suck you into the story, and the narration of it by the three performers was well done.

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Loved it

Although I’m used to Susanna’s books being set in Britain, I loved the colonial American twist. Great story as always.

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Rushed ending

I really enjoyed this book at the beginning, I’m so disappointed with the ending. It just ended so abruptly without any real closure. And who was carrying the lantern?!

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Liked the Story— Narration, Not So Much

The readers for Charley and Jean-Phillipe read like they were narrating a documentary and totally uninterested in this story. With all the fabulous narrators out there, how did those two get the job? I liked the story, which is the only reason I hung in there to the end.

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Couldn’t finish

I will read this book not listen. The narrator’s voice was electronic. She had a tinny, computerized sound. I got through one chapter and gave up.

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Enjoyable Book, A Little Long

Enjoyable Susanna Kearsley, I always enjoy how she weaves time periods together and moves seamlessly between the two yet manages not to be confusing. This was an interesting story with the historical section occurring during a time period that isn't frequently used in newer books - the seven years war. Narrators were OK. I usually don't care for multiple narrators but in this book I think it helped keep the period straight. Did go on a little too long though.

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It gets better

It took me three tries to get into “Bellewether.” I’ve enjoyed several of this author’s books, but the first two times I began this book I abandoned it before getting past the first “Charlie” section. The book is written from three characters’ perspectives, Charlie, Lydia, and Jean-Philippe, in alternating sections. In the first section Charlie is so depressed with life changes that I think I felt weighted with her sadness and anxiety. Not wanting such a burden then, I moved to other books. This title sat on my “to read” list until this week, and I guess I was ready for the story. I hadn’t expected it to be a ghost story, though at least one other Kearsley book includes a haunted place. It works here, and the emotional sludge is eventually managed, so I encourage anyone who enjoys a combination of historical fiction with alternating time periods; pursuit of research, preservation, and restoration (historical and family); and romance to try this book. And if you’re daunted by the first section, know that—as with many things in life—it does get better eventually.

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Teeter totter of a ride

I liked the story (love this author) but the narrator did such a poor job, it was really hard to get close to the characters. She was much too stilted or unnatural sounding for some of the main characters.

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Disappointed

By the time the book gets interesting, it's over. As far a time travel - only the story goes back and forth, with no apparent reason why.
Thankfully it was on a 2 for 1 deal - not worth the time or $

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