The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

The story from the book flap:

History has all but forgotten the spring of 1708, when an invasion 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 can know the truth of what did happen all those years ago – a tale of love and loyalty…and ultimate
This story is about a modern day writer who goes to Scotland to Crudden Bay, near Slain Castle, the same castle that Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, to research the Jacobite uprising of 1708 , the return of James Stuart to the throne, for her novel that she is writing. As she and a friend are heading to a christining, she is intriqued by Slain Castle as she had an ancestor who had lived there.
This is a historical romantic story which also has a bit of supernatural to it and told as a story within a story with engaging characters and the descriptions of the area are perfectly described.

I loved this book so much I had to go and scour to obtain her other books. If you are a fan of Mary Stewart and Barbara Erskine, this is a must for your bookcase. It was also published in the UK as Sophia’sSecret.


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