Time hopping historicals are always my go to when it comes to having a good time. And any historical romance reader knows Susanna Kearsley is a big name for all things historical. I picked up a paperback of The Winter Sea to read by the pool and loved it. The twist at the end made the story, but when it comes to that, my lips are sealed.
- Genre: Historical/Contemporary Fiction/Romance
- Heat Level: ❤️❤️❤️
- Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers
Bestselling author Carrie MacClellan travels the world, following the stories she writes. Not every tale comes from her imagination, though. Carrie’s always heard whispers, seen hints of things that have happened, and knows how to research into her visions to dig up the true facts behind old ruins and aged letters. She moves to a cottage in Cruden Bay in the shadows of Slains Castle to work on another book, one that will hit closer to home than any before.
In 1708, Sophia Paterson has not lived an easy life. Orphaned and alone, she goes to live with a distant relative, the Countess of Errol, at Slains Castle. Sophia will be on the coast of Scotland, overlooking the North Sea and the strange ships that carry hints of Jacobite rebellion and encoded notes. One in particular carries a cargo too precious for words, and soon Sophia is entangled in a world of secrets and the handsome John Moray who has a price on his head.
As Carrie works to separate fact from fiction, her book begins to unravel family secrets. The young woman Sophia is no longer just a name on paper and John isn’t some blur of a man with eyes like a storm sea. Their pasts become her reality, and it’s up to her to write their ending.
You guys, I loved this book. I’ve gotten pretty lucky lately in the reading department, but Kearsley really pulled me in with her tale of forbidden love and modern day detective work. I rooted for Sophia and John from their first meeting and nervously waited for each historical document Carrie unearthed. There were breadcrumbs and a twist that had had me reeling.
Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it for all historical and contemporary romance fans.