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The Winter Sea

by Susanna Kearsley

Rated: Mild

On the northern shore of Scotland lies an ancient castle with an intriguing past. Historical novelist Carrie McClelland knows that it is going to play a large part in her current book, about the exiled Scottish king and a 1708 plot to return him to his throne. What she doesn’t know, right away anyway, is how much this castle and its history are going to play a role in her own life and in the life of the ancestors she is learning about.

So, this was a pretty brilliant story. We switch throughout the book between Carrie’s novel and her own modern-day life, like a wonderful two-for-one. Both plots are incredibly romantic but not overly so. I loved the Scottish setting and the way things twined together. I didn’t need or love the whole “ancestral memory” reasoning; I would’ve taken the story hook, line and sinker without it — the idea of someone in the present being able to discern what happened in the past totally works for me. I also liked being a part of Carrie’s writing and research process — the family history angle was an interesting piece too.

Solid writing, beautiful romance, interesting historical plot, a few great twists. Great fun.

Rated: Mild for four uses of mild language and several off-screen sexual encounters.

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

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  • The Winter Sea
  • by Susanna Kearsley
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Fiction
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