The Winter Sea
by Susanna Kearsley
This is one of my favorite book covers ever!
Genre: Adult Fiction, Historical Romance
Review: Totally absorbing. Do you want to be fully immersed in another era, fascinated with the concept of genetic memory. We follow writer Carrie as she struggles to write her next book. At the ruins of a castle, Slains, in Scotland, she begins remembering a woman named Sophia who lived during the Jacobite rebellion period, around 1700s-1708. This book has classic restrained historical romance and modern romance, plus tons of intrigue/mystery/facts. Kearsley did it again! She surprised me completely with two twists at the end!
A little background: Initially, I didn't really care about the Jacobite rebellion. I didn't even know what it was, honestly. However, in this book, I became interested in the story of the "Stuarts" those who supported King James returning to the throne of Scotland. King James was denied the throne of England which many thought was rightfully his because he was Catholic. For more background information, check out this BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/civil_war_revolution/scotland_jacobites_01.shtml
Song to Read By: "Home" by Mumford and Sons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJcyAVDApvE&feature=related