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Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Susanna Kearsley had been on my radar for months. I got my first book Mariana when I was in Melbourne and loved it. This is my second book which I was lucky enough to get.
A nicely blended story of the gothic (we do have a roman sentinel roaming on an archaelogical site, only visible to a small boy who is able to see him, have conversations with him (in Latin of course) and then we have the romance.
The story is set in Scotland and seems as far removed from Roman remains as whatever. Verity our main character has a steady job at the British Museum and is gaining a foothold in her field when her ex boyfriend summons her to Scotland with what may be considered a wild goose chase. At least that is what the whole archaelogical world thinks. Peter Quinnell is considered at best eccentric and at the worst absolutely insane but everyone humours him by going along with his firm view that he is on the cusp of a major discovery of Roman remains on this site in Scotland.
No more as it would be a spoiler but coupled with the rich history revealed of a time gone by, a tragic love story of Roman times revealed, a present day love story unfolding and a family drama and secrets being unfolded as well makes for a very good story.
Now to look for more books by this author!


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Lucky you to have received this already -- sounds like a really good one.

Kaye said...

I love Kearsley's books but haven't read this one. Thanks for such a wonderful review - makes me want to read it right now.

Nise' said...

I finished this one this week and it was so good.

Noelle the dreamer said...

Thanks for sharing Mystica! I am almost done with 'Mariana, and will gladly read anything by this author!

Joanne said...

Now you must read The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden!! They are so good!

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this one as it's my favourite of Kearsley's novels. I definitely hope you get to read some more of Kearsley's work soon.

Christina T said...

Wonderful review! I am looking forward to reading this eventually. I love Susanna Kearsley's books, especially The Winter Sea.

Teddyree said...

I loved this one, anything set in Scotland's a winner lol and I'm looking forward to reading The Winter Sea next