Another excellent novel from Susanna Kearsley. Verity Grey is a Finds Supervisor, who works on archaelogical digs in various parts of the country. She...moreAnother excellent novel from Susanna Kearsley. Verity Grey is a Finds Supervisor, who works on archaelogical digs in various parts of the country. She has a job opportunity in Scotland near the village of Eyemouth in Berwickshire. Peter Quinnell an eccentric researcher into the lost Roman Ninth Legion, is settled at Rosehill a house just outside Eyemouth and is searching in the field at the house for a Roman Marching Camp, which he is convinced belonged to the Ninth. There is no evidence for this, beyond a small boy's vision of a Sentinel protecting the site.
Verity is pulled into Peter's vision of the site being the Ninth's marching camp, and into the boy Robbie's visions. Along with Alisatir (her ex) an expert in geophysics and David Fortune a local archaelogist and leader of the dig, they begin their investigations. Peter's granddaughter Fabia is the site photographer.
At first Verity is suspicious of Robbie's abilities, but as the novel progresses, she becomes his staunchest ally, especially after the Sentinel manages to communicate with them through Robbie, and she realises that he is protecting her personally, and those she loves.
This is a novel that is every bit as good as The Winter Sea and Marianna, and makes me even more determined to find and read more of Kearsley's books.
This is the second Susanna Kearsley novel that I've read and I can see her becoming a favourite author. The Winter Sea (or Sophia's Secret) is set in...moreThis is the second Susanna Kearsley novel that I've read and I can see her becoming a favourite author. The Winter Sea (or Sophia's Secret) is set in Scotland in and around Slains Castle near Aberdeen. Carrie McLelland an historical novelist is writing a novel about the 1708 Jacobite rebellion, but is finding it hard to get started, until on a visit to a friend she sees Slains Caslte, immediately she knows that she has been using the wrong background (trying to write the book set in the court of Saint Germaine) and hires a cottage in the village of Cruden Bay to write her novel. One story in this book is about Carrie's voyage of discovery as she writes her book, the other story is Sophia's, born in the late 1690s, she arrives at Slain's Castle by invitate of Countess Erroll to make the place her hom in 1707, the scene is set.
To Carrie, Sophia is just another fictional character there to tell the story of what happened in 1708; at least to start with. As the novel progresses and as Carrie writes she realises that the story is a part of her, Sophia Paterson, she'd chosen that name because one of her ancestors was called that and she was from Scotland, if from the West coast (Kircudbright) not the East Coast, but hey, she was only a fictional character. Except, research starts to through up references to characters in Carrie's novel, she comes across a letter that mentions a Mistress Sophia Paterson travelling to Slains to take up a place in the Countess of Erroll's household; other instances like this finally tell Carrie that what she is writing is what really happened to her ancestor and that she is writing from memory, genetic memory.
The novel (both of them) works really well, both stories are engaging and both involve a love story. The 1708 uprising never happened, King James set sail from France, but circumstances conspired against him and he didn't land then. The historical side of this novel is well researched and presented, as Carrie is portrayed as a historical novelist, you get a sense of how Susanna Kearsley as a novelist whose books are often set in both the modern world and a historical one researches herself.
A thoroughly enjoyable novel, one I'm sure I'll reread in the future
Re-read Nov 2011 Still cried at the end even though I knew what was coming.
Just finished reading this this morning, was pulled into both Julia and Mariana's stories - must admit didn't completly see the end coming, though I h...moreJust finished reading this this morning, was pulled into both Julia and Mariana's stories - must admit didn't completly see the end coming, though I had my suspicions that it wasn't all as neat as Julia hoped! Liked the atmosphere of the village of Exbury, really Avebury, and makes me think it would be nice to visit there again. As the book was written in the 1990s, there were no references to mobile phones, strange how quickly we've accepted them into our lives. Must read more Kearsley.
Reread Nov 2011 really enjoyed this the second time around. (less)