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The Winter Sea Susanna Kearsley

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Post by Misfit » Thu February 19th, 2009, 12:38 am

[quote=""Kasthu""]I'm glad to hear Kearstley's books are somewhat like Mary Stewart's books; I love hers.[/quote]

I've been wanting to try some of hers (outside of the Arthur books) and you got me interested when you reviewed Nine Coaches Waiting (I think that's what it's called).

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Post by juleswatson » Thu February 19th, 2009, 3:45 pm

I've only read Mary Stewart's Arthurian books, so am not familiar with her other style. But I love the sound of The Winter Sea, esp. living up here in Scotland. I adore the (various) landscapes, and the whole Jacobite thing is embedded in everyone's psyche - hard to escape! (not that I'd want to, it is fascinating) Plus I like playing around a bit with writing ideas of genetic memory and reincarnation, though not timeslips like Barbara Erskine. So thanks, Misfit, for mentioning this.
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Post by Ludmilla » Thu February 19th, 2009, 4:21 pm

Thanks for the tip on Kearsley. Sounds like someone I would like if she's compared to Mary Stewart (and here I was thinking they don't publish or write these kinds of novels anymore). For those of you who haven't read Stewart's Romantic Suspense novels, they truly are gems and a cut above what you'd find in that genre normally. I read them all when I was young and they are some of my favorite comfort reads to go back to.

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Post by EC2 » Thu February 19th, 2009, 4:35 pm

She is very 'Stewartesque'. I've read The Shadowy Horses and Marianna. I wouldn't call them edge of the seat reads, and I still prefer Stewart, but they are enjoyable and the sort of books you can pass on to relatives and youngsters without worrying too much about the content.
I would also reccomend in this vein, Michelle Paver's A Place In the Hills. I thought it was spellbinding. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Place-Hills-Mic ... 0552147532
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Post by Kasthu » Thu February 19th, 2009, 9:57 pm

Speaking of "Stewartesque," has anyone ever read anything by Victoria Holt (also known as Jean Plaidy, among other names)? Her Mistress of Mellyn is very, very good, and also along the whole Gothic thread.

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Post by Vanessa » Fri February 20th, 2009, 10:27 am

Yes, Victoria Holt was a favourite author of mine as a teenager. I have a few of her books on my TBR pile now, some of which were republished a couple of years ago with lovely new covers.
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Post by Misfit » Tue March 31st, 2009, 8:18 pm

Just goes to show, don't ever be afraid to put in a purchase request for a book you want with the library. I just checked my holds list and the county has ordered several copies. Might take a while, but I've got plenty to keep me going until then.
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Post by diamondlil » Sun June 28th, 2009, 11:20 am

I just read this book and completely loved it! I will have a review up shortly for it, but in the mean time I highly recommend it!
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Post by EC2 » Sun June 28th, 2009, 11:58 am

[quote=""diamondlil""]I just read this book and completely loved it! I will have a review up shortly for it, but in the mean time I highly recommend it![/quote]

It was on the shortlist for the UK's best romantic novel of the year award. Didn't win - was beaten by East of the Sun, but it seems to have been very popular.
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Post by diamondlil » Sun June 28th, 2009, 12:09 pm

I really, really liked East of the Sun, but if I had to pick between the two of them I would probably choose this one!
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