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Carolyn McClelland, a writer of historical novels, finds herself with a familiar enemy; writer’s block. A change of scenery leads her, and her book, in a whole new direction. Writing about the attempted Jacobite invasion of 1707, Carolyn takes up residence in a cottage in Edinburgh. Inexplicably drawn to Slains Castle, and not so inexplicably drawn to the charming, but somehow familiar, Stuart Keith, Carolyn is soon writing with an unusual speed and imagery which leads her to wonder whether her ‘fictional’ character of Sophia is really so fictional after all.
Carolyn soon realises that she is somehow channelling the memories of her distant relative and that her story has a life of its own.
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This star review was by Mrs C.S., Innerleithen. A free copy of the April Book Club Choice
What a great read 'Sophia's Secret' is. It started so gently, and it wasn't long before it got more and more interesting. Both Sophia and her modern-day counterpart were very strong characters. The ending was unpredictable and very very moving. I'll definitely be reading more of her books!Mrs C.S., Innerleithen
Not my usual type of book, but as it is set in Cruden Bay, where my sister lives, I felt compelled to read it. I found the interweaving of the historical conflict and the modern romance fascinating. The book is well written and easy to read. I really enjoyed it.Mrs. J. R., Gunnislake
I was delighted to read Susanna Kearsley's book 'Sophia's Secret'. It is so beautifully and so cleverly written. It was a geography lesson and a history lesson, not to mention telling the reader all about the political climate of the time. And to have that wonderful 'twist in the tale' was just icing on the cake...M.P., Port Seton
A beautifully romantic novel which entwines past and present to create a story which is very hard to leave behind. Peopled with believable characters and in a glorious setting this is a fabulous book that draws you in and makes you believe in the magic. A wonderful love story perfect for a rainy day or a sunny beach.Penelope Bullock, Lancaster, Lancaster