Author: Susanna Kearsley
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rights: Uk & Comm
Pub. Date: 22nd September 2008
Winner of the RT Book Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction Novel
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award
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.
Published in hardback and the US as The Winter Sea
‘I loved Sophia's Secret... A gripping dual narrative, cleverly linking the past to the present with a well-reasoned blurring between what is real and what is imagined. Seamlessly jumping between modern day life and that of 1708, with plots to bring James Stewart back to the throne. Flawlessly crafted, filled with romance and truly evocative – you can almost taste the Scottish salt-laced air. I've recommended it to many!’Meike Beck, Good Housekeeping Magazine
'Anyone who loves reading historical fiction will certainly love this wonderfully crafted novel... Reading 'Sophia's Secret', to me, was like having a rendezvous with my friends. It gives me the chance to delve into the past, while listening to an interesting tale told by a skillful storyteller who both entertains and enlightens the listener.'The Bookaholics
'A romantic novel with a twist...this powerful tale is one you won’t be able to put down.'Woman & Home
"Richly woven, highly intricate and densely plotted, Sophia’s Secret, will stir the senses, touch your heart and leave you breathless!"Singles Titles
‘A spell-binding mix of historical fiction and contemporary love story…Engaging and deeply satisfying’Good Book Guide
'Wonderfully old-fashioned love story, which will have you racing through the pages'People's Friend
'Rich in historical detail, Kearsley's novel switches back and forth between 18th-century Jacobite intrigue and the present day'Daily Express
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
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