Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2016
About the Book
In The Winter Sea, Susanna Kearsley mixes several genres utilizing a parallel storytelling that I happen to love. What does that mean? Well it means that the book is about a successful historical fiction novelist, Carrie McClelland, who decides to write her next novel using one of her ancestors as the persona for the novel. As she's writing the book, it is written in the book. Read: two entire books for the price of one.

As she writes the book and confirming her book with research, all of the small details- details she could not have known- start cropping up, and she starts wondering if maybe her historical fiction novel is not fictional after all. Also, Carrie's storyline has a scenic backdrop and a whole love interest thing that is all written rather well.

Internal Impacts
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing was incredibly matched to the subject matter, and Kearsley did not break the flow of writing once. I have not been so fully immersed in a book since before I was in college, and as a graduating senior who absolutely adores reading, that is saying quite a bit.
That said, it wrecked me (to utilize colloquial slanguage). The book made me fall in love with both it and all of its characters, and when anything negative happened to them, I truly felt it. Reflecting on this, I feel that Susanna Kearsley has tapped into a deeper understanding of human nature than I have.

In Summation...
This book truly reminded me why I love to read. It had been such a long time that I had nearly forgotten getting completely caught up in a story and the experience of losing myself. I would recommend this book to those who like historical fiction but want something a little different.
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