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Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2017
Carrie, the storyteller and main character, whom writes historical/fiction novels is working towards the final stages of her current story, which takes place in northern Scotland. Being a person that always digs herself into the community where her stories take place; she’s found herself traveling north to stay with a relative for a few days in order to do some research. On her way she sees a sign for the shore route and loving to take local roads, especially by the sea, she felt compelled and turns to the right down the road. Along the way, she comes across the ruins of an old castle, called Slains (shown below are those ruins today). Something about the place seems to call her and therefore she pulls into the parking lot to take a quick look.

What follows is the story of Carrie staying in the small Scottish town of Cruden Bay and becoming intimately involved with its local residents, who provide her with vast information that lends to the research for her book. All is good, until, she starts receiving visions of a past time taking place at Slains, which seem to be coming from within her subconscious mind while she sleeps or types, which causes her to start feeling as if her writing, is somehow being guided. The problem seems to be that as her research continues, her prior visions begin to be validated by her research.

I found this book to be an easy read and good story, with its jumping back and forth between the mid-1700s and current day. The author (Susanna Kearsley) does a wonderful job of melding, what seems to be the same characters, but are in-fact different individuals from the two periods in time. Sort of the author (Susan) writing a story about a writer (Carrie) who is receiving subconscious messages or stories from Sophie (the character in the early 1700s).
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5.0 out of 5 stars An adventurous love story spanning both time and people.
By W. Brewer on December 23, 2017
Carrie, the storyteller and main character, whom writes historical/fiction novels is working towards the final stages of her current story, which takes place in northern Scotland. Being a person that always digs herself into the community where her stories take place; she’s found herself traveling north to stay with a relative for a few days in order to do some research. On her way she sees a sign for the shore route and loving to take local roads, especially by the sea, she felt compelled and turns to the right down the road. Along the way, she comes across the ruins of an old castle, called Slains (shown below are those ruins today). Something about the place seems to call her and therefore she pulls into the parking lot to take a quick look.

What follows is the story of Carrie staying in the small Scottish town of Cruden Bay and becoming intimately involved with its local residents, who provide her with vast information that lends to the research for her book. All is good, until, she starts receiving visions of a past time taking place at Slains, which seem to be coming from within her subconscious mind while she sleeps or types, which causes her to start feeling as if her writing, is somehow being guided. The problem seems to be that as her research continues, her prior visions begin to be validated by her research.

I found this book to be an easy read and good story, with its jumping back and forth between the mid-1700s and current day. The author (Susanna Kearsley) does a wonderful job of melding, what seems to be the same characters, but are in-fact different individuals from the two periods in time. Sort of the author (Susan) writing a story about a writer (Carrie) who is receiving subconscious messages or stories from Sophie (the character in the early 1700s).
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