Good morning everyone! I am very excited to share a book review with you this morning! It’s been a while since I have shared a book review, mostly because it has been a while since I have finished a book! Most of April has been spent with family or friends and recovering from my tumble at the end of March. Between all of that and my husband going out of town for a little bit, reading kind of took a back seat. BUT, all of that has changed! I am back reading as much as I did before and am ready to share my thoughts with you.
Today, I am going to be reviewing The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. You can find a full description of the book HERE.
What I love about this book is not only how much history is packed into it, is how you get to fall in love with two different stories in one book. It is a unique storyline, that if not done well can be awful. In this book Susanna not only does it well, but in a flawless manner that makes the reading very enjoyable. At the end of the book I felt that I was attached to both stories and really enjoyed how they intertwined and unraveled. The way that Susanna wove the two stories together, but kept them apart for ease of reading worked perfectly and really allowed it to be easy to separate out the characters.
With that being said, we have two main heroine’s and I definitely preferred our current day heroine over the historic figure, but both captivated my attention in different ways. Our historical heroine was a little more immature in the outset of the story, even though she has gone through a lot in her life, and I think that put her off for me. It wasn’t the worst though and she did grow quite a bit through her storyline. As much growth as we saw from the historical heroine, we didn’t see as much growth from the current day heroine. Her character did have some growth, however it wasn’t in a meaningful “life changing” way. She mostly just found out information about herself and her family, but not further than that. Still, I felt more connected to her, than any other character.
Overall, this was a really nice novel that had both a historical and romantic element and it kept my attention from start to finish. I know that there is a second novel that follows some of the characters from The Winter Sea, however I feel that the story and characters wrapped up quite nicely and I don’t feel a desire to continue on in a slightly different direction.