Saturday, March 9

Book Review: Sophia's Secret

Title: Sophia's Secret

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Pages: EBook 379

Summary: When bestselling author Carrie McClelland visits the windswept ruins of Slains Castle, she is enchanted by the stark and beautiful Scottish landscape. The area is strangely familiar to her but she puts aside her faint sense of unease to begin her new novel, using the castle as her setting, and one of her own ancestors, Sophia, as her heroine. Then Carrie realises her writing is taking on a life of its own and the lines between fact and fiction become increasingly blurred. As Sophia's memories draw Carrie more deeply into the intrigue of 1708, she discovers a captivating love story lost in time. After three hundred years, Sophia's Secret must be told. Previously published as The Winter Sea.

My Rating: 5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: There were aspects of the book I enjoyed, but overall the book didn't come together for me. I enjoyed the setting of the book, both in the present and the story within the story, I loved the descriptions of Scotland, and the how the author breathed life into the setting. At times, I enjoyed the story, the protagonist was writing about throughout the book - and wish I could have had that book to read on its own. Even the main storyline had some good aspects to it and some of the secondary characters were well done. The problem was the main characters weren't properly developed - I felt they were sacrificed for the benefit of the story within a story. There were two possible stories, that could have had a lot of strength on their own, because of the characters, that both fell adrift in the end.

I hated the genetic memory aspect to the book. It bothered me constantly how that was worked in, as it seemed to be thrown in as an afterthought. Ideas were started and hinted at, but then they seemed to drift off. It just made for an odd addition to the book - and it was one of the major factors to why I didn't enjoy the book.

Overall, not a favourite read of mine. I'd probably try one of the author's other books at some point, but this one wasn't a good first choice with the author.

Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure on this one. It had good aspects to it, but I felt it didn't come together. I'd say yes to the author, maybe to the book. (The Book is also known as The Winter Sea)

What to read next: Hmm, I'd give the author another try

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge

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