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Bellewether
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Bellewether

A USA Today Bestseller!

"I've loved every one of Susanna's books! She has bedrock research and a butterfly's delicate touch with characters—sure recipe for historical fiction that sucks you in and won't let go!"— DIANA GABALDON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outlander

"The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren't such easy things to keep."

It's late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley's latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you've closed the last page.

Praise for A Desperate Fortune:
"Susanna Kearsley just keeps getting better and better!" —Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author
"Susanna Kearsley deftly conjures both historical intrigue and a contemporary heroine as unique as she is memorable." —Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author
"Enchanting! Beguiling! Gorgeously romantic! A truly brilliant book." —Kate Forsyth, award-winning author

Praise for The Firebird:
"A lovely and memorable novel." —Booklist, STARRED Review
"A glittering, bewitching tale." —Kirkus
"The present and past come together as Kearsley masterfully merges paranormal elements with a wonderful dual story and a fascinating historical setting."—RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK 4½ Stars


A USA Today Bestseller!

"I've loved every one of Susanna's books! She has bedrock research and a butterfly's delicate touch with characters—sure recipe for historical fiction that sucks you in and won't let go!"— DIANA GABALDON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outlander

"The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren't such easy things to keep."

It's late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley's latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you've closed the last page.

Praise for A Desperate Fortune:
"Susanna Kearsley just keeps getting better and better!" —Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author
"Susanna Kearsley deftly conjures both historical intrigue and a contemporary heroine as unique as she is memorable." —Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author
"Enchanting! Beguiling! Gorgeously romantic! A truly brilliant book." —Kate Forsyth, award-winning author

Praise for The Firebird:
"A lovely and memorable novel." —Booklist, STARRED Review
"A glittering, bewitching tale." —Kirkus
"The present and past come together as Kearsley masterfully merges paranormal elements with a wonderful dual story and a fascinating historical setting."—RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK 4½ Stars


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About the Author-
  • New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA award winner, Susanna Kearsley is known for her meticulous research and exotic settings from Russia to Italy to Cornwall, which not only entertain her readers but give her a great reason to travel. Her lush writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. She hit the bestseller lists in the U.S. with The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden, both RITA finalists and winners of RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. Other honors include finaling for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award, National Readers' Choice Awards, and the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. Her popular and critically-acclaimed books are available in translation in more than 20 countries and as audio books. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario.
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  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2018

    In the aftermath of her brother's untimely death, 30-year-old Charley Van Hoek moves to Millbank, NY, a quaint seaside town on the North Shore of Long Island, to help care for her teenage niece. She takes over as curator of the Wilde House Museum, where the historical events she studies become entrenched in her present-day world. Hundreds of years earlier, Lydia Wilde lived with her father, her brothers, and two captured French soldiers, including a lieutenant, in the house. According to local stories, Lydia and the lieutenant began a relationship that ended tragically. When Charley uncovers artifacts, she realizes that some of the former inhabitants of the Wilde house may not be entirely gone. As she puts together the intricacies of the Wildes' lives, she makes sense of complex issues within her own family. Kearsley's comprehensive research is evident in the book's close attention to the details of the 18th century. Told from three viewpoints-Lydia; the French lieutenant, Jean-Phillipe; and Charley-the plot seamlessly weaves together the past and present. Though the topics are fascinating and the characters well developed, the action is slow to build, especially in the beginning. The author occasionally reverts to clichés and predictable formulas. VERDICT Recommend this romance for collections where historical fiction is in high demand.-Karin Greenberg, Manhasset High School, NY

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Library Journal

    July 1, 2018

    RITA Award-winning author Kearsley (The Firebird) pens a captivating tale of a Long Island family caught up in the tumultuous events of the French and Indian War (1754-63) that culminated in the fall of French Canada to the British. The narrative is told from the point of view of three individuals: Lydia and Jean-Philippe, a captured French Canadian soldier billeted with Lydia's family, and present-day curator Charley, who is establishing Lydia's home as a museum. Kearsley skillfully creates an atmosphere of parallel times between past and present by connecting a random object from the end of each of Charley's present-day chapters to a like object at the start of the succeeding chapter belonging to Lydia or Jean-Philippe. This magical feeling is enhanced by the ghostly presence that Charley encounters at the museum site and the legends she learns about the ill-fated lovers. VERDICT Rich characterizations and vivid historical flavor will keep readers enthralled in both past and present story lines. Highly recommended for Kearsley's many admirers and fans of romantic dual-time historical fiction.--Crystal Renfro, Kennesaw State Univ., Marietta, GA

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist, STARRED Review "Kearsley weaves a richly told contemporary story with an imaginative, authentically detailed tale from the past, throwing in just the right elements of romance and the paranormal."
  • Library Journal "RITA Award–winning author Kearsley (The Firebird) pens a captivating tale of a Long Island family caught up in the tumultuous events of the French and Indian War (1754–63) that culminated in the fall of French Canada to the British. Kearsley skillfully creates an atmosphere of parallel times between past and present by connecting a random object from the end of each of Charley's present-day chapters to a like object at the start of the succeeding chapter belonging to Lydia or Jean-Philippe. This magical feeling is enhanced by the ghostly presence that Charley encounters at the museum site and the legends she learns about the ill-fated lovers. VERDICT Rich characterizations and vivid historical flavor will keep readers enthralled in both past and present story lines. Highly recommended for Kearsley's many admirers and fans of romantic dual-time historical fiction."
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