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Canadian novelist Susanna Kearsley is a former museum curator and she brings her own passion for research and travel to bear in her books, weaving history with modern-day intrigue in a way that, in the words of one reviewer, ‘tells the story of the past and illuminates the present’. She has conned her way into Oxford’s Bodleian Library to read 17th century documents, climbed down a Merovingian holy well in France, roamed the Scottish borders and northern Italy and spent a winter in a 16th century Welsh farmhouse all for the sake of research. Her previous novels include The Shadowy Horses, The Splendour Falls, and the Mariana which won the prestigious Catherine Cookson Literary Prize. She has also started writing thrillers under the alias Emma Cole, the first of which is Every Secret Thing. She lives in Ontario, Canada.
For Eva house where she so often stayed as a child is home not only to her old friends the Halletts, but also to the people who had lived there in the eighteenth century. When Eva finally accepts that she is able to slip between centuries and see and talk to the inhabitants from hundreds of years ago, she soon finds herself falling for Daniel Butler, a man who lived - and died - long before she herself was born. Eva begins to question her place in the present, and in laying her sister to rest, comes to realise that she too must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards.
Shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year 2009. A clever, well-researched and charming dual time romance with a clever twist. Set in Scotland in the early 1700's and modern day we follow Carrie, an author, writing about the failed invasion of the exiled Scottish King James who is inexplicably taken over by the characters she is writing about. Is she more involved with her story than she realised? What is the bond that she has uncovered?