Bellewether

Bellewether From the bestselling author of A Desperate Fortune and The Firebird comes an entrancing new novel of love war and historical intrigue Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets It s and th

  • Title: Bellewether
  • Author: Susanna Kearsley
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • From the bestselling author of A Desperate Fortune and The Firebird, comes an entrancing new novel of love, war, and historical intrigue.Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets.It s 1759 and the world is at war, pulling the North American colonies of Britain and France into the conflict The times are complicated, as are the loyalties of many New York merchants whoFrom the bestselling author of A Desperate Fortune and The Firebird, comes an entrancing new novel of love, war, and historical intrigue.Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets.It s 1759 and the world is at war, pulling the North American colonies of Britain and France into the conflict The times are complicated, as are the loyalties of many New York merchants who have secretly been trading with the French for years, defying Britain s colonial laws in a game growing ever treacherous.When captured French officers are brought to Long Island to be billeted in private homes on their parole of honour, it upends the lives of the Wilde family deeply involved in the treasonous trade and already divided by war.Lydia Wilde, struggling to keep the peace in her fracturing family following her mother s death, has little time or kindness to spare for her unwanted guests And Canadian lieutenant Jean Philippe de Sabran has little desire to be there But by the war s end they ll both learn love, honour, and duty can form tangled bonds that are not broken easily.Their doomed romance becomes a local legend, told and re told through the years until the present day, when conflict of a different kind brings Charley Van Hoek to Long Island to be the new curator of the Wilde House Museum.Charley doesn t believe in ghosts But as she starts to delve into the history of Lydia and her French officer, it becomes clear that the Wilde House holds than just secrets, and Charley discovers the legend might not have been telling the whole storyor the whole truth.

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    1. OhpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseEdit: Another pretty cover but I kind of wish it was different from all of the others. They are starting to look the same.

    2. As she has with every one of her exquisite time slip novels, Susanna Kearsley left me breathless with "Bellewether". Historical fiction is all about bringing history to life, and Ms Kearsley always gives us so much more than a mere heartbeat. With a curator's expertise, a historian's passion, and an artist's finesse, she brings meticulous attention to 18th century historical detail (including the Acadians - a particular favourite of mine), and every detail has a purpose, meaning her beautiful pr [...]

    3. Lush historical romance. I'm not familiar with the Seven Years War and don't think I've ever read about it in novels before (it's so often about WWI or WWII) so this was a fascinating introduction to a new-to-me part of history. The characters in both present day and past were wonderful; I found myself completely enthralled by their stories. The romances were all handled with such deft subtlety that when characters finally kiss for the first time, it's the sweetest and most thrilling moment. In [...]

    4. Although I own a few of Susanna Kearsley's novels, Bellewether is actually the first one I've read. I really enjoyed it - both the modern storyline and the historical storyline. I had only one quibble in that the actual dates (especially for the modern storyline) for the storylines were never actually laid out. Unless you read the back of the book and saw that historical year you would never have known. As for the modern storyline - were we in 2017, 2006, 1999? That detail was never provided and [...]

    5. I love Susanna Kearsley's skill at melding history and modern time. I have read several (all?) of her books, and have never been disappointed. Bellewether is not an exception. I loved it.In this story, Charlotte (aka Charley) returns to her father's childhood home in rural New York to care for her teen niece who is grieving the death of her father, Charley's brother. Charley has a job at the local heritage house museum.As Charley discovers items which reveal the stories of the house, she deals w [...]

    6. Here's the cover!!!!!Sounds SOOO good. Wish it was available now so I could buy myself an early Christmas present :)

    7. Fascinating and breathtaking tale!I have to say that Susanna Kearsley is a very talented storyteller! I love her style of writing, and when I start reading one of her books, I get the feeling that it will be unputdownable! It's the case for Bellewether, a thrilling tale of the Wilde house that was handed down from generation to generation. First, the author has nicely alternated two periods, the past and the present day. She has very well blended her characters to create a family story that will [...]

    8. I've been looking forward to this book since I finished the last one from this author, before I knew anything about it. That will tell you how much I love Susanna Kearsley's books. Sometimes when you've been anticipating something for quite a while it can be a let down when you actually experience it, but I can tell you that was not the case at all with Bellewether. In fact, Bellewether is probably my favourite book by Kearsley since The Winter Sea, which is honestly one of my favourite books ev [...]

    9. Kearsley moves to America for the first time, with this affecting dual story set on Long Island in the present and during the French and Indian War.Charley De Hoek is the new curator of Wilde House, a small museum on Long Island devoted to the family of Revolutionary War hero Benjamin Wilde and his family. A ghost story from the French and Indian War leads her to investigate Benjamin's sister Lydia and the possibility of a doomed romance with a captive French officer.The bulk of the story follow [...]

    10. This is my first Susanna Kearsley novel but won't be my last. I really enjoyed the intricate storytelling she presented and how her past and present characters and stories wove together so beautifully.This novel is one to be savored and enjoyed. I've been reading much easier books that I could whisk through but this one demanded my full attention and deserved each word to be read slowly and deliberately. As such I smiled as each connection was made and tiny details of the story, both past and pr [...]

    11. Susanna Kearsley's books are almost all winners to me. She has a smooth and simple way of writing that I am so perfectly content to go along for the ride instead of trying to "solve" whatever mystery is ahead; it helps keep me engaged in narrative instead of popping back and forth, trying to see if something is a clue. Belleweather is no different.Charley's present time storyline is a story of family ties and healing. She is in a new town and trying to fit in while helping her niece grieve her f [...]

    12. Fascinating and breathtaking tale!I have to say that Susanna Kearsley is a very talented storyteller! I love her style of writing, and when I start reading one of her books, I get the feeling that it will be unputdownable! It's the case for Bellewether, a thrilling tale of the Wilde house that was handed down from generation to generation.First, the author has nicely alternated two periods, the past and the present day. She has very well blended her characters to create a family story that will [...]

    13. On colonial New York's Long Island, lived the Wilde family: father, sons John, Daniel, William and Benjamin, and daughter Lydia. William's ship, the Bellewether, was the one with which he made his mark as a patriot privateer. During the Seven Years' War, this family is asked to imprison two captured French Lieutenants in their home. Just about the time that Lt. deSabras is due to be part of a prisoner exchange, his feelings for Lydia, and hers for him, can no longer be denied.Two hundred years l [...]

    14. Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author, Susanna Kearsley for the opportunity to read this book in return for my honest opinion.I was so excited to see this book on Netgalley and even more excited to have been granted access to it! I have read every book that Susanna Kearsley has written. I was not disappointed with this book. I was hooked right from page one, I read it as quickly as I could because I couldn’t wait to see where it’s going but as slowly as I could because I didn [...]

    15. Many thanks to Net Galley for an advance copy of this new book. This was a very good read, with alternating chapters about historical characters. This story takes place in the New World, on Long Island, New York. Charly Van Hoek is the newly-hired curator of the Wilde Museum, a 16th century house which had been the home of a revolutionary hero, Benjamin Wilde. There is a lot of restoration work to be done to the house, and many items of furniture to be found and returned to the house. In the fla [...]

    16. Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets.Bellewether is my favourite kind of book and reading it gave me so much joy. I didn’t want it to end. The book is set Long Island, New York, in both present day and during the last year of the Seven Years War. It also had a Canadian connection, which I appreciated. The heroines of each time have both had their lives upended, both having suffered tragic personal loses. As Charley Van Hoek settles into her new job as curator of the Wilde House Museu [...]

    17. Susanna Kearsley has done a magnificent job of telling the story of the Wilde family from both past and present. Charley is the new curator of the soon to be Wilde Museum and she delves into the past to find out what secrets the house really holds. In the meantime its 1759 and there is war.The story goes back and forth from present to past and goes deep into the history of both eras. You feel like you are right there with all the characters.Who is the ghost in the house ? What do they want. This [...]

    18. Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author, Susanna Kearsley for the opportunity to read this book in return for my honest opinion. From the early chapters you can tell this was a deeply personal story for Susanna Kearsley, even without knowing her history or reading the afterword. That is probably why I enjoyed it so much. It is possibly my favourite book from her. The characters are very realistic and full of depth, imperfections and strengths. I love how the three points of views m [...]

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