“Susanna Kearsley is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite authors. She just has such a way of drawing me into the story and creating characters that become part of my soul. Seamlessly transporting the reader between the past and present. Having personally had flashes of things I cannot explain, could totally immerse myself into "Mariana". Once again, like "The Winter Sea", I find myself craving more and not wanting the story to end. Feeling a bit of empty loneliness upon reaching the final page.
Initially the transitions into the past confused me and I found myself stumbling a bit. But, I was in fact much like the main character, Julia, shocked and confused by the occurrences that were taking over her mind, body, heart and soul. As time goes on, I, like Julia, found it much easier to maneuver the flashes of the past. I imagine all part of Kearsley's pulling the reader into the story and characters.
A definite 5 stars.. or 5 big hearts. One I will definitely own in all its forms. Wish that is were available on Audible.com :(
I will most assuredly be dropping them HELPFUL HINTS :)”