Sophia's Secret : Slains

  • by Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by Carolyn Bonnyman
  • Series: Slains
  • 15 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When best-selling author Carrie McClelland visits the stark and beautiful Slains Casle, she decides to use the castle as the setting for her new novel, 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 Sophias' memories draw Carrie more deeply into the intrigue of 1708, she discovers a captivating love story lost in time. Please note this title was previously recorded as The Winter Sea

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What the Critics Say

"A deeply-engaging romance and a compelling historical novel ... Susanna Kearsley has written a marvelous book." (Bernard Cornwell)

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Customer Reviews

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A well written story.

Being interested in family tree research was my original attraction to this story. It tuned out to be one of the most beautiful stories I have listened to. I found myself 'plugging in' frequently! I am not sure how authentic the Scottish accents were, but I found them acceptable. I enjoyed the mix of the historic and the modern romance as well as the historical data. I have no doubt that I shall listen to this story again.
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- Judy

Pleasant but Ponderous

Having enjoyed 'Rose Cottage' by Susanna Kearsley enormously I had great hopes for this book. You know what they say about great expectations? ... Carolyn Bonnyman was skilled at accents and has a lovely voice. However, the many characters and meandering plot made some characters harder to single out or let shine. The attention to detail within the story was such that sometimes I could only see the wood and not the trees or the path through them. The story within a story approach allows some self-reflection by the author on the writing of historical fiction. I found this gently witty and revealing, if also self-indulgent. As a journey between times this story covered less trodden ground and shared interesting views but spent a little too much time pondering over the map.
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- Antonia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-10-2009
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd