Sizzling Book Club Pick: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Book CoverIt’s not so much sizzling in northern coastal Scotland in the winter, but this book is amazing for it’s warmth, the strength of the writing, and the story-within-a-story. As I announced in the Book Club Chat last week, our April Book Club pick is Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea.

Previously published in Canada as ‘Sophia’s Secret,’ and a nominee for both a RITA and a RNA award, this book is emotional, historically fascinating, rich and worth savoring. Here’s the description:

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.
Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.
But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…

This is what happens when romance and historical fiction are married perfectly – plus the story tells of Carrie’s present-day adventures and her character Sophia’s story a well.

As usual, if you use SBTBARE at checkout, you will get a 50% eBook Bucks Rebate at, the official sponsor of the Sizzling Book Club. You can also buy a copy at, or Book Depository, or wherever the books in your preferred format are sold.

The 50% rebate at AllRomance will be valid from April 1-15, 2011.

I fully recognize that this is a more expensive book to be featuring, and I wouldn’t have chosen it if I didn’t truly think it was worth your reading and discussing.But to help with the sticker shock, I have five paper copies from Sourcebooks AND five digital copies (from yours truly) to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment and let me know which format you prefer. I will announce the winners and have books shipped out asap – or emailed, as the case may be. Contest is open for 24 hours.

Standard disclaimers apply: this giveaway is open to international entrants, though I’m not sure about the logistics of shipping to the International Space Station. I am not being compensated for this giveaway. Void where prohibited. Shading within a garment may occur. Use only in well-ventilated area. PC Load Letter.

I sniffled so obviously when I finished this book, Hubby was worried about me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and can join us at the end of April (date and time TBA) to chat about it.


General Bitching...

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  1. 1
    Tina C. says:

    I would love to win a copy.  Either format is fine with me.

  2. 2
    Lobo says:

    This sounds like the kind of story I love. So yes, I’d love to win a copy and both format is OK with me.

  3. 3
    Phoe says:

    I would love a copy, preferably in dead tree format!

  4. 4
    Christina says:

    Looks like a very good read! I’ve been having to study lately instead of reading anything else—this would be perfect to take a break from insurance classes with! I have a nook and a nookcolor, so a digital copy would be wonderful (and I can’t get stuff shipped to my house, unless it fits in a tiny square mailbox, which nothing ever does).

  5. 5
    E.D. Walker says:

    This book sounds fascinating!

    I really want a copy. Paper preferred but I’ll take an ecopy if I can’t get paper. :)

  6. 6
    Laura (in PA) says:

    This sounds like a fascinating book. I’d love a copy – whichever format is more readily available works for me.

  7. 7
    Elizabeth says:

    I would also love to win a copy!  Either format would be amazing (though I’ve a slight preference for digital).

    I’m looking forward to this chat!  I hope the time will work for me (the last few haven’t, sadly). *fingers crossed*

  8. 8
    Michelle W says:

    I LOVE this story and author!  She is a new find for me this year.
    I would like the ebook.

  9. 9

    I’d love a paper copy so I can lend it to my cousin after I’ve read it, but will take e if it’s all that’s left.

  10. 10
    piki says:

    i’d love any copy of this book, if there are any left! it sounds wonderful!

  11. 11
    KellyLM says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I’d prefer the ebook version, but paper works for me too.

  12. 12
    Dawn Green says:

    I would love a paper copy of this book. I agree that it looks like a great read. Can’t wait!

  13. 13
    Ashley Leann says:

    I would love a paper copy of this book. I haven’t read a good historical in a while and I’m a sucker for anything involving Scottish men in kilts.

  14. 14
    Sadiana says:

    This book does look rather interesting, and I love “stories within stories” if they’re pulled off well (and since it’s an SB book club pick, I’m guessing this one is). The cover is gorgeous as well, if I saw it on a shelf, I’d nab it up to look.

    Contest wise, I’d prefer a digital copy (but won’t say no do a paper copy if that’s what’s available). Thanks!

  15. 15
    MicheleKS says:

    This sounds like a great book and I’d take a copy in paper.

    I wonder if they read books on the ISS (International Space Station) on Kindle or laptops. Of course with the view they have I’m not sure if I’d do a lot of reading up there.

  16. 16
    Susan Laura says:

    I’d love to win a paper copy. Thank you!! Looking forward to the discussion at the end of April.

  17. 17
    Becs says:

    I would love a paper copy.  Sounds like a great book.

  18. 18
    Maria says:

    This book sounds fairly awesome. I’m intrigued to know the secret betrayal….guess that’s what good cover copy is supposed to do.

    I prefer digital to “dead tree”, but only slightly.


  19. 19
    TracyTracy says:

    I can’t even find it at my usual bookseller… but will keep looking if I cannot win an e-book.  Please!!!

  20. 20
    ritu says:

    I love love love this book. And the author. She writes such beautiful stories. The other book of hers I absolutely adore is Marianna. I’m still trying to go through her backlist. I would love to win an ebook copy.

  21. 21
    Beth R. says:

    I would love a paper copy of this one, it’s been on my Amazon wish-list for few months now.

  22. 22
    Carin says:

    I’d love a digital copy!

  23. 23
    PK says:

    This looks like a wonderful read and I’d love to be entered in the contest.  Either format is fine but order of preference:




  24. 24
    jody says:

    I’ve been DYING to read this in any format available!

  25. 25
    Helly says:

    I am currently reading this book on Kobo, just want to say it is a great pick!

  26. 26
    LILinda says:

    I’d love to win a papercopy.

  27. 27
    Christy says:

    I just found this blog and am so excited! Would love to win a copy. Prefer ebook, but either format is fine with me!

  28. 28
    The Duchess says:

    Have heard about this book more than once before it got picked for the book club. I would love a paper copy. =)

  29. 29
    Ashley L. says:

    Paper, please, so I can share with my MIL.  But I like digital too, so whichever!  Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  30. 30
    Eliza Evans says:

    Oh, I have been wanting to read this!  I’d like the ebook version, if I win.

    Thanks for the contest!

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