"The past won't let you forget" so begins the fly leaf of The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.
For genealogists/family historians, the past draws us in to the stories of our ancestors and their kin. We want to learn more about them. What was their life like? What made them tick? We hope we can find clues and perhaps even answers to these questions as we research.
The principal character of The Winter Sea is Carrie McClelland, an historical fiction writer. While researching for her latest historical fiction, Carrie, a Canadian, leaves France to continue her research in Scotland. Present and past are interwoven throughout the book, so it is like reading two books in one. Although not a genealogist, Carrie's father is one and she consults with him on several occasions about their family history. Mention is made of the IGI (International Genealogical Index), descendancy charts and DNA and researching original documents.
As Kearlsey weaves the story, you are drawn into the story and the talk of genetic memory. It is hard to know what elements of the past are works of fiction and what is true. This is the mark of a good historical fiction book. There are elements of romance, suspense and history in the book. As always, Susanna Kearsley provides a well researched book for her readers. At the end of the book, Kearsley reveals what characters are works of her imagination.
Kearsley, Susanna. The Winter Sea (London : Allison & Busby, 2008) 527 p.
Susanna Kearsley's web site Here you can read the first chapter of the book. I am sure you will be hooked and you will want to read the rest of the book. Susanna Kearsley is a Canadian author.
Do you have a favorite historical fiction or a book with a genealogist as an important character in the book that you would recommend that I or others would enjoy reading?