One of the authors I truly enjoy reading at present, Susanna Kearsley seems to go back often to her favorite themes: time travel and the Jacobites. It's been noted, and I shared the opinion after I read The Winter Sea, that her writings almost echo the voice of du Maurier and Mary Stewart, which made me check her out in the first place as the latter two are favorite authors.
Regardless of the familiar route of her novels, she is still able to pull up a wonderful surprise and create another engaging tale that is warm and moving. Yet again, Kearsley does twists like a punch in the gut and leaves me quite breathless.
Set in a manor by the Cornish coast, her lyrical descriptions, garden-tearoom-atmosphere and historical background compliment the touching story of a woman seeking a place where she belongs and in fact discovers something much more.