Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
📖 Q: who’s one of your favorite Scottish heroes or heroines?
I’m still thinking about Susanna Kearsley’s The Vanished Days. Seemingly heavily researched but effortlessly romantic this historical fiction with romantic elements book kept my attention.
Set up as an old man’s recollection of earlier events—augmented with notes from an investigation he & a colleague conducted—the book focuses on the life of Lily Aitcheson & a mystery surrounding whether she was in fact married to a sailor who was part of the African Company & whether she’s entitled to any inheritance as a result of his passing.
The recollections explore as early as 1707, when religious & political loyalties divide & troubles with monarchs influence what religion someone might be forced to follow. When the possibility of Jacobite uprisings could either inspire hope or dread.
Those conflicts & loyalties could sometimes be hard for me to remember and/or grasp, but maybe that’s part of the point.
With a great twist, a fantastic setting, & a remarkable mystery told by a keen storyteller, The Vanished Days is lovely and effective historical fiction + only-kissing-on-the-page romance.
4.5 ⭐️. Out tomorrow!
Give me that HEA, please.
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