I know I’m coming in late with this but I just saw it.
You must get this before midnight tonight. The second book after Sweet Filthy Boy, only $1.99!!
Today’s Kindle Romance Deal for $1.99:
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
When published, I gave this book 5+ stars. I truly encourage you to get it at this fantastic price. Below see my review from May 2014.
Description from amazon.com:
Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird-the mythical creature from an old Russian fable.
Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna into the past who leads her on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.
FIREBIRD weaves well researched, historical fact with a riveting, fictitious historical plot and an intriguing and beguiling contemporary subplot. If you have read any of Kearsley’s previous novels you will recognize some of the characters in this one. Rob the psychic boy from THE SHADOWY HORSES and Colonel Grahame, Thomas Gordon, John Moray and Sophia from THE WINTER SEA. That said, this is a stand-alone novel.
Rob is all grown up and had a university fling with Nicola but now it is two years later and Nicola seeks his help because Rob has higher psychic abilities than she. They set off together to St. Petersburg to unravel the mystery of the Firebird carving. As they delve, with their abilities, into the early 18th century and the Jacobite uprising they uncover the story of Anna, the child who grows to womanhood to hand down to her heirs the Firebird carving.
This is a story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, a story of faith, trust and romance. There is dangerous adventure, simmering sexual tension, a fairytale introduced that relates to the plot and some surprises. It is also a story of being true to yourself and acknowledging who you are.
Five stars are not enough for this wonderful book. I give it a 10.
Every so often I come across an author or a book, or one is recommended to me, that is just off-the-charts good and I want to get up on a soap box and shout to the world “Buy this book” or “Read this author, I insist”. That is what I’m doing here. Susanna Kearsley is just too good and you must read her books. All of them!
These Deals are usually for one day only so don’t hesitate if you are at all interested. This is one of my all time favorite novels. Here is my review from August 29, 2012 :
“Whatever time we have,” he said, “it will be time enough.”
Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers. There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.
But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.
Thank you, Mo, for recommending this book to me! I loved it! The romance here is slow to develop and there is a question of will she or won’t she. The fact that Eva had no control over her time travel until late in the book added to the excitement. There are surprises that are hinted at and unfold to satisfy our guesses. There is action, pathos, friendship and love. This is the kind of book that doesn’t leave you when the last page is read. It raises the “what if” questions and we really want to know what happens next and does it happen to anyone else. Absolutely delightful and this will go on this year’s top reads list.
I read this book back in 2006 when it first published. I was knocked for a loop by the terrific prose. Its superbly constructed plot lends itself to the magic of the author’s storytelling. I highly recommend this book. Today it is “The Kindle Deal of The Day” a true bargain at $1.99. You’re gonna thank me for this.
Title: The Thirteenth Tale
Genre: Gothic Fiction
Author: Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Atria Books, 2006-Simon And Shuster digital, Today only 4/20/2013, $1.99
Sexy Rating: 0
Description from amazon.com:
When Margaret Lea opened the door to the past, what she confronted was her destiny.
All children mythologize their birth…So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter’s collection of stories, which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for the delight and enchantment of the twelve that do exist.
The enigmatic Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself — all of them inventions that have brought her fame and fortune but have kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she at last wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. She summons biographer Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth, hidden by those who loved her most, remains an ever-present pain. Struck by a curious parallel between Miss Winter’s story and her own, Margaret takes on the commission.
As Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good, Margaret is mesmerized. It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire.
Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida’s storytelling but remains suspicious of the author’s sincerity. She demands the truth from Vida, and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.
The Thirteenth Tale is a love letter to reading, a book for the feral reader in all of us, a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children. Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter and, in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life.
I do get excited when I find terrific books for cheap. That means I just have to pass on the news to you. Today’s Amazon Kindle Deals include two of my favorite books and authors, Susanna Kearsley and Linda Howard. Again, I’ll remind you that if you download the Kindle App (its free) you can read this on your computer or Smart phone if you don’t own a Kindle.
From Susanna Kearsley comes Kindle Deal of the Day, $1.99:
I gave THE SHADOWY HORSES a 4.5 star review. Type in the title in my search box to see the review.
The Kindle Romance Deal of the Day is the wonderful SON OF MORNING by Linda Howard, a terrific buy at $.99: