This reader has a confession to make. I didn’t want to read this book. Gasp!
Romance? Time travel? Psychic abilities? Those topics are out of my comfort zone, to put it mildly.
|This WAS me.|
Imagine my utter surprise when I cracked this open and actually LIKED IT.
|This is me NOW!|
Now wait, before you think I’ve gone ga-ga for romance let me set you straight. I could have lived without the modern love story. On the other hand, the historical relationship made me feel all swoon-y and sigh-y.
Speaking of the historical sections? The author nailed it. The research must have been intense. Kearsley doesn’t cut a single corner. Historical fiction turns my crank. This one was spinning it!
The Firebird is the 2nd book in a series but absolutely works as a stand-alone read. Hints to the past history of the characters helped with that. I could tell there was more to the story. But it wasn’t irritating or distracting.
I judged this book before I opened it and I was flat out mistaken. There’s a lesson in there don’t you think?
I was wrong about you Firebird! Forgive me?
|Photo: Ashleigh Bonang|
As a former museum curator, Susanna Kearsley brings her own passion for research and travel to her novels, weaving modern-day and historical intrigue. She won the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Award for her novel Mariana, the 2010 Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction novel for The Winter Sea, was shortlisted for a 2012 RITA Award for The Rose Garden, and was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel from the Canadian Crime Writer’s Association for Every Secret Thing. She lives outside Toronto, Canada.