The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

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Leisurely paced and rich in detail, lovers of all things Scottish are going to adore this work.
-RT Book Reviews

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A brooding and atmospheric Scottish tale from a RITA and RT Reviewers Choice Award-winning and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

The invincible ninth Roman Legion marches from York to fight the Northern tribes, and then vanishes from the pages of history. When Verity Grey goes looking for them, she may find more than she bargained for.

Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.

Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he's finally found it-not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has "seen" a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.

Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.
A modern gothic historical fiction with elements of mystery, ghosts, and romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.

Fans of Diana Gabaldon, Mary Stewart, Kate Morton, and Daphne Du Maurier will want to join Julia and Mariana on their journeys to love, past and present.

Other great books by Susanna Kearsley:
The Winter Sea Winner of an RT Reviewers Choice Award, RITA finalist, finalist for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award
The Firebird RITA Winner, Paranormal Romance
The Rose Garden Winner of an RT Reviewers Choice Award, RITA finalist
Mariana Winner of the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize

Suzanna has had books selected for the Mystery Guild, was a finalist for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and won a National Readers' Choice Award and a RITA.

What readers are saying about The Shadowy Horses:

"A little bit ghost story and a little bit mystery with a cozy romantic element"

"This is a tale of mysteries, of history and culture and beautiful, beautiful words."

"Kearsley brings the best of authors like Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt with excellent character development and setting."

"Utterly DELIGHTFUL, ENGAGING AND WHIMSICAL, I couldn't put it down."

"a captivating blend of GHOST STORY, MYSTERY and ROMANCE."

What reviewers are saying about The Shadowy Horses:

"Kearsley's tale is lush with romantic and ghostly threads." - Kirkus

"Brooding and atmospheric... lovers of all things Scottish are going to adore this work. This poetic novel will seduce readers with its beautiful prose and lush, vivid descriptions of the Scotland shore." - RT Book Reviews

"intense, heartbreaking, and wonderfully satisfying" - Luxury Reading

What everyone is saying about Susanna Kearsley:

"Kearsley blends history, romance and a bit of the supernatural into a glittering, BEWITCHING tale."-Kirkus

"A MAGICAL, not to be missed read." -RT Book Reviews Top Pick, 4 ½stars

"A CREATIVE TOUR DE FORCE. Sometimes an author catches lightning in a bottle, and Susanna Kearsley has done just that." - New York Journal of Books

 

About Susanna Kearsley

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Susanna Kearsley's writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. Her books have been translated into several languages, selected for the Mystery Guild, condensed for Reader's Digest, and optioned for film. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 430 pages
Genres: History, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average

Despite a rather abrupt resolution to the central mystery, Kearsley’s tale is lush with romantic and ghostly threads.

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RT Book Reviews

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Leisurely paced and rich in detail, lovers of all things Scottish are going to adore this work.

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RT Book Reviews

Above average

...the plot itself stretches so long and thin that readers may not feel surprised by the end.

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All About Romance

Above average

No, there wasn't enough romance for me. No, the suspense...was mild and minimal. There are some problems...and some strings left dangling.

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Below average
Reviewed by Genevieve Graham on Sep 27 2012

I close the book feeling vaguely disappointed, and even though the characters were sweet and well-formed, I don’t feel as if I made friends with any of them.

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Leiah Cooper 25 Nov 2013

In the last fifteen years or so, the women's novel has turned into the Amtrak of American literature; crashing through the gates at Aristotle, jumping the tracks at Horace, ignoring the flashing re...

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