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From New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley

Jacobite rebels are conspiring to sail the exiled James Stewart into Scotland from France to reclaim his crown. When Sophia Paterson arrives at Slains Castle, she finds herself in the middle of their dangerous plot.

Present day
Carrie McClelland is enchanted by the ruins of the castle and hopes to turn this all-but-forgotten story into her next bestselling novel. Settling in the village in the shadow of the castle, she creates a heroine named after one of her ancestors and starts to write.

Discovering her novel inexplicably contains more than she can remember researching, Carrie wonders if she is dealing with ancestral memory – making her the only living person to know the truth of what happened all those years ago. With each new chapter she uncovers the secrets of the past in a sweeping tale of love, loyalty and ultimate betrayal.

Praise for Susanna Kearsley

‘Sometimes an author catches lightning in a bottle, and Susanna Kearsley has done just that’ 
New York Journal of Books

‘A deeply engaging romance and a compelling historical novel’ 
Bernard Cornwell, author of The Last Kingdom

‘An epic romance for an epic season, by one of Canada’s best historical fiction writers’
The Globe and Mail

‘Kearsley is nothing less than a magician weaving together the past and the present in yet another marvellous, genre-bending, romantic, mysterious and utterly unputdownable novel’
M J Rose, author of Seduction

‘Fascinating, immersive and twisty – twists not only of plot, but of character and time’
Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series

‘A terrific read, evocative and romantic’ 
Nicola Cornick, author of The Scandals of an Innocent

‘Will stay with you long after you put it down. Her deft touch with historical intrigue is matched only by her delivery of a contemporary heroine who is as unique as she is memorable’
Deanna Raybourn, author of The Dark Enquiry

Photo by Wendy McAlpine

Susanna Kearsley is a New York Times, USA TODAY, and Globe and Mail bestselling author and former museum curator who loves restoring the lost voices of real people to the page, interweaving historical intrigue with modern suspense. Her books, published in translation in more than twenty countries, have won the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and National Readers’ Choice Awards, and have finaled for the UK’s Romantic Novel of the Year and the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. She lives near Toronto. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @SusannaKearsley.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (September 29, 2021)
  • Length: 528 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398511415