Publication Date: 1st October 2012
Book Source: Sourcebooks & NetGalley
Synopsis: Verity Grey abandons her comfortable job at the British Museum to seek adventure on an archaeological dig in the wilds of Scotland. But when she arrives on site, she discovers that the excavation is being led by a discredited and eccentric old man who has forsaken scientific evidence. Instead, the entire team is following the word of a local boy who claims that he saw a ghostly Roman soldier in the fields.
As she becomes entangled in a subtle web of treachery and danger, Verity begins to believe that there is a Roman sentinel haunting the site. And he's there to do more than guard the bodies of his fallen comrades...
The Shadowy Horses was my first Susanna Kearsley even though I have The Winter Sea, Marianna and The Rose Garden sitting on my bookshelves *shamed face* lol
The Shadowy Horses is a beautiful blend of mystery, history and romance, throw in a ghost, and a boy with second sight and it's a match made in heaven.
I don't think I need to say much more, I recommend this one without hesitation and here's just a few reasons why I loved it -
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- set in Eyemouth, Scotland ... the Scottish borders area of Scotland; wild, rugged beauty
- who can resist the Scots brogue *swoon* ... not me
- or a Scotsman for that matter ;)
- the Scots terminology, slang, colloquialisms, the dry humour
- just enough archeological detail
- loved the Scottish history - the Herring Queen Festival, The Great Disaster of 1881 and the tapestry made by Eyemouth women to record in stitches the names of the 189 lost fishermen on Black Friday
Susanna Kearsley's writing reminds me a little of one of my all time favourite authors Barbara Erskine, that beautiful, lyrical, haunting style I love. If her other books are anything similar then I know this author will fast become a favourite. My biggest dilemma ... which book next??
Ooh nearly forgot the trailer ... just the music makes me want to visit
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