"The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren't such easy things to keep."
It's late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling andunwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.
Parthistory, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley's latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you've closed the last page.
Praise for A Desperate Fortune:
"Susanna Kearsley just keeps getting better and better!" —Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author
"Susanna Kearsley deftly conjures both historical intrigue and a contemporary heroine as unique as she is memorable." —Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author
"Enchanting! Beguiling! Gorgeously romantic! A truly brilliant book." —Kate Forsyth, award-winning author
Praise for The Firebird:
"A lovely and memorable novel." —Booklist, STARRED Review
"A glittering, bewitching tale." —Kirkus
"The present and past come together as Kearsley masterfully merges paranormal elements with a wonderful dual story and a fascinating historical setting."—RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK 4Â½ Stars
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA award winner, Susanna Kearsley is known for her meticulous research and exotic settings from Russia to Italy to Cornwall, which not only entertain her readers but give her a great reason to travel. Her lush writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. She hit the bestseller lists in the U.S. with The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden, both RITA finalists and winners of RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. Other honors include finaling for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award, National Readers' Choice Awards, and the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. Her popular and critically-acclaimed books are available in translation in more than 20 countries and as audio books. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario.