A suspenseful new novel of love, lies, and loyalty, set against the sweeping backdrop of the early Jacobite rebellions, from New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.
There are many who believe they know what happened, but they do not know the whole of it. The rumours spread, and grow, and take their hold, and so to end them I have been persuaded now to take my pen in hand and tell the story as it should be told...
Autumn, 1707. Old enemies from the Highlands to the Borders are finding common ground as they join to protest the new Union with England, the French are preparing to launch an invasion to carry the young exiled Jacobite king back to Scotland to reclaim his throne, and, in Edinburgh, the streets are filled with discontent and danger.
When a young widow, Lily Aitcheson, comes forward to collect her lost husband’s wages, former soldier Adam Williamson is assigned to investigate her petition and the veracity of her claim. As Lily tells her story, Adam has only days to discover if she’s being honest, or if his own feelings are making him blind to the truth. But sinister figures lurk in the background—is Adam being used as a pawn in an increasingly treacherous game?
Told in dual timelines, The Vanished Days is a captivating story of intrigue, adventure, romance—and the bold courage to hope when it seems all hope is lost.
About the author
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 Review’s 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.
“This new title from New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley grapples with the largest of themes: love and justice. Kearsley, a former museum curator, possesses a deep passion for historical detail, and an unflinching determination to confront the atrocities of the past. As such, this narrative is as much an anti-slavery tract as it is a romance.”
— Toronto Star
“An absolute tour de force of historical storytelling, tender and dramatic, gripping and authentic. Kearsley manages effortlessly to balance the epic sweep of the drama with telling moments of gentle characterization, all delivered in pitch-perfect style. I thoroughly enjoyed it: a perfect escape in these dark days.”
— JANE JOHNSON, author of The Sea Gate and The Tenth Gift
Praise for The Vanished Days
“A hugely engrossing book and a complete world created.”
— IAN RANKIN, bestselling author of A Song for the Dark Times
“Sometimes an author catches lightning in a bottle, and Susanna Kearsley has done just that.”
— New York Journal of Books
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“I’ve loved every one of Susanna’s books! She has bedrock research and a butterfly’s delicate touch with characters—sure recipe for historical fiction that pulls you in and won’t let go!”
— DIANA GABALDON, New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series
“Absolutely fantastic . . . immersive, fabulous, terrific!”
— HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, USA Today bestselling author
“From the first page, I knew I was in the capable hands of a master storyteller. The Vanished Days is brilliantly crafted through to the fabulous final page.”
— LESLIE HOWARD, bestselling author of The Brideship Wife
“Personal and political tumult collide in Kearsley’s romantic, sweeping latest . . . The Vanished Days exhibits Kearsley’s ability to deftly balance dual timelines to great dramatic effect, right up to the twist of an ending.”
“A beautiful and nuanced deep dive into late 17th-/early 18th-century Scottish history.”
— LAUREN WILLIG, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Country