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The Shadowy Horses
The Shadowy Horses: An enchanting, mysterious tale that bends time and place | Susanna Kearsley
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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 1?2stars "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
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Jhullie
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I feel like I would have enjoyed this more if I had read the book instead of listening on Audible. I really didn‘t like the narrator‘s voice. That being said, it was a good story with a (mostly) strong female lead. She had her more wimpish moments. I had expected a bit more of a spook factor and it mostly came across as a love story but archaeological themes get me every time and I was able to indulge my inner archaeologist with it.

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EmilieGR
Shadowy Horses | Susanna Kearsley
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My least favorite kearsley- nothing happened

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Melissa_J
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Not specifically linked to #Dancemetotheendoflove but I couldn‘t pass up the chance to share a pic of books by my one of my favourite authors, Susanna Kearsley, since all of her novels feature a love story in some shape or form. My favorites are The Shadowy Horses, Mariana and Bellewether. While I own all of her books, not pictured are the three books that I didn‘t like - even favourites can write stinkers 😂

#TimbitTunes #CanadianAuthor 🇨🇦

Cinfhen Ha!!! #TRUTH No rule that you must display those😂😂😂😂 11mo
LeahBergen And now I feel like reading another one of her books 😄 11mo
TheKidUpstairs Never read any! Maybe I'll have to give her a try. 11mo
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Melissa_J
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Romance is an important component of Susanna Kearsley‘s novels, but it is generally portrayed as a #FallingSlowly situation, my favourite kind and therefore one of the main reasons I (generally) love Kearsley‘s books.

#MusicalNewYear

Andrew65 Me too! 13mo
Melissa_J @Andrew65 I knew you would support this post 😊 13mo
Andrew65 @Melissa_J You know me so well. Mariana is a clear favourite! 13mo
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kplovesbooks I've never read anything by her! 😞 I should though! Which do you recommend as a first read? 13mo
Felso Gorgeous edition of The Winter Sea! I think that‘s my favorite of hers. It‘s really hard to chose. 13mo
llwheeler What a beautiful collection 😍 13mo
Melissa_J @kplovesbooks my favourites are the tagged book, Mariana and Bellewether. Lots of people love The Winter Sea. (edited) 13mo
kplovesbooks @Melissa_J Thank you! I'll definitely check these out 13mo
Cinfhen I was gonna say, I think @Andrew65 is a fan too!!! But I see he has commented 💕 13mo
vivastory Haven't read them, but glad to see the Litsy love for these 13mo
Andrew65 I‘m yet to read Bellewhether! 12mo
Andrew65 @Cinfhen You know me so well. 😂 12mo
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MrsBibliophile
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I really enjoyed this book! I wouldn't necessarily classify it as a romance novel though there is a couple love connections throughout the story. I enjoyed the lack of steamy sex scenes. I feel as though most adults know what happens and we can imagine it well for ourselves.

Susanna Kearlsey is an engaging author with likable characters, a believable story line, and enticing twists. Great book!

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llwheeler
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Biggest bookhaul in a while--this is what happens when my sister and I catch a used booksale right before closing and it's fill a box for 10$! We'll swap most of these back and forth over time. She took the stack on the right for now. Now I get to rearrange my shelves to fit the rest 🤓

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 👌 2y
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KoriBReadin
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For me- this book focused way more on the very juvenile-like romantic relationships than on “mystery.” These were supposedly professional adults - who constantly commented on each other crushes, and who like who, and who has nice legs -instead of the supposedly career-changing project they were working on. The subject matter had potential, and anytime the author did focus on the actual mystery I was I intrigued, but it just wasn‘t enough.

RaimeyGallant I wouldn't like this one either I don't think. 2y
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Arcana
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I should‘ve paid more attention to @PatriciaU when she did her review of this work. Although I liked this book a great deal, being left with a HEA didn‘t absolve the author of the error of ending the book without answering the many built-up historical questions posed. For me, this book lacked an ending. The characters, scenery, and story were wonderful, but left me frustrated for answers. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

PatriciaU YES! You summed it up nicely. I was left with no sense of what happened to the 9th Legion, to the Sentinel, or even to Fabia. So many loose ends. 2y
Arcana @PatriciaU Exactly! She didn‘t even have the decency to include an epilogue! How could she do this to us? 2y
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Arcana
Shadowy Horses | Susanna Kearsley
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Shocked to find that this is a thing!!! 😱 WTH? Fortunately, I will be up at midnight. I will not be thwarted 😂

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PatriciaU
Shadowy Horses | Susanna Kearsley
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I‘ve read and enjoyed several of Kearsley‘s books, which were wonderful blends of history, mystery, and romance, on par with Kate Mosse‘s work. This one was just okay. The balance of the story tipped towards romance more than history or suspense, which is not my favorite genre. What saved this for me was Kearsley‘s lovely & lush description of Eyemouth. The image here commemorates a disaster that is described in the book.

Arcana I enjoy romance mixed in with history and suspense. I‘m gonna give this a try. Thanks! 2y
Andrew65 I love Eyemouth, so will have to read this! 2y
avalinah Haven't read this one, but agreed - Kearsley can be amazing, but also very mediocre too. I loved ummm what's the name of that book... something about Eden, I think. Can not remember for the life of me, lol 2y
PatriciaU @avalinah I don‘t know the book you means offhand but I will say that I enjoyed Kearsley‘s “Slains” novels.Her writing reminds me very much of Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage This wasn‘t my favorite Kearsley either. 2y
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BellaBookNook
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Enabler alert: I really love Susanna Kearsley's books. This one was great so if you have an e-reader, this is a great deal!

Myhusbandhatesreading I loved this one too!! ❤️❤️ 2y
BellaBookNook @Myhusbandhatesreading I remember loving the story and the slow burn romance. 2y
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booksandsympathy
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The covers of Slains series by Susanna Kearsley are all about hair. The book I tagged isn't part of the series, but since it has one of the same characters in it, I think of it as kind of a prequel. #hairthereandeverywhere #anditsaugust.

Booknerd2 Love this author 2y
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booksandsympathy
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Some of my favorite books featuring #thebacksofwomen for #marchintoreading. The Shadowy Horses is my favorite Susanna Kearsley novel and I was so happy to get it signed by her a couple of years ago. The book centers around the mystery of the lost 9th Roman legion. The piece of paper is a list she wrote of suggestions to me for movies about the 9th.

Alytrue Love Susannah Kearsley! Shadowy Horses is on my TBR. Favorite so far is The Winter Sea, but they are all good! 3y
booksandsympathy @Alytrue The Shadowy Horses also has a secondary character in it who is a main character in The Firebird(the book after The Winter Sea). If you haven't read The Firebird yet, I suggest you read The Shadowy Horses first to get background info on that character. If you have read it, this book will give you more insight into his character. 3y
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BookishTrish
Shadowy Horses | Susanna Kearsley
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My first trip to The Strand in NYC. Hard to believe it was four years ago!

MrBook Love #TheStrand!!! 3y
angrylilasian One of my favorite bookstores! Right up there with @Powells in Portland! 3y
BookishTrish @angrylilasian I HAVE to get to @Powells sometime. 3y
angrylilasian @BookishTrish Make sure you plan to stay a few days. I was in Portland for 4 days and went everyday. Still didn't get enough time there. 😄 3y
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BookishTrish
Shadowy Horses | Susanna Kearsley

My first trip to The Strand in NYC. Hard to believe it was four years ago!

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intothehallofbooks
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I read this slowly so I could savor Kearsley's words! Her scenes are vivid + atmospheric, and I liked the characters. I wish there was just a teensy bit more of the Roman soldiers' story in here, but ultimately I loved this book.
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I abandoned the audio at about the halfway point: the formatting was inefficient and took too long to alternate between print + audio. I think that there should be breaks WITH each chapter but there is not, so 👎🏻

CarrieKitz I love her writing! 3y
Nebklvr Sigh....love her books 3y
Zelma I loved this one too. Everything she writes is so satisfying. 3y
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intothehallofbooks
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Nighttime reads!

Nebklvr Love, love, love Kearsley!! 4y
intothehallofbooks @Nebklvr I really like this one so far, although I'm still pretty early in the book. This is my second by Kearsley-I've read The Winter Sea and loved that one too 😊 I want to read all of her books! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage This was a good one. I really enjoy her work. My favorite so far has been 3y
Zelma Susanna Kearsley is one of my favorite authors. I've paced myself so I always have something o cheers to read. The Rose Garden was my favorite but I love all of her books. 3y
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