Happy Release Day, Susanna Kearsley!

Season of Storms

Today, we are celebrating the re-release of Susanna’s novel Season of Storms. It has been out of print in the US for over a decade, but (mercifully) Sourcebooks has been re-releasing several of her older titles with beautifully redesigned cover art to match her newer books. The Splendour Falls had its re-release back in January, and I’m hoping Named of the Dragon will have its turn sometime in the near future…

I owe Lauren Willig a great big thank you for introducing me to Susanna Kearsley’s books. Lauren frequently mentions Susanna on her Weekly Reading Round-ups or If You Like lists. After seeing Susanna’s name pop up repeatedly, I finally decided to give her a try, and now I recommend her books to anyone who will listen. I have read almost all of them, and every single one has been good, but my absolute favorite is The Winter Sea.

Here is what Sourcebooks has to say about Season of Storms:

In the early 1900s, in the elegant, isolated villa Il Piacere, the playwright Galeazzo D’Ascanio lived for Celia Sands. She was his muse and his mistress, his most enduring obsession. And she was the inspiration for his most stunning and original play. But the night before she was to take the stage in the leading role, Celia disappeared.

Now, decades later, in a theatre on the grounds of Il Piacere, Alessandro D’Ascanio is preparing to stage the first performance of his grandfather’s masterpiece. A promising young actress – who shares Celia Sands’ name, but not her blood – has agreed to star. She is instantly drawn to the mysteries surrounding the play – and to her compelling, compassionate employer. And even though she knows she should let the past go, in the dark – in her dreams – it comes back.

If you’ve never tried one of Susanna’s books, head over to her website, where you can read the first chapter of each of her books for free!  Also, Susanna tweeted a link to a Pinterest board of pictures for Season of Storms earlier today – check it out!  I love it when authors share photos that inspire their work.

Happy Release Day, Susanna Kearsley!

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I love Tuesdays in book world – there is always something to look forward to.  Today is release day for Susanna Kearsley’s novel The Splendour Falls.  This isn’t a new release in the traditional sense.  The Splendour Falls was actually published in 1995 by Corgi, a Random House imprint.  I think it was only available for purchase in the UK and Canada.  But since Susanna was picked up by Sourcebooks Landmark in the US, her new books are available in the US and her older books are getting a cover makeover and re-release.

Here’s what Landmark says about The Splendour Falls:

1205 – the town of Chinon is beseiged by enemies of King John, and his young Queen calls upon a trusted servant to conceal her treasured jewels.

Emily Braden is intrigued by the medieval story of Queen Isabelle, and cannot resist when her cousin Harry, a historian, suggests a trip to the white-walled town of Chinon, nestling in France’s Loire Valley. But when Harry vanishes and Emily begins to search for him, she stumbles across another intriguing mystery — a second Isabelle, a chambermaid during the Second World War, who had her own tragedy, and her own treasure to hide.

As Emily explores the ancient town of labyrinthine tunnels, old enmities, and new loves, she finds herself drawn ever closer to the mysterious Isabelles and their long-kept secrets.

Sounds excellent to me!  Because Susanna is such a lovely person, when I emailed her to ask her a question last week and mentioned I was looking forward to The Splendour Falls, she responded to me almost immediately and also shared some thoughts about today’s release.  Here is what she had to say about The Splendour Falls:

“It’s an older book, so a little different than my newer ones, and the characters probably smoke more than they ought to (and don’t carry cellphones) (and listen to cassette tapes) but it’s set in what’s probably my favourite place on earth, so for that reason alone will always be special to me.”

If you’re interested, lots of other information is available on Susanna’s website.  You can see her photos of Chinon from when she traveled there herself and even read the first chapter of the book for free.

I’ll be getting my hands on a copy today.  Happy Tuesday to you, wherever you are.