This story has me obsessed with Scottish historical fiction! I need more now! This was a beautifully written book with characters that were complex and interesting and a plot that was filled with secrets and mysteries!
The main character, Lily, is struggling to prove that her marriage is real after trying to collect her husband’s wages and being challenged about the validity of the marriage. This was a story that truly swept me away. I didn’t want to put it down. I did find that this is actually a prequel to The Winter Sea which I haven’t read, so now I’m excited to pick that one up!
I would highly recommend this to readers that enjoy historical fiction with romance and mystery!
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A sweeping love story set against the Jacobite revolution from much-loved, million copy 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.
Queen Anne’s commissioners, seeking to calm the situation, have begun settling the losses and wages owed to those Scots who took part in the disastrous Darien expedition eight years earlier.
When Lily, the young widow of a Darien sailor, comes forward to collect her husband’s wages, her claim is challenged, and one of the men who’s assigned to examine her has only days to decide if she’s honest, or if his own feelings are making him blind to the truth, and if he’s being used as a pawn in an even more treacherous game.
A story of intrigue, adventure, endurance, romance…and the courage to hope.
Just the Facts:
The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 464 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pub Date: October 5, 2021
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.