Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley


Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets.It’s 1759 and the world is at war, pulling the North American colonies of Britain and France into the conflict. The times are complicated, as are the loyalties of many New York merchants who have secretly been trading with the French for years, defying Britain’s colonial laws in a game growing ever more treacherous.When captured French officers are brought to Long Island to be billeted in private...

Details Bellewether

Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster Canada
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Historical Romance

Reviews Bellewether

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    Holy crap, it is so boring. I've read Kearsley before, but not for a few years. I don't remember the rest being as bad as this one.I wouldn't say it was BAD bad, just so long and dull. The story is told from 3 POVs, 2 historical, 1 present, and they are all awful. The narratives ramble on and on and on about their lives and stuff and there's this mystery with no buildup. Like literally, no buildup. I confess, I DNFed it at like 70% and I have no ...
  • Erin
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. April 24th, as I stated in my reviews of both Come from Away and The Husband Hour is going to be an epic day for all of us Canadian book readers and now I have to add Bellewether to that book buying list. This is my 10th Susanna Kearsley in a five year period and let me tell you that this Canadian novelist is a powerhouse that you cannot afford to pass by. Meticulously r...
  • Zoe
    Powerful, absorbing, and incredibly fascinating!Bellewether is an enthralling tale set on the eastern shores of Long Island during the late 1750s, as well as present day, and is told from three different perspectives. Lydia, a strong, hardworking young woman struggling to care and support those she loves in a time of uncertainty and upheaval. Jean-Philippe, a French-Canadian soldier who finds himself captured and a parole of honour in the final...
  • Melissa
    I love historical fiction. Even more when there’s a connection to the present, like with this book. And even even more when there’s romance. And it did help that it involved a French Canadian soldier, since I live in Quebec... I love to know more about history. I really loved that book. It’s beautifully written, and the change of perspective between Lydia, Jean-Philippe and Charley is captivating. Thanks to the publisher for the advanced eb...
  • Genevieve Graham
    As she has with every one of her exquisite time slip novels, Susanna Kearsley left me breathless with "Bellewether". Historical fiction is all about bringing history to life, and Ms Kearsley always gives us so much more than a mere heartbeat. With a curator's expertise, a historian's passion, and an artist's finesse, she brings meticulous attention to 18th century historical detail (including the Acadians - a particular favourite of mine), and ev...
  • Tina
    3.5 *Susanna Kearsley is an excellent story teller. I like how she blends the past and present together. This was a fascinating story. The present day story involves Charley (Charlotte) who comes back to her father's birthplace (on Long Island) to be a curator of an old historic museum home. The past story involves the historical home and its family. It mainly focuses on Lydia who lives in the home with her father and brothers. It is the time of ...
  • Hollis
    If you're looking for a detailed historical read set in the late 1700s surrounding the war between the British and the French on American, and Canadian soil, you'll love this. I have never read anything from this particular conflict, though I think maybe I've read something after the fact?, and I particularly wasn't familiar with this idea of billeted war prisoners staying in peoples' homes, as a mark of their honour and rank, instead of jails bu...
  • ✶Rachelle✶
    4 starsI very much enjoyed this! It has everything I love about Ms. Kearsley’s books, and I can’t wait to add a copy to my bookshelf. Full review to follow closer to publication ————-I was beyond thrilled to see this ARC waiting in my inbox!Susanna Kearsley is one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to get started with this one =D
  • Amy Bruno
    3.5 stars. Great writing as always, I just wish there had been a little more drama and action.
  • Tracey
    “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 and unwelcome guest. 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 intertwin...
  • Scarlett
    You know that feeling when you get a great first impression of someone, but you become disappointed after spending some substantial time with them? That is how I felt about this book, I lost interest very quickly. The topic seemed interesting, but it was nothing new. The typical past and present story, told from several perspectives, did nothing to impress me. None of the characters had something to captivate me or to make me care. Still, Susanna...
  • Jessica
    Kearsley manages to weave dry historical detail, blossoming lukewarm love affairs, and the banal intricacies of working for non-profit institutions into a tale I will soon forget. Thank you to Netgalley for providing free digital access to this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
  • Bree Hill
    Susanna Kearsley has been my FAVORITE author for the past couple of years and it’s hard for me to go into her books unbiased and not automatically assuming I’m going to LOVE them just because it’s her. I found myself doing that with this book when really, about halfway through I was like OMG..SK is known for slow moving books but she’s also written books like Mariana and The Shadowy Horses where I felt from the beginning she had me sucked...
  • Scarlett
    This book follows the two timeline historical fiction style that we know of previous Susanna Kearsley writings. The main characters are in the present and intermingle with those in the past. Usually it is a setting or a relative that connects the two. In this novel however, it is only the presence of a ghost that shows itself like a house ghost or a legend told.“The story of the ghost has been around for generations, and every generation ads th...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    I received a digital copy of this book from Simon and Schuster Canada and Netgalley for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. There is a mix of a present day story and a historical story with a ghost story thrown in. I’m not usually too fond of ghost elements but it worked for me in this book. This book was well researched historically. Charley is one of the main characters and her story is present day. She moves to Long Island to work ...
  • Pamela
    Once again, Ms. Kearsley delivers a wonderful story about a time in history that I was quite ignorant of. Her characters are brought to life in such a way that you feel you are right there with them. I love how she gives us a time-slip story with such enchanting characters such as Charley and Sam and Lydia and Jean-Phillip. The supporting cast is exceptional as well.Susanna is one of those authors that you can count on to bring the history to viv...
  • Hannah
    Really wanted to love this offering by Kearsley, but my gosh it was so SLOOOW. Took me nearly 3 weeks to finish.Haven't given up on her writing, but will say her last 3 books don't hold a candle to Mariana or Every Secret Thing.
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Bellewether is a blend of historical details, a fantastical element and romance. It was a quietly compelling read that unearthed new-to-me historical information surrounding the Seven Years War. What I love the most about Kearsley's books are the historical elements. I can trust that this author, a former museum curator and passionate historian, has done her due diligence about the history behind the story. In Bellewether, she weaves part of her ...
  • Jaclyn
    Lush historical romance. I'm not familiar with the Seven Years War and don't think I've ever read about it in novels before (it's so often about WWI or WWII) so this was a fascinating introduction to a new-to-me part of history. The characters in both present day and past were wonderful; I found myself completely enthralled by their stories. The romances were all handled with such deft subtlety that when characters finally kiss for the first time...
  • Bev Walkling
    I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.First off, I am a newcomer to Susanna Kearsley’s books, but anyone who receives high praise from Diana Gabaldon is bound to be a good writer so I was drawn to this book. I was pleased to see that the author had experience as a museum curator which could only add to the authenticity of the story which features a museum curator, and then I read her dedication...
  • Cait
    I'm sure we are all shocked beyond belief that I loved a Susanna Kearsley book.But this was SO GOOD. It had all the things I expect of a Kearsley AND MORE. It felt a little different to her last few books, which is not a bad thing at all - just different. It did take me a chapter or two longer to really get into this, and I had one quibble near the end (view spoiler)[(I'm a little uncertain of Lydia and Jean-Phillipe going from zero to 100, given...
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    Although I own a few of Susanna Kearsley's novels, Bellewether is actually the first one I've read. I really enjoyed it - both the modern storyline and the historical storyline. I had only one quibble in that the actual dates (especially for the modern storyline) for the storylines were never actually laid out. Unless you read the back of the book and saw that historical year you would never have known. As for the modern storyline - were we in 20...
  • Bookworm
    2.5 stars Oh dear...this book was disappointing for me on so many levels. It sounded incredibly intriguing and seemed to have all of my favourite elements including a fascinating historical back drop, war, romance and even a paranormal aspect. Unfortunately I found it challenging to care and engage in the plot. I will even admit there was an instance about a third of the way through in which I considered abandoning it altogether although I'm glad...
  • Barb in Maryland
    Susannah Kearsley scores again! An absolutely marvelous dual time-line story (set in the US) that alternates between modern Long Island, NY and the same area in 1759-60.Modern day Charlotte van Hoek (known as Charley) is in Millbank, NY as the new curator of the Wilde House Museum. Her roots in the area are deep; her estranged grandmother lives nearby (whose own roots go back to the colonial era). Charley herself is staying in the house of her re...
  • Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
    So slow and so boring..such a disappointment. I got maybe half way and really tried to finish, but it's just not going to happen :(
  • Kay (aka) Miss Bates
    A new Susanna Kearsley book is cause for celebration. As Bellewether was a long time coming, I was tickled all the colours of the rainbow to read it. It is, at least initially, a novel that felt quieter than others Kearsley has written. I thought the first half of the narrative meandered, like a ship unmoored, like the ship it’s named after and like the bopping ghost-light in the Long Island forest that beckons to Kearsley’s contemporary hero...