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

  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Shawn Bird
    I love Susanna Kearsley's skill at melding history and modern time. I have read several (all?) of her books, and have never been disappointed. Bellewether is not an exception. I loved it.In this story, Charlotte (aka Charley) returns to her father's childhood home in rural New York to care for her teen niece who is grieving the death of her father, Charley's brother. Charley has a job at the local heritage house museum.As Charley discovers items ...
  • Donna
    As a reader of nearly all of Ms. Kearsley's published books, I know you cannot go into them thinking they will be a quick read that you'll just pick up and put down and never think of again. Her stories, the settings, her characters and the facets of history she so painstakingly researches for accuracy all combine into a piece of magic that, while you really enjoy it the first time you read it, will continue to sit in your subconscious turning ov...
  • Adrienne
    Never having read a Suzannah Kearsley novel, I jumped at the opportunity when Belleweather was offered in exchange for an honest opinion. Sadly to say,, I was disappointed to find another predictable, time lapse story with too many characters as dull as the French and Indian war, which was the "past", historical period, I was enjoying the "present" period and perservered, hoping for an exciting twist in the story, Yay!, I got my wish. The pace pi...
  • Ashley - Book Labyrinth
    I've been looking forward to this book since I finished the last one from this author, before I knew anything about it. That will tell you how much I love Susanna Kearsley's books. Sometimes when you've been anticipating something for quite a while it can be a let down when you actually experience it, but I can tell you that was not the case at all with Bellewether. In fact, Bellewether is probably my favourite book by Kearsley since The Winter S...
  • Pamela
    Review to come
  • Tracey
    Beautiful! RTC
  • Jackie
    Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review."The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren't such easy things to keep."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 ...
  • Heike
    This is probably the best 3-star rating I ever read. Susanna Kearsley manages it to draw me in with just so little actually going on, and makes me fight for tears over almost nothing. The story is written from three Point Of Views, which scared me in the beginning but worked actually very well. Charley is a museum curator who takes on a new project, rebuilding an old house on Long Island and researching the history of especially one famous occupa...
  • Lynne
    I was torn about this book. This is a historical novel that jumps back and forth within the present day and the Seven Year War - between the French and English colonies in North America. Susanna Kearsley did a good job at interweaving the two story-lines: having Charley as a Museum curator who is assembling facts on what happened during the Seven Year War, and then the other plot of Jean-Philippe and Lydia - two characters who shouldn't have ever...
  • Lauren
    I remember learning about the Seven Years War for years in elementary school and I remember hating it. When I realised this was set partially in that era, I was wary. I shouldn't have been though. It's an amazingly well-written book and it tells a compelling, beautiful story. I gave me a new sense of appreciation and wonder for that era, and actually makes me want to go and learn about it now, and that to me is always the mark of good historical ...
  • Nicole Laverdure
    Fascinating and breathtaking tale!I have to say that Susanna Kearsley is a very talented storyteller! I love her style of writing, and when I start reading one of her books, I get the feeling that it will be unputdownable! It's the case for Bellewether, a thrilling tale of the Wilde house that was handed down from generation to generation. First, the author has nicely alternated two periods, the past and the present day. She has very well blended...
  • MAB LongBeach
    Kearsley moves to America for the first time, with this affecting dual story set on Long Island in the present and during the French and Indian War.Charley De Hoek is the new curator of Wilde House, a small museum on Long Island devoted to the family of Revolutionary War hero Benjamin Wilde and his family. A ghost story from the French and Indian War leads her to investigate Benjamin's sister Lydia and the possibility of a doomed romance with a c...