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"I've loved every one of Susanna's books! She has bedrock research and a butterfly's delicate touch with characters -- sure recipe for historical fiction that sucks you in and won't let go!" -- DIANA GABALDON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outlander

"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 Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, 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 inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley's latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you've closed the last page.

Praise for A Desperate Fortune:
"Susanna Kearsley just keeps getting better and better!" -- Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author
"Susanna Kearsley deftly conjures both historical intrigue and a contemporary heroine as unique as she is memorable." -- Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author
"Enchanting! Beguiling! Gorgeously romantic! A truly brilliant book." -- Kate Forsyth, award-winning author

Praise for The Firebird:
"A lovely and memorable novel." -- BOOKLIST , STARRED Review
"A glittering, bewitching tale." -- Kirkus
"The present and past come together as Kearsley masterfully merges paranormal elements with a wonderful dual story and a fascinating historical setting." -- RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK 4½ Stars




About the Author

Susanna Kearsley

New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is a former museum curator who loves restoring the lost voices of real people to the page, interweaving romance and historical intrigue with modern adventure. Her books, published in translation in more than 20 countries, have won the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize, RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, a RITA Award, and National Readers' Choice Awards, and have finaled for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year and the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. She lives near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Aka , a pseudonym she used for one novel, Every Secret Thing, a thriller which at the time was intended to be the first of a trilogy featuring heroine Kate Murray, and which may yet be finished, some day. Meantime, Every Secret Thing has been reissued under Kearsley's name, and the Emma Cole pseudonym is no longer in use. )



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