I recently read The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley. Hmmmm, I should have posted this review yesterday ... for Hallowe'en... Shadowy Horses, get it? Sounds a bit spooky, don'cha think? Well at least I'm using my spooky spidery mug for my coffee today while I write this review... This is the fifth book by Kearsley I have read now... guess you can figure out that I like her style! What can I say? She can tell a tale!
Kearsley has a knack for drawing you into a story very quickly. Her characters are so real, vivid and believable, her settings are "well painted". This one takes place in a small coastal village in Scotland and you can easily hear the howling wind, feel the damp air, be comforted by the warmth of the pub and the "characters" therein. It's a bit of a ghost story, a mystery, and yes there's even a generous dash of romance as Verity Grey, an English archeologist, joins a "dig" with the eccentric Peter Quinell who has unsuccessfully been looking for evidence of the ancient ninth Roman Legion for years. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but there's even a bit of "paranormal" activity... This is an easy read, well paced, and easy to "lose yourself in." With the forecast of nasty weather this weekend, this would be an excellent choice of book to settle down with, a cozy quilt over you and a warm cup of tea in hand...
"I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book." ~ J.K. Rowling