The Vanished Days (The Scottish series) (Paperback)
The true joy in reading a Susanna Kearsley novel is becoming lost within its pages. She is a master of weaving meticulous research, historical figures, and complex political ideas with fascinating fictional characters and a damn good story. One of her particular talents is her ability to restore voice to these historical figures and make you care about them just as much as her fictional characters. Set in Edinburgh and moving seamlessly between two timelines, THE VANISHED DAYS is like reconnecting with old friends and getting to know others that you hope will become lifelong friends. The dual unraveling of Lily and Adam’s stories drew me in and I was quickly entirely invested in the histories and futures of these two. As much as I wanted to know what fates awaited these characters, I found myself reading slower, not wanting the story to end. When it did, I found the resolution satisfying and heartfelt, done only the way Kearsley can. Within this story lay the foundation for my favorite of her stories, THE WINTER SEA, and while I never need an excuse to visit Slains castle, I simply can’t let this world go yet.— From Lauren
"I've loved every one of Susanna's books! Bedrock research and a butterfly's delicate touch with characters—historical fiction that sucks you in and won't let go!" —Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outlander
From international bestselling author Susanna Kearsley comes a historical tale of intrigue and revolution in Scotland, where the exile of King James brought plots, machinations, suspicion and untold bravery to light. Told partially in flashbacks, The Vanished Days weaves in and out of the timeline of the author's beloved New York Times bestseller The Winter Sea, unraveling an investigation into a young widow's secrets to unveil a plot that resonates to the highest echelons of Scotland's social and political leaders.
In the autumn of 1707, old enemies from the Highlands to the Borders are finding common ground as they join to protest the new Union with England. At the same time, the French are preparing to launch an invasion to bring 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 paying out money sent up from London to settle the losses and wages owed to those Scots who took part in the disastrous Darien expedition eight years earlier—an ill-fated venture that left Scotland all but bankrupt.
When the young widow of a Darien sailor comes forward to collect her husband's wages, her claim is challenged. One of the men assigned to investigate has only days to decide if she's honest, or if his own feelings are blinding him to the truth.
Set at the cusp of the eighteenth century, in the midst of the Jacobite Rebellion, The Vanished Days is a brilliantly told story of espionage, loyalties divided, boundless courage and enduring love.
About the Author
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, often in twin-stranded stories that interweave present and past. Her award-winning novels have been published in translation in more than 25 countries. She lives near Toronto.
"Atmospheric and fast-paced...this is historical fiction at its finest." — Shelf Awareness STARRED Review
"Susanna Kearsley deftly conjures both historical intrigue and a contemporary heroine as unique as she is memorable." — Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author, for A Desperate Fortune
"Thrilling, haunting and deeply romantic." — Rachel Hore, Sunday Times bestselling author, for The Rose Garden
"Sometimes an author catches lightning in a bottle, and Susanna Kearsley has done just that. The idea behind the plot is ingenious." — New York Journal of Books ;for The Winter Sea