SUMMARY ´ The Firebird

CHARACTERS The Firebird

T belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine Nicola faces a dilemma With no proof of its past Nicola's boss believes the carving known as 'the Firebird' is worthless But Nicola has held it and she knows that the woman who is in desperate need of money is telling the truth Compelled to help Nicola turns to a man she once left and still loves. Step 1 Read The Winter Sea by Susanna KearsleyStep 2 Read The FirebirdStep 3 Sueal with delight I was so happy to find out this is the rest of Anna s story I m properly addicted to her books now

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The Firebird

Nicola Marter was born with a gift When she touches an object she sometimes sees images glimpses into its past and of those who have owned it before Born with this rare ability Nicola sees it as something to keep hidden But when a young woman arrives at the London gallery Nicola works at offering a wooden carving for sale and claiming i. Rating Clarification 275 StarsThis is a hard review to compose because all my GR friends know how much I love Susanna Kearsley s booksLet me reiterateILoveSusannaKearsley sBooksThey make me smileThey make me cryThey sometimes make me gasp in surprise over her clever plot twistsThey educate me on less known periods of historyThey allow the romantic in me to suee over the characters and their struggles and cheer these fictional people onThey even allow the cynic in me to swallow improbable concepts like ghosts time travel and time slipThey comfort me with their clean cozy charmSad to say The Firebird did none of these things this time around and for that this reader and fan is sad indeedI will accept some of the blame for the disappointment because I ve come to expect alot from Kearsley s stories Understand this isn t a horrible book but IMO it comes no where close to The Winter Sea The Rose Garden or Mariana in terms of storyline historical content or that elusive thing I call readercharacterstory engagement While it is a continuation of The Winter Sea and loose ends from that novel are tied up in this one there s not a good deal of historic meat to gnaw on regarding the Jacobite rebellion of the early 18th century as it pertains to Russia s slight involvement With that rich historic context and backdrop I was rightly expecting a great story with engaging characters a good twist a good 2 hanky cry and an emotive resolution to the journey of some of the characters begun in The Winter Sea Instead I found the past life plotline of The Firebird just a string of incidences involving view spoilerour heroine Anna fleeing from one place to another and conveniently meeting and talking to some of the real life historic figures of the period And she gets pretty fabric And she sews it into a dress And she catches a bird Edge of your seat excitement yes Nothing else and I do mean nothing else much happens to Anna hide spoiler

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Rob McMorran whose own psychic gifts are far greater than her own With Rob to help delve into the past Nicola travels from Scotland to Belgium and on into Russia There in St Petersburg the once glittering capital Nicola and Rob unearth a tale of love and sacrifice of courage and redemption a story which will change their lives for ever. Initial thoughts on finishing May 11th sigh Susanna Kearsley is one hell of a storyteller I m honestly not sure what my final rating for this one will be 4 45 or 5 On a purely emotional level it would be 5 stars I bawled like a baby happy tears through the last 30 pages or so and I really connected with the story and characters emotionally after having just recently read and loved The Winter Sea BUT looking at it from a critical point of view as a bloggerreviewer it wasn t perfect it started out kind of slow and dragged terribly in places it took me almost two weeks to read it so I have to take that into account But then throw in the fact that Anna was an incredible character plus the swoonworthyness of Rob and Jamieson and Edmund andughthis is going to be a hard review to write Will try to have it up by next weekFull review May 22nd This review was originally posted on my blog Ramblings of a Daydreamer You can find it and many reviews at the blog45 starsYou guys This book My heart sighI honestly don t know where to begin I guess first I d like to thank the amazing Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this book as an unsolicited ARC because if they hadn t I might never have read The Winter Sea and in turn never read The Firebird it s companion And that would be a crime because these booksI honestly don t think I can do them justice in a review I attempted a coherent review with The Winter Sea but having just finished The Firebird I m a jumble of emotions and it s so rare that a book can do that these daysI said in my review of The Winter Sea that the book single handedly rekindled my love of historic fiction I couldn t wait to immerse myself in another of Kearsley s worlds knowing the setting would be rich and vibrant and as I journeyed with both Nicola and Anna through time and multiple countries I fell in love with Kearsley s writing all over again She has a gift for seamlessly weaving the present with the past and creating a story that is breathtaking in its details revelations and charactersAnd oh the characters I thought it would be hard to top the characters in The Winter Sea but I think I might just like Anna even than I liked Sophia Anna was strong fearless and selfless She would do anything for the people she loved and even sacrifice her own happiness to protect them I was so happy to be reunited with Colonel Graeme and see his affection for Sophia pass to young Anna Captain Jamieson was sweet and gentle with an air of mystery about him and I loved his interactions with Anna as a little girl and the promises he made to her I get choked up just thinking about it I won t mention other characters by name because it seems a bit spoiler y but it was nice to see other familiar faces as well and I adored Edmund as Anna s love interest He challenged her in ways than one he spoke freely and wasn t the gentlemanly sort she was used to but I liked that he was a bit rough around the edges and I found myself falling for the sexy roguish Irishman He challenged Anna and it was clear she was up for the challengeAs with The Winter Sea the historic aspects of The Firebird were my favourite I couldn t wait to be transported back to eighteenth century Russia to be reunited with Anna and learn her fate I enjoyed the present day parts too Nicola was a great character and while I thought Carrie s story in The Winter Sea was of a vehicle for Sophia s story it felt like Nicola s story was really thought out and fleshed out She started out uncertain and embarrassed by her abilities but with Rob s help and encouragement she grew to not only accept her gifts but hone them and it was nice to see I also really enjoyed the romance between them and I felt their connection from the very beginning It s no secret I m a sucker for a Scotsman and I fell hard for the ones in this bookOn a purely emotional level I would give The Firebird 5 stars I loved it so much and I know these characters and their stories will stay with me for a long time However on a critical level I don t feel I can actually give it those full 5 stars The story started out a bit slow and there were times when it really dragged It took me almost two weeks to read this book and I d like to say it was because I was savouring each detail but it was because there were times I felt like I was slogging through I enjoyed the whole story don t get me wrong but it felt like it could have been shorter However the last half or so of the book really picked up and it got to the point where I didn t even want to go to bed because I was finally enjoying the story so much and I wanted to find out what was going to happenThe Firebird is a beautifully written story with characters that practically leap off the pages a story that alternately broke my heart and healed it and a pair of romances or a trio accurately that made me fall in love This book made me laugh made me cry I seriously bawled happy tears through the last 30 or so pages and made me certain that Susanna Kearsley has a talent like no other


10 thoughts on “The Firebird

  1. says:

    Rating Clarification 275 StarsThis is a hard review to compose because all my GR friends know how much I love Susanna Kear

  2. says:

    All the stars for this Susanna Kearsley dual timeline of course novel which takes us from Scotland to Belgium to Russia with a brie

  3. says:

    Nicola Marter has special abilities She can touch an object and sense its past When a client brings in a small wooden carving of a bird The Firebird to the gallery where she works for an art dealer Nicola knows that the bird is as claimed by

  4. says:

    It does stand to mention that although this book continues with characters from earlier worksThe Winter Sea and The Shadowy Horses The Firebird can easily be read as a stand alone You don't necessarily need to read

  5. says:

    “It just seemed a thing worth following your Firebird”How to recap the plot when the book description does it so nice

  6. says:

    Step 1 Read The Winter Sea by Susanna KearsleyStep 2 Read The FirebirdStep 3 Sueal with delight I was so happy t

  7. says:

    5 knave stars “If we cannot be what we were born to be the whole of it we die a little on the inside every day we live the lie”So many happy tears So many feely feels The Firebird is one of my favorite books of all time This was the first book of Ms Kearsley's that I inhaled before going on a binge of all her books a couple of years ag

  8. says:

    This one was not as good as the Winter Sea Not comparing the books just stating my humble opinion The story was slow in some parts and lacked t

  9. says:

    Initial thoughts on finishing May 11th sigh Susanna Kearsley is one hell of a storyteller I'm honestly not sure what my final rating for this one will be 4 45 or 5 On a purely emotional level it would be 5 stars I bawled like a baby happy tears through the last 30 pages or so and I really connected with the sto

  10. says:

    25 stars I finally finished I really grooved on this one at the beginning but then it fell flat for me The main characters in the present storyline were just too wooden and annoyingly perfect him or weak and dependent her and I just couldn't find the will to care about them The characters in the past were interesting and

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