The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

The Firebird  by Susanna Kearsley.

Kearsley is a Canadian author, and the book takes place in England, Scotland, Belgium and Russia. So lots of travelling!

This was such a wonderful book, and so engrossing that I read it in 2 days! In hindsight I wish I hadn’t read it as quickly as I did, but it was just too good to put down!!! Here’s the summary from Goodreads: “Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird—the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna into the past who leads her on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.”

So many things I loved about this book! I loved that it was set both in modern-day time and also in the time of Peter the Great in Russia. I loved that both women, Anna and Nicola, experienced some love. I loved reading about the ways in which both women hid themselves. Lots of great parallels there. They hid themselves for different reasons: Anna, to protect herself and her family members. Nicola, to protect herself from being considered a freak for having psychic abilities.

I would recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of historical fiction and books by Kearsley! The Firebird is a sequel to Kearsley’s novel entitled The Winter Sea which I read a few years ago and loved just as much as this one.

*My progress for this Challenge is 11/13!!


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