- About the Book
A New York Times Bestseller "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 OutlanderBeloved New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley delivers a riveting novel that deftly intertwines the tales of two women, divided by centuries and forever changed by a clash of love and fate.For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing--for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.As Mary's gripping tale of rebellion and betrayal is revealed to her, Sara faces events in her own life that require letting go of everything she thought she knew--about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women are united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the unlikely coincidences of fate.Other bestselling books by Susanna Kearsley: The Winter Sea The Rose Garden The Firebird
I've been slowly making my way through Susanna Kearsley's backlist, loving each book more, so I couldn't pass up a chance at her newest one. She creates lovely characters with just enough romance and intrigue to make you care for everyone. The way she handles the time frames are magical --- you never feel as if you've moved in time even when the story does.... Kearsley is fast becoming a favorite author of mine, and A DESPERATE FORTUNE did not disappoint. I enjoy the bits of romance and how she brings to life each character. In fact, I haven't found one character yet that I don't like. Seriously, if you're looking for a new author, Kearsley is the one. If you're already a fan, pick up a copy immediately.