Book Review: Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

Title: Bellewether
Author: Susanna Kearsley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release date: August 7th 2018
Genre: Historical fiction


“The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren’t such easy things to keep.” 

It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley’s latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you’ve closed the last page.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

When I first started reading this book, I was quite disappointed. I had never read a book by Susanna Kearsley and by the description I expected a magical story with ghosts and at least some hints of magic. The sad thing is that there is no magic in this story. After I got over the fact that it wasn’t the kind of book I thought it was going to be, I really started to enjoy all the characters and the two different stories and in the end I was even a little bit sad that the story was over.


If you like slow historical novels with a lot of detailed characters and just a tiny hint of romance, you’ll love this.
This book features two different stories. One that takes place in this time and one in the past. The book switches between those stories every chapter. Because of this, it takes a long time before I really felt invested in the stories. Two stories means it takes twice the amount of time that it would normally take to lay out a base.

To be honest, I had some minor struggles getting through the first quarter of the book. I didn’t hate it, I just had to remind myself everyday to read this book and not just leave it and read another book. This story really grew on me and after that first part that felt more like a chore than like something I really wanted to read, I really started to like it!






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