The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

I've been into historical fiction since I read The Bronze Horseman (WWII Russia), learning just a little bit of history without having to read bulky non-fiction history books is my kind of thing. Though this had more fiction than I would have liked. I got to say I was a little confused at the beginning of this book, probably due to the fact that I was trying to read it while taking care of a newborn, but as the baby got settled I got into the book more and more. By the end I couldn't put it down (even though it has some major flaws). If any of you read Diana Gabaldons' Outlander, this is right up your alley (Outlander is much better in my mind).  It takes place in Scotland as well, but in the early 1700s. Although I did like this book, and I couldn't put it down, after I finished it I was quite angry with the way it ended. But you have to read it to find out. It's kind of a love-hate thing. 

     An OK book, Im not gonna spoil it for those who didn't read the book yet, but as a mother, I was almost crying (it's still just a book), and even after it was done and over with, I just couldn't let it go. I still can't, I wish I could rewrite the ending. Maybe thats how people behaved is the 18th century, but I just can't stomach it. The author does a good job describing the scenery but when it comes to character building she needs a little help. I just could not get into the characters lives, it seemed rushed, we barely get to know some of the characters, and I know it's fiction, but I just can't help but feel like most of the characters are fake. At first I was more drawn to Carries side of the story, but later on Sophias' life seemed more real than Carries. I don't know, it just didn't sit well with me that Carrie's life had to be so parallel to Sophias. To me it seemed like they were fighting for my attention. What ever happened in Sophias life happened in Carries. The books seemed too clean and precise. I would like the lives of both of the girls to be a little more chaotic. It seemed like everything was planned to the last detail. And I didn't really believe in the whole ancestral memory thing, for some reason I can believe in time travel but not this. It just seemed too far fetched. Like that author didn't want to use time travel since it's been done so many times and she came up with this. For me it just didn't work. Not to say that I didn't enjoy the book, I just didn't like when Carrie would go into one of her "trances" when the memories were coming through. She seemed more psychotic to me.

The ending is a bit too predictable, and doesn't seem realistic, I would have liked to be surprised. I was not. Instead I was shocked by the stupid choice Sophia makes.  So overall it's a good book to read if you don't focus on all the negative things about it, and really it's supposed to be read for fun, it's not a serious book. I would still recommend it.

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

'As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...' Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

This book was great, but only if you want a fast easy read, it doesn't require that much thinking. At times I was tired of reading pretty much the same entry over and over. And some things just didn't make much sense, I was also hoping for a more thrilling ending. This one seemed more like and afterthought, needs a little more polishing. I didn't see the ending from the beginning, but after finishing it I was surprised that I missed it. It's well written and I enjoyed it, more than Mansfield Park I will admit.  I will recommend it if you want an easy relaxing read. Something to enjoy on a day off.