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The Vanished Days

“It’s no small thing, hope. Without it, darkness wins. We’re it not for hope, the heart would break.”

Title: The Vanished Days

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark


Genre: Historical Fiction

Thank you to @bookmarked for my #gifted copy for the #mommaleighellenbookclub. We’re so thrilled to have the author joining our group tonight via zoom. What a treat!

The Vanished Days is Historical Fiction at it’s finest. An immersive Scottish tale, with vivid characters, rich history, a touch of romance and even a little mystery too!

Queen Anne, has sent money from London for Scots who took part eight years earlier in the ill-fated Darien expedition that left Scotland all but bankrupt. A young widow, Lily, comes forward to collect her husband’s portion of this money, resulting in an inquiry. The man assigned to this investigation, Adam, must determine if Lily is telling the truth. Somewhere along the way he wonders if his own troublesome feelings are blinding and misleading him.

“It’s a shame that we cannot reclaim those vanished days, and try to live them better.” “I’d not be the man I am if I had not lived every hour of them.”

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved that this was a dual narrative with both timelines historic. You don’t often see that. One time period was in the 1680s and the other was 1707. I don’t naturally gravitate towards these time periods, but I’m not sure why!? I loved it. I particularly loved learning about the Jacobite movement and a little bit about the division amongst Catholics and Protestants. I look forward to reading more from this author and time period! Yes, I believe you can learn about history reading historical fiction!

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