Time for another round of Bookshelf Traveling in Insane Times which was created by Judith at Reader in the Wilderness and is currently hosted by Katrina at Pining for the West. The idea is to share one of your neglected bookshelves or perhaps a new pile of books.Brenda Jagger and Stella Riley and Canadian author Susanna Kearsley. Jagger (1936-86) wrote just nine novels, several of which were set in 19th century Yorkshire. She is best known for The Barforth Trilogy, which consists of The Clouded Hills, Flint and Roses, and The Sleeping Sword (these were retitled in the US which is always annoying when you think you've found a new one). It is a wonderful series set in the late 19th century in which independent women struggle with identity, marriage, class, and the expectations of those around them. I am trying to remember which are my favorites so took A Winter’s Child down from the shelf beneath the one pictured and began rereading. Set in Yorkshire just after World War I, it is about a young widow who spent the war nursing soldiers in France and returns home to rebuild her life near her husband's family. I gave it 5 stars the last time I read it.
The other two are writing currently. Stella Riley writes historical fiction under that name and as Juliet Blyth. I especially like her novels set during the English Civil War. I suggest you start with A Splendid Defiance.The Black Madonna in a used bookstore in British Columbia in 1998 and doing a little jig of joy. Mariana, which was compared to Mary Stewart. Transworld was Bantam’s UK partner so I persuaded a coworker to get me a copy from her London contacts. Kearsley mentions on her blog that suspense writer Evelyn Anthony (whose book, The Poellenberg Inheritance, I finished earlier today, coincidentally) was one of the judges and actually gave her the prizewinning check. Kearsley has written one thriller, Every Secret Thing, under the name Emma Cole but she has not returned to that genre, although some of her books could be characterized as romantic suspense. Kearsley was a well-kept secret for a long time until The Winter Sea came out and she started to get review attention (including my review, back in 2010). Most of Kearsley’s books involve dual timelines, a contemporary heroine, one in the past, and a story involving both. I think it takes a very skilled writer to move back and forth convincingly without shortchanging either story, although sometimes one is more compelling than the other. Kate Morton is one of the best-known writers of this genre; I have read some authors who did not impress me at all.
Do you like dual timeframe novels?