Review: Bellewether

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I requested an ARC of this book because it deals with the French prisoners of war during the 7-year war (1756-1763). Being a French Canadian myself, I am particularly versed in the "Bataille des Plaines d'Abraham" which occurred in 1759 in Qu├ębec City. What I did not know was how French officers and soldiers captured in British territory were treated by the British during this time. Susanna Kearsley's books are always well researched and, although they are fiction, they bring insight into the historical context of the story.

Bellewether has two timelines. In the present timeline, Charley Van Hoek, a newly hired museum curator, has been mandated to restore de residence of Captain Benjamin Wilde. While she is researching the history of Captain Wilde, she hears the legend of his sister Lydia who fell in love with Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran while he was held captive on her property according to the treaty of the times. Legend has it that they fell in love and while trying to run away, Jean-Philippe was killed by Joseph, Lydia's older brother and she died of a broken heart. The past timeline, tells the story of Jean-Philippe and Lydia.

Legends which are passed on from generation to the next do not always stay true to the truth. Charley is determined to find the truth and will get some help from a ghost who knows more than she expects.

Thank you NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for this wonderful ARC of Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley. I absolutely loved the story and learned a lot more about the kinder side of the 7-Year War. This book is beautifully written and an enjoyment to read. This book will be available on the shelves of your favourite bookstore on August 7th, 2018.

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