Friday Reads: Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

Happy Easter/Passover/long weekend everyone!

I was beyond thrilled when my NetGalley request to read an ARC of Bellewether was approved earlier this week. Susanna Kearsley’s novels are some of my favorite escapist reads, and I cannot wait to inhale this historical fiction treat, along with my Cadbury mini eggs, over the weekend!

Keep scrolling for this week’s Book Beginnings as well as my Weekend Reading Plans



Book Beginnings is a bookish meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you’re reading, along with your initial thoughts/impressions.

Book Beginnings:

Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets. The Wilde House, standing silent in its clearing in the woodlands on the eastern shore of Messaquamik Bay, Long Island, holds more secrets than most houses.

This is the first of Kearsley’s novels to be set in America, in this case on Long Island. The historical timeline unfolds at the Wilde House during the French and Indian/Seven Years War, while the modern timeline centers around the Wilde House museum and its hidden mysteries. As with all of her books, I’m sure there will be multi-dimensional female protagonists, swoon-worthy love interests, interesting historical details, and a vivid setting to enjoy in Bellewether. 

Since this is an ARC*, I won’t be sharing any further passages (i.e. The Friday 56) this week. If you’d like to read more about Bellewether, be sure to check out Susanna Kearsley’s website. She has posted some sneak peeks of the text, as well as information about her research and inspiration. You can also see the historical house turned museum, on which the Wilde House is based, here.

*Bellewether‘s expected date of publication is: August 7, 2018


Reading Plans:

I plan to have an unofficial readathon weekend of sorts. Before I start Bellewether, I’ll be finishing up the final 90 or so pages of the phenomenal The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock. I’ll be very sad to come to the end, but I’m sure Kearsley’s latest novel will help ease any book hangover symptoms I may experience. I’m also hoping to finish How to Stop Time, which I’m unfortunately not enjoying as much as I would’ve liked.


What will you be reading this weekend? 


9 thoughts on “Friday Reads: Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

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  1. I’m still really jealous. I’m trying not to read any clips before I read the actual book. Enjoy! Glad you’re enjoying The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock. Sorry that How To Stop Time is a disappointment. I thought it looked promising. I’ll still read it at some point, I’m sure.

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    1. Thanks Fran! I’m sure Bellewether will be well worth the wait. I’d highly recommend The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock; I think it will end up being one of my favorite books of the year. There are things I like about How To Stop Time, but I’m not enjoying it nearly as much as I had hoped. I still think it’s worth picking up though, but perhaps with lowered expectations.

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  2. I got an ARC of Belleweather, too – I hope to get to it in the next few weeks. I also have a copy of How To Stop Time. I’m trying to just finish my current reads before month’s end and hopefully starting something new Sunday night!

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  3. I really need to try Kearsley sometime! I bet I would enjoy her. This one sounds intriguing for sure!

    My weekend plans include reading more in two works of nonfiction: The Last Castle, which is about Biltmore Estate and the Vanderbilts, and The Long-Winded Lady, my Classics Club Spin book by Maeve Brennan.

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