Season of Storms

Season of Storms

eBook - 2019
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In this intriguing novel filled with romance and mystery, a young actress travels to a lakeside villa in northern Italy for the role of a lifetime only to find herself haunted by the ghost of a missing woman—from the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Susanna Kearsley. When promising young actress Celia “Sullivan” Sands receives a letter from Italy offering her the lead role in a play, she is baffled. The invitation from Alessandro D’Ascanio is curiously addressed to her under her real name, which she has long kept secret. D’Ascanio is planning to stage the first performance of his grandfather Galeazzo D’Ascanio’s masterpiece at an isolated villa on Lake Garda. The stunning play—Galeazzo’s final work—was written in the early 1900s for his muse and mistress, his most enduring obsession: the original Celia Sands. But the night before she was to take the stage in the leading role, she vanished without a trace. Now, decades later, her namesake accepts the part and travels to Italy. She is instantly drawn to the mysteries surrounding the play—and to her compelling, compassionate employer. But as she settles into the role, she begins to wonder if what happened to the first Celia will come back to haunt her....
Publisher: [S.l.]: Simon & Schuster, 2019.
ISBN: 9781501184819
Characteristics: 528 p.
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Oct 22, 2019

This book did not hold my interest as I found it entirely too descriptive going over and over about the scenery surrounding the Italian Villa. A very long read which quite probably could have taken half the time had the plot line been shorter. However, that being said, it was well written and did enjoy the mystery of it.

Mar 04, 2017

I have to agree with the other comments. Not her usual good read. Story was ok but I found it dissjointed and it went on in parts

ArapahoeLesley Nov 23, 2016

Only containing a handful of scenes with Kearsley's usual poignancy this book is a long long compilation of descriptions without the emotion or intrigue I expect from one of her books.

Echo328160 Jul 17, 2015

I think it is a well written book; the historical background is rich, and the plot is thick. And, there is a mini "play" within the play. I think the only shortcoming is the romance between the main two characters, a bit cliche, albeit rather light.

I actually gave 4 stars for this book, not 3.5.

Mar 08, 2015

Celia Sands is a young actress who has just been offered a role in a play with a mysterious history. A stately Italian manor undergoing restoration is the setting, both where the play will be performed and where the actors will live and rehearse. It is also where the play was originally meant to be performed two generations earlier, until the lead actress, also named Celia Sands, inexplicably disappeared. Season of Storms was disappointingly predictable and transparent. I was confident (and mostly correct) early on that I knew how the plot was going to play out, and the majority of characters were almost laughably one-dimensional. There are some strange undertones in Celia's inner voice at several times throughout the book, suggesting that she is incapable of independent thought or action.

The first quote that caught my eye as Celia was standing on a sidewalk, waiting for a friend but is chatted up by another man: "However appealing I might find the smile and the accent, I thought, it wouldn't do for me to be chatting with a strange man when Rupert came back, not with all of the lectures he'd given me over the years on the dangers of doing just that." What? It's dangerous to speak to someone? In a public place? She must have lived a pretty sheltered life.

And here's another, a bit further into the story: "...and I couldn't very well use the computer without Alex there." Why? He had given her explicit permission to do so. Is she inept?

Overall, a disappointing book. I suspect it was one of Kearsley's first endeavors and has been only recently republished after her success with more recent titles.

Oct 29, 2014

I usually enjoy Kearsley's books, but this was a disappointment right off the bat. A young woman estranged from her loose mother and essentially raised by a gay male couple. She then goes to Italy to star in a play directed by one of the male couple.

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