Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

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Book Description

Whoever dares to seek the firebird may find the journey—and its ending— unexpected.

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes sees images, glimpses of those who have owned it before. It’s never been a gift she wants, and she keeps it a secret from most people, including her practical boss Sebastian, one of London’s premier dealers in Russian art.

But when a woman offers Sebastian a small wooden carving for sale, claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, it’s a problem. There’s no proof. Sebastian believes that the plain carving—known as “The Firebird”—is worthless. But Nicola has held it, and she knows the woman is telling the truth and is in desperate need of the money the sale of the heirloom could bring.

Compelled to help, Nicola turns to a man she once left and still loves: Rob McMorran, whose own psychic gifts are far greater than hers. With Rob to help her “see” the past, she follows a young girl named Anna from Scotland to Belgium and on into Russia. There, in St. Petersburg—the once-glittering capital of Peter the Great’s Russia—Nicola and Rob unearth a tale of love and sacrifice, of courage and redemption . . . an old story that seems personal and small, perhaps, against the greater backdrops of the Jacobite and Russian courts, but one that will forever change their lives.

The Firebird is a novel about Nicola Marter, a young woman with the extraordinary psychic ability to see the history of objects she touches. She works in a museum/art gallery. One day, a woman brings in a small wooden carving of a bird she believes once belonged to Empress Catherine the Great of Russia. Although her boss does not believe in the items providence, Nicola holds it in her hand and knows the woman is right. She then becomes determined to help authenticate the item and help the woman.

Nicola knows her powers aren’t as strong as that of an old friend, Rob McMorran, a former friend with whom she shared strong feelings with. She convinces him to help her and together they embark on a mysterious, but fascinating journey of discovery. They see into the past, to follow a young woman named Anna who traveled from Scotland to Belgium and finally to Russia.

The contemporary love between Nicola and Rob switches back and forth with the intriguing story of young Anna. It is a very compelling read, made even more so with the psychic abilities of the modern day lovers. Slowly, secrets become unraveled, and the novel ends in a most satisfying way. Brilliant storytelling and eloquent prose grace the pages of this unique novel. I loved this book and cannot say enough to recommend it.

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