Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.

Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he’s finally found it—not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has “seen” a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.

Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason. (From


Bubby: One of the best parts of writing this blog is finding new and fabulous authors that instantly top my favorite author list. Susanna Kearsley is one of these. We reviewed Mariana a while back and loved it so much that we’re doing another! I think I might actually like The Shawdowy Horses better. If that is possible.

Sissy:  Thanks to Jenny for the heads up on this book–you know how we likey!  I’m in complete accord with the Bubster on this one.  Susanna Kearsley is GIFTED and if I were the queen of England I would make her Dame Susanna Kearsley.  As I am the queen of my 1 acre I shall award her the Duchy of the corner garden plot.  The Shadowy Horses is a love story ghosty mystery set in the port of Eyemouth, Scotland…

Bubby:  Pronounced “Eye Mouth”, just like it’s written, not “imuth”-and I know this because I used to visit there as a child on my imaginary summer vacations…

Sissy:  Thank you Mrs. Oxford English Dictionary–the insane, schizophrenic version.  Wow, Bubby, I’ve tried to hide your somewhat scary quirkiness from the general public, but now they’ve seen you in all your squinty-eyed glory!

Bubby:  I have no shame. I say, stand proud and let the wack-a-doodle flag fly high! Perhaps I have some sort of otherworldly connection to the psychic realm, like little Robbie McMoran, who can see the ghost of a Roman soldier who still roams the fields of Eyemouth. Our heroine, Verity, has trouble at first believing in Robbie’s gifts (kind of like Sissy not believing in me) but soon realizes that there is more to him than meets the eye.

Sissy: The characters in The Shadowy Horses are well-developed and I especially liked her employer, Peter Quinell.

Bubby: Yes, he’s slightly daft, like you.

Sissy: If my daftness comes with excellent eccentricity and brilliance, like Peter Quinell, then hey-ho! I’m game! Anyway, Peter has secrets that aren’t revealed until the end that involve all the players. All the people say this but I too like the relationship between Verity and David. It is refreshing and different. All together the writing and story were satisfying to my literary soul.

Bubby: Susanna Kearsley’s books have an ethereal quality to them that is so delicious. I am almost afraid to start one of her novels because I know that nothing at all will be accomplished until the book is finished. No laundry, dishes, cooking or child’s needs will be attended to whilst I am deep in a Kearsley book. Sorry, family. She’s just that good.

Sissy: My 14-year old son’s friend told me that the best compliment she gives to her mom is to tell her that she’s the bomb-dot-com. So if you can’t already tell how we feel about Susanna Kearsley and her books, then I have to say – Susanna, you’re the bomb-dot-com.

Bubby: Slightly eerie, beautifully romantic, completely entrancing. That sums up The Shadowy Horses. It’s a must read. Oh, and by the way, little Robbie’s story continues in The Firebird. It’s amazing too. 4.75 bubbles from me. Would have been 5 but the story ended too soon!

Sissy: So you only give 5 bubbles to books that go on forever?

Bubby: No, I just wanted to know a bit more. Maybe another 50 pages. Is that too much to ask?

Sissy: That’s why we have sequels, dearheart. I cannot sum up any better than Bubby just did. 5 bubbles, because I’ve read so much crap lately that I would give anything for another Susanna Kearsley book.

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