Nicola works for an art dealer in London but she has a secret. She's a psychic and when she touches an object she can see images from its past. So, when a desperate woman comes with a wooden carving called The Firebird and claims that it was given to her ancestor Anna by the Empress Catherine from Russia, Nicola touches the object and knows the story is true. Unfortunately, there is no way to prove it.
Nicola enlists the help of Rob, another psychic and her once boyfriend, to help her find some evidence to prove that The Firebird did once belong to Catherine. Their quest will take them to Russia where they discover Anna's history among the Jacobites living there in the early 1700's.
I wasn't overly thrilled when I read the back cover of The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley and even the first few chapters did little to intrigue me. However, the skilled writing and the fact that it was the She Reads book for July, kept me reading. I am so glad I did because I quickly became captivated by the story of Anna. The history of the Jacobites and their struggle to return the "True King" to the throne of England is fascinating and I always enjoy a good Russian novel.
There is mystery and a Pride and Prejudice-type love story to enhance the historical nature of the tale. Also, the renewing romance between Nicola and Rob is sweet and while their story is secondary to Anna's, the two stories weave together seamlessly.
The Firebird is the kind of novel that despite its size, you read quickly and then mourn when it's over. The characters are captivating and the story engaging. The history is well researched. I haven't read any of Kearsley's previous novels but I am definitely adding them to my to-read list.
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**I received a complimentary copy of The Firebird from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.**