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
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.
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.
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.
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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