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A suspenseful new novel of love, lies, and loyalty, set against the sweeping backdrop of the early Jacobite rebellions, from New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.

There are many who believe they know what happened, but they do not know the whole of it. The rumours spread, and grow, and take their hold, and so to end them I have been persuaded now to take my pen in hand and tell the story as it should be told...

Autumn, 1707. Old enemies from the Highlands to the Borders are finding common ground as they join to protest the new Union with England, the French are preparing to launch an invasion to carry the young exiled Jacobite king back to Scotland to reclaim his throne, and, in Edinburgh, the streets are filled with discontent and danger.

When a young widow, Lily Aitcheson, comes forward to collect her lost husband’s wages, former soldier Adam Williamson is assigned to investigate her petition and the veracity of her claim. As Lily tells her story, Adam has only days to discover if she’s being honest, or if his own feelings are making him blind to the truth. But sinister figures lurk in the background—is Adam being used as a pawn in an increasingly treacherous game?

Told in dual timelines, The Vanished Days is a captivating story of intrigue, adventure, romance—and the bold courage to hope when it seems all hope is lost.

About The Author

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New York Times, USA TODAY, and Globe and Mail bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is a former museum curator who loves restoring the lost voices of real people to the page, often in twin-stranded stories that interweave present and past. Her award-winning novels are published in translation in more than twenty-five countries. She lives near Toronto.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 26, 2022)
  • Length: 544 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781501116582

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Raves and Reviews

“A hugely engrossing book and a complete world created.”
IAN RANKIN, bestselling author of A Song for the Dark Times

“A beautiful and nuanced deep dive into late 17th-/early 18th-century Scottish history.”
LAUREN WILLIG, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Country

“An absolute tour de force of historical storytelling, tender and dramatic, gripping and authentic. Kearsley manages effortlessly to balance the epic sweep of the drama with telling moments of gentle characterization, all delivered in pitch-perfect style. I thoroughly enjoyed it: a perfect escape in these dark days.”
JANE JOHNSON, author of The Sea Gate and The Tenth Gift

“Absolutely fantastic . . . immersive, fabulous, terrific!”
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, USA Today bestselling author

“From the first page, I knew I was in the capable hands of a master storyteller. The Vanished Days is brilliantly crafted through to the fabulous final page.”
LESLIE HOWARD, bestselling author of The Brideship Wife

“An engrossing and deeply romantic novel of Scotland’s Jacobite rebellion.”
RACHEL HORE, author of A Beautiful Spy and The Love Child

“Personal and political tumult collide in Kearsley’s romantic, sweeping latest . . . The Vanished Days exhibits Kearsley’s ability to deftly balance dual timelines to great dramatic effect, right up to the twist of an ending.”

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