Season of Storms was on display at the Sourcebooks booth at BEA and I so wanted to get my hands on it, but alas, it was not one of their giveaways. I went by mid-afternoon on Saturday and there were no copies left. No biggie really. I love getting free books, but if I can't snag one, I'm just as happy to buy them. I just can't buy as many these days as I have in the past. So, I have to be more selective. Thus the sample reads and basing my purchasing decisions on the samples. So without further ado, I bring you my next installment of To Buy or Not to Buy...
Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley
Book Description (From Amazon):
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
A mystery trapped in time
In 1921, infamous Italian poet Galeazzo D'Ascanio wrote his last and greatest play, inspired by his muse and mistress, actress Celia Sands. On the eve of opening night, Celia vanished, and the play was never performed.
Now, two generations later, Alessandro D'Ascanio plans to stage his grandfather's masterpiece and has offered the lead to a promising young English actress, also named Celia Sands-at the whim of her actress mother, or so she has always thought. When Celia arrives at D'Ascanio's magnificent, isolated Italian villa, she is drawn to the mystery of her namesake's disappearance-and to the compelling, enigmatic Alessandro.
But the closer Celia gets to learning the first Celia's fate, the more she is drawn into a web of murder, passion, and the obsession of genius. Though she knows she should let go of the past, in the dark, in her dreams, it comes back...
My First Impression:
The story opens with a letter. A letter for Celia. She comes home from work to find the letter from her agent, being an aspiring actress, and her roommate Sally packing. Sally is moving out and going to live with her boyfriend, which leaves Celia woefully short on money to pay for bills.
Inside the envelope is another envelope forwarded from Italy, a place called Il Piacere. The home belonged to a well-known writer and the letter is a job offer. The estate belonged to Galeazzo D’Ascanio and he had written a play for his muse, an actress also names Celia Sands.
Not knowing whether she should take the job or not, Sally does a tarot card reading and the results look bleak indeed. Sally tells Celia not to take the job.
Already we have a creepy vibe to the story. Add to that the mystery of the first Celia Sand’s disappearance and my interest is peaked.