Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA award winner Susanna Kearsley is returning to Central Rappahannock Regional Library for the fourth time as part of the national tour for her new historical fiction novel, Bellewether, being published on August 7. Kearsley will be speaking at Fredericksburg Branch, 1201 Caroline Street, on Sunday, August 5, at 2:00 p.m. in the theater, with a reception and book signing to follow. Advance copies of Bellewether and a limited number of Kearsley's other works will be available for purchase at the event. You can place holds on library copies now.


Bellewether is set in late summer 1759, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Kearsley's work has received wide praise, including from #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon: 

"I've loved every one of Susanna's books! She has bedrock research and a butterfly's delicate touch with characters―sure recipe for historical fiction that sucks you in and won't let go!"