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The Rose Garden [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Kearsley
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Book Description

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

"A thrilling, haunting, and deeply romantic story."
-Rachel Hore, internationally bestselling author of The Memory Garden

"Whatever time we have," he said, "it will be time enough."

Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers. There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.

But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.

From Susanna Kearsley, author of the New York Times bestseller The Winter Sea and a voice acclaimed by fans of Gabaldon, du Maurier, and Niffenegger alike, The Rose Garden is a haunting exploration of love, family, the true meaning of home, and the ties that bind us together.

Praise for New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Winter Sea :

"Lifts readers straight into another time and place to smell the sea, feel the castle walls, and sense every emotion. These are marks of a fantastic storyteller."
-RT Book Reviews Top Pick of the Month, 4 ½ stars

"Ingenious...a creative tour de force. Sometimes an author catches lightning in a bottle, and Susanna Kearsley has done just that."
-New York Journal of Books

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"Kearsley masterfully writes authentic voices for Eva and Daniel as they wrestle with their improbable connection and its implications" - Publishers Weekly

"Like Anya Seton's Green Darkness and Daphne du Maurier's House on the Strand, Kearsley brilliantly brings together past and present. 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick of the Month" - RT Book Reviews

"Kearsley makes the impossible seem real as she weaves a tale full of genuine characters and a strong sense of place and makes history come alive.
" - Booklist

"A sympathetic woman becomes the heroine of her own fate, both past and present, in this winning romance." - Kirkus

"Susanna Kearsley's latest is an imaginatively captivating trip through time. I found complete hours swallowed whole as I devoured THE ROSE GARDEN.

" - Fresh Fiction

"Canadian author Susanna Kearsley's time-travel books have always enthralled me, and The Rose Garden is no exception." - Historical Novels Review

" I highly, highly recommend The Rose Garden (and Kearsley in general, but this is an excellent place to start) to anyone who enjoys a good story with a vivid setting and memorable characters. And if you're in need of a well-written comfort read, run to your library or bookstore to get your hands on a copy!

" - A Striped Arm Chair

"I'm sure I'll be reading more books by Susanna Kearsley soon – I just need to decide which one to try next!

" - She Reads Novels

"This will be going on my top 10 books for sure and I'm keeping my copy to read again!! " - Life in the Thumb

"Overall, The Rose Garden was a wonderfully imaginative tale with true love, time travel, and a fascinating setting.

" - Laura's Reviews

"It's very romantic in a kind of restrained way and unending sense of longing. Beautifully written, The Rose Garden is recommended for fans of The Time Traveler's Wife, Rebecca, and historical fiction.

" - The Book Harbinger

"If you're in the mood for a story with a strong sense of place, a cast of wonderful characters, a plot with surprises, time travel and romance, I have just one piece of advice: Seek out The Rose Garden, and when you're done reading it, seek out the rest of Susanna Kearsley's novels.

" - Kittling: Books

"Kearsley fans will love this to bits" - At Home with A Good Book and the Cat

"It seems I've gotten into the habit of saying this for this author's work; The Rose Garden, by Susanna Kearsley is a must read. And as they say, there's no time like the present.... " - Bookishly Attentive

"Overall a magical and heart-moving romance which should appeal to everyone loving romances.
" - Endlessly Bookish

"if you want a well-written, rich romance with a strong, mature heroine, The Rose Garden is strongly recommended.
" - The Romance Reader

"There's excitement, adventure, tragedy & romance in The Rose Garden, it's a compelling read. " - I Prefer Reading

"So I invite you to come along to a special rose garden on the coast of Cornwall where you never know what might happen. At the least you will have a delightful reading experience lost in the magical world Susanna Kearsley creates.

" - The Broken Teepee

"I give it five stars!!!
" - Celtic Lady's Reviews

"If you are a fan of Susanna Kearsley's novels, then you already know what to expect in The Rose Garden... lyrical writing... vivid images of nature and the landscape...historical settings... characters that you come to know and really care about...time travel that changes seamlessly from one frame to the next...and a breathtaking and poignant ending. The Rose Garden is no exception.

" - Books, Belles & Beaux

"Susanna Kearsely is one of my favorite historical fiction writers. She always manages to write books that draw me in from the very first place. This one is no different and it just might be my favorite.

" - Books Like Breathing

"This is the kind of book you want with you when you curl up in front of a fire with a soft blanket draped over your knees and a mug of hot tea at your side. Or, okay, in my case, a glass of red wine.

This is one of those books where you find yourself absorbing every word rather than merely reading them.

This is the kind of book you never want to end and you'll never forget.

" - A Writer's Ramblings

"This one is going on my favorite's list. I enjoyed every scene, conversation, and pictorial description. " - Step into My World

"The Rose Garden is part historical, part romance, part historical, and sheer brilliance.

" - Royal Reviews

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Susanna Kearsley's unique time-travel romances have gained her renown as an author capable of whisking away readers to another time, in another place, in a world real to our imaginations. With the style of a modern day Daphne Du Maurier, Susanna Kearsley writes with a graceful poise blended with just the right amount of mystery and romantic elements. Following in the footsteps of 2010's The Winter Sea, The Rose Garden brings a mystical Cornish tale to life in an unforgettably elegant way.

" - Suite 101

"This book will keep your attention from the first line to the last. My only complaint, I couldn't put it down, making for a very tired employee at work the following day. Read it. You will fall in love, too. " - Write Brained Readers

"As always with Kearsley, the book is rich in atmosphere and location. I wanted to go to Cornwall really badly as I was reading. " - Rosario's Reading Journal

"If you're itching to read a well-written "I need to escape into" novel, look no further. This one is a winner.
" - Library of Clean Reads

"Kearsley's characters are full of life and I could fully flesh out their appearances in my mind as I read.

Fans of books like The Time Traveler's Wife and Outlander will definitely want to check out Susanna Kearsley and her enchanting novels.

Rating: 4/5

" - Luxury Reading

"The Rose Garden is Susanna Kearsley at her best. " - A Girl Walks into a Bookstore

"Susanna Kearsley's books are meant to be savored. The story can't be rushed, and you will be rewarded for your patience at the end of the story when everything comes full circle. The Rose Garden is the kind of book you want to save for a day when you can curl up on the couch in a blanket with a hot cup of tea at your side and not get up until you've finished the book. Susanna Kearsley's tales are always beautifully written, and I felt like I was living in Cornwall, England with the characters in the book-the descriptions of the coast were just so vivid that it makes me want to vacation there every year.

" - A Buckeye Girl Reads

"An alluring romance in the Mary Stewart mode, set in 18th-century Cornwall." - Shelf Awareness

"There are many messages in this book, but for me it was about not living or dwelling in the past, but moving forward, even if that forward is in the past. Stumped you didn't I? I'm not trying to be coy, I just don't want to give away an ounce of the story and rob you of a book that will keep you immersed, interested and guessing.

" - Heart to Heart: The B&N Romance Blog

"I really enjoyed THE ROSE GARDEN BY SUSANNA KEARSLEY. It's the first book I've read by the author and I will definitely see what she has to offer in the future.

" - Book Drunkard

"The first line of this story is devastating, but the last line is filled with happiness. They make powerful bookends to a memorable novel.

" - Dear Author

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'A thrilling, haunting and deeply romantic story' RACHEL HORE, author of A PLACE OF SECRETS

Product Details

  • File Size: 650 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402258585
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EU50HY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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237 of 254 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Story--Another Winner from Ms. Kearsley! June 15, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Susanna Kearsley stole my heart with A Winter Sea and ever since I have been eagerly reading every work of hers I can get my hands on. Her writing is magical, I simply adore the way she has with words. This one did not disappoint! What a fantastic story. I am fascinated by the way she seamlessly melds past and present in her stories and The Rose Garden is no exception.

One thing I love about the romantic aspect of Ms. Kearsley's novels is that the romance is simultaneously subtle and yet stunning. I really appreciate how she can make the hair on my neck stand on end and my heart swoon, while at the same time never revealing "intimate" details or turning it into a trashy smut-fest. The romance is in the dialogue, not in the ripping of bodices, and that makes it all the more headily romantic, to me.

I highly recommend this book, as I do every other one of hers. She does not disappoint!
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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful
By Helena
Format:Paperback
I discovered Susanna Kearsley's stunning work this year through her `Winter Sea' novel and fell in love with her prose, impeccable story weaving and evocatively unique plots so much so, that I back ordered as many of her books as I could find! And, I continue to devour them happily and greedily.
So I was thrilled to discover her newest release, `The Rose Garden' this month! Her books almost defy categorization because they are haunting time travels woven between historical and contemporary time periods placing them as paranormals. But whatever their `category' the feelings they evoke and read they provide place them at the top of any list as far as I'm concerned.
Like `The Winter Sea', Kearsley laces the right touch of paranormal with possibility to heighten the sensuous characters so perfectly drawn that their depth and personality allow them to practically leap off the page and take you with them on the journey as centuries melt into one another and the reader becomes deliciously immersed in the tale no matter what the time period and, with minimal effort at doing it.
Kearlsey's `The Rose Garden' delivers on all accounts with a haunting, atmospheric and romantic story in Eva Ward whose return to the home, Trelowarth, she loved during childhood summers on the Cornish coast brings to life the past and lights her future path. Following the death of her sister Katrina, Eva decides to scatter her ashes in the one place they both felt they truly belonged. Staying with friends Mark and Susan and their step-mother Claire, who have decided to open a Tea Room, she spends the summer helping her friends launch their new venture. And, discovering the voices and hidden pathways of the home and grounds that lead her back three centuries to Jack and Daniel Butler - original owners of Trelowarth.
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84 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It almost was...but it wasn't June 9, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book had everything I love in books--set in England; a crumbling, gothic mansion; mystery; romance; time travel; "magical" hidden caves; a "twist" at the end...and I enjoyed the author's writing style. I only wished there was more of it! Despite the 400+ pages, the text is large, and thus this is a fairly fast read...which is a shame, because I felt like there was a lot more room for some character development. Don't get me wrong, there was a story--it was started, it was concluded; I was not left thinking "wait, what happened?" However, I still felt like I didn't really get to *know* the characters, and had some trouble believing some of the relationships (how do you fall in love with someone you've only met a few times, for a few days at a time?)

So, basically, I enjoyed this book, I just wished it had been fleshed out more. I do plan to try other Susanna Kearsley books.

Summary:

This book goes back and forth between past and present. When Eva's sister, Katrina, dies, she heads to Trelowarth mansion in Cornwall , where they spent their childhood summers, to scatter Katrina's ashes. While there, she visits with her old friends, the Halletts; she tries to help one of them, Susan, open up a tea house on the grounds...and she also discovers that she can travel through time, spontaneously popping between present time and the 1700s. In the 1700s, she meets the master of Trelowarth at that time, Daniel Butler, as well as his Irishman friend, Fergal. Traveling between times is not easy--especially when it means explaining herself (and her jeans!) to Cornwall's 18th century inhabitants...and it becomes even more complicated when she begins to fall for Mr. Butler.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Eva Ward's famous actress sister, Katrina, has just died tragically young. Returning to a place they both loved as children, Eva brings Katrina's ashes to Trelowarth House in the small town of Polgelly in Cornwall, Great Britain. Katrina's former teenage boyfriend and their family friend, Mark Hallett now owns the family estate and is trying to keep it and its beautiful rose garden solvent.

Eva fights off her depression over Katrina's death by trying to help Mark and his sister Susan advertise Trelowarth and start a new tea shop that will cater to tourists. An old childhood friend named Oliver has popped back in the scene and is a very attractive man. One day Eva "slips" into another time. She is still at Trelowarth, but it is Trelowarth of the early eighteenth century. At that point, two brothers, Jack and Daniel Butler together with their Irish comrade Fergal live at Trelowarth. They are smugglers and about to get involved in an ill-fated upraising to restore James Stuart to the thrown of England. Eva is unable to control when she slips back and forth between the two time periods, but finds herself falling more and more in love with Daniel Butler. Will Eva be able to find happiness between the two worlds? And will the Butler brothers escape their fate?

I enjoyed this novel. I am a big fan of time travel novels. It always fascinates me on the method of time travel. In this novel, Eva fades away or slips through time only while at Trelowarth at unexpected times. I liked all of the secondary characters too and the setting was described beautifully and vividly. The love story between Eva and Daniel was also very romantic as was the story of love between Mark's father George, and stepmother Claire.

I liked the ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
Romance and love. Gotta love her writing. Enchanting.
Published 2 days ago by Gail
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Susanna Kearsley definitely knows how to reel in a reader and make them simply want more. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Compute
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel for time-travel lovers!
Fascinating time-travel historical romance. Every time I read one of this author's books, I feel like I've discovered a great treasure; Rose Garden is no exception. Read more
Published 7 days ago by WhatTeacherSaid "Vicki"
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Novel❤️
I've loved Susanna Kearsley's novels ever since I read The Winter Sea 2 years ago. The Rose Garden is definetly my number one favorite of her novels. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Julie Rowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read, I recommend it highly
Very lovely story, very well written. This book has the ability to transport you to another place and time if you let it. Wonderful read, I recommend it highly.
Published 7 days ago by raerae
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love historical fiction
If you love historical fiction, this is one of those books that leave a knot in your throat and tears welling in your eyes simply because there are no more pages to turn.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition from the seller
This was actually a gift for my Mom. The book was new, solid and crisp. I don't believe it had ever been opened until she received it. Great condition from the seller. Read more
Published 16 days ago by horsegal&reader
5.0 out of 5 stars I have never been disappointed by Susanna Kearsley and this book is no...
I have never been disappointed by Susanna Kearsley and this book is no exception. I loved the characters in present day and in the past. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Becky Fann
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story!
Loved this story! I have to admit, it started a little slow for me but I stuck with it! I am sure glad I did because right around page 100, I couldn't put it down! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Wendy Chiswick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love Susanna Kearsley and this book did not disappoint!
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I write modern gothic novels that blend historical adventure and modern-day suspense with romance and a touch of something spooky, so they don't fit neatly into any category, really...but they're fun to write!

I live on the north shore of Lake Ontario, east of Toronto, in Canada.

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