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"Gosh. I loved everything about this book -- the setting, the characters, the plot, the dialogue, the denouement. You know how some books just grab you by the hair and don't let go until you reach their extremely satisfying conclusion? That was Mariana, for me." - Bookfoolery and Babble

"The historical context, as always, is first-rate. [Kearsley] evokes the tone and rhythm of earlier speech without using dialect, and demarcates the different eras' worldviews subtly, through language and characterization. And oh, that ending. It's why I read romance." - Dear Author

"Susanna Kearsley is an impressive and detailed storyteller - I look forward to reading more of her books very soon. This is one that went above and beyond any and all expectations I had before starting." - Ageless Pages Reviews

"I would highly recommend this book to romance lovers and paranormal romance lovers alike. It was a great lighthearted book that kept me on the edge of my seat; I didn't want to put it down." - Just Loomin' N' Readin'

"I had a lot of fun reading this-and the romance was stunning." - Shelf Love

"After reading Mariana I am officially a Susanna Kearsley fan! I will read anything she writes from now on. Mariana was such a beautiful, well-researched novel." - The Sweet Bookshelf

"I loved everything about this book from the very beginning." - The Book Garden

"Each page left me in anticipation of the next and I often had to force myself to put the book down. Kearsley has created a novel full of mystery, intrigue, and timeless romance. With unexpected twists and turns throughout, the ending was so unpredictable and surprising! And I admit, this one even evoked a few tears...in a very good way! I absolutely loved this novel and my overall rating is FIVE stars. Highly recommended." - A Novel Affair

"I loved every minute of it, and even when I thought I knew what the ending was, Ms. Kearsley pulled the rug right out from under me. I did not see that coming, but I absolutely loved it. Bravo. I want more." - At Home with a Good Book and the Cat

"Mariana is a beautiful and poignant tale of lost love, haunting and humbling. Whether you believe in past lives or not, this tale will make you yearn for an experience like Julia Beckett's. Romantic, passionate, and bittersweet, this intelligent, tension-laden story will sweep you away." - HIstorical Novels Review

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From the winner of the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize, this mesmerizing, suspenseful, and richly atmospheric tale of time travel draws us into the heart of a heroine we won't soon forget...

The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew at once that it was her house. Now, twenty-five years later, by some strange chance, she has just become the new owner of the sixteenth-century Wilshire farmhouse. But Julia soon begins to suspect that more than coincidence has brought her there. As if Greywethers were a porthal between worlds, she finds herself abruptly transported back in time. Stepping into seventeenth-century England, Julia becomes Mariana, a beautiful young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love for Richard de Mornay, handsome forebear of the present squire of Crofton Hall. Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past, falling ever deeper in love with Richard...until one day she realizes Mariana's life threatens to eclipse her own--and that she must find a way to lay the past to rest, or risk losing a chance for love in her own time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; first edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402258674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402258671
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (739 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Julia Beckett has felt that Greywtehers, a sixteenth century farmhouse, has belonged to her since she was five years old so when she finds the house for sale when she is thirty she impulsively decides to buy it. She falls in love with it immediately but she begins to have strange flashbacks in the home that seem to take her back in time when she was someone named Mariana who lived in the house 300 years ago. Julia finds herself caught up in a mystery of what happened to Mariana and how it connects to her life today.

I had read The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley last year and I loved it so much that I did not think I could enjoy another book by this author as much. This book certainly came close to being just as enjoyable as The Winter Sea for me. I loved everything about this book from the very beginning. Julia is a wonderful main character to read about and all of the townspeople that she meets and who become her friends make the story so much fun. The flashbacks are fascinating and I had a hard time putting the book down because I could not wait to see what happened to Mariana, her story is very intriguing.

My favorite part of the book was reading about the small town life of Julia's new home. I loved how all the townspeople gossiped and took such good care of each other and I loved how they would all hang out at the local bar to relax and have fun. It sounded like so much fun I wanted to be living their too!

Julia's love life added some extra fun to the book along with the love story we read about through the flashbacks to Mariana and her lover. There is a nice little twist in the end that I thought was a perfect way to end this delightful book. I would highly recommend this to any romance or time travel fan.
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That one word sums up my elation at finishing this book. I took this book at a leisurely pace because I didn't want to rush it, and it wasn't so engrossing for me at first to have to rush into. I'm glad I did this because this is one that lingers. I read "The Shadowy Horses" first and can honestly say that I enjoyed this one more, I'm currently reading "Splendour Falls", which was I believe before "Mariana", and so far it has me quite intrigued.
Ms. Kearsley does justice to both Mariana and Julia. The blend of History and Romance is dare I say it?.... Sweet. I loved the relationship between Julia and her brother. I love the whole "soul mate" feel in this book. It reminded me of "A Knight in Shining Armor" by Jude Deveraux although this moved at an entirely different pace and the ending brought tears to my eyes. This past weekend I found myself picking up this book again and re-reading some parts. It was JUST THAT GOOD.
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Susanna Kearsley writes books that are just pure fun to read, and Mariana is no exception. It is the story of Julia Beckett, and a 16th-century house that she is strangely drawn to, though she has only seen it three brief times in her life. The first was at age 5; the second was at age 25. When she stumbles on the house again at age 30, and discovers that it is uninhabited and for sale, she quickly buys it. Feeling a strong tie to the house, she gladly leaves London to take up a new life in a small village.

Julia quickly discovers the reason she has always been so drawn to the house; 300 years before it had been the home of a young woman named Mariana and, through a series of time regression events, Julia realizes that she is Mariana. Julia embraces this knowledge and eagerly steps back in time as much as possible, longing to know more about Mariana and her ultimate fate. As the past gradually unfolds it reveals Mariana's blossoming romance with a neighboring aristocrat, Richard. Over time, and through many regression episodes, Julia learns what happened to Mariana and Richard, and finally realizes that, in order to close the circle and find happiness for herself and closure for Mariana, she must find the present-day man who embodies Richard just as she embodies Mariana.

As I said, Susanna Kearsley's books are truly fun to read, and it is this fun that helped me suspend some expectations of realism that this book demands in order to fully enjoy it. Foremost is the too-glib acceptance -- by Julia and by everyone else who knows of her regressive episodes -- of Julia's embodiment of a 300-year old "ghost" and her frequent slips back in time. Her brother, a vicar, immediately suggests it must be reincarnation, without even batting an eye.
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I can't possibly begin to describe what a wonderful book this is. The author drags you into the story until you become so immersed in it that you can't put the book down. Even after the last page is read the images remain with you for a long time. This is one of those books that can be read and reread and not lose its magic. I have lent Mariana to many of my friends and everyone has loved it. I believe that, with this book, we are seeing the emergence of a great storyteller.
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Ms Kearsley handles 21st century woman, Julia Becket's transformational flashbacks into the life of 16th century handmaiden, Mariana, with about as much reality as anyone could expect when dealing with such an improbable happening. She does it well. Never once when reading this story about a savvy young Londoner who chucks her enervating city life for one in a small village, did I think Julia's decision a foolish one or fathom Ms Kearsley's telling of it silly. On the contrary, I found Julia's flashbacks engrossing, enjoying thoroughly Kearsley's meshing of the past and present as well as my own attempts to correctly match the past souls with the present bodies. The hypothesis of the old house retaining the passion of a past event is one that reoccurs in some of Barbara Erskine's novels, particularly "House of Shadows". While Ms Erskine dwells mainly on the supernatural, Ms Kearsley, more satisfactorily uses the metaphysical elements of her story to heighten the romance. Don't hestitate to pick up a copy of this Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize winner; it certainly is well done and worth your time if you favor a good story interjected with realistic romance!
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