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Mariana Paperback – April 1, 2012
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"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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
That rare 5 star book. The suspense carried throughout the whole book, and while I hadn't predicted the ending, I loved it. Read morePublished 4 days ago by A. Hults
Susanna Kearsley has found a way to sweep me away into every book of hers that I have read. Truly the day I've read all of her books will be a sad one for me. Read morePublished 5 days ago by laura cook
Another winner from this author. Couldn't put it down at the end.Published 14 days ago by Barb Trotter
Another five star novel! This author has a way with words that is unparalleled. She entices you into her story, wrapping you in wondrous words.Published 1 month ago by S. Gay Norris
I liked the characters and I was a caught a little by surprise by the ending which I appreciated.Published 1 month ago by Kelly A. Quinn
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