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"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 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication Date : October 4, 2011
- File Size : 2071 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 448 pages
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark (October 4, 2011)
- ASIN : B005EU50HY
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #51,902 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Eva returns to Cornwall, to her friends there, to scatter the ashes of her beloved sister. She stays to help build a tearoom. Searching for a hook to lure tourists to this out-of-the-way place, she discovers the legend of a 'Grey Lady' who haunts the location and a couple of smugglers who once operated nearby. Throwing herself into the project, she is startled to find her surrounding dissolve into a mist and finds herself 300 years or so into the past. Unable to control her comings and goings, she is set off balance by her passing back and forth between the two times. Then there's Daniel, a most attractive smuggler in the past.
Kearsley is a mistress of suspense and holds the reader in her hand. We want Eva to have her HEA, but how she manages it is a delightful surprise. I could barely put the book down it was that good.
I had nothing to worry about with the time traveling because it wasn't long before I couldn't put the book down. When I did, I found myself wondering how this would end for the main character Eva Ward. This is an old fashion romance set in modern day England in a Gothic paranormal story with a little mystery and lots of great characters.
The unexpected twist at the end really got me. The clues were so subtle that I missed many of them until everything was told towards the end. That's when I thought that I needed to read it again. I can't believe Susanna had added all those clues and I did not pick up on them. Almost to the end when someone says something that finally turns on the lightbulb for me...but wait a minute...that means....aaa no that can't be!! Needless to say, I was really surprised by the twists and the ending. Excellent! I like Susanna Kearsley's writing style and the way she tells a story so I certainly plan to read more of her books.
I won't write much, as it's already been reviewed many times.
I felt like the book started off quite dull, but as this is not my first kearsley book i plowed through. I didn't have to wait long though for the action to pick up. The love story between Daniel and Eva is so heart warmingly beautiful that i don't want it to end. I loved all the characters in this, from Claire, all the way to good ole Fergal.
I am not a fan of time travel books, but still, if you're in doubt, just read this book. It will be in my heart for a long time.
If you like Diana Galbadon, you'll love The Rose Garden. Though it takes place in Cornwall, there is a connection to the Stuarts. But it's mostly a story about smuggling, the beauty of Cornwall, and the relationship between Eva and Daniel. Eva must balance her life in the present with her longing to be with Daniel.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Fergal. He is Daniel's friend, an Irishman who 'adopts' Eva as his sister and the Murtagh of this story (though this isn't in any way a clone of Outlander).
The writing is lovely. I did find it a little slow at the beginning, but once Eva meets Daniel, I couldn't put the book down. Another wonderful story by Ms. Kearsley.
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The time travel element was the major pull for me when selecting this book and while I enjoyed the portrayal of some elements of life in the 18th century I always felt that were was something missing. It could be that all parties involved accepted it too easy or that there is no real explanation of why Eva, why that time? I really like the way the house and location and how it had changed over the centuries was described.
I could not connect with Eva or Daniel and thought that their bond formed too quickly and too easily considering their interactions were limited and they came from very different times with different morals, standards, dress codes etc. Maybe it proved that love can overcome anything but I thought it a bit of a stretch.
Fergal was my favourite character.
I didn't see the twist coming at the end and had to re-read it several times to make sure. It added a complexity to the story that I feel had been lacking throughout the story.
I think Susanna Kearsley did write very well but I struggled to connect with the characters and plot with this particulate book. I've read a lot of review recommending other Kearsley reads so I'm going to give one of them a try.
What worried me, though, was what I felt to be a certain lack of historical authenticity. I'm sure a couple of successful smugglers in the 18th century, apparently with no shortage of ready money, would certainly have had at least one servant in the house, probably more. I could hardly believe Fergal would have been doing his own cooking, in spite of his explanation that he was taught by the ship's cook when he was a boy. It's also most unlikely that he would have allowed Eva to chop vegetables in an elegant silk dress. In general, the narrator seems unaware of the sheer difficulty of cleaning and cooking before the invention of the modern kitchen. Activities which for us are quick and simple would have taken the entire day, required a lot of energy, and left the hands roughened and red; in the old days, a lady (who didn't have to scrub dishes and floors) could be recognized by her soft hands. Eva would only have enjoyed life in the 18th century as long as she belonged to the leisured class.
It's a charming love story. Loved the butterfly references. An easy read not bogged down with too much historical info. Good writing, and overall, the beginning and end were my favourite parts. I will definitely be reading more by Susanna K.
"Ever try to hold a butterfly? It can't be done. You damage them," he said. 'As gentle as you try to be, you take the powder from their wings and they won't ever fly the same. It's kinder to let them go."
I loaned it to my mum and she loved it too. A friend also borrowed it but didn't return it. Normally I would not be bothered as once I have read a book I don't look at them again but I just had to have a copy of this book so I ordered another.
A beautiful, haunting romantic time slip.