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The Rose Garden Paperback – October 4, 2011
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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 The Rose Garden is an enthralling and achingly romantic read. Top Pick in Romance." - BookPage
"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
About the Author
Susanna Kearsley's writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. Her books have been translated into several languages, selected for the Mystery Guild, condensed for Reader's Digest, and optioned for film. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario.
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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.
But when Ms.Kearsley gets you into it...its like going at warp 9. You can't stop.nor do you want to.
I feel sorry for her losing her sister and all but I honestly didn't get super invested until she met Daniel.
These past characters at first-and sort of still-I found to be more interesting and likeable. With the exception of Claire, the others-Mark,Susan,Oliver,Felicity-weren't terribly interesting.
It was very remarkable to see how the unnatural love story of Eva/Daniel went on and progressed with her constantly disappearing. And more so, having to play the mute back in his time.
Seeing as to how I finished only minutes ago..my brain is a little fuzzy. The pieces are still clicking into place.
I'm afraid I'm not going into specifics with that phenomenon. You'll just have to read it.By the time you've finished you'll understand what I mean.
Admittedly, I had a wee bit of fun trying to place the pieces together.
Could Oliver be a descendant of Daniel?
Who was the gray lady?
Was Claire just an old lady who had started losing touch with reality?
But I promise you, you will never expect it to end the way it truly does.Maybe you will. But that's a very minor chance.
You will come to love a crabby cook from the 1700s with a thing for hard cider.
You will come to both despise and fear a man of the law.
Maybe you'll discover parallels between the times.
Maybe you'll even discover a secret or two.
With this I leave you with two questions.
Can time really be changed by our actions or is everything written in stone?
Can love truly conquer all?
Okay,so perhaps three.
Is time travel based on grief or sci fi technology?
Anyways, I really loved this book and highly recommend it.
Granted its not my favorite by this author.It is the second favorite.
That coveted first place spot belongs to "The Winter Sea". I highly suggest you read it if you have not already.