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The Rose Garden: A haunting, romantic story of England past and present by [Kearsley, Susanna]
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'A thrilling, haunting and deeply romantic story' RACHEL HORE, author of A PLACE OF SECRETS

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

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  • File Size: 1395 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EU50HY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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.

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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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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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