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The Rose Garden [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Kearsley
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Eva’s film star sister Katrina dies, she leaves California and returns to Cornwall, where they spent their childhood summers, to scatter Katrina’s ashes and in doing so return her to the place where she belongs.

But Eva must also confront the ghosts from her own past, as well as those from a time long before her own. For the house where she so often stayed as a child is home not only to her old friends the Halletts, but also to the people who had lived there in the eighteenth century. When Eva finally accepts that she is able to slip between centuries and see and talk to the inhabitants from hundreds of years ago, she soon finds herself falling for Daniel Butler, a man who lived – and died – long before she herself was born.

Eva begins to question her place in the present, and in laying her sister to rest, comes to realise that she too must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards.

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'Gloriously romantic...highly recommended' Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller 'Thrilling, haunting and deeply romantic - I was reminded of The Time Traveler's Wife' Rachel Hore, bestselling author of A Gathering Storm


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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402258585
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (15 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB7NMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I write modern gothic novels that blend historical adventure and modern-day suspense with romance and a touch of something spooky, so they don't fit neatly into any category, really...but they're fun to write!

I live on the north shore of Lake Ontario, east of Toronto, in Canada.

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kearsley - not to be missed 16 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read, loved and re-read (many times) all of Susanna Kearsley's previous books, I had high expectations for 'The Rose Garden'. And I wasn't disappointed.

Like several of her other novels, this is essentially a story about love and friendship complicated by time. As with 'Mariana' and 'Sophia's Secret' (known as The Winter Sea outside of the UK), there is a link between the past and the present, in this case through the heroine, Eva. The love story is as beautiful as we have come to expect from Kearsley, and albeit somewhat predictable, the humour and dilemmas the characters face gives it an original feel.

There are plenty of interesting characters, both in the past and the present. The Halletts who own the house in Cornwall where Eva is staying are all very believable as old friends of hers. Daniel, the hero of the tale, is the kind of character that leaps off the page, and I found myself grinning stupidly whenever I was reading a passage he was in. Fergal - a wryly funny Irishman - is another highlight of the 'past' storyline.

Eva finds herself quite literally divided between her life in the modern world helping out at the eponymous rose garden, and the past of almost 300 years ago where smugglers and rebellions are the reality.

There is a nice little twist to the story near the end that I hadn't seen coming - one of those little details that you kick yourself for not noticing, and Kearsley wrapped all the loose ends of the plot up very neatly. This is the kind of book that you wish hadn't ended, even though you can't pace yourself because it's such a page-turner. If you're already a Susanna Kearsley fan then don't miss this one, and if you're new to her books then this is as good a place as any to start.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book in years 13 May 2011
My very favorite Kearsley novel, and since she's one of my favorite authors in the world, that is saying a LOT. This book created a world of its own and sucked me straight in. I wished I never had to leave. It was so rich and vivid and ohhhhh, so deeply, deeply, romantic. It was also one of the most cleverly managed time travel novels I've ever read.

The eighteenth century sections were exciting and vivid, full of smuggling and action and danger along with an incredibly moving and powerful romance, and the modern sections were lovely too, and they all just fit together perfectly. I am in awe of Kearsley's storytelling abilities.

If you grew up reading & loving Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters and/or Mary Stewart, I can't imagine that you wouldn't love Susanna Kearsley, too. Read this book! :)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: I lost my only sister in the last days of November.

After the death of her sister, Eva travels from Los Angeles to Cornwall, where they spent summers as children, to scatter her sister's ashes and find a bit of peace among old friends. She doesn't expect to, without any warning, find herself transported back to the 18th century, become involved with Jacobite supporters, smugglers and a man to whom she is very attracted. But traveling back-and-forth through time isn't easy--how does one explain jeans--and deciding where truly belongs is hardest of all.

Ms. Kearsley's very compelling voice and opening draw one into the story from the first sentence. She knows how to touch your emotions while offsetting that with wonderful situational, dry humor.

Ms. Kearsley is very good at giving you the sense of the paranormal with the normal. She shifts time in a way I've not previously encountered, which was both interesting and intriguing. However, the problem with writing time travel is developing a explanation for why it happens, and that was never convincingly done, as opposed to in her prior book "The Winter Sea. There is a very good sense of place and time and both periods of the story. Considering the limited locale in which she was working, this was significant to the enjoyment of the story. You are given a full sense of being there.

The plot was intriguing and well done with a fascinating and seamless incorporation of history into the story. ." Ms. Kearsley provided an interesting perspective on being in the past and knowing about those who had no idea they would be known through history.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, unexpected ending 23 May 2011
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Like other reviewers I have previously enjoyed Susanna Kearsley's books and I love the time slip element that she weaves into her stories. However I must confess that initially I did not find this book as easy to get into. The descriptions of places were great but I thought the characterisation wasn't quite up to her usual standard. I stuck with it and was pleased that I did as the book took off after Eva started returning to the past. I loved the character of Feargal who was an 18th century man with a definite 21st century sense of humour.

The best bit for me was near the end when the tory takes an unexpected turn which was perfect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply perfect! 16 Oct. 2011
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There are some books that are so wonderful, so magical, you feel totally bereft when they end and you have to leave the characters and their world behind - this is definitely one of those! The author draws you into the story subtly, then weaves the strands of it together seamlessly with narrative and description that is simply perfect. I empathised with the heroine (and wished that I was her!), fell in love with the hero the moment he walked onto the page, and couldn't put the book down until I knew how it was going to end. The evocative Cornish setting is beautifully described and almost felt like a character in its own right, and the suspense of the story kept me enthralled and on tenterhooks. I really can't recommend this highly enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good time slip book
another brilliant book by Susanna Kearsley. Only recently discovered her books, so glad I have. Highly recommended. Now have to decide which book to read next.
Published 13 hours ago by Morland reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read!
Couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read another book by the same author. Highly recommend this book. Escapism at its best.
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Published 16 days ago by Kathy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
This was an easy and enjoyable read but it didn't grab me. I would never chose to read about smugglers or pirates and think this was one element that was the reason for my... Read more
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first time I have read this author, will choose another of her books
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Brilliant story !
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Nice easy reading
Published 26 days ago by A Reader
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Fantastic read another one I was unable to put down. The story so enthralling and gripping..would recommend to all who love a great love story with a twist....
Published 1 month ago by Rosemary.Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Brilliant - the first time I have read Susanna Kearsley and I shall be looking for more. It had me gripped from the first and I just couldn't put it down. Well recommended. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MRS T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic read !! from the first sentence I was intrigued all the way through. Would recommend it to anyone.
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