Top critical review
on 12 March 2016
I was really looking forward to this; a time slip tale with ghostly goings on and a beautiful old house. Right up my street. But oh, what a disappointment this was. The characters are one dimensional and I couldn't bring myself to care about them either way, although I did have a vague dislike for the predictably handsome, square-jawed lord of the manor who shows how 'ordinary' he is by wearing his top button undone. While talking about being well-off. Sigh.
Neither heroine - the eponymous seventeenth century Mariana or her twentieth century counterpart Julia - are well-rounded enough to be engaging. As with all the characters, they are cliché ridden and thinly drawn. The twentieth century love story - with its silly twist that isn't - is pure Mills & Boon, and the time slip sections are clumsily written.
Some pretty descriptions of the rural landscape and the village where Julia/Mariana live (which in the twentieth century at least is over-friendly to the point of creepy - best friends are made within hours, it seems), but this is, overall, an anodyne tale with a deeply unsatisfying ending. My first novel by the author, and sadly my last.