The connection from the present and the past was outstanding and the storyline had me constantly wanting for more. I absolutely adored this story. A little history, a little romance, and a little mystery too!
I enjoyed this book even though the story line was a little slow and fairly predictable. I think that is because the performance was fantastic and I enjoy historical fiction. The book has a gentleness to it that I enjoyed that doesn't have you fearful of what is going to happen next. That is pleasant in these intensity junkie times. But at the same time it wasn't written well enough to make it unforgettable either. Now that is a good book when it doesn't assault you with violence and drama but is unforgettable. Good overall book for a gentle afternoon in the winter.
Books have replaced TV in my life.
Captivating & brilliantly surprising
When I was wondering why I had bothered if the story wasn't going to go well - the author totally surprised me. I love happy endings and with this one is seemed that it wasn't possible.
With this book she moved into the top three position in my favorite audio performers. She brought all of the diverse characters to life - and made them all seem real.
Sophia - and her bravery and ability to do what is best for the ones you love.
I usually get the question to compare to another book or author - and with this one I thought of the similarities with Lauren Willig and the The Secret History of the Pink Carnation series where you follow two stories - once historical and one in present time. I did not think it anything like the Outlander series and I love that series.
This is my first from this author and I look forward to more from her.
The narrator did such a great job giving each character its own tone, its own accent; totally believable. I really felt transported to those places and times.
It was intriguing, made me want to keep listening to find out what happens. I also really like that it was a lesser known part of history.
no extreme reaction, but really loved getting lost in the story
I really liked The Rose Garden, but this book did not sweep me away like other did. Always love Rosalyn Landor.
I like Rosalyn Landor. She really makes a book come alive and her accent is perfect. I am a big Diana Gabaldon fan so I found this book to be an interesting twist on the same time in history. This is about a writer who writes historical novels and seems to be writing her current novel from memory. I had to start it over once after just a few chapters to really understand what was going on. The book twists back and forth between the present and the past and I was sorry to reach the end!
This is a great story. I loved almost everything about it. BTW it is nothing like the Outlander (other than the scene being in Jacobite times). Also there is absolutely NO sex in this story so if you prefer a book with a little of everything this is a little off the mark. This story is about an author writing (she traveled from France to Scotland and rents a cottage in order to collect info to write her book) a historical romance about her ancestors, she begins to have flash backs into Jacobite times. While getting dialogue for her book she finds love in the cottage owner's son. I am not addressing the narrator, Rosalyn Landor was amazing as always (that’s a given).
Oh my gosh have you read "The Passage" and "The Twelve?" Justin Cronin is AMAZING!
I love historical fiction and I thought this book had a good story to it. I like how the writer slipped into the memories of the characters. Her main character Sophia was such a strong person to endure what she went through. I loved all the twists and turns to this book.
You will never be sorry you listened to this book. The Scottish accent with the reader just adds to the story. I want more like this.