This was billed as being like Diana Gabaldon's books, which I quite enjoyed, but it did not live up to that standard. There was precious little history in this so-called historical fiction. The characters in the past are minor players, with little insight given to real historical figures and without even much attempt made to portray the daily life of the times. They were also not particularly well developed or engaging. As for the modern day part of the story, the "genetic memory" quackery made my teeth grind. I have no problem enjoying the pure fantasy of ancestral memories or ghosts or mystic visions of the past, but the book's attempt to make itself "real" with psuedoscientific mumbo-jumbo about DNA was absolutely ridiculous. DNA does NOT encode memories!!!! I suppose this book might not be so bad if you're looking for a shallow romance novel, and don't really care about science or history, but I found it to be mostly annoying.
I wouldn't know, I did not read the print version.
It was a new experience for me. Although I love historical romance, I don't like much history. This story wove history and modernity so wonderfully. I could hardly turn it off to go to sleep. If it wasn't the historical character holding my interest, it was the modern author. It was even more wonderful for lack of sexual content, I can even let my young granddaughter listen to it. Very intriguing book!
Everything. Very absorbing with the differences in geographical inflections!
Definately the Author. Very interesting character. Interestingly combining
These are the kinds of books that should become classics. Very well-written, has a moral, and interesting history thrown in!
It was an amazing story with wonderful fun characters that had so much personality I could see their facial expressions and jesters in my mind’s eye
Well I just started reading the rose garden
I couldn't possibly pick one
I actually called in sick from work because I had to finish it
I did not want interuptions while listening to this book! Not only was I wrapped up in the characters of Carrie McClelland & the Keith's, but of the characters in Carrie's story. Rosalyn Landor did a wonderful job on the narration. She did a such great job on the accents, that I wish I could move to Scottland to hear it daily :)
This is a story of an author writting a story & I really enjoy having the 2 stories building simultaneously. I am a fan of Nevada Barr & well remember her book Flashback for having a story within a story. It creates a double intrigue.
I have English blood on both sides of my family & enjoy reading historical fictions of the UK to understand more of my ancestor's past. This is the second book I've listened to recently that has involved the Jacobite uprising in its' storyline & now I understand what that was about.
I am already looking for more titles by this author & this narrator!
A Great Read
I really liked the story line, The author did a great job of capturing my attenion from the beginning and kept me hooked all the way thru.
The heroines past and present! Rosayln Landor did a fantastic job all the way thru the book - there were some really difficult dialects, etc and she did a great job. Her narration really caught me as well as the story line.
The combination of present and past in the two female characters really made for a great storyline.
I looked at this book because of it being similar to Diana Gabaldon according to the blurp - but the real reason I read it was because of the comments. Half the reviews were positive of both the author and the narrator and half the reviews were negative. So that intrigued me. I stand firmly on the positive side of both the author/storyline and the narrator!!!
One of the best books I've listened to so far.
My favorite character in this book is Colonel Graham. I'd like him to be on my side like he was on Sophia's.
I liked Rosalyn's performance of Jimmy most of all. I got a great mental picture of him.
I cried towards the end....don't want to give anything away.
Great listen. Loved it. Hated to have it end. I'll listen to it again. Love the narration. Made me want to check into my ancestry.
Audio production: This was narrated by, Rosalyn Landor who is always a good narrator, for this one she had a lot to live up to since this was recommended to me because I love Outlander so she had Davina Porter to live up to and I must say she did a very good job!
This was a nice mix of historical fiction and a modern day story set in Scotland, this was recommended to me because I love the Outlander Series. First off this doesn’t have time travel as I’ve seen some people say it has genetic memories which was a new device for me, but it worked well. It was interesting how modern day author Carrie is writing her novel and the characters in her head tell her how the story should go then she checks the historical records and they match perfect so there is this little bit of genetic memory, possible ghost story. I have heard from authors when they talk about their writing process that the characters decide where the story goes and not the writer and how they feel like their characters come to life, so this was kind of a take on this concept.
Both the present day and historical stories are blended well with the historical story set during the Jacobite rebellion of 1708 which was very well done and researched. There is romance in both stories that kind of mirror each other but both are kind of chaste and bittersweet neither is a big passionate affair just a nice addition to the story.
I enjoyed this story very much and would recommend it to fans of historical fiction. I will be reading more by this author!
4 1/2 Stars
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend and to my daughter. A wonderfully unique story that incorporates romance and history.
I can't think of a book...but this reminded me of the movie
Perfectly narrated! The narrator was exceptionally talented and I look forward to listening to a book by her again.
This book is one of those that remains in your memory long after finishing the book.
The ending...very well done!
Thanks for the Great Book.
I decided to buy this book/download based on the many high reviews. Thinking it was one that could compare to the Outlander series (Gabaldon), I was extremely disappointed. I kept thinking it would get better and after five hours, I'd reached my limit. The book is bogged down in too much history and historical facts and there's not enough story. The little bit of story that there is, will put you to sleep. The dialogue, characters and descriptions are extremely slow and boring. Besides this, the narrator's dialects are VERY difficult to understand. Many times, I had no idea of what was being said. So... all of you Outlander fans who are pining for Claire, Jamie and the gang, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS BOOK.