I have looked at the cover of this book for a while now, across quite a few websites and I finally bought it through audible. I am glad I did! The story sucked me it pretty quickly and I loved the fact that the two lives of the heroines intertwined so much with history. The narrator was fantastic with the accents and really made the story come alive for me. Definitely suggesting this one for my mum to listen to.
A rewarding diversion
Graham who plays the solid, comfortable, self-confident male.
No, but really enjoyed the performance.
I usually go for intense, weighty stories but this was a delightful escape, easy to listen to and enjoy. The author developed a creative story line, which when coupled with Landor's performance, became a very satisfying listen.
Yes, I love the hearing the various brogues; but, wouldn't want to read them. That adds so much.
Yes. I like the style, but I was disappointed in this book at the constant repeats of phrases.
Absolutely, the goodbye scenes were powerful. It wasn't my favorite, but made me cry - weep - when the Heroine says goodbye to her daughter. The cut curl exchange absolutely put me over the edge.
I did love the author's expressed appreciation of the sea and how the sea was in her blood.
The Adm. Uncle was my most memorable character. I love the way he was always watching, protecting and teaching. Also, the author wove him in and out of the story with what he had been doing somewhat of a mystery at times. In many ways, he actually was the hero.
Why was I disappointed? When I read the summary of the book, I thought that it would be historical in nature with some writer's license to build the historical characters into the story to help bring facts to real life. Specifically, why would the author spend so much time in Paris and yet not really tie it into the story? And the story in history hardly told is still - in my mind - still hardly told. Maybe I just missed something in the message carriers coming and going and the ships fighting. I definitely didn't get the Queen's interest in the heroine.
With all that said, I did really enjoy this book and will no doubt listen to it again.
Excellent historical fiction book with a whiff of time travel without being sci-fi or a too-heavy history lesson. I love everything I've read by Susanna Kearsley and wish audible had more of her works. Good characters, excellent narration and thoroughly enjoyable. I have re-listened to it several times and will always keep it handy.
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.