Perhaps - it was a pretty good listen, on the whole, especially for a first book for me on Aidible.
The Rose Garden was a very pleasant summer read. Having been to Cornwall a couple of times, it was like a trip back for me. There is a definite Cornish way of looking at things, and a loyalty to one's own, much akin to the Welsh or Irish.
I certainly would not call this book great literature, but it was a delightful "Calgon" kind of book. For those a bit younger, Calgon bubble bath had ads where a very harassed woman sank into the bubbles and sighed: "Calgon, take me away!" This book was just great for that purpose.
Ms. Kearsley, the author, obviously loves creating place and lovely characters. There is a mystery of sorts, and her view of time travel was much gentler than Diana Gabaldone's. This book was clean, with action which was enough to keep my interest, but not enough to keep me awake at night.
The narrator was fine. I would not call Ms. Barber one of the top rank of readers, but she has a quiet and calm approach to her reading. She varied her voice and was comfortable with Cornish and Irish accents. I would listen to other books she has read.
If you are looking for swashbuckling kinds of men like Diana Gabaldone's, this is likely not going to take you away. But I liked the gentler, more introspective approach of the author of this book. I will buy another of her books.
One of the best I've read.
The writer's story is similar to the style of Kate Morton, who's books are enjoyable and have hidden twists and intrigue.
Nicola is gentle and understands and expresses the personalities of the characters.
This book got me through many tedious tasks which would otherwise have overwhelmed me.
Lovely time travel story that is more a story of love than just romance. Interesting treatment of the time traveling, and love how the character relationships build through the story. Really enjoyed the narrator's voice as well, very soothing to listen to. Really hope to see more titles from this author on Audible.
Who likes romance? Certainly not me! Still, having read "The Winter Sea" by Susanna Kearsley, and really liking it, I decided to try "The Rose Garden". I was not disappointed. Mixing historical references with modern age normalcy, Kearsley stirs the heart of the reader/listener and brings the 'fairytale' of love's longing to life. Good men act with honor, bad men are bad, and the female lead learns to follow her heart. Good stuff. Unfortunately, I did not think the reader, Nicola Barber, did justice to the character of Daniel. The inflection she used when reading his parts did not have the tenderness I believe he deserved and that is why I would rate the performance with only 3/5 stars. However, the book delivers what is promised and serves to fill a need all of us might feel from time to time. Although I downloaded another of Kearsley's books, "Marianna" to my kindle, if the formula turns out to be the same one used for these two romance novels, I believe I'll pass on her others. A good romance works for awhile, and then it's off to search out other genres.
Captivating, magical, romantic
Beautifully written and told
Discovering the dagger in the cave
Finding the graves in the church yard
I loved Susannah Kearsley's descriptions of Cornwall, the landscape and ocean in particular.
Divulging the most memorable moment would require a spoiler alert, no spoilers here.
I loved the narrator's use of English, Irish, and American accents in her storytelling, it served to make the experience realistic and fun.
For me this was a light and enchanting novel. There are plenty of plot surprises with the occasional sadness. Overall, it's a feel-good story with a magical and happy ending.
Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
Eva went back to Trelowarth, Cornwall, to scatter Katrina’s ashes (her famous sister who died). Trelowart was a place where both Eva and Katrina spent their summer’s childhood. Eva wanted her sister to rest where she thought she were happy and belong. In doing so, Eva will soon confront ghost from the past and find out that she maybe belong to this past.
As Eva settles in and starts picking up the threads of her life, she suddenly found herself thrown back in the past in Trelowarth. At first she thought she was hallucinating and she had to go through these weird visions to overcome the pain, the suffering she felt from Katrina’s death. But, it turns out that, she had to go back and forth - she had to deal with two lives, one in the present, and another one in the past. Besides, the past was not a simple past –Daniel Butler lives in the past!
Eva’s beliefs are shaken and she starts to question her life – where she truly belongs. This is essentially a story about love and friendship made complicated by the time.
I am not a big fan of travel time books. But, I really loved this one. The story moves back and forth smoothly in time. The reader is taken back in the past trough Eva. The way Eva is described in the book is really appealing. She could be any of us, she really sounds true to me. The book is well written and worth definitely to be read. It may sound overly romantic for some people, though, but it works for me.
Susana brought me back in the word I did not even suspect. I truly recommend this book.
I really liked Claire, her discretion, kindness. Eva, is amazing as well!
The book is well read - I am looking forward to reading other books read by Nicola
I went through different feelings while reading this book
This is one of the best books I have read balancing real life of the present and the 17th century. The book is set in UK and brings not only the characters to life but the history along with a romance story.
Diana Gabaldon series
The words in this book allow the reader to easily picture not only the story line but the setting.
Poor Oliver who loves so deeply, gentle and kind gentleman get's push aside
The tie between characters that travel could be a litter clearer.