So many books, so little time!
I haven't read the print version, but I suspect I would find it better. I really found the fact that the book was peopled by Cornish characters and yet there is not one Cornish accent among the lot of them to be very distracting.
Daniel. Ms Barber voices him well and makes him sound quite sexy. Sensibly, she opted not to give him a noticeable accent!
She could have used appropriate accents! For some reason the Cornish people have an Irish lilt or a northern accent. Felicity sounds almost Liverpudlian!
Also, the word "Jacobite" - is consistently mispronounced. It's a word that comes up a lot, given the storyline, and Ms Barber annoyingly pronounces it JAKE-obite instead of JACK-obite.
For some these may be small issues, but things like this kept taking me right out of the story.
This is the first time I have listened to a book from from this author. It was a little slow getting started and I almost quit listening. I'm so happy I stuck with it now, because it was a beautiful story, I needed a box of tissues at the end. Loved it! Can't wait to find other titles by This author.
If you're a fan of Diana Gabaldon and the Outlander series you will like this book. it kind of bothered me that there was no real conclusion to the book, you don't know how the heroine Eva's life turned out. She basically just steps into the past and disappears. That really kind of bothered me. I would have liked a little bit more of maybe an epilogue, some kind of knowledge as to how Eva and Daniel ended up, what happened to them in their lives, where did they go? Did they leave Cornwall? did Eva ever make it back to the house and did she ever go back to her natural time? These are questions that have flowed through my mind at the conclusion of this book. But the book was definitely worth a listen. The romance was a little weak considering that Eva and Daniel knew each other for approximately 3 days before they were madly in love with each other. I definitely think the author could have fleshed out the romance aspect of this novel quite a bit more. But since I am a fan of the Outlander series and still prefer those books to this book. But all in all I think it was worth a listen even if it made me sad at the end of the book. I was never sad at any of the ending of the Outlander books and I feel as though the Outlander books had more of a conclusion to them.
It is right up there with the top ten. The author is superb and the story is so well done that you think you are in Cornwall in The Rose Garden. The narrator makes the story come alive. It is just simple wonderful.
I think it is as good as The Hands of Time Series by Irina Shapiro. Both are romance stories with a twist and both take place in 18th Century England. The stories are gripping and make you want to be right there.
I liked Claire a lot but my favorite was the major character, Eva. She copes so well with her appearing and disappearing. It is an amazing story and Eva finds her true love in Daniel.
I especially liked it when Oliver appears with the wine just as Eva disappears. The story evolves so that you don't know what is going to happen but everything happens perfectly.
It is a wonderful romance novel with time travel and a happy ending. What more can you ask for?
If this popped up as suggested reading if you liked Outlander then ignore it. It is nothing like that novel. If I had read this when j was 16 I probably would have liked it. However my tastes have evolved and this book was like a YA read. Too simple and full of logic bombs for me. I have enjoyed other Kearsley novels, some remind me of the genre Mary Stewart was the master of but this one was a mistake. If you love Gabaldon's universe save your credit.
Honestly, this book was good and I liked it. I was entertained. However, I felt that it took too long to get off the ground and not enough actually happened, but I felt connected to the characters. I loved the ending.
I have enjoyed other Susanna Kearsley books more than this one.
I only finished this book about a week ago and I actually had to think harder than one might expect to conjure up and remember the story to write this review.
What does that tell you?
One of the best books I've ever heard. Awesome story started a little slow but wow did it come alive and capture your attention! Such a good story. Can't wait to listen to another one of this authors books!
To many to pick just one!
Wish there was more. Totally brought the book to life!
Believe me I tried I did however finish it in two days!
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This is a good, kind of meandering, story about time traveling. I found it to be very similar to outlander and lacking in the comparison.
I read this on my Kindle first and loved it so much that I bought it for Audible. It is a creative time travel romance with a lot of twists and turns. The twist at the end surprised me and enriched the story.
Nicola Barber does a superb job in reading the story and her male voices are excellent. If you enjoy time travel stories you must listen to this one.
Susanna Kearsley is fast earning a place along side my other favorite authors. ( Diana Gabaldon and Julie Garwood) I love the way she weaves past and present. Her characters are all larger than life, very likable and colorful. I wish there was a book 2 or 3. Nicola Barber does a great job narrating. This is the 2nd of her books I have gotten and I will definitely buy another of her books.