This was worth finishing but I probably wouldn't recommend it to a friend. It was a bit confusing as the author tried to weave a web and then tie it off neatly at all its ends.
It was worth the listening time, but I wouldn't go back for more. The characters were likeable though, and I found myself wondering what happened after the story ended.
Nothing like Outlander.
If you are looking for a gentle, simple story with mild intrigue and light musings, this is a good choice. For people who are looking for a story with absolutely NO passion or sex, (not even sexual tension), this is the ticket. (Twilight is erotic compared to this book!) Be warned or encouraged, depending on what you are looking for.
I guess it's saying something that I did enjoy it - in a light way - because there was little action, or romance. The premise is intriguing, but a little disappointing because it could have been so much better...
I must compliment the narrator though. Nicola Barber has a very pleasant voice and sounds like she is the age of the young woman in the story. She was a VAST improvement over the matronly Rosalyn Landor, who sounds way too old for the characters she reads. I will definitely look for Barber's name in the future!
She could have come up with a more realistic way for her time travel theme to have taken place.
No. I was bored and found it so unbelievable I couldn't finish. I read the whole Outlander series twice and listened to it three times, this doesn't even compare.
Definitely Recommend This
I loved this story. It had a nice mix of loss, love, history and time travel with a host of interesting characters which made for one of the best stories if not the best story ever listened to.
This is a Fantastic reader. I could listen to her speak all day long.This reader is one of the best english readers I have ever listened to. She seemed to capture everything this book needed to make it a wonderful experience. I believe I got more from this book because I chose to listen to the audio version as it brings the characters more to life and leaves me with more of an impression of what the author intended when they wrote the book.
Initially my reaction was sadness at the loss of her sister as I have also experienced the loss of a sister. I could surely relate to the pain of grief as the main character came to terms with her sister's death. In the end of the story I was left with both happiness and sadness. It was nice to see some hope and happiness in the end but it sure was interesting getting there. I was also left with sadness in the end as I was sorry to hear the end of this story. Very few have left me with that feeling. It made me laugh and cry at different times during the story and look forward to listening to other Susanna Kearsley books as they become available.
Bottom line: Susanna Kearsley is a wonderful and creative writer with a great imagination and I will look forward her next audio book that becomes available. Only 2 of Susanna Kearsley's books are availavle in the audio version. It would be nice to see more of her books with the audio option.
The calming, gentle voice of the reader.
Eva Ward. She didn't let her 20th century experiences cloud her decisions to the point of not accepting what matters of the heart could be shared with love in a past era.
Female - Eva
Male - Fergle - he knew she was from the future, yet was willing to protect and defend her.
Yes, when Eva decided to return in the past; when she and Claire shared that truth concerning
I have absolutely loved listening to this book. It relaxes me and educates me to historical events both at the same time.
The writing was intelligent and I was truly drawn into the characters, the time travel device, and the plot.
At first, I had trouble getting past Barber's breathy vocal style and distracting upper class British accent. I pushed past that and was glad. She is an excellent reader and her different voices for different characters were really well done.
This is a rated G romance and the action side of the story is limited.
I am easily amused!
I had no expectations for this book and now considerate it one of my all time favorites. A perfect romance (not steamy) set in Cornwall. Fantastic characters and beautiful prose. The best of contemporary romance and historical fiction combined. If you love Diana Galbadon you will love this book and it won't take a week to listen to.
The narrator told the story very well and I loved how everything came together at the end.
To be fair, I'm only about 2 hours into the story, but so far it is as dull as dirt. I gave it 3 stars only because i haven't listened to the whole story yet. Most of the reviews, so far, are very glowing. That is the reason i purchased this book. So my question (for those who have listened to the whole story) is when does it get better? Is it worth wading through the monotony in hopes of something more interesting coming along? For those who are thinking of buy this book, if you need to be hooked right away, this story is not for you. For insomniacs looking for a sleep aid, I say go for it.
Susanna Kearsley has done such a good job--more please. I love the time period and the presentation of The Rose Garden. I want more like this.