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.
Sweet touching fantasy with a fun love story. A little predictable, but kept my attention until the end.
A different narrator would have made this better. Honestly, the narrator's accents kept slipping and changing within a character, among other annoyances. She just wasn't the right person for me.
The narrators Kathryn Kellgren and Rosalyn Landor did such an excellent job narrating two other books by the same author and each narrator did an outstanding job. They each allowed you to get involved in the story without thinking about the narration -- I cannot say the same thing for this audiobook.
I don't know that I would have cut scenes, they scenes were fine. I may have reorganized some of the story so that you *spoiler alert* find out about the Cora sooner or at least have more clues about what is going on with her. That would have helped with the mystery.
Overall, the story was okay but was de-enhanced by the narration. I would not recommend this audiobook. However, I would still highly recommend The Firebird and The Winter Sea.
Kearsley completely failed to show her story. It was boring, like reading a history report, and the characters were underdeveloped and flat.Can somebody tel me how Eva and Daniel look like? The author by some reason forgot to describe their appearances. :-) I could not connect with the characters on a deeper level, simply because they were so weak and static. After listening of first 1,5 hours of the audio-book and and reading 10 chapters, I still did not now what is special about Eva, her personality, and even her looks. However, I got a complete description of nature, clouds, kitchen, bedroom......What about chemistry between main characters? I got the feeling that Kearsley does not have any idea how to created alive, believable, multidimensional characters. Dead Katrina Ward and her husband were more alive than all others. Daniel and Fergal should have been shocked by a woman from the future suddenly appearing out of thin air. They should have been questioning her about her strange appearance, what time period she came from; what it is like in the future. Instead, they're pretty much blasé about this mysterious phantom woman. The author attempts to explain this ridiculous scenario by depicting Daniel and Fergus as "scientific types." Well, scientifically-minded or not, most people from 17/18 centuries would be slightly freaked out by something like this happening. This scenario is not even remotely believable. The set-up seems cheesy to me and it never feels like the relationship between Daniel and Eva develops properly. And the ending chapters with her discovery that Claire also time traveled.......oh, wait a minute, i read it somewhere.....yes right....in Diana Gabaldons's book "Outlander". Same Claire? :-) Diana's Claire also met another woman from the future who lived in 18 century....... I thought the writing style was decent, and I enjoyed reading the descriptions of Cornwall.
Narrator should be more consistent regarding all accent. Also, her male voices sounded all the same.
Eva and Daniel. I think Eva' dead sister Katherine could be a better character.
It is not Diana Gabaldons's "Outlander", not even close.