While I won't say this is a bad book, it is by no means in the same league with the depth of characters and historical detail of Outlander. The narrator is more 'reader" than "performer".
The Rose Garden is a romance. It is a romance involving time travel. In my opinion it was never meant to be an epic historical fiction like the Outlander. So, when Audible recommended The Rose Garden for readers who loved Outlander, many were lead astray. If you are looking for a light romantic read, this book is sweet and enjoyable.
I needed a break after completing Outlander book 4 and this book was a sigh of relief. I don't think I can finish the Outlander series with its over laden sex scenes and ooey-gooey love triangles. This book was romantic but not overly so. It had much more time travel although not enough time spent in the past. This novel had one sex scene which was not graphic (yeah) and was tastefully done like how old movies were once produced. The ending was tied off nicely with no cliffhanger leading into a sequel (although I do enjoy series novels, but you don't feel that obligation to continue). It wasn't 40 hours either, again which I don't mind if the character isn't annoying (like Claire and Brianna from Outlander). I liked all the characters of this book. I liked the reader although she lacks in reading convincing male dialog. I wish all the reviewers would quit shining negative light on this book thinking it's going to be just like Outlander. I would hope it's not like Outlander. I am not the only person annoyed by the over sexed Claire Beecham Randall and her bratty daughter Brianna from the Outlander series. I do wish the time travel was a little more controlled but then many circumstances would not exist so it had to be this way. Nice and easy read and more believable scenario of how someone would behave going back in time a few hundred years.
I've liked all the Susanna Kearsley books that I've read so far. This one didn't disappoint.
The characters were well developed and the story progressed nicely. The time travel seems so natural that it's not a large leap to accept it.
Nicola Barber does an excellent job with the narration.
If I could I'd give it 4.5 stars.
I don't know because I did not read the print version
When Fergle warmed up to Eva and took her under his wing
Her narration really brings the characters to life.
Eva is Canadian yet the narrator reads her with an English accent, which disappears when Eve is speaking. That was a little odd to me.
I really loved the main character. I felt all the emotions and her story.
I really enjoyed her accent and it made a pleasant audiobook to listen to.
I loved the story plot. Especially the way the author describes the setting, all the details, almost as if I were there.
This was a lovely lovely novel. Not for anyone who can't handle time travel, but I like the way this author used it and how the characters reacted to it, unlike anything I've read previously. Well written relationships, and characterizations - of people and places. The overall tone left me feeling cozy. The historical aspect was not as in depth as I would like, but the Jacobite rebellion tie-ins created some suspense in how bits and pieces unfolded. Wonderfully woven romances. And a pleasant voice narrating, good changes of accent. I definitely see myself re-listening to this one.
If I don't answer your call its because I'm totally in love with this audiobook!
Having read and loved Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and then Timebound by Rysa Walker I had a craving for another time travel novel. This was positively lovely...simple lovely. A perfect story full of adventure, and love, mystery and of course time travel! The narrator was perfect!
The clicking of everything into its place...the coming together of the story.
SPOILER....when they scattered Katrina's ashes
an adventure for the times
This book ranks among the top. The combination of the fabulous storytelling and the perfection of the narrator made one great book experience.
The Winter Sea by the same author. I loved them both, she writes historical fiction in a way that different from others I've read.
Nicola brings the characters to life in a way that wouldn't be the same without her. The characters move from their place in fiction to dear friends.
yes. When Eva is talking about love and encouraging her cousin to "go for it".