Im a ranger in Western Australia, that has to travel alot with my job, so I enjoy listening to a good story to help me pass the miles.
This is my first review of a book ever!!! but I was so warmed by this story I just had to share how wonderful it was.... this book is really worth enjoying...get lost with the characters, live your life in the present and dream of the past....wonderful.
Nicole Barber is the perfect narrator for this delightful story of modern day and 17th century England with a new twist on the Jacobites. Kearsley with Barber's narration kept me totally engaged in the story. The descriptions of the Cornish coast adds a another dimension to the book after the cast of interesting characters in both modern day and Hanoverian times. There is a story that intertwines both periods of time drawing you in. I like Kearsley approach to Daniel's acceptance of Eve and the problems that arise from her time travel. The tying together of stories at the end of the book is a welcome surprise. Romance, time travel, smuggling, political intrigue what more can you ask for - a great escape book.
Writer, editor, translator.
I loved this book, even more than The Winter Sea, which I felt was a more uneven presentation--developing the plot of the past so much more than the present. In Rose Garden, the story is far more evenly told and therefore, we get a protagonist beautifully integrated in past and present.
My big beef with this novel (tho' I won't rate it down because of it) is the title, which is fairly meaningless and banal. Even after finishing the book, I have no idea why it was called The Rose Garden. Sure, there WAS a rose garden, but it was not an important element. Perhaps the image of the hybridization process was supposed to evoke some metaphor for Eva?
I agree with other reviewers who praised the romantic aspect of the story as being subtle and intense and therefore, very appealing. Also, I, too, would have liked the book to be a bit longer and contained more character development of Claire and of Daniel.
The reader, Nicola Barber, did a great job with the voices, especially Daniel's.
After reading the first book by Kearsley,I had to read the second. It was just as good as the first. Loved them both. The characters were great and the story compelling. Real enjoyment. Waiting for the third book. Hoping it comes soon.
Beautiful story, captivates your attention entirely. The narration could not have been better. Will look for more stories narrated by Nicola Barber.
I just loved this story. The time travel aspect is very appealing as is the historical significance. My only small criticism would be the Narrator not maintaining the accents for each character at times. This is a small point and certainly not one that stops me from recommending this book. It's a good "read".
I read Kearsley's first book- which I highly reccommend- and had to have this one. Great story! Takes a little time to get the "hook" in the beginning, but worth the time. Narrator was good too. I can't wait to read her next one!!!
Mildly entertaining, but definitely no Outlander. The story was okay, but there just wasn't enough depth and character development to really get into this one. And certainly nothing new in the time travel genre.
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".
~~~~~~~HOPEFUL ROMANTIC~~~~~~~~~ ~~Love Audiobooks~~ Especially Historical & Inspirational Romances ~~No Spoilers Here~~
This story intertwines past and present so beautifully. The story of Eva and Daniel is so wonderfully described it was so hard to put it down. I felt drawn into the story from beginning to end. It was refreshing to listen to a book that was more romantic than sexual. It lets you draw your own conclusions in the bedroom.
My only complaint was that I didn't want it to end. I would recommend this book.
The narrator was great too.