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.
The Rose Garden is a time travel romance relating to the lost of a love one, friendship, and healing.
This book is perfect. I love so many things about this book. Apart from the time travel, I would not say that it's similar to Outlander.
The past period is around the Jacobite revolution of 1715, but the book is not about war at all. The hero is a smuggle who helps transporting some cargo for the Jacobite revolution. There is an action, but it's not a war action, no war scene or war strategy. There is some historical detail about the conflicts, the revolution, and groups of people involved.
The time travel is different from Outlander as well. While she's at Trelowarth, the heroine goes back and forth many times, but she cannot control when or where it happens.
I love the setting of a small fishing village, and Trelowarth's house and garden. I love all the supporting characters, apart from the villain of course. They are all nice and friendly. I wouldn't hesitate to go there and seek comfort from them in time of trouble. I also like Fergal and Jack, characters in the past.
I like both hero and heroine. Daniel is a real gentleman who is nice, sweet, and understanding. I like his calmness in every situation. Eva is a strong capable woman. She is very reasonable. She knows her place, and what she should do and should not do. She's not annoying or make stupid mistake.
The romance is the reason why I don't give the story 5 stars. The real interaction between hero and heroine is very little, maybe less than 30% of the whole text. They have good chemistry. I can feel their attraction to each other. I know that they do care for each other very much. I don't mind that there are no descriptive sex scene. (They kiss and embrace a couple of time, and 1 fade to the dark sex.) A large part of the book is in the present with the heroine slips into the past once in a while and has some interaction with the hero. Many times when she is in the past, the book just describes her views about many things on the past, her feeling for Daniel, and her interaction with Fergal or the constable. I would really love to see more of the real interaction between Daniel and Eva. It doesn't need to be sexual ones, just normal talking and discussion. The ending is sweet and quite satisfying, but I would love to see it more wrapped up or a kind of epilogue.
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I have Listened to several of her books and really enjoyed them. Full of mysteries and suspense and leaving you with a happy ending.
I thought it was a little slow moving, but then I found I had a hard time stopping. I would have liked the end to have lasted a bit longer. I was enjoying the book so much I didn't want it to end.
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.