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Mariana | [Susanna Kearsley]

Mariana

Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there. The locals are warm and welcoming; especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall, yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia...
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Publisher's Summary

Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there.

The locals are warm and welcoming, especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall. Yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia....

©2010 Susanna Kearsley (P)2010 Oakhill Publishing

What the Critics Say

"An intense and gripping novel that is almost impossible to put down. The reader would be well advised to seek out a comfortable chair to experience an exceptional read." (The Winnipeg Free Press)

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    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 02-23-12
    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 02-23-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!

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    "I was hooked when I heard the Narrator's voice!"

    Although purchasing the Book originally for my Wife, I decided to have a break from my usual Seafaring & Crime Audiobooks.
    Well! What a surprise this one turned out to be!
    Carolyn Bonnyman's intimate reading style made me feel that she was sitting opposite me over a cup of coffee and telling me this tale in an almost whispered voice!
    Her ability to enhance the somewhat eerie setting just with her voice was quite captivating.
    Although I would not normally have selected such a Book for myself, I am so glad I did!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Angel Claire 10-13-11
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    "Didn't see that coming!"

    When I first started listening to this book I struggled with the constant changes in time, but as the book progressed and I relaxed into the story I revelled in all the twists and turns. Mariana is a book that you can't multi-task with - it demands full concentration - a lapse of a few minutes will leave you wondering just what happened and how you missed it. It is a book that needs to be read a couple of times to fully understand and appreciate its underlying intricacies. The narration of the book is excellent and flows easily around each character.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 02-19-15
    Karen 02-19-15
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    "Wonderful escape"

    I particularly enjoyed this book becauseit was narrated beautifully and was a gentle way to relax to a story that took me back in time. I often don't get teary in books but it was difficult not to feel compassion for the characters in this book

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Moller Brooklyn, NY 12-18-14
    Susan Moller Brooklyn, NY 12-18-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Not your typical time travel"
    If you could sum up Mariana in three words, what would they be?

    creative, romantic, satisying


    What does Carolyn Bonnyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Carolyn Bonnyman's voice is magical. So gentle and intimate, with great accents. She doesn't over-do character voice changes - makes it all so seemless.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Oshawa, ON, Canada 04-25-12
    Colleen Oshawa, ON, Canada 04-25-12
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    "By far my favorite romance writer"

    I am never disappointed by Susanna Kearsley. Her writing is superb! There is always some mystery woven into the romance. With an ending to make any Jane Austin Lover swoon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie 04-18-14
    Cherie 04-18-14
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    "Love love loved it!"
    Where does Mariana rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the best. Absolutely loved this book


    What other book might you compare Mariana to and why?

    I've nothing to compare it with so if you have any recommendations???


    What about Carolyn Bonnyman’s performance did you like?

    Beautiful reader, great voices and well emoted


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I could feel all of the emotions - so well presented


    Any additional comments?

    The ending took me completely by surprise, I had to listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 03-16-15
    Nancy 03-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific read"
    Would you listen to Mariana again? Why?

    I very much enjoyed this book. The story was well written, the plot was interesting and the characters had depth and personality.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What about Jeff"

    I don't know what to think overall. At the end I was a little sad and confused. I feel a very important person in the story was left unexplained. However overall the book accomplished what I'm looking for whenever I read ... to totally take me to a different place for a while and left missing the characters as if I know them when the book is done.
    As for the reader I don't feel she gave enough inflection in her voice to totally convince me of who the characters were.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 04-30-15
    Brenda 04-30-15 Member Since 2009

    All I need in life is my family and an inexhaustable supply of books.

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    "Almost very good."

    In "Mariana" I found a plot I had never before encountered and I enjoyed it. i have read several time traveling books: but, this book employed a means of time travel that I had not previously read or considered.

    If you enjoy unlikely love stories, you will probably enjoy this book.

    My only criticism is the ending. That is why I have given the book only 4 stars. The author meticulously writes almost every scene but neglects to give the ending the same care. The reader is left with many unanswered questions. I can't tell you what the questions are without "spoiling" the ending for you. For me, the author spoiled the ending!
    The true lovers find each other and with no explanations, the book ends!

    If you enjoy the subject of time travel, a good love story and historical fiction you will love the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon. For me and thousands of others "Outlander" is an amazing, astounding, wonderful journey that I would recommend to everyone. I would give that series 10 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dana 04-23-15
    dana 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hauntingly romantic"
    Would you listen to Mariana again? Why?

    I have listened to this book twice in a 2 week period. It was SO good and I didnot want it to end. This is definately a book you will need to pay close attention to or you will miss something. The 1st time I read it, I was on vacation, so my mind was not fully invested in the details of the story as I was distracted. But the ending had me whirling, So I went back and listened attempting to gather all of the smaller details that I had missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it! It was beautifully written.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn Bonnyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my 1st. She did a wonderful job. Her voice is very nice to listen to. I am used to listening to Davina Porter from the Outlander series, and she is wonderful. Carolyn Bonnyman has a very delicate voice and did the female character voices very nice. The mens voices however,wern't as good simply because her voice is very feminine. She still did a good job though.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but if I write about it, this review will become a spoiler, and this is a book that needs the element of surprise. What's the fun in a mystery if the surprise is gone? :)


    Any additional comments?

    If you listen to this book, you wont be disappointed. Also,This is the 1st book review that I have written, so that alone tells you that I thoughouly enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Deirdre
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    "Interesting time-slip tale"

    Julia Becket moves to the country from London, and finds her perfect home in the shape of Greywethers a 17th century cottage.

    Right from the start we get the sense that the house chose Julia rather than the other way round, and soon Julia realizes all is not quite as it seems. She starts having strange experiences seemingly transported back to the past and into the life of a woman called Mariana.

    I quite enjoyed this story, and liked the characters and gentle love story. However I only gave it three stars, This is primarily because of the narrator, Carolyn Bonnyman. I found her voice too monotone, and lacking emotion, especially when there was a lot of dialogue. When different characters were speaking there wasn't enough difference made between them and this could be a bit confusing, as in a pub scene when there were four people all having a conversation together.

    I still enjoyed it though and found the story entertaining, with enough mystery about it to keep me interested.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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    "Marianna"

    This audo book was really great, Susanna Kearsley is one of my favourtite authors and to listen to it being read was so much more atmospheric, it was as if i was actually there. I recommend this book, you will not be dissapointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    4/2/15
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    "lovely"

    narrative just right. story lovely even after reading the book. Rearly recommend
    will be listening again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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