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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angel Claire Australia 10-13-11
    Angel Claire Australia 10-13-11 Member Since 2011
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie Wyoming, Australia 04-18-14
    Cherie Wyoming, Australia 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Persis Florida, US. 08-15-12
    Persis Florida, US. 08-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Lovely"

    I honestly can't say which I liked better the story or the narrator. Some how I feel that the narrator does play a huge part in ones opinion of any book, and Carolyn Bonnyman has a lovely soft voice that not only leaves you relaxed but so much more involved in the book.
    This is my third Susanna Kearsley book and I read them all in a one go cause I found her to be so enchanting.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie auckland, New Zealand 01-26-12
    Robbie auckland, New Zealand 01-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gorgeous"
    If you could sum up Mariana in three words, what would they be?

    Loved this story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mariana?

    I really enjoyed this book, the voices were great and the story so engaging I hated having to put it down.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I came to work with puffy eyes after staying up far too late listening to this lovely story. I just couldn't stop.


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    carol Coquitlam, BC, Canada 01-23-12
    carol Coquitlam, BC, Canada 01-23-12
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    "same story, different book"

    I have read a few of Susanna Kearsley's books.
    I find the plots to be quite similar, nothing new. I know what is going to happen before it happens. In other words, I get bored of her books as they follow the same form.
    No more of this author for me. Too many other author's out there who really mix it up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Corna Monte Vista, South Africa 12-25-11
    Corna Monte Vista, South Africa 12-25-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing Listen"
    What did you like best about Mariana? What did you like least?

    I like books combining a mixture of mystery and a happy ending but this one disappointed me. Too much of the character development was centered on the


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I did not appreciate the way the reader kept her voice to a hushed (Gothic) tone which often had me turning up the volume to hear the finer points of the story. I prefer a more ordinary narration tone leaving the story itself to create the tension and the atmosphere and allowing lighter moments to emerge above the darker tones.


    Did Mariana inspire you to do anything?

    I am going to try out the author's books written as Emma Cole and avoid the narrator for now.


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  • Deirdre
    Newtownards, United Kingdom
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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.

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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