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
"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)
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!
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!
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.
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.
Right up there with the best. Absolutely loved this book
I've nothing to compare it with so if you have any recommendations???
Beautiful reader, great voices and well emoted
I could feel all of the emotions - so well presented
The ending took me completely by surprise, I had to listen to it again.
creative, romantic, satisying
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.
Sure as it is has good character interaction.
Ian as he was the most mysterious for a while.
Soft-spoken, emotional and thoughtful.
Richard as he was noble yet defiant.
The ending was very abrupt which I didn't expect. I had to remember this is fantasy, ,not reality, to accept how it happens. The narration is excellent except the the volume would ebb and flow a lot, I had to turn the volume way up just to hear sometimes. I suspect that is not the fault of the narrator but of the technology recording her.
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.
Loved this story
I really enjoyed this book, the voices were great and the story so engaging I hated having to put it down.
I came to work with puffy eyes after staying up far too late listening to this lovely story. I just couldn't stop.
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!
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
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.
I am going to try out the author's books written as Emma Cole and avoid the narrator for now.
"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.
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.
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