Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.
Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.
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"Kearsley masterfully writes authentic voices for Eva and Daniel as they wrestle with their improbable connection and its implications." (Publishers Weekly)
"Kearsley makes the impossible seem real as sheweaves a tale full of genuine characters [with] a strong sense of place and makes history come alive." (Booklist)
"Susanna Kearsley's The Rose Garden is an enthralling and achingly romantic read." (BookPage)
For those who like time travel or romance stories, maybe. But I really was expecting more plot development in the past, but it stayed pretty brief and simplistic. The portion in the current time was more interesting, though. It was written well enough that I cared about the main characters, but only somewhat.
I really much preferred her other story, The Winter Sea, which really developed more the past and the present, yet kept them connected.
I don't think I would. I did not really like her voice, nor the way she read the story.
A bit too boring-would not bother making a movie of it
I am not going to compare this book to any others I have read as it does not deserve that.
I enjoyed this book from the first to the last word.
The story itself is very compelling, the main character tells her story with detail but not too much that you get bored with too much detail.
The writing is very good in that it makes me think of childhood memories and how I feel when I visit or see something from back then and it is all so accurate in the way Eva feels and behaves through her grief and return to Trellowath House.
I feel compassion for her and like her as a character very much.
When she starts to have her "episodes" I thought it so funny that she thought she was going mad and then as the story evolves and the new people enter her life you get to know them and feel her care and love for them as she does.
I felt very drawn into the whole book and when the resolution starts to come about near the end it was actually a very nice surprise to see how it all came together and extremely clever too.
I was actually quite emotional right at the end as it finished and although I am an avid reader not all books can get to me in such an emotional way.
The Narrator did a wonderful job of all aspects, the different voices, the descriptions and the emotion of the story.
I think she has a large part to play in why I loved this story so much.
I am looking forward to reading more of Susanna Kearsleys books and to seeing what else is narrated by Nicola Barber.
I have not read the print version.
The ending was predictable and a little too much romance novel-ish for me.
Her voice is lovely.
I would listen to the Rose Garden again because it is a bit complex. I would like to hear any details that I may have missed.
I would compare the Rose Garden to Diana Gabaldon's, Voyager, simply based on setting and time travel. The character and plot action is very different.
I like everytime that Fergel and Eva interact. They are great together in the book.
You will not be disappointed with this book if you are a fan of historical romance. It is well written and not trite in any way.
A very nice easy read. I enjoyed The Rose Garden for the same reason I have enjoyed other Susanna Kearsley novels... they are romantic enough to be sweet and complex enough to be interesting.
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This is an interesting take on time travel. (Not having a lot of experience reading about time travel I could easily be wrong.) I liked the Winter Sea much better. There are parts of the story that begged for an explanation or further development that I felt cheated. Some topics were not explained and why they were not caught in the editing of the book is beyond me. It actually has possibilities of being so much more but since it is out there ??? doubtful.
The minor characters should have been better developed and for that matter, the major characters could have been better developed too. What really was Daniel???s story, and what was the attraction? I want to know more about Irishman ??? Fergus/Fergul ??? what a character he is and could/should have been. I want to know them! How about Claire and George? If this had been a d??but novel I would not have been surprised, but Ms. Kearsley has several published works. She seems to focus on only a few characters (from the two I have listened to) and does not seem to delve into what the rest of her characters have to offer. That was one of the topics I mentioned in the review of Winter Sea ??? apparently it is a theme.
It is a good story to listen to while cleaning the garage or something that keeps one from taking in details. If one listens closely it will leave you frustrated.
The narrator was good until she ??? at times ??? over acted; it made me cringe. I found it distracting and thank goodness not consistent, and completely unnecessary.
If you like to read about time travel, love ???light???, do not mind a few snipped threads, and like reading a (very) little about Cornwall, UK you will like this book.
Perhaps - it was a pretty good listen, on the whole, especially for a first book for me on Aidible.
The Rose Garden was a very pleasant summer read. Having been to Cornwall a couple of times, it was like a trip back for me. There is a definite Cornish way of looking at things, and a loyalty to one's own, much akin to the Welsh or Irish.
I certainly would not call this book great literature, but it was a delightful "Calgon" kind of book. For those a bit younger, Calgon bubble bath had ads where a very harassed woman sank into the bubbles and sighed: "Calgon, take me away!" This book was just great for that purpose.
Ms. Kearsley, the author, obviously loves creating place and lovely characters. There is a mystery of sorts, and her view of time travel was much gentler than Diana Gabaldone's. This book was clean, with action which was enough to keep my interest, but not enough to keep me awake at night.
The narrator was fine. I would not call Ms. Barber one of the top rank of readers, but she has a quiet and calm approach to her reading. She varied her voice and was comfortable with Cornish and Irish accents. I would listen to other books she has read.
If you are looking for swashbuckling kinds of men like Diana Gabaldone's, this is likely not going to take you away. But I liked the gentler, more introspective approach of the author of this book. I will buy another of her books.
One of the best I've read.
The writer's story is similar to the style of Kate Morton, who's books are enjoyable and have hidden twists and intrigue.
Nicola is gentle and understands and expresses the personalities of the characters.
This book got me through many tedious tasks which would otherwise have overwhelmed me.
Lovely time travel story that is more a story of love than just romance. Interesting treatment of the time traveling, and love how the character relationships build through the story. Really enjoyed the narrator's voice as well, very soothing to listen to. Really hope to see more titles from this author on Audible.
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