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)
I have never read the actual printed version but for me sometimes it's nice to just relax and listen to a good story.
Definitely towards the end, when things started getting pretty exciting
Okay, this is my one complaint about the audio. I didn't really like the fact that almost all her voices sounded similar... I really would have liked there to be men doing the reading for the male parts..instead of her attempting to do a male voice...just didn't wasn't right.
I enjoyed this book. It was light and fun, just what I was in the mood for. I plan to listen to others by this author when I'm looking for something similar. Time travel always requires some suspension of belief but this made enough sense to work without being distracting. I thought the book was well-written and provided just enough glimpse back into the historical period to teach me a little something along the way. Nicola Barber did a nice job of narrating the book. No need for a plot summary here; audible has provided that.
If you like a bit of history and a light romance with some time travel thrown in, give this book a try.
I love audioboks!
The twist towards the end
I think any scene involving the cliffs and the water
Lovely story, kind of adventurous and of course unrealistic, but you know that before you buy it. I love this author's stories and this isn't my favorite but the scenery, romance, adventure and historical aspect are all extremely satisfying.
I had really high expectations for this novel after reading "The Winter Sea" by the same author. I loved "The Winter Sea" and would give that novel 5 stars all the way around. I was prepared to dive into another delicious novel and was frankly, disappointed. I almost stopped reading it and returned it after listening about 3 hours. The story was very similar to her other novel, but not nearly as cohesive or well written. In the end, I am glad that I stuck with it, because it picked up for me in Part 2. It was an average book, but not one that I would put at the top of my list. I am not sure if I will explore any other books by this author now.
What a romantic book. I absolutely loved it. I really enjoy books from earlier times. Truly enjoyable.
I loved every minute of this story so much it was hard to take my earbuds out to get some sleep! It was touching and heartwarming and I was so sad to see it end. Didn't see the twist at the end coming and I want more from this author!
The Winter Sea was perhaps my favorite book of the year (to date, it is only March), so I was eager to listen to The Rose Garden. The story was alright and the writing was good, but ultimately I found the book unsatisfying. There was an overall sadness to it that I found depressing, and I had trouble forming an emotional connection with the characters. I was also a bit confused by the narration. Not to be nit-picky, but if the main character speaks with an American accent in spoken word, why would her internal narration have an English one? I found that I preferred Rosayln Landor's performance much more.
Still, I think that Susanna Kearsley is a gifted writer, and I would happily listen to another one of her stories.
The Rose Garden takes the reader into a world of passion, friendship, and love while balancing the present and the past. The ending was fantastic and had such a twist I had to listen to the entire book again. I hope Susanna Kearsley writes more of this story and makes it a series.
I had previously listed to Kearsley's The Winter Sea. I loved it. This book was not as strong of a story to me. I enjoyed it more as I progressed through it. I think I was thrown off by some of the similarities between the two books. If I had read them further apart, that probably would not have been an issue. Perhaps I'm being overly critical! In any case, this is a heartfelt story, with aspects of fantasy that lead you to be curious about what is actually going on here. The fantastic aspects are handled matter of factly, and you are led to simply accept them. Kearsley has a knack for describing scenes in a way to make them come alive. There are very good characters here, but not quite as strong as in The Winter Sea. If you like history, romance, and fantastical elements, this is a good book for you.
Susanna Kearsley never fails to entertain. All time travel stories are going to have some similar traits, but this one had enough originality to make it really refreshing. I enjoyed the story and the varied characters in both eras. The ending had a bit of a twist that I didn't expect. The main characters accent was a little too American sounding but not enough to detract from the story, and was otherwise excellent. This author is in my top ten favorites and look forward to her next book.
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