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)
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.
It was OK.
I would have suggested some sort of ending with a bit of action. Very unsatisfying ending.
The story was just okay. The time travel aspect of it was poorly developed and the love story was not believable. Nobody does time travel as well as Diana Gabaldon.
No. I loved listening to Kearsley's book, "The Winter Sea" and expected the same caliber of story.
Not one of the better readers. I found her voice immature. Sometimes she had an American accent for one of the characters and sometimes she didn't.
Having listened to The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, I couldn't wait to listen to more of her books. She has a true gift.
The two stories flowed gently. There were no harsh transitions.
Nicola Barber was an excellent narrator.
I didn't want to rush through the book. I enjoyed listening to the story in shorter segments. I wanted to savor the story.
I highly recommend Susanna Kearsley's books. I have also read The Winter Sea and Mariana. I can't wait to read all her books.
Susanna Kearsley's is one of my new favorite authors.
I was thoroughly entertained by this book. I listened to it on my long drive to visit my mother in another state during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I enjoyed the characters who all had such bold, yet different personalities. Thanks to the combination of Susanna Kearsley's writing and Nicola Barber's narration, I could picture each of the characters as if they were standing right in front of me.
The only area of improvement that I would point out is the way Nicola Barber would suddenly lose a character's accent while reading their part. It was a little distracting at times.
Overall, however, I thought the audio book was well done. It brought to mind one of my favorite movies, Somewhere In Time. Only in this book, the woman is the one who goes back in time.
A whole different book.
No. Not on a bet.
Big disappointment. From the description, I thought there'd be more mystery, more build up, but it was a boring "oooh I'm in love with him from moment go" type of yawner. No need to suspend belief for the time travel - I was wishing I could go bank in time to have back the hours I spent listening to this hogwash.
the story was well written and very enjoyable to listen to, it was different from the usual story i like to "read" but I really enjoyed it
The "moment" in front of the fireplace where they first kiss, so romanctic without being sexual or cheezy
when she would travel back in time
This book was slow from the beginning and the story line did not go anywhere.
I should have paid better attention to the other reviewers when they said the narrator reads internal thought with a British accent and speaks with and American/Canadian accent.
Don't waste your money on this one!
"The Rose Garden!!!!"
Time travel extraordinaire. Listen and find out for yourself beguiling a story I have ever listened to.
Enjoy and be beguiled
"Magiacal realism at its best."
I'm pretty fussy when it comes to magical realism, the balance between being believable and being silly is a fine line in my opinion. Susanna Kearsley was spot-on, however. Both elements, the present and the past, were perfectly joined, even blurring into one another. And the ending was brilliant.
I have to disagree with the reviewers who disliked the narrator, Nicola Barber. I thouroughly enjoyed her version of the story. She gave Fergal a great Irish accent (to my non-Irish ears) and Eva had a believably mild American twang. It was occasionally over-enunciated but all in all it was a pleasure to listen and I was sorry when the final line had been read.
I have to agree with the last reviewer. This is a bland story, made unbearably irritating by a dreadful narrator whose tone of voice seems totally unrelated to the words expressed. Best to give it a miss.
"NOT WORTH THE MONEY"
10 minutes after finishing this book, I was struggling to remember anything about it. So light and insubstantial that it floated off. Any merit it had was countered by the truly awful reader. Where do they get 'em? Lets hope she didn't cost much. Anyway, as far as I recall, this story was about a woman who flitted back & forth between the present day and 18th c. No insight into the resultant culture clash, or any recognition that personal hygiene was pretty primitive in the 18th c. Just - girl sees really hot bloke, falls for same and rides off into the sunset. What a load of old cobblers.
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