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The Rose Garden | [Susanna Kearsley]

The Rose Garden

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Susanna Kearsley (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Samantha tom price, Australia 11-14-11
    Samantha tom price, Australia 11-14-11

    Im a ranger in Western Australia, that has to travel alot with my job, so I enjoy listening to a good story to help me pass the miles.

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    "heart warming story"

    This is my first review of a book ever!!! but I was so warmed by this story I just had to share how wonderful it was.... this book is really worth enjoying...get lost with the characters, live your life in the present and dream of the past....wonderful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 11-09-11
    Carol 11-09-11
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    "I love time travel"

    Nicole Barber is the perfect narrator for this delightful story of modern day and 17th century England with a new twist on the Jacobites. Kearsley with Barber's narration kept me totally engaged in the story. The descriptions of the Cornish coast adds a another dimension to the book after the cast of interesting characters in both modern day and Hanoverian times. There is a story that intertwines both periods of time drawing you in. I like Kearsley approach to Daniel's acceptance of Eve and the problems that arise from her time travel. The tying together of stories at the end of the book is a welcome surprise. Romance, time travel, smuggling, political intrigue what more can you ask for - a great escape book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S United States 11-01-11
    S United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2011

    Writer, editor, translator.

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    "Loved it, but why is it called The Rose Garden?"

    I loved this book, even more than The Winter Sea, which I felt was a more uneven presentation--developing the plot of the past so much more than the present. In Rose Garden, the story is far more evenly told and therefore, we get a protagonist beautifully integrated in past and present.

    My big beef with this novel (tho' I won't rate it down because of it) is the title, which is fairly meaningless and banal. Even after finishing the book, I have no idea why it was called The Rose Garden. Sure, there WAS a rose garden, but it was not an important element. Perhaps the image of the hybridization process was supposed to evoke some metaphor for Eva?

    I agree with other reviewers who praised the romantic aspect of the story as being subtle and intense and therefore, very appealing. Also, I, too, would have liked the book to be a bit longer and contained more character development of Claire and of Daniel.

    The reader, Nicola Barber, did a great job with the voices, especially Daniel's.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Aurora, CO 10-31-11
    Lynne Aurora, CO 10-31-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A great listen! Couldn't put it down!"

    After reading the first book by Kearsley,I had to read the second. It was just as good as the first. Loved them both. The characters were great and the story compelling. Real enjoyment. Waiting for the third book. Hoping it comes soon.

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    Dalisla Doral, FL, United States 10-23-11
    Dalisla Doral, FL, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent!"

    Beautiful story, captivates your attention entirely. The narration could not have been better. Will look for more stories narrated by Nicola Barber.

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    Kerrie Kirrawee, Australia 10-23-11
    Kerrie Kirrawee, Australia 10-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"

    I just loved this story. The time travel aspect is very appealing as is the historical significance. My only small criticism would be the Narrator not maintaining the accents for each character at times. This is a small point and certainly not one that stops me from recommending this book. It's a good "read".

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    C. Cole Germantown, TN 10-19-11
    C. Cole Germantown, TN 10-19-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Love this Author & her style"

    I read Kearsley's first book- which I highly reccommend- and had to have this one. Great story! Takes a little time to get the "hook" in the beginning, but worth the time. Narrator was good too. I can't wait to read her next one!!!

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    Amazon Customer BOLIVAR, MO, United States 10-08-11
    Amazon Customer BOLIVAR, MO, United States 10-08-11
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    "Please don't expect an OUTLANDER experience."

    While I won't say this is a bad book, it is by no means in the same league with the depth of characters and historical detail of Outlander. The narrator is more 'reader" than "performer".

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    Caroline Hollywood, SC, United States 10-10-11
    Caroline Hollywood, SC, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Just okay"

    Mildly entertaining, but definitely no Outlander. The story was okay, but there just wasn't enough depth and character development to really get into this one. And certainly nothing new in the time travel genre.

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    Katheryne MD, United States 02-06-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Good Enough for a credit, but better on sale"

    This book started out a little slow and boring. However, as the story progressed it did get better. Like many other reviewers I didn't much care for the narration either (just a personal preference).
    If you like time-travel romance novels then you will enjoy this one. It's not as good as Outlander, but it's still an enjoyable listen.
    It's worth a credit, but it's even better on sale.

    3.5 stars

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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