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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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    Angel Claire Australia 10-07-11
    Angel Claire Australia 10-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing story."

    What an amazing story. Because I really enjoyed The Winter Sea I couldn't wait to listen to The Rose Garden and I wasn't disappointed. The story moves back and forth through time and as with The Winter Sea this proves to keep the listener intrigued and wanting more. I guess my only negative comment was that at times the narrator needed to take great gulps of air - but this was only a very minor issue. I highly recommend this book.

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilie Bonn, Germany 10-13-11
    Cecilie Bonn, Germany 10-13-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Lovely way to spent some hours"

    I love Gabaldon's Outlander series, but I must say that I love Kearsley's universe as well. There were some moments towards the end of this book where the hairs on my arms stood up. It might be overly romantic but it worked for me. This is not great world literature but a truly wonderful book to listen to. Well worth the time.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Joni Island Park, New York, United States 10-23-11
    Joni Island Park, New York, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2007

    New Yankee

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    "Listen to this story... you won't be disappointed"

    Why in the world would someone expect another really good writer in their own style to set out to produce a story "JUST LIKE" Outlander. Just because it involves traveling back in time doesn't mean it has to be compared. Why not just enjoy it for what it is. A good story, well worth the listen.

    I will say as a matter of small complaint, that the narrator was a little "meek" for what I thought Eva might really be like but just the fact that I was thinking about that, means that the author did her part in building the character/s for me. I feel like I know Trelowarth.

    I do wish the story had been longer and I suppose that too is a compliment to the writer. I think there is room for another story and do hope that Ms. Kearsley will have a care for those of us that truly loved the story and tell us more.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    John Papillion, NE, United States 10-12-11
    John Papillion, NE, United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the best reads of the year"

    The story and the performance was soo good! I loved the events from a woman's view. I told my wife that if she like "The 6th Sense" and "A Beautiful Mind" then she would love this book as nothing is as it seems right from the very beginning.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 10-17-11
    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 10-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it!"

    I really enjoyed this romantic tale that takes you back and forth through two distinct times.
    I fell in love with Diane Gabaldon books and while this isn't as detailed in history as her books are this is a nice alternative. I would recommend it to everyone who likes to travel back in time.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jackee Goovigen, Australia 10-12-11
    Jackee Goovigen, Australia 10-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it"

    It was so easy to follow the story went along a great path and finially just when you thought it was coming to an ending a second path appeared and the story all pulled in another direction. Hope that there is a second book. Can't wait to hear it if there is.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Montclair, NJ, United States 11-22-11
    Lisa Montclair, NJ, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story"

    I really enjoyed The Winter Sea and have been waiting for this book to be released. The Rose Garden was better !! Couldn't stop listening -- thank goodness I had a lot of cooking to do this weekend in preparation for Thanksgiving. Great story. Great narrator.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy New Haven, Vermont United States 10-14-11
    Wendy New Haven, Vermont United States 10-14-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Time travel at its best!"

    I loved the characters, the time travel back into history and I loved the "twist"......

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 11-05-11
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 11-05-11 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "A different style of time travel"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rose Garden the most enjoyable?

    The story was quite engaging and kept the reader interested right to the end. There were a few things that took my rating from 5 stars to 4 stars. Firstly, I did not care for the notion of time travel against one's will, for no apparent reason. I preferred Diana Gabaldon's style where the person knew how to make the travel and did it on purpose, at least after the first time, and after they figured out how it worked. The notion of a person being in an enjoyable situation and suddenly fading away and disappearing was a bit disconcerting. Secondly, I found that Kearsley did not develop the relationship between Eva and Daniel sufficiently well as to lead to marriage. They were virtually strangers and I did not sense enough intimacy between them- only infatuation. Quite a contrast to the relationship built between Claire and Jamie in the Outlander series. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable listen.


    What does Nicola Barber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I found Nicola Barber's voice almost hypnotic and felt she did a wonderful job of narrating this story. Her voice is positively enchanting and made the listen that much more enjoyable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing in this book made me want to laugh or cry. I did not find any part of this book particularly emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    It seemed a bit odd that though the narrator had a distinct British accent, Eva hada Canadian accent, since all the narration that was supposedly Eva's own thoughts were spoken with a British accent, but then when she spoke out loud, she lost that accent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen San Jose, CA, United States 10-25-11
    Karen San Jose, CA, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard to put down!"

    Excellent time travel romance from modern times to 1700's. The story definitely sucks you in, and will have you carrying the book with you everywhere you go!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

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    Old Windsor, United Kingdom
    12/19/11
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    "Dreadful narrator......"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JANE
    NEWPORT, United Kingdom
    11/16/11
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    "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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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