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Publisher's Summary

When Eva’s film star sister Katrina dies, she returns to Cornwall to scatter Katrina’s ashes. But the house where she stayed as a child is home not only to her friends the Halletts, but also to the people who lived there in the 18th century. When Eva accepts that she can slip between centuries, she begins to question her place in the present, and comes to realise that she must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards.

©2012 Susanna Kearsley (P)2012 Oakhill Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Like something out of the pages of Daphne du Maurier" (Daily Express)

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Only for time travelling fans!

If you don't like books about time travelling then this is not a book for you! 
I do not and therefore I did not give a full 5 stars.
But this author writes very good stories, where actual historical events are weaved into the stories. It made the story very interesting and enjoyable for me. I found the ending not very satisfactory,

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  • Carol
  • 07-02-12

A magical summers listen .

I really enjoyed this audio book, great descriptions and the wonderful narration really made the story come alive .
I found myself plugging in to listen whenever I could.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • 12-01-14

Loved It...loved the Story...loved the Performance

Would you listen to The Rose Garden again? Why?

I don't normally listen or read books a second time but this is a book I would listen to again. Loved the ending a real surprise!

What did you like best about this story?

The regression part of the story and defiantly the characters.

Have you listened to any of Carolyn Bonnyman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Another Perfect performance

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

Surprise! The ending was unusual but perfect.

Any additional comments?

I love this type of book and Susanna Kearsley writes them well

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Fryklof
  • 03-15-16

Love the story

the story is captivating and I would love a sequel. the reader is brilliant, but the sound quality is a bit off. hard to hear, not sure how best to describe other than it is a bit to much bass. I've just listen via the app on my phone so might be better with something else.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • thestarandangel
  • 10-20-17

You must listen or read

I’ve listened to Mariana which I loved but for me this was utterly beautiful. I loved the characters, the plots, the pace of the story and especially the scene with Claire and Eva in the kitchen near the end. I would recommend, this is pure escapism at its best. Never stop writing Susanna Kearsley.

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  • beverley foster
  • 09-03-17

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Really enjoyed this book. Great pace and well read it was a pleasure. Looking forward to more from this author

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  • Karina
  • 07-26-17

Nice idea but not enough depth

What did you like best about The Rose Garden? What did you like least?

I liked the idea of time travel, but found this story was a bit predictable and felt myself groaning at certain points in the story.

What was most disappointing about Susanna Kearsley’s story?

The last few chapters. I found myself getting a bit confused by the way everything was rushed.

Was The Rose Garden worth the listening time?

I did like listening to Rose Garden on my commute to work. It is an escapism story.

Any additional comments?

I felt that as this was a time travel story I wanted to know and would be asking a lot more questions in the story, where everyone just accepted the time travel.

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  • Catherine
  • 07-23-17

A cliche from start to finish

It started off all right but the plot is thin, the characters trite and the language like a teenager's. The editor should be ashamed of allowing gross overuse of the word smile and variations thereof. I only finished it because I was stuck in a traffic jam on the M25.

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  • Bean
  • 07-15-17

Interesting idea but I've heard it before

Having listened with rapt awe and excitement to Diana Gabaldon's 8 books of the Outlander series I might have enjoyed this more. And although it's a light weight sweet novel it hasn't the historical gravitas, detail and intrigue of Gabaldon's novels.
The performance is not bad but again I've heard better.

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  • de
  • 07-04-17

Great story.

I loved this story. i would like to have known more about Evie and Daniel at the end. but enjoyed it none the less.

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  • Karen Beevers
  • 02-04-17

Poignant

Really enjoyed yet another one of this author's books good story teller keeps you hooked.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful