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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Martie
  • YPSILANTI, MI, United States
  • 08-16-14

positively lovely!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Having read and loved Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and then Timebound by Rysa Walker I had a craving for another time travel novel. This was positively lovely...simple lovely. A perfect story full of adventure, and love, mystery and of course time travel! The narrator was perfect!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rose Garden?

The clicking of everything into its place...the coming together of the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

SPOILER....when they scattered Katrina's ashes

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

an adventure for the times

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My New Favorite Author

Where does The Rose Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks among the top. The combination of the fabulous storytelling and the perfection of the narrator made one great book experience.

What other book might you compare The Rose Garden to and why?

The Winter Sea by the same author. I loved them both, she writes historical fiction in a way that different from others I've read.

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

Nicola brings the characters to life in a way that wouldn't be the same without her. The characters move from their place in fiction to dear friends.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes. When Eva is talking about love and encouraging her cousin to "go for it".

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  • Marika
  • United States
  • 01-21-14

So enjoyable

What did you love best about The Rose Garden?

lets be honest... the romance

What did you like best about this story?

that i didn't expect the ending even though i thought i did

What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

it was pleasant to listen to

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

maybe if i had the time

Any additional comments?

an enjoyable listen

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  • Heidi
  • RIVERSIDE, RI, United States
  • 11-07-13

My new favorite author

If you could sum up The Rose Garden in three words, what would they be?

Great Story Telling

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fergel. This character had a wonderful personality that jumped off the audiobook "pages".

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

Emotion and personality of each character

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

3 steps backwards is sometimes better than 1 step forward

Any additional comments?

I hope Susanna Kearsley writes more novels soon

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  • sena
  • valencia, ca
  • 10-12-13

Loved, loved this book.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose Garden to be better than the print version?

I loved the narrator, never read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rose Garden?

The first time Eva disappeared intot the past.

Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is Nicola's first narrating to me.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The great loves of here now and then!

Any additional comments?

When I first purchased the book, I was not sure I would like it. I was acually getting ready to return it but kept listening and got hooked 30 minutes into it.
This was a great love story.

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The perfect mix of romance, history & England

This is a magical story, weaving present and past, romance and mystery. The characters and sense of place are exceptional. Any fan of the Outlander series will like this book. I highly recommend it, even if you general avoid "paranormal" romances. It isn't truly paranormal; it simply weaves present and past together in a moving romance with a bit of suspense thrown in as well.

I highly enjoyed the narrator and recommend the audio version over the print version.

You will love this story!

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Wonderful story, great narration

Where does The Rose Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked this much more than The Winter Sea. Partly because the narrator was so much better and partly because I liked the main character much more in this book. Very enjoyable listen while doing housework. As others have mentioned, it is not a sweeping, detailed story like Outlander but I think many Gabaldon fans will appreciate Kearsley's books.

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Lovely story. Loved the Narration!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose Garden to be better than the print version?

I used the Whispersync option for this book and was able to both read and listen to it. While I enjoyed the print, I especially loved the audio edition because Nicola Barber's voice really made feel as though I were "in" the story.

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Enchanted...

Where does The Rose Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Rose Garden is easily in the top 5 audiobooks I've listened to this year.

What did you like best about this story?

Susanna Kearsley is such a great author. She has a delightful way of spinning tales that sweep you up and keep you wanting more. I loved how she wove past and present into a tidy ending but kept the story magical.

Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not but she was very pleasant to listen to.

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

I didn't feel like laughing or crying while listening to this story but I loved every moment of it regardless!

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Entertaining story

What did you like best about this story?

The time travel aspects were worked out well and liked the twist at the end. Cornwall sounds like a beautiful place and I've always been fascinated by it. The descriptions made me want to go visit!

What three words best describe Nicola Barber’s performance?

Disconcerting is one word I would use. Eva narrated the story in the first person and she used a British accent for the narrative parts but when she spoke in the story as Eva, she used an American accent, that didn't sound very natural. It kind of jarred me throughout the story. They should have made Eva British as well because the American accent just didn't come off very well. I guess because the accent wasn't easy for the narrator, it seems like when Eva talked, her comments were very brief compared to other people speaking in the story.

Any additional comments?

Overall it was an entertaining story and a nice romance. I loved The Winter Sea and liked that one better but this story was worth a listen.

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