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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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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.

50 of 56 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful Oldfashioned Romance

This story intertwines past and present so beautifully. The story of Eva and Daniel is so wonderfully described it was so hard to put it down. I felt drawn into the story from beginning to end. It was refreshing to listen to a book that was more romantic than sexual. It lets you draw your own conclusions in the bedroom.

My only complaint was that I didn't want it to end. I would recommend this book.

The narrator was great too.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Can't tolerate listening to this awful narration

I tried so hard to listen to this...the book itself sounds so interesting, exactly the type of book I love. While the narrator has a lovely voice, it is not well suited to this book at all. She is far too monotone, timid, and placid to be able to fully embody the characters. As a result I simply couldn't follow along...it was like listening to someone trying to whisper-read a book to me while in church.

I am going to return the book to audible...a first for me.

I truly wish Audible could get someone else to read this book to me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

40 of 49 people found this review helpful

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  • Joni
  • Houston, Texas
  • 10-23-11

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.

31 of 38 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Papillion, NE, United States
  • 10-12-11

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.

24 of 30 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Jackee
  • Goovigen, Australia
  • 10-12-11

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.

16 of 21 people found this review helpful

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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.

17 of 23 people found this review helpful

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I feel spell bound!

I can't describe how I am feeling as I sit here 10 minutes after finishing the story with my heart aching but not entirely sad and still thinking about the book. It was sad and happy, imaginative and heartwarming all at the same time. Great story binding the past, present and future together. The only part that makes my heart ache for Eva is that she had to experience even more loss to be happy at the end of the book. You won't go wrong with this book. Purchase with confidence.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • lindalesley
  • 01-01-15

Unexpected but wonderfully written

A compelling story, so beautifully narrated. Bringing to life the lives and loves of the characters and their accents so cleverly spoken. A joy all told.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 07-31-12

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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  • HartofGlass
  • 12-19-11

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.

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  • JANE WILSON
  • 11-16-11

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