The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden When Eva s film star sister Katrina dies she leaves California and returns to Cornwall where they spent their childhood summers to scatter Katrina s ashes and in doing so return her to the place wh

  • Title: The Rose Garden
  • Author: Susanna Kearsley
  • ISBN: 9780749009519
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Eva s film star sister Katrina dies, she leaves California and returns to Cornwall, where they spent their childhood summers, to scatter Katrina s ashes and in doing so return her to the place where she belongs But Eva must also confront the ghosts from her own past, as well as those from a time long before her own For the house where she so often stayed as a childWhen Eva s film star sister Katrina dies, she leaves California and returns to Cornwall, where they spent their childhood summers, to scatter Katrina s ashes and in doing so return her to the place where she belongs But Eva must also confront the ghosts from her own past, as well as those from a time long before her own For the house where she so often stayed as a child is home not only to her old friends the Halletts, but also to the people who had lived there in the eighteenth century When Eva finally accepts that she is able to slip between centuries and see and talk to the inhabitants from hundreds of years ago, she soon finds herself falling for Daniel Butler, a man who lived and died long before she herself was born Eva begins to question her place in the present, and in laying her sister to rest, comes to realise that she too must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards.

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    1. Re-read January, 2014 with Jeannette and Diane Lynn:Actually a better read the second time around, (view spoiler)[as I was able to watch for the myriad clues Kearsley had laid down throughout the storyline that culminated in her cool twist at the end. (hide spoiler)] Great story; warm and wonderful characters. I cried again this time around, which is always a bonus feature :DOriginal Review:How does she do it?No, seriously, how does Susanna Kearsley manage to engage me, move me to tears and surp [...]

    2. I find it difficult to rate this novel. On one hand, I was sufficiently engaged by the narrative and the characters to read it in two or three sittings. On the other hand, it requires a massive suspension of disbelief, which at times I found difficult to sustain. The heroine is Eva Ward, who after the death of her much loved sister, travels from the United States to Cornwall to scatter her sister's ashes near Trelowarth House, where she and her sister spent their childhood summers. Family friend [...]

    3. 4.5 stars'Whatever time we have,' he said, 'it will be time enough.'When Eva Ward's sister dies she returns to Cornwall to scatter her ashes, to the place where they had spent their happy childhood summers, Trelowarth House. The gardens at Trelowarth have for generations grown roses and been tended by generations of Halletts, with Eva's friends Mark and his sister Susan Hallett now in charge of the house and gardens.It is on her first morning there that Eva begins to experience a series of stran [...]

    4. A Good YarnThe tale is a good yarn, primarily along the romantic side with touches of historical data incorporated throughout. The author provides a substantial amount of detail about the main characters which makes them all the more realistic. Although I found it a bit slow at the beginning, I soon began to enjoy the colourful characters and found it flowed along nicely. If you have never read a S. Kearsley’s book then I highly recommend “Mariana” as a first pick which was superb.

    5. To me, a good time travel yarn must possess a certain amount of plausibility. I found this vital element seriously lacking in "The Rose Garden." Daniel and Fergal should have been shocked by a woman from the future suddenly appearing out of thin air; e.g they should have been questioning her about her strange appearance, what time period she came from, what it was like in the future; etc etc. Instead, they're pretty much blasé about this mysterious phantom woman. Fergal is a little taken aback [...]

    6. I find it interesting that Susanna Kearsley's books are compared to works by Daphne du Maurier, Mary Stewart, and Diana Gabaldon, some of my favorite authors. Kearsley certainly has du Maurier's talent for sense of place and Stewart's mix of romance and suspense, however I'm not so sold on the Gabaldon comparison though both do deal with time-travel. Gabladon's books are dense and history-heavy (something I happen to love) and while this may be historical fiction it's of a much lighter variety. [...]

    7. 3.5 stars out of 5I keep seeing it everywhere "If you enjoyed Outlander, you'll love The Rose Garden" Ok, me, me!!!I loved Outlander and the entire Outlander series. So, that means I'll love this book right?Wrong. I didn't LOVE it. I liked it. It was good but not outstanding (the way Outlander was). It was interesting but not interesting enough to warrant the comparison to Outlander.Hold up, don't get me wrong here.This book was good. I thought the beginning was excellent. I thought the ending w [...]

    8. A delightful blend of romance, time travel and historical fiction that actually reminded me a bit of one of my favorite books Outlander. A quick and easy read that brought the handsome Daniel Butler and charming Fergal of the late 1700's to life to join Eva in a mysterious adventure. Loved it!

    9. I really like Susanna Kearsley's writing. I loved the descriptions of Cornwall, England in the beginning of this book. I could envision it so clearly in my mind. The story started off quite nicely for me but I found it to be rather slow in the middle. Not much happened and I found it sort of wandered to nowhere for a bit. The ending picked up and the twist was a nice one!

    10. Where to begin? If you have read a Susanna Kersley's book before you would know that she writes her stories in dual time. You have the present where the story begins and the past where the actual story takes place and she will find one way or the other to get you there. In Winter Sea she brought us to the past by introducing a character who had the memories of one of her ancestors, in Marianna it was reincarnation and in the Rose Garden there is actual time travel to the past. Now why exactly on [...]

    11. Red is the rose that in yonder garden growsFair is the lily of the valleyClear is the water that flows from the BoyneBut my love is fairer than any.Come over the hills, my bonnie Irish lassCome over the hills to your darlingYou choose the rose, love, and I'll make the vowAnd I'll be your true love forever.'Twas down by Killarney's green woods that we strayedWhen the moon and the stars they were shiningThe moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hairAnd she swore she'd be my love forever.Choru [...]

    12. I didn’t have to read much of this to realise that Susanna Kearsley’s work is going to be the perfect replacement for the comfort reading I got all the way through in the last two or three years (Mary Stewart’s romance/adventures). It has the same sense of place, the beautiful descriptions of landscape, and the same sort of heroine: female, curious, about to be swept up in bigger events than she’d ever have expected. And better: this is explicitly fantastical, where most of Mary Stewart [...]

    13. Romance,historical fiction,fantasy? All genres fit this story. A young woman grieving the death of her sister finds comfort in the rambling old house on the Cornish coast, full of happy memories of summers past. All is not as it seems though, as Eva finds herself hopscotching between the present and the distant past of the 1700s. In the present,she is helping her childhood friends hang on to the family estate fallen on hard times. In the past she is introduced to the early residents, Daniel and [...]

    14. In all honesty, I didn't think I was going to like this book at first. It started promising, but then just kept dragging on and on and ooonnnn with flowery descriptions and melancholy reminiscences until I wanted to scream, "Get on with it!"But then, right around chapter 8, things finally started getting interesting. Once I'd made it to chapter 10 or so, I couldn't put it down. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I love time travel stories and this one hits the mark pretty well. My favorite c [...]

    15. I would really have loved to give this 3.5 starseultimatebooknookAfter reading The Winter Sea, I knew I had to read more by that author, so I picked this book up.I wanted to love it as much as I did The Winter Sea but sadly I didn't. It was still enjoyable and very well written, it just didn't have the enchantment that The Winter Sea did.Kearsley is a fantastic writer. She brings you into these worlds and makes you feel them. She can bring out so many emotions in just one book. You are sad, then [...]

    16. Recently divorced and at loose ends in life, Eva Ward accepts the task of scattering her dead sister’s ashes at their childhood home in Cornwall. Eva settles in for a long stay at Trelowarth house, but in true Kearsley fashion things start going bump in the night – and Eva is walking a path in the present one moment and the is next she’s stepped into the past – 1715 to be exact. She’s soon involved up to her neck with brothers Daniel and Jack Butler, Both smugglers like any good Cornis [...]

    17. That twist! Brilliant! And so cleverly done. I didn't see it coming at all, but the foundation for it had been subtly built throughout the book without my noticing at all. It all just fit so seamlessly into the story. You know when some detail of a book so obviously sets up some plot point later in the book? This was the opposite!I could have wished for the ending to be a bit more flushed out (I love a good reunion scene), but other than that, this was well written, intriguing, character-driven, [...]

    18. These books are such cosy reads, perfect for what I wanted over the weekend. Something to curl up with and shut out the world. I had to laugh about the author's comment at the back of the book. Maybe not quite as explicitly said as I read it but the Cornwall of stories to the Cornwall of reality is always quite different.

    19. The Rose Garden is a sweet historical romance that's not especially deep but is warm, light and generally happy. It is set in the cosy atmosphere of Cornwall in southern England, complete with its peculiar Brontean landscape and its changing weather, friendly people who are so easy to like, ancient customs and traditions and the long history that has matured the whole package like good wine.Time travel takes us right back into history and is necessary for the development of the story, though it [...]

    20. A comfortable, easy to read book containing romance, time travel, history and a lot of detail about the Cornish coast. I love Cornwall and, like the main character in the book, I used to holiday there. It is a delightful place but to my shame I never felt any magic when I crossed the Tamar. Perhaps that's just me. Anyway this was a pleasant enough story to while away a few hours. It was odd that Daniel was so totally unfazed when a strange woman kept popping up in his house and then disappearing [...]

    21. I enjoyed this one. This is the 4th book by this author that I've read. I like her writing. Some of it is so beautifully done. The imagery is sharp and vivid for the most part. She does get kind of carried away with her descriptions once in awhile. Some of it makes no sense to me. But the detail in her characters and their emotion is well done. And she lends great detail in creating a wonderful and warm sense of place. Another thing I enjoy about her stories are the endings. She doesn't disappoi [...]

    22. Not as rich as The Winter Sea - with a few very similar characters (oh, hello handsome overly confident man who rents cottages!) but all in all still a sweetly magical story. I like the way she integrates her history lessons, and I love her ode to her childhood Cornwall, enough to overlook some plot annoyances. (view spoiler)[It drove me a little crazy that she didn't explore the places where she detected changes in the landscape often, ie, the woods, etc to actively try to get back to the past, [...]

    23. I discovered Susanna Kearsley’s stunning work this year through her ‘Winter Sea’ novel and fell in love with her prose, impeccable story weaving and evocatively unique plots so much so, that I back ordered as many of her books as I could find! And, I continue to devour them happily and greedily.So I was thrilled to discover her newest release, ‘The Rose Garden’ this month! Her books almost defy categorization because they are haunting time travels woven between historical and contempor [...]

    24. First Sentence: I lost my only sister in the last days of November.After the death of her sister, Eva travels from Los Angeles to Cornwall, where they spent summers as children, to scatter her sister’s ashes and find a bit of peace among old friends. She doesn’t expect to, without any warning, find herself transported back to the 18th century, become involved with Jacobite supporters, smugglers and a man to whom she is very attracted. But traveling back-and-forth through time isn’t easy— [...]

    25. I tend to stay away from time travel stories ever since I read The Time Traveler's Wife. Don't know why, but that book rather ruined the whole phenomena for me. Thankfully, this book has rekindled my fire! The Rose Garden is part romance, part time travel mystery, part historical adventures and part pure whimsical magic. And somehow Kearsley managed to wrap them all together into a really well written piece of art! Eva's sister has just died, and in order to 'bring her where she belongs' she ret [...]

    26. I thought this book was beautifully written. I know others have criticized the book, saying that it's not believable. To this I say, reading any fiction book or watching any movie that isn't a documentary requires suspension of belief. If you can't suspend your belief then you should stick to reading & watching non-fiction. On that note, let me get on with this review. Several things I liked about this book. Eva is a normal woman who finds herself in extraordinary circumstances. Somehow she [...]

    27. 4 starsThis is the second Susanna Kearsley book I’ve read and she’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Her writing style is simply beautiful and has a definite talent for writing fascinating stories. I’m not usually a fan of wordy books but she does such an amazing job of describing the simplest of things you can’t help but love it.One of my favorites:“And at the window of the room the cold November rains slid down the glass and cast their shifting shadows in a room that could no lon [...]

    28. Let the new faces play what tricks they willIn the old rooms; night can outbalance day,Our shadows rove the garden gravel still,The living seem more shadowy than they. William Butler Yeats, The New FacesPage 41:‘Ever try to hold a butterfly? It can’t be done. You damage them,’ he said. ‘As gentle as you try to be, you take the powder from their wings and they won’t ever fly the same. It’s kinder just to let them go.’In order to avoid repeating what has been said before by other rev [...]

    29. 3.5 Stars. Well, this one is not going to be my favorite Kearsley novel, for several reasons: It started very slowly and the romance took too long to get going, the extreme overuse of the word "did" throughout the historical dialogue put me off (and none of her other novels have been written like that), and I'm still left quite confused by the surprise twisty time-travel explanation.Not to say this isn't a worthwhile read, because it is. Eva is a good character, and though I don't feel like I go [...]

    30. I found this book disappointing especially after reading The Winter Sea. Even though I liked some of the characters, Claire especially, and even though S. K's has some beautifully written lyrical passages, I never really became fully engaged in the story. I thought the time travel aspect was not at all believable. There has to be some plausibility in this type of story in order to suspend belief, and it never happened for me. Also it became really confusing at the end, there were too many people [...]

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