The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

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by Susanna Kearsley
     
 

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"An enthralling and achingly romantic read. Top Pick in Romance." - BookPage

Eva returns to the only place that has ever felt like home, but she quickly discovers she is not alone in the old house on the Cornwall coast. The past reaches out to touch the present in this beautiful love story and haunting mystery.

"Whatever time we have," he said,

Overview

"An enthralling and achingly romantic read. Top Pick in Romance." - BookPage

Eva returns to the only place that has ever felt like home, but she quickly discovers she is not alone in the old house on the Cornwall coast. The past reaches out to touch the present in this beautiful love story and haunting mystery.

"Whatever time we have," he said, "it will be time enough."

Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the coast of Cornwall, England, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers.

There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.

But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.

A modern gothic historical fiction with elements of time travel, reincarnation, and romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.

Fans of Diana Gabaldon, Mary Stewart, Kate Morton, and Daphne Du Maurier will want to join Julia and Mariana on their journeys to love, past and present.

Other great books by Susanna Kearsley:
The Winter Sea — Winner of an RT Reviewers Choice Award, RITA finalist, finalist for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award
The Firebird — RITA Winner, Paranormal Romance
Mariana — Winner of the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize

Susanna has had books selected for the Mystery Guild, was a finalist for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and won a National Readers' Choice Award and a RITA.

What readers are saying about The Rose Garden:

"a haunting, atmospheric and romantic story"

"I am fascinated by the way she seamlessly melds past and present"

"the romance is simultaneously subtle and yet stunning."

"The book is a beautiful love story with mystery, thrills and just the type of book I love to read."

"A delightful blend of romance, time travel and historical fiction that actually reminded me a bit of one of my favorite books, Outlander."

"like A CROSS BETWEEN THE OUTLANDER SERIES AND THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, but told with Kearsley's gentle voice."

What reviewers are saying about The Rose Garden:

"A THRILLING, haunting, and deeply romantic story." -Rachel Hore, internationally bestselling author of The Memory Garden

"... brilliantly brings together past and present. 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick of the Month" - RT Book Reviews

"Kearsley makes the impossible seem real as she weaves a tale full of genuine characters and a strong sense of place and makes history come alive." - Booklist

"an ENTHRALLING AND ACHINGLY ROMANTIC read. Top Pick in Romance." - BookPage

"...an imaginatively captivating trip through time." - Fresh Fiction

What everyone is saying about Susanna Kearsley:

"Kearsley blends history, romance and a bit of the supernatural into a glittering, BEWITCHING tale."-Kirkus

"A MAGICAL, not to be missed read." -RT Book Reviews Top Pick, 4 ½stars

"A CREATIVE TOUR DE FORCE. Sometimes an author catches lightning in a bottle, and Susanna Kearsley has done just that." - New York Journal of Books

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kearsley (The Winter Sea) beautifully evokes the wild landscapes and history of Cornwall in this pleasant time-travel romance. In the present day, Eva Ward travels to the Cornish coast carrying her sister's ashes, determined to lay her to rest at Treloworth, the estate they summered at as children with the Hallet family. As she reconnects with the Hallets, Eva tries to figure out how to start her life over. Then Eva is transported back to 1715, a time when smuggling was common and hidden Jacobites swarmed the coast. At first she fears she might be hallucinating, but soon she meets and falls in love with widower Daniel Butler, who accepts Eva's time traveling at face value. Kearsley masterfully writes authentic voices for Eva and Daniel as they wrestle with their improbable connection and its implications. (Oct.)
RT Book Reviews
Like Anya Seton's Green Darkness and Daphne du Maurier's House on the Strand, Kearsley brilliantly brings together past and present. 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick of the Month
Historical Novels Review
Canadian author Susanna Kearsley's time-travel books have always enthralled me, and The Rose Garden is no exception.
From the Publisher
"Kearsley masterfully writes authentic voices for Eva and Daniel as they wrestle with their improbable connection and its implications" - Publishers Weekly

"Like Anya Seton's Green Darkness and Daphne du Maurier's House on the Strand, Kearsley brilliantly brings together past and present. 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick of the Month" - RT Book Reviews

"Kearsley makes the impossible seem real as she weaves a tale full of genuine characters and a strong sense of place and makes history come alive." - Booklist

"A sympathetic woman becomes the heroine of her own fate, both past and present, in this winning romance." - Kirkus

"Susanna Kearsley's The Rose Garden is an enthralling and achingly romantic read. Top Pick in Romance." - BookPage

"Susanna Kearsley's latest is an imaginatively captivating trip through time. I found complete hours swallowed whole as I devoured THE ROSE GARDEN." - Fresh Fiction

"Canadian author Susanna Kearsley's time-travel books have always enthralled me, and The Rose Garden is no exception." - Historical Novels Review

" I highly, highly recommend The Rose Garden (and Kearsley in general, but this is an excellent place to start) to anyone who enjoys a good story with a vivid setting and memorable characters. And if you're in need of a well-written comfort read, run to your library or bookstore to get your hands on a copy!" - A Striped Arm Chair

"I'm sure I'll be reading more books by Susanna Kearsley soon — I just need to decide which one to try next!" - She Reads Novels

"This will be going on my top 10 books for sure and I'm keeping my copy to read again!!" - Life in the Thumb

Fresh Fiction
Susanna Kearsley's latest is an imaginatively captivating trip through time. I found complete hours swallowed whole as I devoured THE ROSE GARDEN.

Booklist
Kearsley makes the impossible seem real as she weaves a tale full of genuine characters and a strong sense of place and makes history come alive.
BookPage
Susanna Kearsley's The Rose Garden is an enthralling and achingly romantic read. Top Pick in Romance

Kirkus Reviews
More than the heirloom roses defy time in this romance set on the magical Cornish coast. Eva Ward returns to Trelowarth a broken woman. Bearing the ashes of her beloved sister, she has come back to the centuries-old house where they spent their summers to find her childhood friends, the house's current owners, struggling. In return for room, board and solace, she sets out to help them. Mark, who loved Eva's sister, wants to keep the old house a farm, where he grows rare roses. But Susan, his sister, suspects that the beautiful setting, along with the area's romantic history, would lure tourists to a tea house on the grounds. Eva, a PR expert back in Los Angeles, sets out to help Susan and, researching rumors that the estate was part smuggler's den and part anti-Hanoverian hotbed, seemingly starts dreaming herself back to 1715. Except that upon awakening, she finds herself still wearing the dressing gown the handsome Daniel Butler gave her when she showed up in his bedroom 300 years earlier. As repeated time trips deepen their romance, Eva finds herself swinging back and forth through the centuries, playing a crucial role in the lives of Trelowarth's owners in each era, before deciding where her own heart--and her fate--lie. Kearsley (Mariana, 1995, etc.) has made time travel feasible before, and here she matches it with appropriately flowery but light-handed descriptions of the rugged coast and neat summaries of 18th-century politics. It takes some temporal gymnastics to engineer happy endings for everyone--from the mysterious widow Claire to Eva's present-day suitor Oliver--but these are accomplished with some well-placed "local legends" that presage Eva's own future. Although the neat conclusion stretches credibility a bit, this colorful romance peoples both the past and present with characters worth swooning over. A sympathetic woman becomes the heroine of her own fate, both past and present, in this winning romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402258589
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
95,410
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Susanna Kearsley's writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. Her books have been translated into several languages, selected for the Mystery Guild, condensed for Reader's Digest, and optioned for film. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario.

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E_M_13423 More than 1 year ago
The Rose Garden is a beautiful love story in intermittent time travel that could be confusing if you don’t pay attention. There is wonderful introspection living Eva's disquieting confusion and terror as she fades in and out of a past that many dangers lurk. I love how Kearsley knows how to convey strong emotions and love without a display of acrobatics in the bedroom. I enjoyed witnessing the relationship grow between Eva and Daniel who were such lovable characters. The believable time travel, vivid detailed descriptions, lovely romance and mystery provided quite an intriguing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susanna Kearsley has written a beautiful novel that combines history, romance and just a touch of the supernatural. The characters come to life and leave you unable to put the story down. Definitely a much lighter read than Gabaldon's time travel novels; however, the plot is still well developed and the romance is not over the top. A great book for a rainy afternoon.
LindaBanche More than 1 year ago
Susanna Kearsley knocks us off our feet with her spectacular tale of love overcoming all obstacles in her wondrous time travel romance, THE ROSE GARDEN . Mourning the death of her beloved sister, Eva returns to Cornwall to scatter her ashes at the estate where they spent their happiest childhood summers. The people and the countryside are as she remembers--but not quite. Voices speak from empty rooms, paths appear in places where none exist, and a handsome man dressed in breeches and boots beckons her to another time. Daniel doesn't know what to make of the beautiful woman wearing strange clothes who appears on the hillside beside him. 1715 England is a dangerous place, with the Jacobites threatening the reign of the newly crowned George I. Is she involved in the upcoming confrontation between the supporters of George I and those of James Stuart, whom some consider the rightful king? THE ROSE GARDEN is a masterwork of suspenseful romance. With vivid descriptions of the unchanging Atlantic and its salt spray, the green of the hilly Cornwall estate's rose gardens, and faithful renditions of the tensions and way of life of two very different eras, Ms. Kearsley melds past and present into a coherent whole that firmly anchors the reader into each time period. We live Eva's confusion, disbelief and terror as she fades in and out of a past where danger lurks at every turn. Both Eva and Daniel are people of their eras, but unique enough to accept something as outlandish as time travel, and to love a person of extraordinary background. Daniel is as forceful as any eighteenth century man, but he also possesses the sensitivity a modern woman appreciates. And while Eva has plenty of twenty-first century backbone, she is smart enough to adapt to the harsh conditions in 1715 without betraying herself. The romance is breath-taking, as Eva and Daniel, stronger together than singly, seek to triumph over villains and situations that would have destroyed lesser souls. And Ms. Kearsley leaves us gasping at the end with a corker of a surprise. Read THE ROSE GARDEN . You'll be happy you did. ARC provided by Sourcebooks
danja More than 1 year ago
Great book with great story line. Stayed up late to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting take on Time Travel; I liked it. Have read both of her books available on Nook. Like others, I enjoy the escape that historical fiction provides and this author doesn't disapoint.
andreaOK More than 1 year ago
I just finished The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley and loved it! She is an incredible writer and reminds me of Diana Gabaldon. If you love historical fiction, especially stories based in Scotland, then you need to read it. I was excited to see she has another book coming out later this year, and although The Rose Garden is available for pre-order, there isn't a Nook version available. Why??? It is so frustrating to find a great author, and then realize that you can't order the ebook. Please make this book available for those of us who love our ereaders!!
HWadelle More than 1 year ago
If you are a time travel enthusiast and you loved THE WINTER SEA you will be excited about THE ROSE GARDEN. Eva loses her sister and grieves as she returns to Cornwall in order to fulfill her sister’s wishes to have her ashes scattered where precious childhood memories reside. Things are pretty much as she remembered except…..Eva and Daniel, a developing, tasteful romance is sweet in the middle of a mystery that will keep you turning pages eagerly right through to the shocking page. I recommend without hesitation.
Nova Levy More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read all year. It is beautifully written. I am in love with Daniel. I never re-read any book because there are too many new books waiting to be read, but I am making an exception with this book. I finished at midnight and am starting it again today. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading THE ROSE GARDEN and thoroughly enjoyed it. There is romance, history and time travel. I especially enjoyed the interactions of Eva, Claire and Oliver near the end of the book. I will be looking for more novels by Susanna Kearsley in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved The Winter Sea so was happy to see this available as a Nook book. The Rose Garden is a well-crafted story and a great read. After I finished, I missed the characters I had gotten to know them so well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very enjoyable. The beginning was a bit slow for me but I'm so glad I stuck with it. I adore Daniel and really wanted more at the end. I've also read Winter Sea and look forward to Marianna by the same auhor coming to Nook in the spring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. You can tell she does her research and her characters are so likeable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As soon as I started reading, I was hooked, I didn't stop until I had finished. I absolutely love the detail that goes into her books and I cannot wait to see what she has for us next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the contrast of a woman's life in modern times and old-we take so much for granted these days. I also liked that the story didn' t follow the tired old storyline of "he loves me, he loves me not". These two were in love and they knew it. The ending was a little confusing. I would like to read a follow up book about her life after this book ends and what the village was like in the old days...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept thinking about Eva, and Daniel, and Claire and the others in this great novel, until I couldn't wait any longer...then I sat up late and read through to the end. I was intrigued, and then rewarded. Read this, read this...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! Author has a gift for bringing the story to life! I love all her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not get past half way through the book. I just wasn't interested any more. Nothing much happens. It just got boring after about a third of the book had been read. The writing style is good, but that's about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I cared deeply for the characters and couldn't wait to discover how their story would end.
AlisonSano More than 1 year ago
I did not want this story to end!!! It is beautifully written and developed and kept me reading well into the night. When I had to set it down, due to my "real" life, I kept thinking about the characters and when I would be able to get back to read more. This book had me laughing, crying, and loving every minute of it! This is an exceptional book that is beautifully textured with vivid imagery and genuine emotion. I will definitely be reading more from this author and recommending it to all of my friends. Thank you, Susanna Kearsley, for transporting me to another world!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Susanna Kearsley - I first discovered her nearly 15 years ago when I picked up a copy of 'The Shadowy Horses' while stranded in an airport. Mrs. Kearsley has such a gift for weaving past and present into a beautiful story filled with characters that you fall in love with. 'The Rose Garden' combines romance and time travel in a story that is hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What to say? This is the first book I have read by this author but I don't think it will be the last. The storyline was engaging and the weaving of past, present and future was very well done. The characters were so well crafted that I wish there were more to the story... If you enjoy romance and time travel read this book!
GerreK More than 1 year ago
I am just getting into this story but it has all the elements that keep me reading and caring about the book and its characters. It is a book to savor and I am sure that it will continue to delight me all the way. This is my introduction to this author and I am not stopping at this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story takes a few chapters to get into, but once I did couldn't put it down. I'm in love with Daniel too !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, wonderful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow to start but turned out to be a good read