by Susanna Kearsley
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read The Winter Sea first (now rereleased as Sophia's Secret). Loved it so much I purchased Mariana simply because the author stated in her dedication that she hoped her father loved The Winter Sea as much as Mariana. Beautifully written, well-researched historical fiction/time travel romance. Kearnsley's character development and attention to detail fully immerse the reader in her story. She has a way of describing a first touch, a first kiss that can bring you right back in time yourself, goosebumps and all. That being said, without spoiling the suspense, Mariana is partially a story about the supernatural, and her time travelling was a little harder for me to accept than it was in The Winter Sea. But I stayed up late into the night to finish it, and it was well worth my time and my money spent. Now a fan, I am purchasing The Rose Garden next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is fantastic, I've read it once and now I'm reading it again. Somehow it seems to be even better this time. brilliant
mrsinserra More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful no bodice ripping romance novel, with a supernatural twist. The story begins when the main character, Julia, is a child. Her family is driving on a family vacation when their car breaks down randomly. When Julia looks over, she notices they are in front of this gorgeous house, she instantly falls in love with it. A number of years later, she comes upon the house again when her car breaks down, then when she is an adult, she is driving and she stops to avoid an animal and her car won’t start, she looks over and there is the house, her house. She goes over to investigate the house and finds out that it is for sale. She buys it and there begins her journey of discovery and romance. Julia begins to have flashbacks where she actually goes back in time. She learns about who she was in a past life and this leads her back to her true love, reborn again in this lifetime. I do not want to give away the story at all. It was super good and a quick read. This book does not have any descriptive sex scenes, just one flashback where she is in bed with her lover after they have had sex. I would highly recommend this book to romance lovers and paranormal romance lovers alike. It was a great lighthearted book that kept me on the edge of my seat; I didn’t want to put it down. Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com
atlantabooklover More than 1 year ago
I've ready all of Ms. Kearlsey's books and loved them all. If reincanation and past lives appeals to you, Susanna Kearlsey is your girl. Her novels are historically interesting and, when reading her books, the reader is transported to another time and another life. You can smell the fragrances and feel the ambiance. I look forward to her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Susanna Kearsley's The Winter Sea at B&N Nookbooks under $5. I loved it and have been eagerly awaiting more of her books to come to Nook. This is the third one, so others must feel the same. Mariana was wonderful - it is my favorite so far. After the end, I had to go back and re-read parts of it, for me it was that good. I like the time-slip historical romance genre and Susanna Kearsley is my favorite author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The end was beautiful, unpredictable, and haunting. It was better than i hoped for, and what i hoped would happen. I desperately want a book written from the point of view of julia's soulmate.
maclean92 More than 1 year ago
Although, each time I finish one of her books I say that, but in all honesty, this one is my favorite so far. I loved the love story of Mariana and Richard and routed for Julia to find it herself the whole way through. I felt for the characters in this book and was very sad to see it all end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked within the first chapter and enjoyed it even when I was positive I knew where it all was headed....and then had a greater surprise ending. Can't wait to read more of her works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought the book awhile ago and only finally got around to reading it - and I couldn't put it down! Very well written, interesting romance with twists and turns and intelligent characters. There are a few points where you have to suspend disbelief, but not enough to make you stop enjoying the book. Well worth the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book I've read by Kearnsley, having read the Winter Sea and The Rose Garden. I think this was my favorite. Never really thought I'd like 'time travel' novels, but there's something so appealing to the romantic in me about love that crosses time. She has an easy writing style with great attention to details that enable you to feel you're there with her characters. I'll save this to read again; the best recommendation I can give a book.
auntnisey79 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Maybe it's because I felt a kinship with Julia and the sense she had of being pulled to a certain place and a certain life in the country - it's fascinating to me to think about why we might be drawn one way or another, and this book provides a theory that is just plain interesting to read. All of the characters were three-dimensional and lively. It was hard to leave them at the end, both those in the past and the present. The ending was delightful, and I immediately went back to certain parts of the story to see what clues I might have overlooked. A fantastic find. I have also read the author's other novels, "A Winter Sea" as well as " The Rose Garden." The love story here was the most believable to me of the three, as I related to Julia the most clearly of the three heroines. I am eagerly awaiting the author's next work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was filled with great characters & ideology. I love her books...I'm sad to see this one end. I didn't expect the final scene, but maybe I should have. Can't wait to read it again!
RunningShoeGirl More than 1 year ago
I love Susanna Kearsley.  This book is about the way lives become intertwined and the supernatural side of it that Kearsley does SO well.  Once I finished the book, I went and read it again to appreciate nuances that I missed the first time around.  The ending was a surprise and after re-reading it, I saw the clues I overlooked the first time. As is usually the case, Mariana is an immersive experience only Kearsley can create.
LavaGoddess More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based on my enjoyment of The Winter Sea. It is what I would call a historical romance novel. I would have preferred a bit more romance and the fantastical elements were a little implausible. (Don't get me wrong, those are usually my favorite bits but, in this story, you really have to drop your sense of disbelief and just go with the author.) It works out in the long run though and it is a lovely story. In fact, I bought 3 other books by Kearsley because I enjoy her writing so much. Of the ones I have read so far, this is probably my least favorite but that is just because I enjoy the continued story of Winter Sea better. (Winter Sea and Firebird are a continuation of one story. And I think, Stormy Horses - I haven't read that one yet - is a branch off of Firebird).
JKW24 More than 1 year ago
The story takes us back into past lives. As she writes in the book, ‘. . .believe in the eternal life of the human soul. . .where that soul goes after death only the dead can answer that.‘  The story tells the age old story of what could happen had we once lived in the past.  Part ghost and part long lost love in the 1600s that tries to come to fruition in the future.  Ms. Kearsley’s sense of history is precise and exciting.  She has a way with words that envelopes you into the story and urges page turning and sleepless nights. The brother and sister family connection is so wonderfully portrayed throughout the story. The ending has a twist and turn that strikes the heart.  Why didn’t I see that coming. . .now I have to reread the whole book again. . . with much pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book. Mariana is an interesting, all consuming book, I just couldn't put down. And when I finished, I literally reread it just to be sure I got things right, and see what I missed I read the comparisons to author Diana Gabaldon and that's what got my attention, and convinced me to read while waiting for her next book. Yes they write from the same time period, and there is a current day story going on, and they are both wonderful story tellers with well written books!!!! There are many similarities. And I do wish for the story to keep going, to learn the 'whats next??' in these characters lives. But there lies the big difference. This is no Jamie & Claire want-to-be story. This is a unique and different kind of story! Told in it's own very clear voice. I especially loved the ending, I think the last 100 pages I was guessing at the wrap up and still had to recheck previous conversations to be sure what was said. Well worth the time to read, and can't wait to read another from this very talented writer. G
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Very well written. Am going back to read it through again to catch everything I overlooked the first time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love historical romance, this is a great way to get started. Susanna Kearsley is an amazing author. Her novels have romance, mystery and 'time travel.' If you love, 'Mariana', you will also LOVE 'Winter Sea', and 'Rose Garden,' not to mention others that I've not had the wonderful opportunity yet to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can never put down Susanna's books once I start. Great story and surprising twist at the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't get enough of Susana Kearsely apparently. She hasn't disappointed me yet!
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love all her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked in the first 10 pages. I couldn't put it down! Well written, great characters. Unlike others I found the transitions from present to past to present easy to follow.
Oliviafar More than 1 year ago
This book started out a little slow, but then got pretty exciting. There are quite a few twists in this story that I didn't see coming. This is the second book I read from this author and I'm excited to read another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was going to be a story about going back in time. It is .... sort of. It is actually more about reincarnation. The story is a little difficult to follow at first because the character goes in and out of her time without warning. Towards the end it gets better because you know it's a reincarnation story. Not a bad read if you don't have anything else to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago