The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

Book - 2011
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Susanna Kearsley is the Winner of the Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction novel for 2010 (for The Winter Sea).

When Eva's film star sister Catrina dies, she leaves California and returns to Trelowarth, Cornwall, where they spent their childhood summers, to scatter Catrina's ashes and thus return her to the place where she belongs.
But in doing so Eva must confront 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 Hallets, but also to the people who had lived there in the eighteenth century. Eva finds herself able to see and talk to these people, and she falls 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.
Publisher: London : Allison & Busby, 2011.
ISBN: 9780749009519
Branch Call Number: KEARS
Characteristics: 478 p. ; 22 cm.


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CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 21, 2017

Eva takes a bittersweet journey to Trelowarth, in Cornwell, where she and her late sister spend happy summers. Soon she finds herself still in Trelowarth, but in 1715.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 16, 2016

Not up to Kearsley's usual standard, the characters felt a bit wooden this time but I did enjoy the wee twist at the end.

Nov 08, 2016

This is a fantasy book of sorts; time travelling is involved. If you are capable of suspending reality whilst you read you're going to love this book, if your feet are firmly planted on the ground you may struggle somewhat. Suffice to say I fell somewhere in the middle. The time travelling wasn't done well enough to win me over.
Eva has come to Cornwall to scatter the ashes of her sister and to spend time mourning her death. Inexplicably Eva finds herself moving between time, from the current day to 1715, where she meets Daniel Butler and his Irish friend Fergal. They themselves don't seem particularly surprised that a woman in strange clothing who says she from 300 years in the future appears. Instead they put her into a pretty frock and tell her not to talk because her language will give her away as not being from this time. And then life goes on like usual.
Despite missing her sister, Eva finds herself falling in 'insta love' with Daniel and is drawn more and more to him. Despite the fact that as a modern woman she was used to deodorant, equal rights, clean drinking water, not dying of a common cold, pants and jeans, modern health care and tampons she was willing to live in a time where women were little more than objects to be owned by men. Sure. See what I mean - suspend belief.
I found the characters a little uninspired. I certainly wasn't drawn to them. Daniel is a smuggler in a way only a Cornishman could be. Fergal is a mother hen who dotes on Eva. Both being 'men of science' seemed to have a deplorable lack of interest in the future or the very fact Eva was popping in and out of their daily lives.
This is a romance, has time travel and even a touch of political intrigue, but it didn't really hold my interest deeply. There was very little historical information given which would have made the story more interesting.

Mar 26, 2016

I adored this book. The characters are really likable, the time period is interesting, and the Irish guy has a very authentically Irish sense of humor.

Dec 04, 2015

I probably should have skipped this one. I found the internal logic of the time travel unconvincing, and, unlike the heroine, I have no desire to live in an earlier century with poor health care, lack of women's rights, slow travel and communication, and so on. That's just personal taste, though.

Apr 30, 2015

Brilliantly written! A page turner from beginning to end. The author effortlessly weaves the two lifetimes filled with romance, mystery and suspense, it is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens.

Apr 06, 2015

As is the case in so many stories the romance happened pretty immediately without a lot of actual time passage. Unlike many stories there was an illusion created to make it feel like more time passed than actually did. The start was a little slow but once it picked up it was a fast read and quite enjoyable. The characters were brilliant, Fergus instantly had my heart.

Jun 16, 2014

Following the death of her sister, Eva travels from Los Angeles to Cornwall, and to Trelowarth House where she and Katrina spent many fond summers of their youth. During the first few days of her visit Eva has a number of unsettling experiences, including overhearing men's voices speaking in a nearby empty room and footpaths that wink in and out of existence. As the episodes grow more frequent, and she one day abruptly finds herself within Trelowarth in the company of an attractive man in curious clothing who is clearly surprised and suspicious at her sudden presence, Eva begins to realize she is in fact repeatedly journeying to Trelowarth's past, when it was a smuggler's haven.

This was a fun, light, stand-alone novel, perfect for escapist summer reading. I enjoyed the detail about the location, both present and past, and there is always something magical about a time traveler's dawning realization during those first few moments in the past/future as they begin to get their bearings -- this story was no different. My only quibble: Novels involving time travel always demand some suspension of disbelief, but I found some of Eva's interactions with the characters from the past, who both knew about and accepted her origins, somewhat unsatisfying when they rarely expressed any curiosity at all about the two hundred years that would have transpired between their own lives and Eva's birth in the 20th century.

Apr 15, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. Set in contemporary Cornwall, Eva the main character, is grieving for her sister and so returns to the home of their childhood holidays. Eva finds herself travelling backwards and forwards to the days of smugglers in the Cornwall village. Mystery, intrigue and romance make up this enjoyable read.

Dec 07, 2013

I thought about this book so much after I finished it. The ending was one of those ones you read and re-read to get the most of it.

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Dec 04, 2015

We were the only customers for lunch, and it was clear the waitress had a crush on Oliver because she set my soup down with a lack of care that bordered on disdain. Oliver, not noticing, looked puzzled when he saw me trying not to laugh.

Dec 04, 2015

I turned my face into the pillow just in time to catch the first sob rising from this newly hollow place inside me, and the tears came with it, swelling in behind my eyes and spilling over with a force I couldn’t stop or fight.
And through it all, the thing that seemed to me the most unfair was that the birds outside my window went on singing as though it were just like any other morning.

M_ALCOTT Dec 18, 2014

"He looked so at home here, the voyager, eyes to the distant horizon, relaxed at the helm."-Eva

M_ALCOTT Dec 18, 2014

"It's been five years this spring, and sometimes I still feel as though he's very near."-Claire

M_ALCOTT Dec 18, 2014

"I promise you, I will let no one do you harm."-Daniel

M_ALCOTT Dec 18, 2014

"It wasn't just his height or strength of build, it was the whole of him, that certain quiet sense of self-assuredness that told me he would not be on the losing side too often in a fight. Were I a man myself, I wouldn't want to test him."-Eva(describing Daniel)

M_ALCOTT Dec 18, 2014

"There is no map for this, no ordered rules of conduct, so we must invent them as we stumble through, and I would argue that the first rule is honesty."-Daniel

M_ALCOTT Dec 18, 2014

"I've always rather liked the Celtic view of life, that this world and the next one aren't so separate from each other."-Claire

M_ALCOTT Dec 18, 2014

"I would argue 'tis never the place, but the people one shares it with who are the cause of our happiest memories. That is why we find that having lived them once, we never can recapture them."-Daniel


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AnneDromeda Jun 06, 2011

<p>Fans of Ontario author Susanna Kearsley will be pleased to hear she is back; and her new novel, *The Rose Garden*, is built from the same elements that made *Marianna* and *The Winter Sea* impossible to put down. For those unfamiliar with her work, Kearsley's made a name for herself penning tales of romantic suspense featuring appeal factors like time travel, flawlessly researched Celtic culture and landscapes, and warm, likeable characters. She has a knack for building steamy, suspenseful tension into book you can lend your grandmother without blushing, and as far as I'm concerned that is a serious skill. Indeed, most of Kearsley's books could be considered a slightly cleaned-up, faster-paced readalike for Diana Gabaldon's *Outlander* series, and make an excellent next read when you've run out of books featuring the masculinely divine Jamie Fraser. Her latest outing, The Rose Garden, is no exception.</p>

<p>After the death of her film star sister, Hollywood PR agent Eva finds herself making the journey from California to the home of Mark and Susan, close family friends in Cornwall. At a loss for what to do without her sister, she decides to end her Hollywood career and put her skills to work saving Trelowarth - the manor that is home to Mark and Susan - from financial ruin. Throughout the novel, Kearsley sustains an atmosphere of the lush, natural mystery of the Cornish landscape, to the degree that Trelowarth becomes a full presence and character within the story. With the aid of friends from the neighbouring village, Susan plans to open a tea room at Trelowarth, and Eva will build the website and look after drawing in the crowds.</p>

<p>In the meantime, however, Eva begins suffering what appear to be hallucinations. Initially, she blames her sleeping pills and grief for the excursions back in time to when Trelowarth was smuggling hub during the Jacobite Rebellions. But when one hallucination abates, leaving her standing in the 21st century wearing clothes she's been loaned in the 1700s by an intense, handsome (and ostensibly imaginary) smuggler named Daniel, she's forced to re-evaluate.</p>

<p>With help from local folktales, Eva begins to reason out what is happening to her on her journeys back in time. Reason, however, doesn't help her stay detached on these journeys - her undeniable connection with Daniel has drawn her into the intrigue of his
smuggling and activities within the Jacobite uprisings. Worse, local law enforcement have noted Daniel's attachment to Eva, and want to make her a pawn in their plans. Kearsley skillfully builds tension between the two times, and the reader is hard pressed to put down the book before discovering whether Eva can master her time shifting
before someone gets caught or killed. Perfect for the beach or cottage, *The Rose Garden* is an enchanting journey you'll want to share.</p>

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