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Three Weeks in Paris
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The Duke's perfect wife
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Lady Isabella's scandalous marriage
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Rose Garden



The Rose Garden
by Susanna Kearsley


Per Shelfari
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 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.


     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 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.


My Thoughts :)
Wow... Having a love/like relationship with this book . I would probably give it a 5 because I enjoyed the writing, the subject matter and am a big Kearsley fan . I am just not sure how I "feel " about it and having a hard time putting this one into words without giving away spoilers.. Kearsley did a nice job with the time travel and keeping the times/places equally weighted and interesting. Didn't find it to be a carbon copy or repeat of other stories. I am an "Outlander" fan and am not interested in nor believe there can be another like that series. This book has found a comfy place unto its self. 
I was drawn to the characters and enjoyed that their individual circles overlapped and each came full circle. Felt a happy completion with its ending yet there was a sense of sadness. You will just have to read this one .....
This was not my favorite Kearsley book ( though that may change as I digest and take it in ) but certainly a "to read" and recommended to all.  

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