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Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Rose Garden by Susana Kearsley Review/Giveaway

rose garden kearsley Title: The Rose Garden
Author: Susana Kearsley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 978-1-4022-5858-9
Release Date: October 2011
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 448
How I Read It: Trade Paperback Arc from Publisher
Rating: 5 Crowns A ROYAL READ


When Eva Ward Returns to the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking the happiness of her childhood summers, she hears mysterious voices that sweep her into the intrigue and danger of the eighteenth century.

Award-winning author Susana Kearsley sweeps her modern heroine into a fascinating era of the past, intertwining a compelling love story with a spellbinding tale of a dethroned king awaiting his moment of glory.
(from the back of the arc)


First thoughts after reading the blurb: Cornish coast! Time-travel!! Compelling love story!!! Dethroned king awaiting his moment of glory!!!! Susana Kearsley!!!!! The perfect elements for an intriguing story.

My Thoughts:

I had read/loved/devoured her novel The Winter Sea, so when Sourcebooks offered The Rose Garden for review, I jumped at the chance.

At first, I was a bit worried that I would constantly be comparing The Rose Garden to The Winter Sea, although once I started reading The Rose Garden I fell instantly in love with it.

The characters, both the ones in the past and the ones in the present, were able to pull me into the novel and I loved that they had the ability to do that. I also enjoyed the fact that the secondary characters were as well rounded as the main characters. And the way that Susana Kearsley paints the settings were so vivid they come alive.

The mystical aspect of this novel is well done and rather believable and I hate to label this as a paranormal novel because it is so much more than that. The Rose Garden is part historical, part romance, part historical, and sheer brilliance.


The Tamar

“Crossing the Tamar for some reason made me feel different inside.
It was only a river, yet each time I crossed it I felt I had stepped through some mystical veil that divided the world that I only existed in, from the one where I was meant to be living in. It was as my mother always used to say, a kind of homecoming that only those with Cornish blood could feel, and since my blood was Cornish on both sides for several generations backs, I felt it strongly.”
-page 5 of the arc
( printed version may be different

I have to say that this novel will forever hold a permanent spot both in my heart and on my shelf.

I have 1 copy of The Rose Garden to giveaway.
Giveaway open to all.
To enter leave your name & a valid email address.
Contest ends. November 19

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Christina T said...

I loved The Winter Sea too and I can't wait to read this. All of her books seem to have a time slip/time travel element to them. I think fans of Outlander would enjoy her books. Thanks for your review. I love that quote!

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Margaret said...

I would love to read this! I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed for this one thank you!


Na said...

The Rose Garden is on my wishlst so thank you very much for the giveaway. I have heard a lot of great things about this book and The Winter Sea and they sound like the kind of stories I would love.


Elysium said...

I would love to read this! I've wanted to try her books for long time.


Colleen Turner said...

I haven't had the chance to read anything by Susana Kearsley yet but I have a few different books of hers on my wishlist and have heard just wonderful things about her books. Thanks for the giveaway!


Carol N Wong said...

This book sounds so enchanting with the Cornish coast and the story. I would love to win it.

Thank you for this giveaway.


Marjorie said...

A really great storyline and I would love to read this book.

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Mystica said...

I'd love to win this (along with everyone else of course). Such a gorgeous book and the cover looks good as well!

Thank you for making it open to all. Much appreciated.


Margay said...

I've never read any of Susana's books before, but after reading the description for this one, I'd sure like to!


Melissa said...

This has all the elememts of a wonderful story!! Please enter me!

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Rachel said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


Jasmyn said...

Crossing all my fingers. This one sounds great.


Maureen said...

I really enjoyed The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden looks like another good story.
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Shannon said...

Thank you for including me. =)
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