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Mariana: An Enchanting, Ethereal Tale That Bends Time and Place

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,746 Ratings  ·  1,754 Reviews
From the winner of the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize, this mesmerizing, suspenseful, and richly atmospheric tale of time travel draws us into the heart of a heroine we won't soon forget...

The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew that it was her house. And now that she’s at last become its owner, she suspects that she was drawn there fo
Paperback, 364 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1994)
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11/07/12 Re-read
Buddy read with GR friends Jeannette and Leslie

Original Review
If I could write, I would have written this book....

There are some books that come through your reading world that touch you in ways you can't really explain. They're not always classics, or particularly well known, but for some reason you're so caught up in them that after you're through reading the final page, you close the book and think to yourself, "now that's a keeper".

Such was the case of Mariana, a book about t
Apr 12, 2012 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avoid
Lots of spoilers in this rant! This book was a total wallbanger! I hate "Dead baby" as plot point! And the endng was jaw droppingly bad. What the hell, really???? After spending all this time with her chasing around and being chased around by the man she THINKS as Richard, she goes off with Ian the Beta Male? And Geoff who has been courting her for the whole while is just left dangling??????? THere was no hint AT ALL that Ian was Richard in the book! And Richard came back as a sheep herder and g ...more

The inspiration behind Greyweathers in Avebury, Wiltshire

Ohhh, you guys. I really don't know what I'm going to do when I run out of Susanna Kearsley's books to read. After finishing The Rose Garden a few days ago, I told myself to wait at least a few weeks to read this one - you know, to stretch it out, so I wouldn't go through withdrawal or anything. I picked up The Forgotten Garden as I'd heard Kate Morton's stuff was similar, but even after 100 pages, it failed to grab me because all I wanted
Mishelle LaBrash
A Definate 5 stars...with 5 more....

I love Susanna Kearsley, her writing is intense, smart and almost poetic in style. The way she is able to weave the past within the present is nothing short of brilliant. Her characters are wholy loveable while remaining genuine with flaws.

This is the second book of Kearlsey's I have read, and loved it just as much (if not more) than the first.. So much so that I made quick work of ordering every book of hers in print to grace my ever growing libraries 'for k
Nov 05, 2009 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Hannah
Shelves: 2009
"Mariana" is definitely not the type of book that I would normally read. Set in an English village, this is basically a romance story about two lovers who were separated by circumstances 300 yers ago and their love is so strong that they are reincarnated now to finally be together.

I personally prefer my books a little edgier: the mystery more mysterious, the romance more passionate. Therefore it is no surprise that I found "Mariana" a little old-fashioned in tone. You won't find anything offens
Mariana is a new take on an old story. Strike that it is the same old take on a same old story. I admit I have a weakness for reincartion stories, even if they don't necessarily go under that pretense and Mariana had everything I was looking for. It is a pity that I would have enjoyed it more if I have not recently finished reading "The Winter Sea" by the same author which I found more enjoyable. The treatment is the same, with the main character having flashes of another life and the striking s ...more
Eh. Just didn't work for me at all. Both heroines were so flat, I really didn't like either of them. Neither inspired an epic love for the ages, that's for sure. Mariana was a weirdly passive Mary Sue, and Julia was just lifeless. There was also a bit of misdirection that was just bizarre. (view spoiler) ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I really wish this one wasn't over.

I don't even know what to write about it except it was marvelous. The twist at the end was phenomenal. It had been nagging me that perhaps Julia had it all wrong, and I ended up being right.

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Honestly, this book has left me somewhat speechless. I do w
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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This was very, very good. I was surprised by the level of my reaction to this: I was invested near immediately never wanted to put it down and was sad to finish reading the last page. I don't read a lot of "time slip" historical fiction (read: any before this), but if they're like Mariana that rule might need to change. ASAP. First up on that list: every other such book by this author. I was very impressed with both parts of the narrative and the stre
Dec 26, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love a good historical romance novel, and, in Mariana, adding time travel with reincarnation added a nice twist to the usual fare.

When Julia becomes Mariana (in her former life) and after her journey back in time to 17th century England, she is forced to lodge with her Uncle Jabez, the horrible evil monster from hell, (view spoiler) and meets the love of her life, the rich and handsome Richard De Mornay; and as she

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Rio (Lynne)
As a history nerd, I have always wanted to go back and see history first hand. On my visit to London I would stand in certain castles, areas, etc and just wish I could go back in time. Well, in Mariana, Julia gets to do just that. She is drawn to a 16th century farmhouse, which she buys.
She starts having images and strange connections with the people of the town. Then suddenly she finds herself reliving her prior life in the 17th century. History fans will enjoy her experience. Her uncle is a Pu
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
One of the BEST romance books I have read in a long time! :D
Judi/Judith Riddle
In a small village outside of London, Julia Beckett buys Greywethers, a 300 year old farm house that she has been in love with since she was five years old. The house isn't perfect but she feels like she has come home. Mysteriously, Julia feels a connection to the house which guides her to relive her previous life as Mariana, who lived 300 years before at Greywethers.

With the support of one of her warm and friendly new neighbors, Mrs. Hutchinson, she gradually regresses to her life as Mariana.
May 07, 2013 Filipa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Para quem ainda não conhece Susanna Kearsley e gosta de histórias que encantam e nos fazem sonhar, acreditar e ter esperança, assim que puderem, peguem num livro dela e folheiem-no. Abram-no. Leiam a primeira página e deixem-se levar. . .

Este foi mais um livro que me deu um prazer enorme ler.
Uma história que começa com uma atracção de Julia em criança por uma casa que vê através da janela do carro num passeio com os pais. . . e mais tarde, em adulta, volta a encontrá-la. . .
Esta casa contém uma
Jul 26, 2015 Allie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, a beautiful read. One of my absolute favourites.

When Julia Beckett first sees Greywethers house as a young child she knows there is something very special about it but it's not until she's an adult and a successful illustrator of children's books that she gets the opportunity to buy it. As she settles into her new home, Julia meets her new neighbours, including Iain Sumner, Geoffrey de Mornay, the owner of nearby Crofton Hall and Freda Hutherson.

Soon Julia's life becomes myste
Feb 03, 2013 Jessica rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that deserves an animated-gif-laden review, though I can't be bothered to build one. The characters were under developed, the romance barely there, and nonsensical besides, and the twist ending existed merely to enable the book to be categorized as 'twisty'.

The 'witch', the brother, and the bartending friend existed only as a way to provide a match for the earlier incarnations of characters, though their soul pairings seemed incidental and emotionally unfulfilling. (vi
This is the first book by Susanna Kearsley that I have read and I have to say that I really enjoyed it.
The story is a potent mix of history, romance and past-life regression set across two different time-periods, 20th century England and 17th century England. Modern woman Julia Beckett finds herself drawn to an old house in the English countryside, so much so that she immediately buys it when she hears that it is for sale. Once moved in, she finds herself able to travel back in time to the year
Apr 04, 2013 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
O último terço do livro foi simplesmente arrebatador. Todos os detalhes encaixaram, tudo passou a fazer sentido. Já antes estava desconfiada que alguma coisa não batia bem, mas não consegui antecipar o que era. O resultado foi que fui totalmente pega de surpresa com as revelações finais. Tem menos romance que O Segredo de Sophia, mas para a autora conseguir proteger os seus segredos neste livro tinha que ser assim. Esta autora é magistral! Escreve com uma delicadeza, sensibilidade e vivacidade t ...more
Aug 05, 2010 Arlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of time-travel, quaint cottages and exquisite writing
Recommended to Arlene by: Hannahr
Mariana has made me an instant fan of Susanna Kearsley and after finishing her novel, I'll be sure to look for more works by this author. This was such a beautifully written novel and at times it felt reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's writing as Kearsley does a masterful job of depicting her setting to such vivid detail that not only does it leave nothing to the imagination, but you actually feel like you've been catapulted into the storyline and are walking alongside the characters experiencin ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susanna Kearsley nasceu numa família de leitores, o que lhe transmitiu o gosto pela leitura e mais tarde pela escrita. Nas suas obras é comum encontrarmos temas como o passado e o efeito que o mesmo tem no presente, tendo herdado do pai o gosto pela Genealogia. Desde muito cedo que começou a escrever, inicialmente somente alguns capítulos, passando na adolescência a escrever histórias mais completas. Quando a sua irmã a desafiou a deixar de escrever somente capítulos e dedicar-se a escrever uma ...more
May 01, 2015 Kati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first read by Susanna Kearsley really blew me away! I can't even begin to put it into words, only to say that it's left me unable to stop thinking about the story.
Too lazy to copy my whole review here,so if you want to read my review in its entirety go to my blog @ Dee’s Reads

While it took me a little over a month to finish this book, it was more my short attention span and getting detailed by other review books that accounts for it. The story itself was really something. I enjoyed the characters so much!

Although The Winter Sea remains my favorite Susanna Kearsley book, I'm so happy to have read another one of her lovely books. I am now confident I l
As usual, I wandered into this Kindle book from Netgalley with little knowledge of what to expect; I knew there was a sort of time travel involved, and that GR friends enjoyed it, and I was optimistic. That's odd – I didn't make a single note or post a single real update as I read this? I think I was too busy devouring it.

I was delighted. The language, the tone, the pacing – all reminded me of one of the fine gothics, Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels – or of Hitchcock in a non-murderous mood. R
Holly Weiss
Jun 16, 2012 Holly Weiss rated it really liked it
In typical and endearing Kearsley style, Mariana combines time travel, romance and history. The setting is Greywethers, a 16th century English house. Book illustrator Julia Beckett purchases the Exbury farmhouse with an inheritance. She remembers seeing it as a five-year-old and it has been “her house” ever since. She enjoys her new life with friends Vivien, Iain and handsome manor owner Geoff de Mornay. Scenes in the Red Lion Pub come alive. After slipping back into the 17th century, Julia beco ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Cata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-ring, 2013
Mariana foi a minha estreia com a escrita de Susanna Kreasley e tive oportunidade de o ler porque a Vanessa Montês o pôs a circular no BlogRing [obrigada!]

A reencarnação é um tema que me fascina e este livro aborda isso mesmo. Contudo, confesso que me custou um pouco entrar na história, porque não se trata apenas da reencarnação: a autora incorporou uma componente que é uma espécie de viagem ao passado em que Julia se torna Mariana [a sua vida anterior]. Estas transições Julia-Mariana aconteciam
Oct 08, 2012 Patti rated it it was ok
After thoroughly enjoying Susanna Kearsley’s “The Rose Garden”, “Marianna” seemed like another romantic time travel adventure I would like. (After all, it has my basic delight requirements: England, cottages, intrigue, a bit of mystery and romance…)

Sadly, it did not come even close in comparison for me. It was just ok. I never developed feelings for any of the characters and the time transitions were sometimes a bit weird. I agree with some other reviews that the modern romance was so superficia
Diane Lynn
Apr 15, 2015 Diane Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, time-slip, house
Really 4.5 stars.

I just love Susanna Kearsley's writing. The romance in the past always seems to grab me more than the present day one. This was my 4th book by SK and second favorite, Winter Sea being my favorite. I was very happy that the time slip aspect worked in the context of the story. While I wasn't surprised in the least by the twist at the end, I did enjoy seeing it play out.
This surprised me with the bittersweetness of the ending. I guess I was expecting a happier one after The Winter Sea managed to work it all out. Still, it’s satisfying that this dodged my expectations, and in more way than one — it deceived me all the way through about the identity of a particular character, and yet when it became clear, it was suddenly obvious as anything. And I do care enough about the other characters to be a little sad about the way it works out; not everyone is going to be ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Jamiegirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! It was not a terribly fast-paced book but it was a lovely story and what an ending!!! You'll be richer for reading it!
Susanna Kearsley is becoming my go-to for light Gothic dual-time historical fiction / romance. I don't read this type of book often, but when I need something a little different from my usual fare, I find that Kearsley's books hit the spot. There's just the right mix of history, romance, mysterious ghostliness, and an ephemeral sense of times past and present.

Even though the format of Kearsley's books remain similar to each other with the time-slip discovery narrative, the situations that are e
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Aka Emma Cole.

Susanna Kearsley studied politics and international development at university, and has worked as a museum curator.

Her first novel Mariana won the prestigious Catherine Cookson Literary Prize and launched her writing career. Susanna continued her mix of the historical and paranormal in novels The Splendour Falls, Named of the Dragon, Shadowy Horses and Season of Storms.

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“The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change, and we must move ever forward or the soul will wither and die.” 177 likes
“These are your beautiful days, Julia Beckett," he promised softly.” 16 likes
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