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 ...more
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SUSANNA KEARSLEY delivers a well-written and intriguing historical romance novel that was easy to follow along with all the characters and the time travel aspects of this book which I found flowed very smoothly throughout this story. I was extremely intrigued with the premise of this book.
THE ENDING was sur ...more
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 the redemptive power of reincarnation, lost love, found love, going backward to ...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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
This book has bits of everything I enjoy...an old English country house (with a history all of it's own,) a story in the past and present (time travel), and some romance.
A definite 5 star plus!
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.
(view spoiler)[I thought several times that Iain might be Richard, and I kept hoping so because I liked him more than I liked Geoff. To find out it was Iain after all was so unbelievably fulfilling. (hide spoiler)]
Honestly, this book has left me somewhat speechless. I do w ...more
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)[(OMG, I still cannot believe what he did to poor baby John), (hide spoiler)] and meets the love of her life, the rich and handsome Richard De Mornay; and as she...more
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 ...more
This one was my fourth Kearsley this year and again, holy shit. That ending just hit me...hard. The book had been a four up until the very end. It was just perfect.
To express my feelings I need to give away basically the entire book so DO NOT click the below spoilers button unless you want to have the ...more
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 P ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
With the support of one of her warm and friendly new neighbors, Mrs. Hutchinson, she gradually regresses to her life as Mariana. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
... aaand the past might just bore you to tears.
The past plotline felt really flat. Maybe it's because Mariana is not the most exciting of heroines. She's a bit like wallpaper that one. Her and Richard had one tragic but dull romance.
I liked the present storyline a bit better. Julia (or reincarnated Mariana) was less wallpapery, too. That said, I would've liked "the present" more without the half-heart ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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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