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Preview — Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
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
Buddy read with GR friends Jeannette and Leslie
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 ...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 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
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
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 ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Even though I enjoyed Mariana all the way through, I spent most of the book feeling disappointed and unconvinced by one of the two main love stories. I should have had more faith in Susanna Kearsley as an author, though, because the ending - OH MY GOD, the ending! - changed my mind completely. I actually re-read the last scene several times, all in a row after finishing the book and then one more time the next morning just to savor the perfection of it. So smart, so romantic, so right. ...more
Even though the format of Kearsley's books remain similar to each other with the time-slip discovery narrative, the situations that are e ...more
Susanna Kearsley it seems, never ceases to blend together all the perfect delicious components to a great read. I love her tendency to interweave a contemporary and a historical plot ...more
I cheated and about a 3rd of the way through the book I read the last few pages. I'm glad I did because then I really paid attention to what Julia did and said and with whom. Also a secondary couple that was a surprise at my sneak peek wasn't so much when I read the little tid bits of dialogue throughout the book. I wouldn't recommend this in most books but I think it helped me enjoy the book mo ...more
I really enjoyed this novel, loved the ending (which I had begun to suspect), and loved the setting and characters. I always think an author has succeeded when at the end of the book you wish you could travel over and visit the characters.
I can't wait to check out another one of hers. Thanks to Hannah for the recommendation.
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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