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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  10,675 ratings  ·  1,320 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, 352 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Bantam Books (Mm) (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
Shell Schroth
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
Apr 12, 2012 Mary rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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
Nov 05, 2009 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
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
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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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
Aug 05, 2010 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Holly Weiss
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

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
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
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
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!
Tracey, librarian on strike
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
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
4.5 stars

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.
If all love was this powerful, then no one would ever fear it.
An absolutely gorgeous read!!
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
Signe Pike
OK, friends. This is the second book I've devoured from Kearsley and I will admit to being completely hooked on her. I'm a sucker for historicals, and I'm currently on deadline for my own work, and yet I stayed up until 1 AM because I simply COULD NOT GO TO SLEEP UNTIL I FINISHED THIS BOOK. (Which I read on Kindle.)

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
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I can't begin to adequately put into words how much I loved this book!Kearsley rivals Gabaldon's skills when it comes to time travel written so eloquently. I started this book early on a Tuesday morning and couldn't stop reading it until I had finished the final sentence later that evening. Every part of me was rebelling against finishing it because frankly, I did not want it to end...EVER! I loved all of the characters in this story and the setting was something that just screamed ENGLAND and h ...more
Carolyn F.
Not sure about the magical categorization, unless you think time travel is magical which I kind of do.

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
Amy S
This book combines historical fiction, sweet non-smutty romance, and Susanna Kearsley's fabulous writing. That is a good combination.

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.
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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.” 148 likes
“These are your beautiful days, Julia Beckett," he promised softly.” 12 likes
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