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When Eva's film star sister Katrina dies, she leaves California and returns to Cornwall, where they spent their childhood summers, to scatter Katrina's ashes and in doing so return her to the place where she belongs. But Eva must also confront the ghosts from her own past, as well as those from a time long before her own. For the house where she so often stayed as a child ...more
Paperback, 476 pages
Published May 11th 2011 by Allison & Busby (first published January 1st 2011)
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Re-read January, 2014 with Jeannette and Diane Lynn:

Actually a better read the second time around, (view spoiler) Great story; warm and wonderful characters. I cried again this time around, which is always a bonus feature :D

Original Review:

How does she do it?

No, seriously, how does Susanna Kearsley manage to engage me, move me to tears and surp

I find it difficult to rate this novel. On one hand, I was sufficiently engaged by the narrative and the characters to read it in two or three sittings. On the other hand, it requires a massive suspension of disbelief, which at times I found difficult to sustain.

The heroine is Eva Ward, who after the death of her much loved sister, travels from the United States to Cornwall to scatter her sister's ashes near Trelowarth House, where she and her sister spent their childhood summers. Family friend
4.5 stars

'Whatever time we have,' he said, 'it will be time enough.'

When Eva Ward's sister dies she returns to Cornwall to scatter her ashes, to the place where they had spent their happy childhood summers, Trelowarth House. The gardens at Trelowarth have for generations grown roses and been tended by generations of Halletts, with Eva's friends Mark and his sister Susan Hallett now in charge of the house and gardens.

It is on her first morning there that Eva begins to experience a series of stran
To me, a good time-travel yarn must display a certain amount of plausibility. I found this vital element lacking in "The Rose Garden." Daniel and Fergal should have been shocked by a woman from the future suddenly appearing out of thin air. They should have been questioning her about her strange appearance, what time period she came from; what it is like in the future. Instead, they're pretty much blasé about this mysterious phantom woman. Fergal is a little taken-aback at first but any misgivin ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
3.5 stars out of 5

I keep seeing it everywhere...

"If you enjoyed Outlander, you'll love The Rose Garden", me, me!!!

I loved Outlander and the entire Outlander series. So, that means I'll love this book right?

Wrong. I didn't LOVE it. I liked it. It was good but not outstanding (the way Outlander was). It was interesting but not interesting enough to warrant the comparison to Outlander.

Hold up, don't get me wrong here.

This book was good. I thought the beginning was excellent. I thought the
I find it interesting that Susanna Kearsley's books are compared to works by Daphne du Maurier, Mary Stewart, and Diana Gabaldon, some of my favorite authors. Kearsley certainly has du Maurier's talent for sense of place and Stewart's mix of romance and suspense, however I'm not so sold on the Gabaldon comparison though both do deal with time-travel. Gabladon's books are dense and history-heavy (something I happen to love) and while this may be historical fiction it's of a much lighter variety. ...more
I didn’t have to read much of this to realise that Susanna Kearsley’s work is going to be the perfect replacement for the comfort reading I got all the way through in the last two or three years (Mary Stewart’s romance/adventures). It has the same sense of place, the beautiful descriptions of landscape, and the same sort of heroine: female, curious, about to be swept up in bigger events than she’d ever have expected. And better: this is explicitly fantastical, where most of Mary Stewart’s books ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Parvathy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: time travel fiction lovers
Recommended to Parvathy by: Lekshmi Priya
Where to begin? If you have read a Susanna Kersley's book before you would know that she writes her stories in dual time. You have the present where the story begins and the past where the actual story takes place and she will find one way or the other to get you there. In Winter Sea she brought us to the past by introducing a character who had the memories of one of her ancestors, in Marianna it was reincarnation and in the Rose Garden there is actual time travel to the past. Now why exactly on ...more
A delightful blend of romance, time travel and historical fiction that actually reminded me a bit of one of my favorite books Outlander. A quick and easy read that brought the handsome Daniel Butler and charming Fergal of the late 1700's to life to join Eva in a mysterious adventure. Loved it!
Recently divorced and at loose ends in life, Eva Ward accepts the task of scattering her dead sister’s ashes at their childhood home in Cornwall. Eva settles in for a long stay at Trelowarth house, but in true Kearsley fashion things start going bump in the night – and Eva is walking a path in the present one moment and the is next she’s stepped into the past – 1715 to be exact. She’s soon involved up to her neck with brothers Daniel and Jack Butler, Both smugglers like any good Cornishman, but ...more
Susanna Kearsley's books are meant to be savored. The story can't be rushed, and you are fully rewarded at the end. The Rose Garden is a beautifully written story, and I felt like I was in the book with the characters, the descriptions are so vivid that they stand out in front of you. The romance between the main characters is one that every girl wishes for, it makes the heart beat just a bit faster as you yourself are falling in love with the story.
Do not hesitate, get up and go get this book N
SOS Aloha
This is my first book from Susanna Kearsley and realized that I am, once again, behind the power curve. Kearsley is an award winning author and THE ROSE GARDEN will contribute more accolades to her resume.

I requested to review THE ROSE GARDEN based on its setting in Cornwall. I grew up visiting my English Granny in Devon and enjoyed the opportunity to explore Cornwall. Kearsley chose well as Cornwall is the perfect setting for a time travel. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Eva and her sister,
I would really have loved to give this 3.5 stars.

After reading The Winter Sea, I knew I had to read more by that author, so I picked this book up.

I wanted to love it as much as I did The Winter Sea but sadly I didn't. It was still enjoyable and very well written, it just didn't have the enchantment that The Winter Sea did.

Kearsley is a fantastic writer. She brings you into these worlds and makes you feel them. She can bring out so many emotions in just one boo
A comfortable, easy to read book containing romance, time travel, history and a lot of detail about the Cornish coast. I love Cornwall and, like the main character in the book, I used to holiday there. It is a delightful place but to my shame I never felt any magic when I crossed the Tamar. Perhaps that's just me. Anyway this was a pleasant enough story to while away a few hours. It was odd that Daniel was so totally unfazed when a strange woman kept popping up in his house and then disappearing ...more
Clare Cannon

The Rose Garden is a sweet historical romance that's not especially deep but is warm, light and generally happy. It is set in the cosy atmosphere of Cornwall in southern England, complete with its peculiar Brontean landscape and its changing weather, friendly people who are so easy to like, ancient customs and traditions and the long history that has matured the whole package like good wine.

Time travel takes us right back into history and is necessary for the development of the story, though it
Not as rich as The Winter Sea - with a few very similar characters (oh, hello handsome overly confident man who rents cottages!) but all in all still a sweetly magical story. I like the way she integrates her history lessons, and I love her ode to her childhood Cornwall, enough to overlook some plot annoyances. (view spoiler) ...more
I tend to stay away from time travel stories ever since I read The Time Traveler's Wife. Don't know why, but that book rather ruined the whole phenomena for me.

Thankfully, this book has rekindled my fire!

The Rose Garden is part romance, part time travel mystery, part historical adventures and part pure whimsical magic. And somehow Kearsley managed to wrap them all together into a really well written piece of art!

Eva's sister has just died, and in order to 'bring her where she belongs' she ret
I thought this book was beautifully written. I know others have criticized the book, saying that it's not believable. To this I say, reading any fiction book or watching any movie that isn't a documentary requires suspension of belief. If you can't suspend your belief then you should stick to reading & watching non-fiction. On that note, let me get on with this review.

Several things I liked about this book. Eva is a normal woman who finds herself in extraordinary circumstances. Somehow she
Katrina Passick Lumsden
In all honesty, I didn't think I was going to like this book at first. It started promising, but then just kept dragging on and on and ooonnnn with flowery descriptions and melancholy reminiscences until I wanted to scream, "Get on with it!"

But then, right around chapter 8, things finally started getting interesting. Once I'd made it to chapter 10 or so, I couldn't put it down. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I love time travel stories and this one hits the mark pretty well. My favorite c
I discovered Susanna Kearsley’s stunning work this year through her ‘Winter Sea’ novel and fell in love with her prose, impeccable story weaving and evocatively unique plots so much so, that I back ordered as many of her books as I could find! And, I continue to devour them happily and greedily.
So I was thrilled to discover her newest release, ‘The Rose Garden’ this month! Her books almost defy categorization because they are haunting time travels woven between historical and contemporary time p
Let the new faces play what tricks they will
In the old rooms; night can outbalance day,
Our shadows rove the garden gravel still,
The living seem more shadowy than they.

William Butler Yeats, The New Faces

Page 41:
‘Ever try to hold a butterfly? It can’t be done. You damage them,’ he said. ‘As gentle as you try to be, you take the powder from their wings and they won’t ever fly the same. It’s kinder just to let them go.’

In order to avoid repeating what has been said before by other reviewers, I woul
4 stars

This is the second Susanna Kearsley book I’ve read and she’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Her writing style is simply beautiful and has a definite talent for writing fascinating stories. I’m not usually a fan of wordy books but she does such an amazing job of describing the simplest of things you can’t help but love it.

One of my favorites:

“And at the window of the room the cold November rains slid down the glass and cast their shifting shadows in a room that could no longer hold t
First Sentence: I lost my only sister in the last days of November.

After the death of her sister, Eva travels from Los Angeles to Cornwall, where they spent summers as children, to scatter her sister’s ashes and find a bit of peace among old friends. She doesn’t expect to, without any warning, find herself transported back to the 18th century, become involved with Jacobite supporters, smugglers and a man to whom she is very attracted. But traveling back-and-forth through time isn’t easy—how does
I found this book disappointing especially after reading The Winter Sea. Even though I liked some of the characters, Claire especially, and even though S. K's has some beautifully written lyrical passages, I never really became fully engaged in the story. I thought the time travel aspect was not at all believable. There has to be some plausibility in this type of story in order to suspend belief, and it never happened for me. Also it became really confusing at the end, there were too many people ...more
Diane Lynn
Buddy read with Jeannette and Hannah

Eva Ward has returned to Trelowarth House to scatter her older sister Katrina’s ashes. Trelowarth being the family’s summer home in Cornwall back when they were children. Eva is alone now, both parents killed in an accident, only sister Katrina recently passed away, and no long term or serious relationships for Eva. Kind of a lost soul, not sure what she will do next. She is truly without roots. Eva fits right back in with her friends at Trelowarth, like she h
Beautifully written! I fell in love with Susanna Kearsley's writing when I read Winter Sea. She has a magical way of mixing present with the past. The imagery is so clear it transports you with the characters into another realm. I am not an expert on King James or the Jacobites, but it is obvious that Kearsley has done exceptional research on the era. Her combination of fiction sprinkled with true historical events makes her books so special. But that is not why I love her books. It's the romanc ...more
This isn't my favourite of Kearsley's books...that's still a toss-up between The Shadowy Horses and Mariana...but she has yet to write something that I don't like. If I had to make a comparison, The Rose Garden is a little like a cross between the Outlander series and The Time Traveler's Wife, but told with Kearsley's gentle voice. Her style hearkens back to classic writers like Mary Stewart and Daphne DuMaurier with her own flair for character and setting. Kearsley's books always have an elemen ...more
I liked this book, but it was a bit boring at times. but then I have to remember to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Her books have a flow to them that just soothe you after awhile.
I did like the ending, and was pleasantly surprised
Emily Ragsdale
Still wonderful. I love the way Susanna Kearsley has with words - she's often compared to Mary Stewart, and does have a similar way of knowing just how to capture a sense of place and make you feel that you're right there. But she has a gift all her own for making the most improbable stories feel plausible. This is a time travel story but it never feels hokey or even particularly science fiction-y. I was never bored by the historical details, which, to my shame, I have to admit I sometimes skip ...more
Jenny Q
3.5 Stars. Well, this one is not going to be my favorite Kearsley novel, for several reasons: It started very slowly and the romance took too long to get going, the extreme overuse of the word "did" throughout the historical dialogue put me off (and none of her other novels have been written like that), and I'm still left quite confused by the surprise twisty time-travel explanation.

Not to say this isn't a worthwhile read, because it is. Eva is a good character, and though I don't feel like I go
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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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“Ever try to hold a butterfly? It can't be done. You damage them," he said. 'As gentle as you try to be, you take the powder from their wings and they won't ever fly the same. It's kinder to let them go.” 27 likes
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