Loved this series! I think this was supposed to be the end, but just found out there are 2 more books!
What I Loved About These Books: Multiple conflictLoved this series! I think this was supposed to be the end, but just found out there are 2 more books!
What I Loved About These Books: Multiple conflicts! There isn't just 1 main conflict that the whole book revolves around and then everything wraps up when the conflict is over. There are at least 2 major conflicts in every book, plus multiple little conflicts that are happening alongside and in-between the major ones.
Adventure! Lots of action and adventure. It reminds me of old west historical books where people who really lived through the time say the books did a good job of portraying real life, except that real life was more bloody. It's a wonder anyone lived to 40 in medieval Italy! The action scenes were well-written and kept me in the moment of heart-pumping adrenaline.
Historical Detail! Loved how I got to know the history and period through the book.
Family! Gabi's sister and eventually parents are a part of the story and I loved how they were her allies, not her enemies. Yet she was still given the freedom to do what she did.
Strong Characters! Technically and Literally. I liked that the women were strong - not just Gabi & Lia with their weapons, but the other women in the book. And all the characters were very well-written. My favorites are obviously the main ones - Marcello, Luca, Fortino, Rodolfo .... even the "bad guys" were very good characters and truly worried me with their intent and actions.
Great Romance! It was a big part of the story and yet there wasn't much of it. No annoying "does he love me or not/do I love him or not" whining throughout the story. No excessive breaks from the forward motion of the story to spend pages and pages kissing. But yet it is a very romantic story and the guys will melt your knees!...more
Hmmm ... Not sure exactly how I felt about this one. The things I liked were also the things that annoyed me. VERY detailed about living in 1745ish FrHmmm ... Not sure exactly how I felt about this one. The things I liked were also the things that annoyed me. VERY detailed about living in 1745ish France and Scotland and the 2nd Jacobite uprising with "Bonnie Prince Charlie". Very interesting and didn't seem to glamourized or modern. But it just took soooooooooooo long for things to happen!! It took over 2 weeks to listen to this book - 33 CDs!! I did think about quitting, but I *was* interested enough to want to know what happens next. And I'm curious about heading into the next book. This book was also much better than the first one in terms of less scenes and less description of sex or violence. There is still some, but mostly it worked for the story, or at least wasn't as long or frequent with no reason - as I felt in the first book....more
Loved it! Dying for book 3, which apparently is not even finished being written yet. BUT the film rights haveSECOND READ: 7/1-7/14
FIRST READ: 8/1-5/13
Loved it! Dying for book 3, which apparently is not even finished being written yet. BUT the film rights have been sold so the first book could be a movie .... Although I'd love to see a BBC miniseries since there is SO much detail in these books that are important to the story. Seriously, how does this lady come up with all these details and twists and turns from past and present and future? Crazy complicated but fun to listen to....more
I really loved this story. First, the narrator was awesome. I'm going to have to check out other books she has narrated.4 stars or 5? I can't decide!
I really loved this story. First, the narrator was awesome. I'm going to have to check out other books she has narrated. A narrator can make or break a book - and a good narrator can definitely tilt my experience more positive or negative than I would have thought if I read it myself. And since Heather was on the 3-star side of this story (but still liking the series and telling me to read it), I'm wondering if the narrator skewed me more positive? Or maybe the things that bugged her just didn't bug me? I don't know. Definitely the book was not perfect, but the imperfections didn't distract me from thoroughly enjoying the story.
Yes, it was a long book (20 CDs), but again, the narrator made it all so enjoyable to listen to that I didn't care if things got too detailed or if the pace of action slowed a bit.
I loved all the characters, especially the personality of the house! How fun that an ordinary piece of background becomes such an integral part of the story. "Are we expecting visitors? The house thinks we are - it added an extra room next to the bathroom."
Can't wait to dig into book 2! I wish there was a date and title for book 3 .... so far the internet says the author is still working on the writing of it. :(
Hmmm .... Sort of a "Time Traveler's Wife" for the YA crowd. Interesting, but I would have liked some other stronger element of conflict other than trHmmm .... Sort of a "Time Traveler's Wife" for the YA crowd. Interesting, but I would have liked some other stronger element of conflict other than trying to save someone(s). But the time period was fun to read about, because Anna is only 1 year younger than me. It would have been so inconceivable to meet someone from 2012 and all the changes that happen from 1995 to then. So funny when Bennett says that he misses his cell phone the most and Anna is like, "You miss your *phone*???"
I do have book 2 queued up on the computer so I am interested enough to keep going....more
I liked this story more the second time around. I couldn't remember hardly a thing from the first time and yet as I listened thSECOND READ: 5/20-23/13
I liked this story more the second time around. I couldn't remember hardly a thing from the first time and yet as I listened this time (the audiobook is awesome! I love Caroline Bonneyman!) I could remember small things from the story that would help me see the whole picture again. This time around, even with the limited memory I had, I could see the subtle hints and details and wanted to scream at Julia to PAY ATTENTION!! and while I would have liked a little more the ending, it wasn't so abrupt and quick as it felt the first time around. BUT I'm totally wondering about poor Jeff in France .... What did he want to tell Julia on the phone?? And what happens to him now? I'm wondering if there is a story for him post-Mariana and that's why he's just left out .... I really liked Jeff a lot. And Ian would be a more attractive if he wasn't smoking all the time!
FIRST READ 2/16/12
Another good story by Susana Kearsley. So far all of her books I've read have had an element of "time travel" to them but all are different. This was an interesting one. As always I loved the atmosphere of the story, the descriptions of everything, and the wonderful cast of characters. My only complaint is the end .... It was too abrupt and I would have liked more hints to the twist at the end. It would have been more interesting to be guessing more at the end and also more satisfying to think back over the story and see how the twist was being set up subtly all along. Maybe it was being set up, but it was too subtle for me to have noticed as I was reading and didn't seem that obvious in hindsight....more
Had a hard time getting into this story. About half-way I was finally more hooked. It's a fun story for Austen fans and I imagine there will be more cHad a hard time getting into this story. About half-way I was finally more hooked. It's a fun story for Austen fans and I imagine there will be more companion stories to come that follow other Austen plot lines .... Although the best (and my favorite) story has already been told so maybe that's why my interest wasn't as peaked with this one?...more
A beautifully written story! So descriptive that I could imagine myself there in Cornwall during both times. Yes, there is a time-travel element to thA beautifully written story! So descriptive that I could imagine myself there in Cornwall during both times. Yes, there is a time-travel element to this story as well but still different from what was done in THE WINTER SEA. I Would have preferred more of the historical time period and wasn't truly engaged in the story until that was brought in. Because of that preference, I felt the pace dragged during the contemporary parts because I was so anxious to get back to the historical part. Not to say that I didn't enjoy he contemporary parts, because I did. There is something about the writing and the way the story is told that compels me to keep reading. When I have to stop, I can't wait to start again even if it's just a few minutes here and there (rather than patiently waiting for a larger chunk of time to read later). My biggest wish for this book (and even the last one I read) is to let the story continue just a bit longer .... Maybe an epilogue? Something to give a bit more closure to the end. After all the time and tension and buildup of the relationship, I want to see that reunion after the major obstacles have been overcome, not just assume it happens in the blank pages after the last word.
Overall, a lovely story. And the audiobook version was fantastic as well....more
SECOND READ: 11/28-29/12 Loved this even more the second time. I think this is a good stand-alone book even thought it is the first of a series. The neSECOND READ: 11/28-29/12 Loved this even more the second time. I think this is a good stand-alone book even thought it is the first of a series. The next book is narrated by a different character ... which could be good and bad. I like the character from this book, but I also loved Emerson & Michael. So ....
FIRST READ : 1/25-26/12 4.5 stars!!
Loved this! So good! Why didn't I read this sooner? I saw it everywhere on Goodreads when it was released but for some reason it just didn't catch my attention to look closer at what it was about. I only picked it up now because my sister talked about it at Christmas and it didn't sound like what I had thought it was about. So good! Can't wait for the sequel in June!...more
How has it been 2 years since I last read this?? Still so good.
I think it's time to start planning a trip to NE Scotland ... oFOURTH READ: 4/11-13/14
How has it been 2 years since I last read this?? Still so good.
I think it's time to start planning a trip to NE Scotland ... only, in the summer, not winter.
THIRD READ: 3/20/12
Love this book still! The audio version is just fantastic with all the accents, Graham & Murray especially. Now I want to go visit Slains castle in Scotland.
SECOND READ: 10/18/11 - 10/21/11
Yup, I re-listened to this audiobook only a month later. I finished listening to THE ROSE GARDEN and was just in the mood for this author. Still loved it the second time around.
FIRST READ: 9/26/11 - 9/29/11
I loved this book more than 4 stars so it gets the bump up to 5.
THE WINTER SEA was a 2-for-1 deal for me - it starts with the contemporary story of an author working on her next book and then starts giving chapters from that book as it is being written. I enjoyed both stories and thought they went together well as the narration switched back and forth between the different story lines. The book being written is an historical fiction and I would have enjoyed it alone and separate from the story of it's being written. Although I loved the contemporary story of the author as well! I especially loved how much I learned about the history that inspired the fictional book and how it felt like a natural part of the story and not a class lecture. Both stories have really great romantic plots as well. And even though I guessed or at least hoped for the endings that happened, I still enjoyed every minute it took to get to the end, even the agonizing ones.
I listened to the audiobook version and it was fantastic! I love a good Scottish brogue and I can never do accents justice in my head. The narrator was fantastic with all the voices, especially Graham & Murray. I am glad to have bought this from Audible.com rather than borrowing from the library because it's the kind of story I'd love to listen to again.
I'm definitely going to have check out other books by this author!...more
SECOND READ: 6/25/11 Re-reading before starting book #3!
FIRST READ: 6/16/10 The first book started out a little slow. This book started out confusing. BSECOND READ: 6/25/11 Re-reading before starting book #3!
FIRST READ: 6/16/10 The first book started out a little slow. This book started out confusing. But it didn't take very long before it ebbed enough to not be totally lost, to remember what I needed to from the last book, and for the action to get going. It's a shorter book than the previous one, but got moving a lot faster. I was afraid the whole book would be figuring out how to get to Dante, but happily that was not the entire story.
I was really intrigued by the idea of "closing the loop" and the there will still choices to be made even if it appeared that the choice already had been made and so there was no choice. I liked that the characters still had choices. They could change things if they wanted or they could choose to make the choice that appeared to have already been made. I know that probably doesn't make any sense if you haven't read the book! ;)
I really like Abby as a character. She is strong and smart, but she isn't perfect, she isn't all-powerful. But there is something special about her that I hope we find out about in the next book. And Dante is awesome!