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Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
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Feb 24, 2012

really liked it
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Read from February 24 to 25, 2012

Mariana was a very compelling novel that had both a modern day and historical aspect. The main character, Julia Beckett, was very sympathetic and likeable. The supporting cast of characters from both time periods added merit to the story. The book had some unexpected twists, and kept me interested throughout.

Julia Beckett feels drawn to a house she passes by in a small English village when she is only five years old. She recognizes it again some years later, and is still entranced. Just as she is about to turn thirty, she comes upon it again, and takes the opportunity to buy the house when she finds that it is available. Almost as soon as she moves in, Julia starts to have episodes that her brother helps her determine are actually memories from a previous life. During these times, Julia feels that she is actually living in the 16th century. As Julia settles into her new home and village, she makes friends and meets the owner of the local manor. She is drawn more and more to the events that happened in the past, and begins to visit that time period often. She must make peace with the past and be willing to leave her time there behind in order to have happiness in her current life.

I liked the characters and the storyline in Mariana. It kept me guessing as to what would happen next, and there were some turns that surprised me. I found Mariana to have a similiar feel to the other books I've read by Susanna Kearsley, and I enjoyed the time I spent reading the book. I recieved this book as an ARC through Netgalley.
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