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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
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Bantam Books (Mm) (first published 1994)
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Stephanie I love all the time travel books by Jude Deveraux. The Summer House books are so good, they were my first. I loved A Night in Shining Armor and…moreI love all the time travel books by Jude Deveraux. The Summer House books are so good, they were my first. I loved A Night in Shining Armor and Legend. Remembrance (my least favorite) is still very good. I am a book snob and I considered these my guilty little secret but I honestly LOVED them. I am sad that there are not more of these.
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Connie Have you tried Jodi Taylor, time travel, LOL humor, romance and a little history tossed in? It is not as heavy as Gabaldon or romance like Nora…moreHave you tried Jodi Taylor, time travel, LOL humor, romance and a little history tossed in? It is not as heavy as Gabaldon or romance like Nora Roberts or Sandra Brown, but is a fun read.(less)
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Hannah
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 the redemptive power of reincarnation, lost love, found love, going backward to
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Norma * Traveling Sister
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! MARIANA by SUSANNA KEARSLEY was an absolutely beautiful and enchanting tale that swept me away into a fascinating journey of past and present through time travel and reincarnation.

SUSANNA KEARSLEY delivers a well-written and intriguing historical romance novel that was easy to follow along with all the characters and the time travel aspects of this book which I found flowed very smoothly throughout this story.  I was extremely intrigued with the premise of this book.

THE ENDING was sur
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Frances
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
An astounding tale that is so well written you become completely lost in the story. As it is one of my favourite books I gave it as a gift recently. I was surprised but pleased at how much my friend enjoyed it by informing me that she read it in one sitting and has since read it an additional two more times. This book is definitely a keeper and is highly recommended. Well done Ms. Kearsley.

Mary

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
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Mishelle LaBrash
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
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Tatiana
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  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
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Tina
This was so beautifully written!! I think I may have found another favourite author. I read this book on the recommendation of a friend. I'm so glad I did! Thank-you Frances :)

This book has bits of everything I enjoy...an old English country house (with a history all of it's own,) a story in the past and present (time travel), and some romance.

A definite 5 star plus!



Jennifer
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
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
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Parvathy
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
Carol
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Didi
5++++ STARS!

Absolutely fantastic book, I loved it! An amazing mix of fantasy, past lives, magic, romance and suspense, this was an engrossing read I couldn't put down unless I had to.
I adored Julia, adored Freda, Viviene, Iain....I loved others too, but saying names would spoil things. I wish we had more of an ending, that's my only complaint. Just read it, it's so good, so, so good. definitely a favorites category, loved it.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review And More Like It On My Blog!

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
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Emmy
Apparently this is the year of Susanna Kearsley. I've had her books on my TBR pile for years and I finally picked up The Rose Garden as one of my first books of the year. And holy shit – amazing!

This one was my fourth Kearsley this year and again, holy shit. That ending just hit me...hard. The book had been a four up until the very end. It was just perfect.

To express my feelings I need to give away basically the entire book so DO NOT click the below spoilers button unless you want to have the
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Penny
DNF
I got bored.
Jessica
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
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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 P
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
One of the BEST romance books I have read in a long time! :D
Giedre
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you don't go looking for the lessons of the past, then the past will come looking for you.

... aaand the past might just bore you to tears.

The past plotline felt really flat. Maybe it's because Mariana is not the most exciting of heroines. She's a bit like wallpaper that one. Her and Richard had one tragic but dull romance.

I liked the present storyline a bit better. Julia (or reincarnated Mariana) was less wallpapery, too. That said, I would've liked "the present" more without the half-heart
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Filipa
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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JudiAnne
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a small village outside of London, Julia Beckett buys Greywethers, a 300 year old farm house that she has been in love with since she was five years old. The house isn't perfect but she feels like she has come home. Mysteriously, Julia feels a connection to the house which guides her to relive her previous life as Mariana, who lived 300 years before at Greywethers.

With the support of one of her warm and friendly new neighbors, Mrs. Hutchinson, she gradually regresses to her life as Mariana.
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Allie
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, a beautiful read. One of my absolute favourites.

When Julia Beckett first sees Greywethers house as a young child she knows there is something very special about it but it's not until she's an adult and a successful illustrator of children's books that she gets the opportunity to buy it. As she settles into her new home, Julia meets her new neighbours, including Iain Sumner, Geoffrey de Mornay, the owner of nearby Crofton Hall and Freda Hutherson.

Soon Julia's life becomes myste
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Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I loved reading this sweeping, romantic, enthralling, atmospheric love story that intertwines the present day with the 17th century. It reminded me of Kate Morton, sort of modern gothic, but much heavier on the romance. It was exactly the kind of book I was in the mood for! I loved the characters, I loved the historical setting and its modern day counterpart, I even loved the love story - it made my heart beat a little faster and gave me butterflies in my stomach (which is generally how I judge ...more
Lisa
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
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Arlene
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Allison
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
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Carla
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Ana
Uma história muito interessante que versa sobre aspetos relacionados com a reencarnação das almas.

Um livro muito bem construído e surpreendente que nos deixa a desejar por mais.
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I didn't expect to enjoy this, but this was a surprising read. 1 star off for the ending, what the heck...
Rita
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is a former museum curator who loves restoring the lost voices of real people to the page, interweaving romance and historical intrigue with modern adventure.

Her books, published in translation in more than 20 countries, have won the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, a RITA Award, and Nat
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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.” 195 likes
“These are your beautiful days, Julia Beckett," he promised softly.” 16 likes
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