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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 Legend…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 Robert…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 and proud Grandma!!!
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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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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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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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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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!



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
Karen
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 STARS

"Remember that hawk, Mariana Farr," he told me gently, "and seek me not with your eyes, but with your soul. The soul sees what truly matters."

Bloody brilliant. I have now read several books by Susanna Kearsley and I'm always blown away by her writing. Every single time. And this book is no exception. Flawlessly written. I'm not going to be able to get this one out of my head for a while. I can definitely see myself reading this one again and again. Pure romantic genius.

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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
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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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
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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.
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
One of the BEST romance books I have read in a long time! :D
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 th
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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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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
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...
Laura
This was a bit of a miss for me. I really enjoyed the beginning, but when the current time story faded and the historical one took center-stage, it became less interesting and harder to read. Also, the love story in the past didn't appeal nearly as much. Then there was a twist at the end which also didn't appeal.

So although I enjoyed the audio performance very much and the present-day characters, and I love her writing which is v easy to fall into, this one wasn't up to snuff or what I've come
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Piper
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
“These are your beautiful days, Julia Beckett.”
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4.5 stars for this fabulous tale. Susanna Kearsley never fails to draw me into her stories, and honestly, I often wish I could stay there. Her characters are so well developed that I feel as though I know them personally; like I am part of their world. I deducted a half star only because I felt as though the story wasn’t quite finished. I wanted clarity on an unsettled matter and I also wanted an epilogue. I believe there are several more books
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K.M. Weiland
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As with all of Kearsley’s stories, this was a dependable, earnest, and leisurely read. I wouldn’t have said it was her best—until I reached the end. Dang. Just... dang. I will say no more, but she did an amazing job of pulling off something most authors have no business even attempting.
Kate Forsyth
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Julia Beckett was a little girl, she pointed at an old house in an English village and said, with great conviction, ‘that’s my house.’ Twenty-five years later, she buys the house and moves to live there. Almost immediately, she finds herself slipping back in time and into the life of Mariana, a young woman in the Restoration era. The slippages are involuntary, astoundingly vivid, and dangerous. Julia is not aware of what her body is doing in her own time, and her life as Mariana becomes inc ...more
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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Christine Spoors
I just love Susanna Kearsley's writing, every single book I have read so far I have instantly adored! I realised that last August was when I read The Firebird and Named of the Dragon, it seems that Kearsley's books are the answer when I find myself completely sick of summer and longing to be cosy!

This book follows Julia, a woman who is drawn to a specific cottage in a small English village her whole life. After moving to the village she starts encountering the life of a woman named Mariana who l
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Donna
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Susanna Kearsley's writing. Her style, detail and creative stories are always fantastic reads.

I liked this one right from the beginning and it easily pulled me along through the entire story. I was pleased with the ending, however (view spoiler)
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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
G.
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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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.

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