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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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.
(view spoiler)[I thought several times that Iain might be Richard, and I kept hoping so because I liked him more than I liked Geoff. To find out it was Iain after all was so unbelievably fulfilling. (hide spoiler)]
Honestly, this book has left me somewhat speechless. I do w ...more
"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.
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)[(OMG, I still cannot believe what he did to poor baby John), (hide spoiler)] and meets the love of her life, the rich and handsome Richard De Mornay; and as she...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
Mariana drew me in from the first page. It was a captivating tale of a young woman, Julia Beckett/Marianna, who slipped back and forth through time: the 1990s and the mid-1600s.
Julia befriended several townspeople after purchasing her home. Her brother, a vicar, was her familial support. She found herself enmeshed in uncovering who and why drew her to the past.
Ms. Kearsley linked several characters, their shared memories and Julia/M ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
... 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 ...more
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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 ...more