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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  27,991 ratings  ·  3,031 reviews
When Eva's film star sister Katrina dies, she leaves California and returns to Cornwall, where they spent their childhood summers, to scatter Katrina's ashes and in doing so return her to the place where she belongs. But Eva must also confront the ghosts from her own past, as well as those from a time long before her own. For the house where she so often stayed as a child ...more
Paperback, 476 pages
Published May 11th 2011 by Allison & Busby (first published January 1st 2011)
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Re-read January, 2014 with Jeannette and Diane Lynn:

Actually a better read the second time around, (view spoiler) Great story; warm and wonderful characters. I cried again this time around, which is always a bonus feature :D

Original Review:

How does she do it?

No, seriously, how does Susanna Kearsley manage to engage me, move me to tears and surp
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle

I find it difficult to rate this novel. On one hand, I was sufficiently engaged by the narrative and the characters to read it in two or three sittings. On the other hand, it requires a massive suspension of disbelief, which at times I found difficult to sustain.

The heroine is Eva Ward, who after the death of her much loved sister, travels from the United States to Cornwall to scatter her sister's ashes near Trelowarth House, where she and her sister spent their childhood summers. Family friend
4.5 stars

'Whatever time we have,' he said, 'it will be time enough.'

When Eva Ward's sister dies she returns to Cornwall to scatter her ashes, to the place where they had spent their happy childhood summers, Trelowarth House. The gardens at Trelowarth have for generations grown roses and been tended by generations of Halletts, with Eva's friends Mark and his sister Susan Hallett now in charge of the house and gardens.

It is on her first morning there that Eva begins to experience a series of stran
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To me, a good time travel yarn must possess a certain amount of plausibility. I found this vital element seriously lacking in "The Rose Garden." Daniel and Fergal should have been shocked by a woman from the future suddenly appearing out of thin air; e.g., they should have been questioning her about her strange appearance, what time period she came from, what it was like in the future; etc., etc. Instead, they're pretty much blasé about this mysterious phantom woman. Fergal is a little taken aba ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
A Good Yarn
The tale is a good yarn, primarily along the romantic side with touches of historical data incorporated throughout. The author provides a substantial amount of detail about the main characters which makes them all the more realistic. Although I found it a bit slow at the beginning, I soon began to enjoy the colourful characters and found it flowed along nicely. If you have never read a S. Kearsley’s book then I highly recommend “Mariana” as a first pick which was superb.
I find it interesting that Susanna Kearsley's books are compared to works by Daphne du Maurier, Mary Stewart, and Diana Gabaldon, some of my favorite authors. Kearsley certainly has du Maurier's talent for sense of place and Stewart's mix of romance and suspense, however I'm not so sold on the Gabaldon comparison though both do deal with time-travel. Gabladon's books are dense and history-heavy (something I happen to love) and while this may be historical fiction it's of a much lighter variety. ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
3.5 stars out of 5

I keep seeing it everywhere...

"If you enjoyed Outlander, you'll love The Rose Garden", me, me!!!

I loved Outlander and the entire Outlander series. So, that means I'll love this book right?

Wrong. I didn't LOVE it. I liked it. It was good but not outstanding (the way Outlander was). It was interesting but not interesting enough to warrant the comparison to Outlander.

Hold up, don't get me wrong here.

This book was good. I thought the beginning was excellent. I thought the
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I really like Susanna Kearsley's writing. I loved the descriptions of Cornwall, England in the beginning of this book. I could envision it so clearly in my mind.

The story started off quite nicely for me but I found it to be rather slow in the middle. Not much happened and I found it sort of wandered to nowhere for a bit. The ending picked up and the twist was a nice one!
A delightful blend of romance, time travel and historical fiction that actually reminded me a bit of one of my favorite books Outlander. A quick and easy read that brought the handsome Daniel Butler and charming Fergal of the late 1700's to life to join Eva in a mysterious adventure. Loved it! ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sara by: Carolee
The moment I realized this novel was set in Cornwall, I was halfway to loving it already. Then it had that du Maurier flavor, the atmosphere of Jamaica Inn and the mystery element, the historical setting and charming gentleman that put me in mind of Winston Graham’s Poldark, with the addition of a well-conceived and executed time-travel angle. What’s not to like? My only regret is that I let it languish on my bookshelf for over a year.

There was something about this remote western corner of Brita
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rose Garden, by Susanna Kearsley is historical fiction. It is time travel. It is romance. It has a twist I did not see coming.

Eva Ward's beloved sister has died and she returns to their summer home in England to distribute Katrina's ashes. Strange things start to happen while she is staying at Trelowarth, resting and attempting to recover from her grief. She is transported back to the early 1700's to the Trelowarth of that time. She meets the Butlers and their best friend Fergal. She has no
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I love re-reading (or listening) to old favorites. The only words I can think of for this story, or more importantly the love story are sweet and soft. If I should ever find myself transported back in time I would so love to find me a Daniel Butler.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: time travel fiction lovers
Recommended to Parvathy by: Lekshmi Priya
Where to begin? If you have read a Susanna Kersley's book before you would know that she writes her stories in dual time. You have the present where the story begins and the past where the actual story takes place and she will find one way or the other to get you there. In Winter Sea she brought us to the past by introducing a character who had the memories of one of her ancestors, in Marianna it was reincarnation and in the Rose Garden there is actual time travel to the past. Now why exactly on ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"When I meet a wind I cannot fight , I can do naught but set my sails to let it take me where it will."

I enjoyed this one. It was not my favorite of her books that I've read, but I loved it just the same. There was a bit of time travel in this one. A great escape book. I think I would have liked a little more character development, but I suppose it would have made the story too long. Having been to Cornwall recently, I really enjoyed the setting, it brought back so many lovely memori
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
DNF @ 23%.
Started out promising but then it turned into a boring version of Outlander.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-5-star
Eva Ward returns to the Cornish coast to scatter her sister's ashes. Trelowarth House, in the village of Polgelly, Cornwall, is a place filled with summer, childhood memories with the Hallett children Mark and Susan. Agreeing to do the public relations for the Hallett's roses and the future teahouse, she is wrapped up in the work, until one day she fades through centuries to appear in the early eighteenth century. She meets Daniel Butler, a free-trader who supports the Jacobite cause. She fades ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kate Morton
Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows
Fair is the lily of the valley
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne
But my love is fairer than any.
Come over the hills, my bonnie Irish lass
Come over the hills to your darling
You choose the rose, love, and I'll make the vow
And I'll be your true love forever.

'Twas down by Killarney's green woods that we strayed
When the moon and the stars they were shining
The moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair
And she swore she'd be my love forever.

Katrina Passick Lumsden
In all honesty, I didn't think I was going to like this book at first. It started promising, but then just kept dragging on and on and ooonnnn with flowery descriptions and melancholy reminiscences until I wanted to scream, "Get on with it!"

But then, right around chapter 8, things finally started getting interesting. Once I'd made it to chapter 10 or so, I couldn't put it down. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I love time travel stories and this one hits the mark pretty well. My favorite c
I didn’t have to read much of this to realise that Susanna Kearsley’s work is going to be the perfect replacement for the comfort reading I got all the way through in the last two or three years (Mary Stewart’s romance/adventures). It has the same sense of place, the beautiful descriptions of landscape, and the same sort of heroine: female, curious, about to be swept up in bigger events than she’d ever have expected. And better: this is explicitly fantastical, where most of Mary Stewart’s books ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: time-slip
Recently divorced and at loose ends in life, Eva Ward accepts the task of scattering her dead sister’s ashes at their childhood home in Cornwall. Eva settles in for a long stay at Trelowarth house, but in true Kearsley fashion things start going bump in the night – and Eva is walking a path in the present one moment and the is next she’s stepped into the past – 1715 to be exact. She’s soon involved up to her neck with brothers Daniel and Jack Butler, Both smugglers like any good Cornishman, but ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
A comfortable, easy to read book containing romance, time travel, history and a lot of detail about the Cornish coast. I love Cornwall and, like the main character in the book, I used to holiday there. It is a delightful place but to my shame I never felt any magic when I crossed the Tamar. Perhaps that's just me. Anyway this was a pleasant enough story to while away a few hours. It was odd that Daniel was so totally unfazed when a strange woman kept popping up in his house and then disappearing ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Too busy with RL for a proper review but I loved this one. Maybe not quite as much as some of SK’s others but it was still captivating and well written. Looking forward to reading more of hers.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would really have loved to give this 3.5 stars.

After reading The Winter Sea, I knew I had to read more by that author, so I picked this book up.

I wanted to love it as much as I did The Winter Sea but sadly I didn't. It was still enjoyable and very well written, it just didn't have the enchantment that The Winter Sea did.

Kearsley is a fantastic writer. She brings you into these worlds and makes you feel them. She can bring out so many emotions in just one boo
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romance,historical fiction,fantasy? All genres fit this story. A young woman grieving the death of her sister finds comfort in the rambling old house on the Cornish coast, full of happy memories of summers past.
All is not as it seems though, as Eva finds herself hopscotching between the present and the distant past of the 1700s. In the present,she is helping her childhood friends hang on to the family estate fallen on hard times. In the past she is introduced to the early residents, Daniel and
Four stars because for whatever reason, this was exactly the book I needed to read right now. Like, I wasn't really into the romance at all, but the writing worked for me, and I just enjoyed myself.

That twist! Brilliant! And so cleverly done. I didn't see it coming at all, but the foundation for it had been subtly built throughout the book without my noticing at all. It all just fit so seamlessly into the story. You know when some detail of a book so obviously sets up some plot point later in the book? This was the opposite!

I could have wished for the ending to be a bit more flushed out (I love a good reunion scene), but other than that, this was well written, intriguing, character-driven,
Clare Cannon
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adults, young-adult

The Rose Garden is a sweet historical romance that's not especially deep but is warm, light and generally happy. It is set in the cosy atmosphere of Cornwall in southern England, complete with its peculiar Brontean landscape and its changing weather, friendly people who are so easy to like, ancient customs and traditions and the long history that has matured the whole package like good wine.

Time travel takes us right back into history and is necessary for the development of the story, though
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
These books are such cosy reads, perfect for what I wanted over the weekend. Something to curl up with and shut out the world. I had to laugh about the author's comment at the back of the book. Maybe not quite as explicitly said as I read it but the Cornwall of stories to the Cornwall of reality is always quite different.
I've given this a C for narration and a C+ for content at Audiogals.

Eva Ward, a Brit who now resides in Los Angeles, has recently lost her sister, Katrina, a well-known actress. At the request of her sister’s husband, Eva returns to England to scatter Katrina’s ashes at a location that was dear to her. They spent their summers as children near an idyllic Cornish coastal town called Polgelly; and remembering how happy they were back then, Eva heads to Trelowath House, to stay with their old child
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. This is the 4th book by this author that I've read. I like her writing. Some of it is so beautifully done. The imagery is sharp and vivid for the most part. She does get kind of carried away with her descriptions once in awhile. Some of it makes no sense to me. But the detail in her characters and their emotion is well done. And she lends great detail in creating a wonderful and warm sense of place. Another thing I enjoy about her stories are the endings. She doesn't disappoi ...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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