Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley Review



The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
paperback, 448 pages
Published by Sourcebook Landmarks
Published on October 4, 2011
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis: 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 is home not only to her old friends the Halletts, but also to the people who had lived there in the eighteenth century. When Eva finally accepts that she is able to slip between centuries and see and talk to the inhabitants from hundreds of years ago, she soon finds herself falling for Daniel Butler, a man who lived - and died - long before she herself was born. Eva begins to question her place in the present, and in laying her sister to rest, comes to realise that she too must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards.

This book is a must read for everyone who loves a good romance novel. It has all the pros of romance novel without the the awkwardly detailed sex scenes that Nora Roberts is famous for. The story is about Eva Ellen Ward, who has just lost her best friend and sister and travels back to Trelowarth her childhood summer vacation home to release her sisters ashes to the winds. During her stay, Eva's life is flipped around as she travels back to the early 1700s and meets the dashing Daniel Butler. He is so charming, several times I had to stop reading the book just to swoon like a school girl.

Strengths/Likes:
1) The book is very well written. The diction is neither too high nor too low. I think that any lover of romance would be attracted to this story.

2) Daniel Butler and Fergal's relationship can be described as what many of us call a bromance. I find them both very charming and lovable, I could read about these two forever.

Weaknesses/Dislikes:
1) Too many characters. Although I generally liked all of the characters, I found that they were underdeveloped and the author was forced to tell more information instead of showing it in a scene.

2) I wanted more scenes with Eva and Daniel. For me, their relationship developed quickly and I wasn't  sure what exactly made them fall in love with one another.

I would say that this is one the best romance novels that I've ever read and I would definitely look for more books from Susanna Kearsley in the future.

Favorite Quotes/Moments:

1) "Whatever time we have," he said, "it will be time enough."

2) "Knowing that the battle will not end the way he wishes does not make it any less worthwhile the fight."

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

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