“Very compelling and believable story of past lives...definitely a page turner!”magia76 wrote this review Tuesday, November 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed the book, but I hate when you think it's the one guy that she's meant to be with and then the book switches who it is in the end. I felt kind of cheated.”Thompsonian wrote this review Monday, November 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love this book, and how it transports you to another place and time. I'm particularly fond of period writing where the settings are England, Scotland, Ireland and you really get a feel for the countryside and the mannerisms and biases there were back then. It was a very difficult time for women and children, no doubt. Note that there is one very disturbing scene in the book involving a baby and while it is a horrible scene I think it depicts the reality of the anger and hatred that existed during that time in history. The writing itself is poetic and beautiful. The flashbacks from the past are flawlessly blended with the present time. There is sadness and happiness. This book has it all.
"Time enough for the present, once the past is settled. But you mustn't lose touch with the present, Julia. 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."
~ Mrs. Hutherson”
“Kearsley's writing is beautifully descriptive and she is becoming a favotie author. This book had four of my favorite things, England, time travel, mystery and romance. The ending blew me away.”Linda wrote this review Tuesday, October 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Susanna Kearsley is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite authors. She just has such a way of drawing me into the story and creating characters that become part of my soul. Seamlessly transporting the reader between the past and present. Having personally had flashes of things I cannot explain, could totally immerse myself into "Mariana". Once again, like "The Winter Sea", I find myself craving more and not wanting the story to end. Feeling a bit of empty loneliness upon reaching the final page.
Initially the transitions into the past confused me and I found myself stumbling a bit. But, I was in fact much like the main character, Julia, shocked and confused by the occurrences that were taking over her mind, body, heart and soul. As time goes on, I, like Julia, found it much easier to maneuver the flashes of the past. I imagine all part of Kearsley's pulling the reader into the story and characters.
A definite 5 stars.. or 5 big hearts. One I will definitely own in all its forms. Wish that is were available on Audible.com :(
I will most assuredly be dropping them HELPFUL HINTS :)”
“Probably the best of Susanna Kearsley’s novels. I could hardly put it down. Love, love, loved it!!”Stacy M wrote this review Tuesday, October 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“kindle - This was a wonderful read, a bit of romance and mystery, as Julia Beckett, slip back and forth from present day into a previous life. Through reincarnation, Julia /Mariana's world is a fascinating story to follow. Great characters, and great plot.”alison d wrote this review Monday, October 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love!!!!”jennifer wrote this review Thursday, September 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This moved very slowly in the beginning and didn't really grab me until 2/3 through. Add to that the fact that it was slightly predictable and all I can really say is that Kearsley's novel was great for killing time-- but nothing memorable or moving.”ZChick wrote this review Tuesday, September 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am a fan of Susanna Kearsley's novels - the time travel/shift modern and historical romance. I loved The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden. I liked Mariana.
I figured out where this one was going early on and I was frustrated that for almost the entirety of the story, the characters danced around what was actually happening. It's hard to explain without completely spoiling the plot and mystery.
I did enjoy the characters, including the houses. Yes, the locations are characters in this story. I want to visit them.
Do I recommend it? For fans of Kearsley's other novels, a guarded yes. Some may like it better than I did. For those who haven't read Kearsley yet - this may be the better one to start with since it is the weaker of her books. That may sound crazy, but then if you like it you'll love, love, love the other two.”