“Such a fabulous read! I love how the last moment of the story drew everything together.”Melissa Kristine N wrote this review Sunday, September 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love a good time slip book.”Netterloo L wrote this review Saturday, August 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I absolutely love the way Susanna Kearsley writes. Her stories are so descriptively rich that you are transported to another place and time. And I like the story-within-a-story concept. In this case, I really felt the urgency that Julia felt in wanting to find out what had happened to Marianna and Richard and everyone else from that time. I felt her pain in reliving all of those memories from her past life.
I enjoyed the contemporary story, too. I suspected who the reincarnated Richard really was but was anxious to see how she pulled that off. I do feel the novel ended rather abruptly and I wanted a little bit more once all was revealed. I just felt that there were some loose ends that I would have liked to see spelled out a bit more. But, having read a number of Kearsley's other books, this seems to be her style.”
“A small inheritance allows Julia Beckett to purchase the home of her dreams. From the moment she steps foot inside the house, she knows that she is linked to its past. When she begins to experience things as a girl from the 17th century, Julia has to wonder if she's gone mad. But when she discovers that the girl was in fact very real, she realizes something much more strange is occurring.
MARIANA is a satisfying and rich gothically toned read. Originally published in the early 90s, MARIANA is a timeless story of love and past lives. ”
“LOVED THIS BOOK! To go back in time is my dream come true...had a little issue with the ending, not all details were resolved. It isn'tsitting well with me right now!!!”Nicole L wrote this review Tuesday, April 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great escape sort of book- a little historical fiction, a little time travel (although not really in a sci-fi sort of way), some romance, some thoughtfulness about living in the past versus recognizing what's in front of you in the present- what's not to like :). I was sad to finish leaving both present-day Julia and past Mariana behind. I have found myself thinking about the stories of some of my past ancestors as I work on the genealogy of y family, and Mariana made me think about Susanna in my own family. She's not quite as real to me as Mariana was, but I understand that connection to the past and i wonder about it sometimes.
I loved the conclusion, which I'd suspected early in the story, then pushed aside when I thought it wasn't going to go that way. I was happily just a bit surprised in the end.”
“Julia Beckett has been drawn to Greyweathers from childhood. When she moves into the old house, she begins to experience flashbacks from a previous life that she lived in the house. This is well put together, it is well written. I would not say this is my favorite of her books I have read, but I really enjoyed it and it was a quick read.”Marty C wrote this review Friday, March 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“At first I kept comparing this book to The Winter Sea and I didn't like the whole reenactment of the past. The last chapter made me fall in love with this book. My toes were curling!! Again I learned about England 17th century and the civil war between "the Roundheads" and King Charles.”Nicki m wrote this review Monday, January 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5 stars. This book moved slow for me and while I really liked the ending, it was a little too abrupt. I enjoy Kearsley's style of writing which is why I rounded up to four stars but thought the plot was a tad bit sluggish.”Chulabird54 wrote this review Friday, January 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book. Perhaps because I’m a sucker for souls reunited, the paranormal (ghosts, in this case), and the history an old house can hold.
It is beautifully written, the dialogue is well done, and the characters are likable, believable, and memorable. Contrary to some other readers, I loved the twist at the end. I don’t want to say too much, other than that Ms. Kearsley’s wrap-up was all that I had hoped for.
I’m eager to read The Rose Garden, as soon as it’s available