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The Rose Garden

By: Susanna Kearsley
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

©2011 Susanna Kearsley (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Kearsley masterfully writes authentic voices for Eva and Daniel as they wrestle with their improbable connection and its implications." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Kearsley makes the impossible seem real as sheweaves a tale full of genuine characters [with] a strong sense of place and makes history come alive." ( Booklist)
"Susanna Kearsley's The Rose Garden is an enthralling and achingly romantic read." ( BookPage)

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Amazing story.

What an amazing story. Because I really enjoyed The Winter Sea I couldn't wait to listen to The Rose Garden and I wasn't disappointed. The story moves back and forth through time and as with The Winter Sea this proves to keep the listener intrigued and wanting more. I guess my only negative comment was that at times the narrator needed to take great gulps of air - but this was only a very minor issue. I highly recommend this book.

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Beautiful Oldfashioned Romance

This story intertwines past and present so beautifully. The story of Eva and Daniel is so wonderfully described it was so hard to put it down. I felt drawn into the story from beginning to end. It was refreshing to listen to a book that was more romantic than sexual. It lets you draw your own conclusions in the bedroom.

My only complaint was that I didn't want it to end. I would recommend this book.

The narrator was great too.

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Lovely way to spent some hours

I love Gabaldon's Outlander series, but I must say that I love Kearsley's universe as well. There were some moments towards the end of this book where the hairs on my arms stood up. It might be overly romantic but it worked for me. This is not great world literature but a truly wonderful book to listen to. Well worth the time.

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Listen to this story... you won't be disappointed

Why in the world would someone expect another really good writer in their own style to set out to produce a story "JUST LIKE" Outlander. Just because it involves traveling back in time doesn't mean it has to be compared. Why not just enjoy it for what it is. A good story, well worth the listen.

I will say as a matter of small complaint, that the narrator was a little "meek" for what I thought Eva might really be like but just the fact that I was thinking about that, means that the author did her part in building the character/s for me. I feel like I know Trelowarth.

I do wish the story had been longer and I suppose that too is a compliment to the writer. I think there is room for another story and do hope that Ms. Kearsley will have a care for those of us that truly loved the story and tell us more.

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One of the best reads of the year

The story and the performance was soo good! I loved the events from a woman's view. I told my wife that if she like "The 6th Sense" and "A Beautiful Mind" then she would love this book as nothing is as it seems right from the very beginning.

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Audible's Mistake

The Rose Garden is a romance. It is a romance involving time travel. In my opinion it was never meant to be an epic historical fiction like the Outlander. So, when Audible recommended The Rose Garden for readers who loved Outlander, many were lead astray. If you are looking for a light romantic read, this book is sweet and enjoyable.

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Just okay

Mildly entertaining, but definitely no Outlander. The story was okay, but there just wasn't enough depth and character development to really get into this one. And certainly nothing new in the time travel genre.

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Good Enough for a credit, but better on sale

This book started out a little slow and boring. However, as the story progressed it did get better. Like many other reviewers I didn't much care for the narration either (just a personal preference).
If you like time-travel romance novels then you will enjoy this one. It's not as good as Outlander, but it's still an enjoyable listen.
It's worth a credit, but it's even better on sale.

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed this romantic tale that takes you back and forth through two distinct times.
I fell in love with Diane Gabaldon books and while this isn't as detailed in history as her books are this is a nice alternative. I would recommend it to everyone who likes to travel back in time.

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Please don't expect an OUTLANDER experience.

While I won't say this is a bad book, it is by no means in the same league with the depth of characters and historical detail of Outlander. The narrator is more 'reader" than "performer".

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  • JANE WILSON
  • 11-16-11

NOT WORTH THE MONEY

10 minutes after finishing this book, I was struggling to remember anything about it. So light and insubstantial that it floated off. Any merit it had was countered by the truly awful reader. Where do they get 'em? Lets hope she didn't cost much. Anyway, as far as I recall, this story was about a woman who flitted back & forth between the present day and 18th c. No insight into the resultant culture clash, or any recognition that personal hygiene was pretty primitive in the 18th c. Just - girl sees really hot bloke, falls for same and rides off into the sunset. What a load of old cobblers.

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  • lindalesley
  • 01-01-15

Unexpected but wonderfully written

A compelling story, so beautifully narrated. Bringing to life the lives and loves of the characters and their accents so cleverly spoken. A joy all told.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 07-31-12

Magiacal realism at its best.

I'm pretty fussy when it comes to magical realism, the balance between being believable and being silly is a fine line in my opinion. Susanna Kearsley was spot-on, however. Both elements, the present and the past, were perfectly joined, even blurring into one another. And the ending was brilliant.

I have to disagree with the reviewers who disliked the narrator, Nicola Barber. I thouroughly enjoyed her version of the story. She gave Fergal a great Irish accent (to my non-Irish ears) and Eva had a believably mild American twang. It was occasionally over-enunciated but all in all it was a pleasure to listen and I was sorry when the final line had been read.

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  • HartofGlass
  • 12-19-11

Dreadful narrator......

I have to agree with the last reviewer. This is a bland story, made unbearably irritating by a dreadful narrator whose tone of voice seems totally unrelated to the words expressed. Best to give it a miss.