Thursday, November 24, 2011

Review: The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley



Goodreads Description:

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 realize that she too must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards.

I did not finish this one. I had a very hard time getting into the story, and didn't feel like picking it back up every time I put it down. I was about 200 pages in, and I couldn't read anymore...The more I forced myself to read it, the more I didn't feel like reading it. I don't read a lot of time travel, and I think this had a lot to do with it. I loved The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, and I expected to fall in love with this one as well. I had a hard time connecting with the main character, and couldn't really enjoy the other characters either. Most people seemed to have loved this one, and I really want to try and read this one another time when I'm in the mood for it.

7 comments:

  1. Too bad this one didn't work for you. Like you said, sometimes you need to be in the mood for a certain genre or it could be that you just can't get into the characters. That's okay. I absolutely loved this book. It was the first Kearsley book I read and I was in the mood for just that escapism of time travel when I read it.

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  2. I have seen some mixed reviews for this one. Sorry you didn't enjoy it. I also loved The Winter Sea and have been looking forward to this one.

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  3. While I enjoyed the book overall, The Rose Garden is my least favourite of Kearsley's books. I recommend The Shadowy Horses and Mariana if you're going to give any of her other novels a try.

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  4. Too bad you didn't like this one. I've only read Mariana years and years ago but I loved it then. I'm not fan of time travel either but I'd like to give this a try.

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  5. I have seen mixed reviews for this one too. I am still curious about the author though and will read one of her other books. I think I have The Winter Sea on my nook. I hear that is a really good read!

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  6. I'm sorry this book was lacking for you-- I hate it when that happens! I have never heard of this book until now, but the synopsis sounds interesting. I can't recall ever reading a book about time travel before but maybe some day I'll give it a try and read this book, or The Winter Sea. =)

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  7. I begged off on this one, in spite of the lovely cover, because of my review backlog .. looks like it was the right decision!

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