Thursday, November 24, 2011
Review: The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
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.