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Author: Susanna Kearsley
Genre: Women's Reads
Rights: UK & Comm
Pub. Date: 23rd January 2012
Winner of the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award
When Eva’s film star sister Catrina dies, she leaves California and returns to Trelowarth, Cornwall, where they spent their childhood summers, to scatter Catrina’s ashes and thus return her to the place where she belongs.
But in doing so Eva must confront 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 Hallets, but also to the people who had lived there in the eighteenth century. Eva finds herself able to see and talk to these people, and she falls 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 realise that she too must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards.
'Kearsley has managed to create tension in both past and present in this well thought out plot and makes it believable...I am sure readers, especailly women, will love this historical romance with a difference.'Yorkshire Gazette & Herald
'Glorious romantic, dual-time tale...highly recommended.'Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller
'If you like THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN then this is for you. Out and out romance tinged with a touch of FRENCHMAN'S CREEK and a beautifully crafted love story where Eva finds herself able to travel back in time to the early 18th century at a time when the Jacobite rebellion was at its height and people were arrested for simply looking nasty... The characters in both time periods are beautifully drawn and crafted. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale.'Booksmonthly
'A thrilling, haunting and deeply romantic story powerfully told by an engaging heroine. The Cornish background is enchanting and beautifully evoked and, though a most original version, in its fascinating tricks of time, I was reminded of Barbara Erskine and James Long's 'Ferney', but also of 'The Time Traveler's Wife'...An immensely pleasurable escape from daily routine.'Rachel Hore, author of 'The Glass Painter's Daughter'
THE ROSE GARDEN is such a satisfying read. There are hints throughout about what MIGHT happen but they aren't revealed until the end. Not your standard romance but a wonderful twist with historical colour. So clever and well thought out, it's easy to suspend disbelief and become completely absorbed in Eva's life. The Cornwall location is what drew me to the book and I really feel I've had holiday there. Well done, Susanna! I love your work!Deborah Carew, Canada