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 realise that she too must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards (Goodreads).
I am a big fan of Susanna Kearsley books, ever since I have read my first book by her I wanted to read all of them. I do not know what it is about her books, but I just love them. They are so beautifully written and have such interesting characters that I usually have hard time putting her books down. Rose Garden was a wonderful read, it was entertaining, easy to read, and full of wonderful characters. These books are action packed and drama packed, but rather very laid back story line. Even though it is laid back story line it is not boring. The author manages to keep the readers interest throughout the whole book.
Eva was a such a lovable character, she is kind, smart, generous, and understanding. I really enjoyed the story line of her traveling back and forth in time. The romance between Eva and Daniel Butler was wonderfully done, it was romantic and sweet. There was no raunchy moments or anything like that. Daniel Butler was another lovable character and I was hoping that he and Eva end up together.
Going back and forth in time, time travel if you will, was very well executed. I am usually vary of those book, because they become cumbersome. But not this book, character going back and forth was easy and strait forward. There was no confusion on my part as a reader. I always knew what was going on.
I do not know what it about Kearsley’s books that I love so much, I think it might be everything about her books. Her writing style is easy and to a point of lazy. But when I say lazy it does not mean a bad thing but a good thing in this case. The book grabs your attention from page one and there is not a single boring moment. Overall this was a excellent read and I will be adding this book to my book collection. If you have not read any of the books by Susanne Kearsley yet you should give her a try. I think that I am positively biased towards this author as well that I cannot see any shortcomings in her books or writing style, cause I love it so much. This does not happen with too many author only handful authors, where I cannot see anything other than how great I think they are.
I give this book 5/5 STARS – Happy Reading!
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