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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mariana by Susanna Kearsley


What Mariana is about:
The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew that it was her house. And now that she's at last become its owner, she suspects that she was drawn there for a reason. As if Greywethers were a portal between worlds, she finds herself transported into seventeenth-century England, becoming Mariana, a young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love. Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past..until she realizes Mariana's life is threatening to eclipse her own, and she must find a way to lay the past to rest or lose the chance for happiness in her own time.

I can't begin to adequately put into words how much I loved this book! Kearsley rivals Gabaldon's skills when it comes to time travel written so eloquently. I started this book early on a Tuesday morning and couldn't stop reading it until I had finished the final sentence later that evening. Every part of me was rebelling against finishing it because frankly, I did not want it to end...EVER! I loved all of the characters in this story and the setting was something that just screamed ENGLAND and history! I was captivated by the plot and how effortlessly the two stories were intertwined to make such a cohesive and compelling read. I found myself sighing more than once when it came to the romantic parts of the story. The author gives you just enough to savor and left me totally satisfied with the ending. There wasn't one part of this book that I didn't enjoy.


Recommend? Absolutely..YES times one hundred gazillion! Okay...I'm a bit crazy, but how else can I convey how wonderful this book is to my fellow book lovers? Kearsley is easily a favorite author of mine and she just can't write fast enough for me. Each book she has written has been outstanding and she amazes me again and again with her imagination and uncanny ability to ink characters and places that I instantly fall in love with! Treat yourself to this book...you will not be disappointed!


Author: Susanna Kearsley
Source: review copy from Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Historical fiction/Romance
Pages: e-book
Published:  April 2012
*Uncorrected eARC via NetGalley


Disclaimer:Thank you toSourcebooks Casablanca/NetGalley for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.

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29 comments:

  1. I really loved this one too, the ending was wonderful!

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  2. WOW -- sounds like a winner. Fortunately, I have that download as well ---now to find some time.

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  3. Ah! Great review, Staci. I can't wait to read it. I'm waiting for the audiobook version. I listened to The Rose Garden and loved it.

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  4. I have at least one of her books sitting on my TBR shelves . . . sigh. There just isn't enough time in a day. Which one of her books is your favorite?

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  5. I thought I would have a hard time reading something like this - but your review has got me tempted!! Adding to my list!!!

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  6. But, Staci, seriously - did you really like it? LOL

    I've been meaning to read a book by this author for such a long time. Seems they are republishing some of her backlist? I seem to remember a book that was suggested to me a really long time ago that I think was by her - something about Shadowy Horses or something? Anway, I'll see if I can't fit in one of her books this year. :-)

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  7. I've been curious about this one...now it's going on my list!

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  8. I love Susanna Kearsley. I am so happy her books are making the rounds and garnering new fans. :)

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  9. I can't wait to get this one!

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  10. Amen to what you said!!!!!

    When The Shadowy Horses comes out in the fall, you will enjoy it just as much....beautiful write-up about a beautiful story, Staci!

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  11. Oh boy, a new Historical Fiction to add to my list. I can't wait, it sounds like a complete winner.

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  12. The summary makes it sound a bit like A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont.

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  13. This sounds wonderful, and I love your enthusiasm!!

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  14. I haven't read many time travel books but have enjoyed those I've read. I'll have to look for this one.

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  15. This one definitely sounds worth putting on my list!

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  16. I read that one book by her but I honestly need to read more :D

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  17. Your review makes me want to drop everything and read this book! I love Diana Gabaldon's time travel books, so I will have to hunt down a copy of this one.

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  18. Isn't this the author who wrote The Rose Garden? I have that one, but haven't read it yet. I enjoy time travel stories every now and again, so I'll keep this one in mind, especially since you loved it so much!

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  19. I've enjoyed several time travel romances and this one sounds like another good one.

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  20. I've so wanted to read a Susanna Kearsley book for so long! And your review just makes me want to read one all the more. I'm just going to have to make room in my TBR pile near the top ;) Great review!

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  21. I enjoyed this one too but not as much as The Rose Garden.

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  22. I love books that center around time travel. Your enthusiasm for this one leaps off the page. You crack me up!

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  23. Wow, I know you loved her first novel (well... the last one) and this one sounds amazing! I might have a add it to my list. I'm not actively adding to my TBR now... I'm overwhelmed with work and the books I have on my iPad may expire before I get to start them!

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  24. One of these days I will read a novel like this, and I've know written the name down so I remember it.

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  25. I've wanted to read this one for ages. I'm going to have to make time for it especially after seeing how much you loved it!

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  26. Well, I'm definitely adding this book to my wishlist after reading your review! WOW!

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  27. Time travel and an comparison to Gabaaldon? I'm so in!

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  28. Wow. I think I purchased The Winter Sea on your recommendation and I have The Rose Garden and now I have to have this one. (mind you I haven't actually read any of them yet... sob, sob.) Diana Gabaldon is the queen of time travel writing and I adore reading it so yep this is going on my must-read list!!

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  29. I haven't read this author yet but think this book is going to be a must read for me after reading your review.

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