"A thrilling, haunting, and deeply romantic story." —Rachel Hore, internationally bestselling author of The Memory Garden
"Whatever time we have," he said, "it will be time enough."
Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers. There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.
But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.
From Susanna Kearsley, author of the New York Times bestseller The Winter Sea and a voice acclaimed by fans of Gabaldon, du Maurier, and Niffenegger alike, The Rose Garden is a haunting exploration of love, family, the true meaning of home, and the ties that bind us together.
Praise for New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Winter Sea :
"Lifts readers straight into another time and place to smell the sea, feel the castle walls, and sense every emotion. These are marks of a fantastic storyteller." —RT Book Reviews Top Pick of the Month, 4 ½ stars
"Ingenious…a creative tour de force. Sometimes an author catches lightning in a bottle, and Susanna Kearsley has done just that." —New York Journal of Books
Kearsley (The Winter Sea) beautifully evokes the wild landscapes and history of Cornwall in this pleasant time-travel romance. In the present day, Eva Ward travels to the Cornish coast carrying her sister's ashes, determined to lay her to rest at Treloworth, the estate they summered at as children with the Hallet family. As she reconnects with the Hallets, Eva tries to figure out how to start her life over. Then Eva is transported back to 1715, a time when smuggling was common and hidden Jacobites swarmed the coast. At first she fears she might be hallucinating, but soon she meets and falls in love with widower Daniel Butler, who accepts Eva's time traveling at face value. Kearsley masterfully writes authentic voices for Eva and Daniel as they wrestle with their improbable connection and its implications.
Glad I gave author another try. Didnt like Winter Sea bc too descriptive in the historical parts. This one was light and quick and so charming! Doubt Daniel would be so open minded about time travel, but its fantasy.
It will give you goose bumps and likely make you cry, and remember all the things you value most in this world.
The Rose Garden
The most romantic novel I have had the opportunity to read in a very long time.