here and liked so much. For the first half of the book, I was thinking I didn't like The Rose Garden as well as The Winter Sea, but very shortly thereafter, things picked up and it became harder and harder to put it down and turn out the bedside light. Once again, Kearsley takes us "across the pond"to the UK- this one is set in Cornwall. Her writing is magical- she seamlessly weaves the past and present together as easily as the main character Eva slips back and forth between present day Cornwall and that of 1714. When Eva's sister Katrina dies, she leaves California and returns to Cornwall where they spent the summers of their childhood, to scatter Katrina's ashes, returning her to "where she really belonged." "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 lived there during the eighteenth century. When Eva finally accepts that she is able to slip between the 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." ~ from the book jacket.
If I tell you much more about the story, I'd have to issue a "spoiler alert", so suffice it to say, if you like historical fiction, or romance, or "time travel", and if you enjoy reading Diana Gabaldon or Mary Stuart, I'm sure you'll become a Kearsley fan too, as I now am. She has such a way with words, the romance is subtle, never trashy, her characters come to life and you feel as if you are right there with them.... I can't wait for her new novel, The Firebird, sequel to The Winter Sea, due out very soon.
Bookworms will rule the world.. as soon as we read one more chapter.