THE ROSE GARDEN
Like Anya Seton’s Green Darkness and Daphne du Maurier’s House on the Strand, Kearsley brilliantly brings together past and present as her heroine slips back and forth through time, a challenge handled brilliantly and believably, as readers are encouraged to keep turning the pages. Her realistic characters and wondrous descriptions turn this into a magical, not to be missed read.
Eva returns to her childhood home in Cornwall with her sister’s ashes. She revisits memories and family friends the Halletts. But when she is suddenly swept back 300 years in the past, when the area was a smugglers’ haven and rebellion was in the air, she feels as if this is where she belongs. Eva learns she can see and talk to those in the past, where she meets Daniel Butler. Daniel is the man of Eva’s dreams; the man she could love in any time. Caught between mourning for her sister and the magical love she has found, Eva must make a critical choice as to where she truly belongs. (SOURCEBOOKS, Oct., 448 pp., $16.99)