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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After the death of her beloved sister, Eva Ward returns to the quaint house in Cornwall she remembers from happy childhood memories. Reconnecting with Mark, her sister Katrina’s first love, and his family, Eva slowly begins to heal from the loss of her sister as she determines where to scatter her sister’s ashes.

But soon Eva is hearing voices, and eventually slips into another time altogether. In the 18th century, Eva encounters Daniel Butler, a man she begins to fall in love with. She cannot control when she slips back into her own time, nor can she resist attempting to find out what became of Daniel and his brother Jack. Through Jack’s memoirs, Eva discovers some heavy truths she would rather not see become a reality. Does Eva have the power to change the course of these men’s lives?

The Rose Garden is the second book I’ve read by Susanna Kearsley, and it is just as beautifully written as The Winter Sea. I got swept away in the beauty of her language, and the powerful imagery behind her words. Kearsley has the ability to transport the reader right into the action of her stories; I felt as if I were right on the Cornish coast with Eva.

Kearsley’s characters are full of life and I could fully flesh out their appearances in my mind as I read. I loved the idea of time travel, though Kearsley’s explanation for how and why it happens is a bit underdeveloped. Thankfully, however, further explanation isn’t really necessary to enjoy this story. I would have appreciated more understanding as to why Eva and Daniel fell in love with each other, because it happens rather quickly given that the first few times she travels to Daniel’s time she doesn’t stay very long.

Fans of books like The Time Traveler’s Wife and Outlander will definitely want to check out Susanna Kearsley and her enchanting novels.

Rating: 4/5

Check out our review of Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks Landmark. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.