Pub date: April 01, 2012
Thank you to Sourcebooks for sending me this book to review!!!
When Julia Beckett moves into a beautiful old farmhouse, she finds herself transported into17th-century England, and into the world of Mariana. Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past... until she realizes Mariana's life is eclipsing her own. She must lay the past to rest or risk losing the chance for happiness in her own time.
After reading Mariana I am officially a Susanna Kearsley fan! I will read anything she writes from now on. Mariana was such a beautiful, well-researched novel. I was immediately drawn into the bit of supernatural in the storyline, which is never overpowering or terrifying. The plot is so well balanced between telling us about a normal, every woman to whom something extraordinary happens and the supernatural/historical and romantic parts that the result is a perfectly fused, completely readable tale. The dialogue is hilarious at times and very real. (And always perfectly, charmingly British!) And I can't forget to mention that as far as love/romance goes, I was really happy with the way Susanna approaches love scenes: very tasteful, telling us what is necessary to the story without turning to the erotic. Thank you for writing a morally decent, great book Ms. Kearsley! Mariana = Great read!