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The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden - Susanna Kearsley The authorSusanna Kearsley studied politics and international development at university, and has worked as a museum curator.Her first novel Mariana won the prestigious Catherine Cookson Literary Prize and launched her writing career. Susanna continued her mix of the historical and paranormal in novels The Splendour Falls, Named of the Dragon, Shadowy Horses and Season of Storms.Susanna Kearsley also writes classic-style thrillers under the name of Emma Cole, for more information visit http://www.susannakearsley.comThe reviewI got this book for RAK (Random act of Kindness) it was not really on my to read now list but as it was there I decided to read it immediately. And I am happy I did. I really loved this book. The characters are very lively. It was easy to imagine them. I especially connected with the protagonist of the book, so much that when I wanted to tell my partner something but was reading a part where she had to play a mute I had a hard time talking out loud. I really had to make myself speak up. The author did a good job in giving people a place on the like to dislike line with descriptions and actions. The storyline can be experienced as messy. What disturbed me most was the fact you could be totally in the “now” story when Eva is transported to the “past” and the other way around. The disturbed feeling it gave Eva I experienced too. I really found I needed some time to get back to that story. The end of the book leaves some questions which I would love to have answered, I got a bit of an unsatisfied feeling now. Still the story caught me by surprise, I honestly did not expect to like it this much and it will definitely be read again. Still 4 stars cause it is not mind blowing and I did sleep well while reading this book. If you find the synopsis of the book interesting, entertain yourself and get the book you will be pleasantly surprised.