The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew that it was her house. And now that she's at last become its owner, she suspects that she was drawn there for a reason.
As if Greywethers were a portal between worlds, she finds herself transported into seventeenth-century England, becoming Mariana, a young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love.
Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past...until she realizes Mariana's life is threatening to eclipse her own, and she must find a way to lay the past to rest or lose the chance for happiness in her own time.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 395 pages
- Publisher: Allison & Busby
- Publication Date: 02/03/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780749007065
Showing 1 - 4 of 4 reviews.
Review by cathyskye
First Line: I first saw the house in the summer of my fifth birthday.I've discovered over the years that some houses have the power of speech. When I first moved to Phoenix, I walked to work every morning and passed a slightly down-at-heels 1950s ranch house. Nothing about it would draw anyone's attention, but for some reason each time I walked by, I got gooseflesh-- and the feeling that the house was sad. A year later I happened to be watching the evening news and found out that police had shut down a house of prostitution specializing in S&M... in that same sad little ranch house.At the age of five Julia Beckett had a house speak to her, and twenty-five years later she finds the house once again. Flush with an inheritance from an aunt, Julia buys Greywethers, a sixteenth-century farmhouse in Wiltshire. She moves in and finds the villagers very friendly and helpful-- so much so that she finds it difficult to get to work illustrating a book of fairy tales. Bit by bit, Julia learns the rudimentary history of Greywethers and the young woman, Mariana, who lived there three hundred years ago. It seems that Mariana has been waiting for her.I've read two books recently that I would label romantic suspense. It's a genre that I seldom touch because the romance usually takes precedence over everything else in the story. That's definitely not the case here. Mariana is a fun read. Julia is an engaging character living in a fascinating house. Both time lines-- Julia's modern day time and Mariana's-- grabbed my attention equally. Normally one time line tends to be stronger than the other, but Kearsley avoids that completely, and the plot is not formulaic; it had more than one surprise for me.If you're in the mood for a fast, entertaining read that has a fascinating old house, a mystery that spans the centuries, and a light touch of romance, Mariana could be just the book for you.
Review by gincam
MARIANA got better and better as the story developed. I was involved with the characters and could have continued to read more about how their lives unfolded. The strong first-person narrative propelled the reincarnated romance to a nicely twisted ending. A very good read.
Review by jolerie
Such a great buildup of plot and character only to be let down by a mediocre ending leaving the reader going....thats it?
Review by LindaLGraham
I loved this book. Perhaps because I’m a sucker for souls reunited, the paranormal (ghosts, in this case), and the history an old house can hold.It is beautifully written, the dialogue is well done, and the characters are likable, believable, and memorable. Contrary to some other readers, I loved the twist at the end. I don’t want to say too much, other than that Ms. Kearsley’s wrap-up was all that I had hoped for.I’m eager to read The Rose Garden, as soon as it’s available