πŸ“– The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley β­β­β­

The Rose Garden ReviewI rounded off my July reading with a re-read of the romantic time-slip novel, The Rose Garden by one of my favourite authors, Susanna Kearsley. I believe I have now read eight of Kearsley’s splendid novels, but this, published in 2011, was my first and still one of my best-loved of her works. It felt like high-time to reacquaint myself with why.

At the beginning of The Rose Garden, Kearsley’s introduces us to Eva, an anchorless woman, after the tragic death of her film star sister Katrina, who was her world. With no remaining family, any true friends or lasting ties, Eva decides to leave California and return to Cornwall, where she has memories of glorious childhood summers. There she hopes to scatter Katrina’s ashes, find some closure and perhaps discover a place where she truly belongs.

Her old family friends the Halletts give her a warm welcome to their beautiful historic home, perched above the rugged Cornish coast, and famous for its prize-winning roses. While this should put Eva at rest, she realises that she has not just her own ghosts to confront, but those from a time long before her own as well. Is it just her grief, is she going mad, or are there spirit people walking the creaking corridors of the house and the wild paths of the woods?

Finally, Eva accepts that she is not just able to see, but also talk and interact with the eighteenth century inhabitants of this home, who lived – and died – long before she herself was born. Amongst them is the dashing, gentleman smuggler Daniel Butler, whom the more she gets to know, the more she begins to question her place in the present and the past that she feels so drawn to.

As with all her novels, Kearsley beautifully brings alive both threads of this narrative, making me equally invested in the Halletts’ plans to open a teashop to bring tourists and income back into their crumbling family estate, and in the Butler brothers’ struggle to keep their heads in a time of political unrest. Both connected by a thin thread woven through the very fabric of Trelowarth House, that only Eva seems to be able to follow.

If you haven’t already guessed, I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading  The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley, I was enthralled as much if not more by this sweeping tale of loss, friendship, smugglers and love. A wonderfully comforting re-read, which has cemented this as one of my most treasured of Kearsley’s works. I look forward to reading more soon – I have copies of A Desperate Fortune and her upcoming release The Vanished Days to choose from next. Great read ⭐⭐⭐

(This is book #5 for my 10 Books of Summer 2021 and I am also counting it towards my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2021)

Now over to you: Have you read this? Or have you read any of Susanna Kearsley’s other splendid novels?

15 thoughts on “πŸ“– The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley β­β­β­

    1. Hey! πŸ‘‹ Thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face.😊 I highly recommend checking Susanna Kearsley’s books, as they certainly are interesting, cosy and relaxing reads. ❀

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed reading this novel again! I have one of hers tagged at the library. There’s just not enough time to read everything I want to read! πŸ™„

    1. Oh I know, Kelly, there really is too many books and not enough time! πŸ˜… I really hope you are able to carve out a little time for the Kearsley book you have tagged at the library. 🀞

  2. This was my first Susanna Kearsley novel too and I agree that it’s one of her best. A Desperate Fortune is another good one – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

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