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$1.99 on Kindle- The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

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Deet’s Note: I gave this book 5-stars and would have given it more if I could. This is a truly lovely book.  You can get it for $1.99 today on Kindle which is a bargain since it is usually $9.99.

Eva returns to the only place that has ever felt like home, but she quickly discovers she is not alone in the old house on the Cornwall coast. The past reaches out to touch the present in this beautiful love story and haunting mystery.

“Whatever time we have,” he said, “it will be time enough.”

Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the coast of Cornwall, England, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers.

There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.

But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs. A modern gothic historical fiction with elements of time travel, reincarnation, and romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.

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Today’s Fab Kindle Deal- The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (7/26/15)

 

 

The Rose Garden

Today’s Kindle Deal only $1.99 until midnight Sunday 7/26/2015. This is a goodie don’t miss out.

Rose Garden Synopsis:

Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers. There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.

But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.

 

 

 

Deet’s Review from August 29, 2012:

“Whatever time we have,” he said, “it will be time enough.” (This line is to die for.  How utterly romantic.)

The romance here is slow to develop and there is a question of will she or won’t she.  The fact that Eva had no control over her time travel until late in the book added to the excitement.  There are surprises that are hinted at and unfold to satisfy our guesses.  There is action, pathos, friendship and love.  This is the kind of book that doesn’t leave you when the last page is read.  It raises the “what if” questions and we really want to know what happens next and does it happen to anyone else. Absolutely delightful and this will go on my this year’s “top reads” list.

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Review- A Slip In Time by Kathleen Kirkwood

Title: A Slip In Time

A slip in time

Genre: Time Travel Romance

Author: Kathleen Kirkwood

Publisher: ByDand Publishing, 2012

Pages: 308

Source: purchase (free on Kindle)

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

A HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN

Recently freed from captivity in London Tower, Rae Mackinnon returns to the turbulent Highlands and claims his place as laird of Dunraven Castle. As he grapples with clan rivalries and divisiveness within his own family, he is confronted with a startling discovery — a beautiful woman from a distant future, delivered through the portals of Time and into his bed . . .

A VICTORIAN LADY

Swept up in the summer social rounds, Julia Hargrove accompanies her aunt and cousins on an excursion to Scotland, to an ancient castle which has hosted no visitors for two decades — until now. Rumors abound of unusual occurrences at Dunraven Castle — occurrences that are centered in the bedchamber Julia now occupies, where a rugged Highland warrior materializes from the past . . .

DRAWN IRRESISTIBLY THROUGH THE PORTALS OF TIME

What mysteries does Dunraven hold? What secret opens the temporal door, allowing Julia and Rae to reach across the centuries to claim a few stolen moments and nurture a blossoming love? But how long can the rules of Time be broken before the door shuts forevermore?

**

I love time-travel romances. At least I love the idea of them. So often I’ve been disappointed but every now and then I come across a hidden gem and this is one of those. This story is superbly plotted and so rich with time-slip explanations that the reader starts to think it could actually happen. Our Fifteenth century Highland Laird is, of course, the epitome of virile masculinity and handsome. Our Victorian miss is sweet, tender and much put-upon by her female relatives. There is a villain that we hope gets his comeuppance and a group of kindly old scientists who aid in the understanding of time-slips. This has been just a delightful book by a very accomplished author.

(I’m sorry! This book is no longer free on Amazon.  The price is back to around $3, still a good buy.)


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Recent Release Review- Kiss The Earl by Gina Lamm

Title: Kiss The Earl (Geek Girls, Book #3)

Kiss The Earl

Genre: Time Travel Romance/Regency

Author: Gina Lamm

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 7, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

When Ella Briley asked her lucky-in-love friends to set her up for an office party, she was expecting a blind date. Instead, she’s pulled through a magic mirror and into the past…straight into the arms of her very own Mr. Darcy.

Patrick Meadowfair, earl of Fairhaven, is too noble for his own good. To save a female friend from what is sure to be a loveless marriage, he’s agreed to whisk her off to wed the man she truly wants. But all goes awry when Patrick mistakes Ella for the would-be bride and kidnaps her instead.

Centuries away from everything she knows, Ella’s finally found a man who heats her blood and leaves her breathless. Too bad he’s such a perfect gentleman. Yet the reluctant rake may just find this modern girl far too tempting for even the noblest of men to resist…

**

This author has no problem telling a story. We are treated to lots of action. She also has no problem with characterization, all are well developed.

But this reader had a problem with the lack of common sense that the heroine exhibits. She knows she must walk two miles to shelter on an unpaved roadway. She breaks one of her stiletto heels and instead of breaking off the other heel and struggling along the best she can she throws away her shoes and goes ahead in her tights/pantyhose. Well naturally two miles later she has cuts on her feet and then she gets an infection that nearly kills her. But she laments that everything “happens” to her as if her own stupidity is not to blame.

Patrick is not much smarter since he could have solved most of his problems early on by telling the truth to the Baron.

This Time Travel novel struck me as Regency chick-Lit. Obviously not my favorite genre. However if that is what you like then this book does offer a rousing good adventure. this is a standalone novel with some reference to the first two books.

P.S.- If that guy on the cover is our hero, then the book is worth the read just to fuel the imagination.

Geek Girls series:

The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl (Book 1)

Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes (Book 2)

Kiss the Earl (Book 3)

 

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Recent E-Book Release Review- A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill

Title: A Stolen Season

A Stolen Season

Genre: Time Travel Romance/Regency/Novella

Author: Tamara Gill

Publisher: Entangled, Feb. 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

One small mistake in the past will change everything about her future…

Archaeologist Sarah Baxter just broke one of the biggest rules of time travel: leaving a piece of 21st­century equipment in 19th century Regency England. Unfortunately, when she goes back to retrieve it, she makes an even bigger mess of things—resulting in the death of an English Earl. Now his brother is not only out for revenge, but he also has Sarah’s device. Which means an entirely different approach is needed.

It doesn’t occur to the new Earl of Earnston that his charming acquaintance is responsible for his brother’s death. He is merely swept away by a passion that threatens his very reputation. Yet he gets the distinct impression that Miss Baxter is hiding something from him. Now Sarah must find a way to steal back her device, hide the truth about the earl’s brother and—most importantly— not fall in love…

****

Sarah works for a time travel archeology firm run by her father, after leaving the “mapping device” in Regency England she and associate, Richard go back to retrieve it. Twice. The first time she causes the Earl’s death. The second time she falls in love with the new Earl. Richard seems a bit of an add-on, totally superfluous. I kept wishing the author would either write him in the story or take him out. The characters of Sarah and Eric, the Earl, were well developed and we could totally understand Eric’s obsession with revenge for the death of his brother.

I really liked the ending, it brought tears to my eyes with how tender and sweet it was. This book had a very interesting and unique plot that kept me reading until the wee hours. I wanted more background on this mapping device earlier in the story. I also wanted a bit more depth in Sarah’s affiliation with her father’s company and her relationship with her father. I’m sure I would have liked this novella even more if it had been a full length book because I did have questions that went unanswered.

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Outlander, Season One Vol. One, Pre-order Available

Calling all of you Time Travel junkies, Jamie Fans, Gabaldon Gals, Claire wannabe’s.  If you were thwarted in your efforts to watch the first part of OUTLANDER on STARZ cable, as I was, then you may want to pick up the DVD.  I’ve got my preorder in, and can’t wait until it arrives on March 3rd for some marathon viewing.

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Outlander DVD Preorder

B & N= $27.95 and up

Amazon= $24.99 and up

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Time Travel Review- Love Once In Passing by Jo Ann Simon

Title: Love Once In Passing

Love Once in Passing

 Genre:  Time Travel Romance

Author:  Jo Ann Simon

Publisher: ImaJinn, 2011

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 2

Sexy Rating: 5+ (sexual  violence)

Description from Amazon.com:

This is book one in Jo Ann Simon’s acclaimed time travel romance from the early 1980s. Christopher Dunlap, a man of title and privilege in early nineteenth century England, and Jessica Lund, a thoroughly modern woman, suddenly find their lives mysterious entwined in Jessica’s late twentieth century world. Neither understand how Christopher, a man who had been living a happy life nearly two hundred years in the past, is now flesh and blood in Jessica’s present. They soon share a love for each other as deep as it is dangerous, for whatever has brought them together can just as easily tear them apart.

**

With all the current rants against “bodice ripper” tags on romance novels, this novel proves that actual bodice rippers do exist and they were supported and encouraged in publishing back in the 70’s & 80’s.  Whatever prompted ImaJinn to reissue this book, which was originally an Avon publication, can only be conjecture on my part.  For there is an actual bodice ripping, forced sex scene in this book.

Christopher starts out in this book as a kind, sensitive sort of guy but when his wife, Jessica, has amnesia from an accident he becomes a real tyrant, not to mention a marital rapist.  As if tumbling through time is not plot vechicle enough, we have an amnesia plot also.  On top of all this there is a cliffhanger ending.

The dialog is often stilted and both the hero and heroine seemed to speak with the same “voice” which was, at times, confusing.  The story is written in first person which I confess is not my favorite and this may have colored some of my opinion.  I can only recommend this book to those who might like to have a glimpse of how romance books were written back in the day.

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Extra! Extra! Kindle Deal of the Day- The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley $1.99

The Rose Garden

These Deals are usually for one day only so don’t hesitate if you are at all interested.  This is one of my all time favorite novels.  Here is my review from August 29, 2012 :

“Whatever time we have,” he said, “it will be time enough.”

Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers. There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.

But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.

**

Thank you, Mo, for recommending this book to me!  I loved it!  The romance here is slow to develop and there is a question of will she or won’t she.  The fact that Eva had no control over her time travel until late in the book added to the excitement.  There are surprises that are hinted at and unfold to satisfy our guesses.  There is action, pathos, friendship and love.  This is the kind of book that doesn’t leave you when the last page is read.  It raises the “what if” questions and we really want to know what happens next and does it happen to anyone else. Absolutely delightful and this will go on  this year’s top reads list.

 

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Revew- Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm (time travel)

Title:  Geek Girl And The Scandalous Earl

Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl

Genre:  Time Travel Romance

Author: Gina Lamm

Publisher: Sourcebokks Casablanca, March 2013

Source: Purchase

Rating: 2.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

An avid gamer, Jamie Marten loves to escape into online adventure. But when she falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber—200 years in the past!—she realizes she may have escaped a little too far.

Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just kicked one mistress out of his bed and isn’t looking to fill it with another—least of all this sassy, nearly naked woman who claims to be from the future. Yet something about her is undeniably enticing…

Jamie and Micah are worlds apart. He’s a peer of the realm. She can barely make rent. He’s horse-drawn. She’s Wi-Fi. But in the game of love, these two will risk everything to win.

**

This novel just didn’t work for me.  The heroine was TSTL and the hero…well all he had going for him was good looks. They fell in love owing to nothing but the proximity of living in the same house. Jamie continually said and did ridiculously stupid things that did not endear this reader to her problem of living in a previous time.  Micah’s reaction to dangers to Jamie was to bully her and not believe her accounts of who was to blame.  The dog, Baron, could have been a major player in the plot but he was relegated to being ever present and doing nothing. The plot often seemed very contrived.  I cannot recommend this novel.

I like the idea of Time-Travel books.  So it isn’t surprising that when I stumble across one that is on sale for $2.99, like this one, that the premise would intrigue me enough to buy it.  I have been burned more than once by my longing for a good time-travel book. But I’ve read some good ones also; Susanna Kearsley novels come to mind.  To see other time-travel books I have reviewed just plug in “time travel” in the search box in the left hand column.

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Review- Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

Title: Mariana

Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2012

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from amazon.com:

The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew at once that it was her house. Now, twenty-five years later, by some strange chance, she has just become the new owner of the sixteenth-century Wilshire farmhouse. But Julia soon begins to suspect that more than coincidence has brought her there. As if Greywethers were a porthal between worlds, she finds herself abruptly transported back in time. Stepping into seventeenth-century England, Julia becomes Mariana, a beautiful young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love for Richard de Mornay, handsome forebear of the present squire of Crofton Hall. Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past, falling ever deeper in love with Richard…until one day she realizes Mariana’s life threatens to eclipse her own–and that she must find a way to lay the past to rest, or risk losing a chance for love in her own time.

**

Here we have a ghost, reincarnation, time travel and a heartrending love story of soulmates all wrapped up in exquisite prose. I could not put this book down, I had to read until the last page no matter the late hour.  There is an element of subtle danger that culminates in heart pounding action and suspense. The ending is satisfying and romantic.

Romantic quote:

“Ordinarily,” he went on, evenly, “I’m a patient man. But I think I’ve waited long enough.”……”Time we both stopped waiting, and began to live.”…. “These are your beautiful days, Julia Beckett.” He promised me softly.

I recommend this book to all romantics who like their stories well written and totally engrossing.

This is my fourth Susanna Kearsley novel in the past two months. She is my new favorite author.  I thought her book THE ROSE GARDEN was my favorite until I read this one although I have loved each of her novels.

Other Susanna Kearsley novels I’ve reviewed:

1. The Rose Garden

2. The Winter Sea

3. The Shadowey Horses

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