Susanna Kearsley quickly became a favorite author after I read The Winter Sea. In fact it was one of the first books I blogged about back in May 2011. I immediately started a search for her backlist titles and found that they are not so easy to get! Thanks to Sourcebooks, Mariana is now available (4/1/12). I have to thank Sourcebooks and netgalley.com for an advance reading copy of Mariana. The book will be available in both trade paperback and eBook format.
Julia Beckett first saw the house called Greywethers as a child and was drawn back to it several more times. She had a feeling that it was “her house”. After receiving a substantial legacy, she runs across the house again and buys it on an impulse. Very quickly she finds friends and becomes part of village life. Her vicar brother lives nearby and there are two very attractive men who are her neighbors. From her very first day of residence she finds herself moving back and forth between Restoration England and the present, becoming Mariana, a young woman of the time. Once again, Kearsley has woven a magical story with elements of time travel and reincarnation. The characters are as always, well drawn and fleshed out. I particularly like they way they are all supportive of Julia, open-minded and not inclined to think she has gone mad. Kearsley's writing is very reminiscent of Daphne DuMaurier and Victoria Holt, both favorites from my teenage years.
Mariana's story is not a happy one and Julia soon realizes that she must "live" through Mariana's life to bring peace to Mariana's spirit and her own. This is a very romantic story with a satisfying ending, one that I recommend to those who love historical fiction.
Rating- 5 Stars