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Mariana: An enchanting, ethereal tale that bends time and place | Susanna Kearsley
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A haunting, paranormal romance from a Romantic Times Readers Choice and RITA Award-winning author, a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authorWhen Julia Beckett moves into the beautiful old farmhouse, she soon discovers she's not alone there."Tread lightly, she is near." She encounters haunting remnants of a beautiful young woman who lived and loved there centuries ago. She finds herself transported into 17th-century England, and into the world of Mariana. Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past... until she realizes Mariana's life is eclipsing her own. She must lay the past to rest or risk losing the chance for happiness in her own time.A modern gothic historical fiction with elements of time travel, reincarnation, and romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley. Fans of Diana Gabaldon, Mary Stewart, Kate Morton, and Daphne Du Maurier will want to join Julia and Mariana on their journeys to love, past and present.Other great books by Susanna Kearsley: The Winter Sea Winner of an RT Reviewers Choice Award, RITA finalist, finalist for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award The Firebird RITA Winner, Paranormal RomanceThe Rose Garden Winner of an RT Reviewers Choice Award, RITA finalist Mariana was the winner of the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize, and Suzanna has had books selected for the Mystery Guild, was a finalist for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and won a National Readers' Choice Award and a RITA.What readers are saying about Mariana:"This is one of those books that can be read and reread and not lose its magic." "a beautifully woven and ENCHANTING story.""Her bending of time and place to weave them into unique plots is fascinating""Well written, thought provoking and genuine.""I haven't found a book that has touched me so since reading Katherine and Green Darkness by Anya Seton. Mariana is UTTERLY CAPTIVATING!""reminded me of one of the fine gothics, Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels or of Hitchcock in a non-murderous mood.""my go-to for light Gothic dual-time historical fiction / romance.""all the PERFECT delicious components to a great read."What reviewers are saying about Mariana:"Mariana is, quite simply, AMAZING." - The Thoughts of a Girl"a novel full of mystery, intrigue, and timeless romance." A Navel Affair"Romantic, passionate, and bittersweet, this intelligent, tension-laden story will sweep you away." - Historical Novels ReviewWhat everyone is saying about Susanna Kearsley:"Kearsley blends history, romance and a bit of the supernatural into a glittering, BEWITCHING tale."-Kirkus"A MAGICAL, not to be missed read." -RT Book Reviews Top Pick, 4 1?2stars "A CREATIVE TOUR DE FORCE. Sometimes an author catches lightning in a bottle, and Susanna Kearsley has done just that." - New York Journal of Books
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EastWind76
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Taking the car to the mechanic's shop today to get a tire fixed, but at least they have comfortable seats there, so I'll bring my book and get some reading done!

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EmilieGR
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Beautiful@and atmospheric

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aliasNayNay
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“The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change, and we must move ever forward or the soul will wither and die.” ― Susanna Kearsley, Mariana

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Andrew65
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Hoopiefoot I‘m an archivist and I co-sign this quote. 7mo
Andrew65 @Hoopiefoot 😂😂😂 7mo
LazyDays 👏👏 7mo
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ravenlee In one of Patricia Briggs‘ Mercy Thompson books (River Marked, I believe) Mercy mentions the loss of the common, the everyday, as special-occasion items are preserved for posterity and things used all the time get used up and discarded. It‘s a great passage, if brief. 7mo
BookBabe Wow! 7mo
Andrew65 As they say the victors write the history, look what the Tudors wrote about poor Richard III, talk about maligning the poor guy! @Hoopiefoot @LazyDays @ravenlee @BookBabe 7mo
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Andrew65
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Day 15 #AdventRecommends
Not surprised this book won the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. An excellent book, and my favourite Susanna Kearsley book. Twin time lines that come together in an interesting way.
Definitely recommended if you enjoy historical fiction, mysteries and books with a hint of a ghost story.

JamieArc I love Kearsley books! 8mo
Andrew65 @JamieArc Me too. 8mo
Zelma Ooh, she‘s one of my favorites! 8mo
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Lindsbooklover93 I love this book. ❤📚 8mo
booksandsympathy I have yet to read this book. I've read her other books. She just wrote about this on Facebook the other day, actually. She didn't know she won because they didn't contact her by phone. They sent her a letter, so she found out she won and was getting published two weeks after they were supposed to announce it. 8mo
Andrew65 @booksandsympathy Great story! 8mo
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bookandbedandtea
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📚 Mariana
🖋 Jill Mansel (hard to choose there are soooo many wonderful M authors)
📺 Magnum PI (I may be old enough to have had a childhood crush on Tom Selleck.*ahem)
🥔 Mashed potatoes
#manicmonday #letterm @JoScho

JoScho 💙😊💙 11mo
Guildedearlobe I can‘t believe they are remaking Magnum PI. Tom Selleck was the man. 11mo
bookandbedandtea @Guildedearlobe I agree! I can't say I have any desire to see the reboot. 11mo
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MellieAntoinette
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Castles, past lives, shadowed men on horseback, damsels in distress, cheeky brothers, and oh my goodness, wow! I totally did not see that ending coming. I hate it when that happens!!! 😲 😍 So good!

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Arcana
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For better or worse, each author is remembered for a single work, be that breathtaking or woeful. My hope is that, for Susanna Kearsley, this is that book. ❤️❤️❤️ A beautiful story, highly recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #romantsy #historical

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Mdargusch
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We bought a bunch of books here today. Now to get them home. 😬

Oryx Love Persephone 2y
Betty Wonderful you visited #Persephone ! 2y
Booksnchill I lust after their books- so beautiful! Please post what you got once you get settled! 2y
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Cinfhen 💘💘💘 2y
EvieBee So nice!!!! Can‘t wait to see your haul! 2y
LeahBergen 😍😍😍😍😍 2y
emilyhaldi Maybe @Cinfhen can give some advice on getting them home 😉 2y
minkyb ❣️ 2y
Cinfhen Pay for an extra suitcase 😜😁🙌🏻 @emilyhaldi 💸🤑💸 2y
Reviewsbylola ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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Laalaleighh
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Maybe this one won‘t tempt me to throw things 🙃

(That‘s gonna look so weird later on the book‘s page without any context)

PatriciaU Issues with Kearsley? 2y
Laalaleighh @PatriciaU no!!! This is my first of her books! I‘m referring to the book I just finished! 2y
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Andrea4
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For the fact that I don't usually read romance or hist.fic. this was both unusually engrossing for me. I love realities blended with magic and I think that's what kept me intrigued along with some very enjoyable characters (a Scottish brogue helped too 😍). The romance story was still somewhat trite and predictable but not in a roll-eyes-constantly sort of what. This is a must read if you like these genres!

Andrea4 #ReadingWomenChallenge Kearsley is a #Canadianauthor and fulfills no.9 on the list! Woot for more #Canadianbooks this year!! And thanks for the rec @llwheeler 😄 2y
Andrew65 One of my favourites! 2y
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iluvbooks

I‘m on chapter 8, and I‘m not feeling this book, but I hate to DNF books. Gah!

Update: So I decided to DNF this book for now. I just wasn‘t feeling it. I may pick it up again at a later time.

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In no particular order, and with no claims of being a complete list, some of my favourite books read in 2017. Not pictured since I got them from the library: As You Wish by Cary Elwes (audiobook), A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi, From the Tundra to the Trenches by Eddy Weetaltuk

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My favorite Susanna Kearsley book! Julia, a contemporary book illustrator, "time slips" back to 17th century England #timeaftertime. She finds herself living the life of Mariana Farr--At first it is just for a few hours before she returns to the present. However, each trip lasts longer and longer....
#augustgrrrl

Cinfhen Nicely done ✅ 😊 2y
Andrew65 This is one of my favourites too. 2y
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llwheeler
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I have no self-discipline... #bookhaul

Mariana is the first book in ages that I have read from the library and loved so much I had to get my own copy asap.

Also, both Canadian authors, so that's fun 🇨🇦

Melissa_J I loved Mariana ❤️ 2y
llwheeler @Melissa_J So good!! It was the first Kearsley I've read, definitely won't be the last 2y
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llwheeler
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Made myself a chart to keep track of #192019challenge (read a book published each year from 1920 to 2019). It's still pretty empty but I'll fill it 🤓
Just added Mariana as my 1994 book. I thought it would be my 2010 book but turns out overdrive was showing me the audiobook pub date not the original pub date.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's a great idea to keep track! I love your chart! 2y
Marchpane It will be sooo satisfying to watch this chart fill up! 2y
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llwheeler @Marchpane I'm psyched! 2y
Missusb Do you have to read them now, or can you say oh I read To Kill a Mockingbird already, and therefore tick off its year of publication (Which I forget off the top of my head... 1960 maybe?) 2y
llwheeler @Missusb I think you could do either. I went with the start of 2017, just cause that's easy to track for me. I think @Marchpane started last year... @Marchpane any comments? 2y
Marchpane @Missusb Completely up to you! I personally wanted to push myself a bit so I didn't count earlier reads. But feel free to do whatever works for you 😊 2y
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bookandbedandtea
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This was a re-read. I love this book and this author. Mariana was the first Kearsley I ever read and I've been slowly reading the rest of her books. I think I only have one left. 😭 I've enjoyed every one of her books but Mariana remains my favorite.

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llwheeler
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About halfway through and pretty hooked on this audiobook. It is great so far! Gus approves since he is a shameless lap cat and it means more uninterrupted naptime for him. #catsoflitsy

GypsyKat Awe! 2y
Eyelit You have my kitty twins! 😸 2y
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llwheeler
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Forgive the stunningly artistic collage 😕 ... this is the rest of my #Litsypartyofone for tonight. Ice cream, audiobook, and my zen koi game. After several busy weekends in a row, and a fairly stressful day at work today, it's just what I need. As always, thanks @Ambrosnazzy for hosting!

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Laalaleighh
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#bookhaul Cicero is great, but he was missing the magic I needed out of my summer solstice read, so I went to the bookstore and said "I need something kate morton like, but a bit magical, please." This is what I came away with. And yes, I did give in and buy my first Nora Roberts (I did it for the shiny cover!) I guess that makes me officially an adult now? All my friends moms had her books growing up. Excited to get lost in one of these tonight!

alleyfam51699 All of those sound great. I love books with magic in them. 2y
LauraBrook Love magical books! And yay for Nora! I know what you mean, when I read my first one of hers (~15 years ago now) I felt so grown up! 2y
Chrissyreadit I love all of Susana Kearsley's books!! Happy reading! 2y
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LibrarianJen Let me know how you like the Nora Roberts. She was my moms favorite which is why I've never read them! 2y
intothehallofbooks I sooo love a good Nora Roberts! 2y
Zelma Susanna Kearsley is one of my absolute favorites! And I just started reading Nora Roberts this month. 😆 2y
Laalaleighh @alleyfam51699 me too! My favorite kind! 2y
Laalaleighh @LauraBrook magical anything is the best 😊 2y
Laalaleighh @Chrissyreadit thank you! Looking forward to it!! 2y
Laalaleighh @LibrarianJen I'm not gonna run around shoving her books into people's hands and demanding they read them but it wasn't bad. Interesting but light. Not a heavy commitment attention wise. Like a brain vacation but still entertaining. 2y
Laalaleighh @intothehallofbooks which series or book is your fave? 2y
Laalaleighh @Zelma I'm looking forward to the kearsley! And yay! We're Nora initiates together! 2y
intothehallofbooks My favorite is the entire Inn Boonsboro Trilogy! The book you have pictured is the one of hers that I want to read next 😊 2y
Chrissyreadit @intothehallofbooks I live a half hour from Boonsboro. Nora Roberts has a cute little bookstore there. She owns the Inn there too. 2y
intothehallofbooks @Chrissyreadit I've heard about the real Inn and bookstore! I want to go!! So cool that you live close😀 2y
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Started this audiobook tonight. It's my first Kearsley, been wanting to give her a try for a few years now. It'll be my 2010 book for #192019challenge too.

Andrea4 Haha, I was reading the description and got more and more intrigued and then it said fans of Kate Morton would enjoy this-done, added to TBR. 2y
llwheeler @Andrea4 I've heard really good things about the author 2y
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Velvetsun
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My favorite place to read. 💙💜💛💚

Melissa_J I LOVE that book 😍 2y
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hfpotier
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Melissa_J
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I've just bailed on one book, but despite wanting to read not one of the seven other books I currently have on the go is calling to me 😢. I think I'm going to take some inspiration from @EvieBee84 and cull some books and re-organize shelves. 📚 #inareadingslump

JoeStalksBeck Looks awesome! 2y
EvieBee Lovely shelves! You should do it! I found about 10 books I feel like I need to read right now! Lol! 2y
LeahBergen I love doing a good cull (and your shelves 💗💗) 2y
Melissa_J @EvieBee84 @LeahBergen I managed to reorganize some shelves, but I didn't have much luck culling. I have a little trouble getting rid of books ☺️ 2y
DivineDiana Magnificent! 2y
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Velvetsun
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When I saw the prompt #thebacksofwomen, I immediately thought of the gorgeous covers by the amazing Susanna Kearsley. She's one of my all time favorite authors. #marchintoreading 💙💜💟📚📖

Melissa_J I love her books, too, although her older books are my favourites (I was very disappointed with the last two books 😥). Love your covers! My editions are completely different. 2y
annahenke She's a favorite of mine as well! 2y
booksandsympathy I love Susanna Kearsley books! 2y
Velvetsun So happy to see so much love for Susanna Kearsley here. 😁 2y
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Bookaddict
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Sorry I haven't updated in awhile. I will try to keep up with this a bit better this year. Anyway, I really enjoyed this historical fiction with some paranormal elements, some time travel, and of course some romance. If you are a fan of Diana Gabaldon, like me, then you need to check out Kearsley's novels. (I liked The Winter Sea a little bit more than this one, but both good!)

Bakingbookworm I just finished rereading Kearsley's The Winter Sea and I'll be rereading Mariana soon too. Loved both the first time around. 3y
Bookaddict @Bakingbookworm Yes!! I loved the Winter Sea and hope to check out Kearsley's The Rose Garden next. 3y
Bakingbookworm I own The Rose Garden but still need to read it. I'll be seeing Susanna Kearsley again in a couple of weeks. She's MCing a book brunch for Charlotte Gray in Uxbridge, Ont. So excited!! Going to bring my copy of Mariana for her to sign. She's so nice and down to earth. Squee!! 3y
Bookaddict @Bakingbookworm Wow! That's awesome. Would love to meet her one day. Enjoy your book brunch. Sounds fun! 3y
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hfpotier
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Rereading my favorite book from last year.

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bakerbecky
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Love this Book!

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mrsthilkey
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The romantic stories I read are usually classics or historical fiction. I heard that Susanna Kearsley books have those types of vibes, and I found that to be true of Mariana. I have more of her books on my TBR. Note: There are some supernatural elements and time travel, but it is done well I think.
#inthemoodforlove #seasonsreadings2016

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Here are two light and fun #timetravel books for this week's #FunFridayPhoto. I enjoyed them both!

raelaschoenherr I LOVE Susanna Kearsley! 3y
Zelma The Rose Garden was the exact one I thought of! Love that book so much and I adore Susanna Kearsley. I am spacing out her books so I don't run out, so I haven't read Marianna yet. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @raelaschoenherr @Zelma I haven't read all of her books yet, but I've enjoyed what I've read. My favorite so far is 3y
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raelaschoenherr That one is my favorite too, but they're all good! I can't wait for her new one next year. 3y
annahenke Love these!! 3y
Zelma @BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved The Winter Sea too! you've made me want to read something by her right now; maybe my next read for today! 3y
Zelma @raelaschoenherr @annahenke yay Susanna Kearsley fans! 👍😆 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @raelaschoenherr Oh I love when there's a new book to look forward to! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Zelma So ... did you start a Kearsley today?!? 😀📚📚📚 3y
Zelma @BarbaraTheBibliophage 😆 not yet, but I am still playing around on Litsy and haven't started a new book for the day. 😋 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Zelma I know the feeling! 3y
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hfpotier
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My new most favorite book. I've read it twice already, and I'm sure I'll reread it again soon.

Myhusbandhatesreading I loved this book too! I really like all her books!! 3y
hfpotier @Myhusbandhatesreading I haven't read them all, but the one's I have are amazing. 3y
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VeryLazyDaisy
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Quite different from my usual picks, but a nice change of pace.

annahenke Love this one and all of Susanna's books! 3y
VeryLazyDaisy I heard an interview with her and it sparked me to add her entire back catalog to my TBR ;) She's fantastic. 3y
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JulieAnn
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But what about poor Geoff???

AlwaysBeReading Right?! I mean I'm happy with the ending, buuuut maybe a little more resolution would have been nice...? 3y
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JulieAnn

Just started this and interested already. I've read some of her other books and liked them but I did have some problems getting into one or two of them. Hopefully this one keeps my interest!

Bakingbookworm One of my favourites!! I met her last November at a book signing for Kate Morton and she is so down to earth. Love Susanna Kearlsey! Enjoy! 3y
JulieAnn @Bakingbookworm that's awesome! Love to hear things like that about authors. 3y
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AlwaysBeReading
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Great summer read! I loved going on this journey with Julia to discover her past-life. Swoon worthy!

Coleen I have this & most all other of Kearsley's books on TBR pile, but haven't managed to tackle any of them yet. Too many books...... 3y
AlwaysBeReading I hear ya! It's an easy read though, I'm guessing most of her books are 3y
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I just got this tattoo the other day and this description appears near the end of the book I was already reading. I love it when books come into my life at the right moment!

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AlwaysBeReading

I'm really enjoying this book! I would love to see the homes she describes, to live near a little village in England with so much history under every stone. The past-life plot device is really well done, it definitely helps drive the storyline.

AlwaysBeReading And don't worry, that is not a spoiler! 3y
JulieAnn @AlwaysBeReading if you look up this book on goodreads one of the reviewers posted pictures of the house this was based on as well as the red lion pub and the manor house. It's really neat! 3y
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I'm so in love with the atmosphere and the house in this book, and I'm only three chapters in.

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milkamilka
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Incredibly written novel about love, reincarnation, past and the future. Includes an incredibly well thought out time travel component!