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Publisher's Summary

Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there.
The locals are warm and welcoming, especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall. Yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia....
©2010 Susanna Kearsley (P)2010 Oakhill Publishing
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"An intense and gripping novel that is almost impossible to put down. The reader would be well advised to seek out a comfortable chair to experience an exceptional read." (The Winnipeg Free Press)
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By Ray on 02-23-12

I was hooked when I heard the Narrator's voice!

Although purchasing the Book originally for my Wife, I decided to have a break from my usual Seafaring & Crime Audiobooks.
Well! What a surprise this one turned out to be!
Carolyn Bonnyman's intimate reading style made me feel that she was sitting opposite me over a cup of coffee and telling me this tale in an almost whispered voice!
Her ability to enhance the somewhat eerie setting just with her voice was quite captivating.
Although I would not normally have selected such a Book for myself, I am so glad I did!

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By N. Phelps on 03-16-15

Terrific read

Would you listen to Mariana again? Why?

I very much enjoyed this book. The story was well written, the plot was interesting and the characters had depth and personality.

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By Deirdre on 07-14-10

Interesting time-slip tale

Julia Becket moves to the country from London, and finds her perfect home in the shape of Greywethers a 17th century cottage.

Right from the start we get the sense that the house chose Julia rather than the other way round, and soon Julia realizes all is not quite as it seems. She starts having strange experiences seemingly transported back to the past and into the life of a woman called Mariana.

I quite enjoyed this story, and liked the characters and gentle love story. However I only gave it three stars, This is primarily because of the narrator, Carolyn Bonnyman. I found her voice too monotone, and lacking emotion, especially when there was a lot of dialogue. When different characters were speaking there wasn't enough difference made between them and this could be a bit confusing, as in a pub scene when there were four people all having a conversation together.

I still enjoyed it though and found the story entertaining, with enough mystery about it to keep me interested.

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By Margaret on 09-06-10

Marianna

This audo book was really great, Susanna Kearsley is one of my favourtite authors and to listen to it being read was so much more atmospheric, it was as if i was actually there. I recommend this book, you will not be dissapointed.

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By Sandra on 03-10-16

Pleasant enough

Mariana is a long, slow slog. I did finish the book but I never really got involved with the character or her adventures, I wanted too, but it never happened, and the story didn't hold my attention easily. This is my second Kearsley novel, I listened to Season of Storms first and enjoyed it immensely, Mariana doesn't compare with it at all. The narration is nice but at times I struggled to know which character was speaking. I recommend it for a light, relaxing read if that's what you're looking for but I don't think you can expect to be entranced by this one.

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By Cherie on 05-26-15

Absolutely brilliant

The story, the narrator the romance. I've read it twice now and if I could give it 20 stars I would

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