This book was originally published in the early 90s, but has just been reissued by Sourcebooks! I read another of Susanna Kearsley’s books, but I enjoyed MARIANA so much more.
It tells the story of Julia Beckett who buys an old house in a sleepy English town and is transported to another life and another time. She slowly begins to realize that the people from her past life are certain people in her present life and the story ends with a wonderful full circle moment.
Ms. Kearsley not only transports her characters, but her readers, too. She writes beautifully and keeps you engaged in the lives of people in the story. It was so easy to get lost in this book – I actually found it difficult not to rush through it to find out what was going to happen. The characters are such a wonderful bunch with a multitude of different traits that made them all so interesting. I love it when I care about the people in books so much that I feel like I know them.
So, if you are looking to get lost in another place for awhile, grab this book and enjoy. Much recommended. Whether you believe in past lives or not, you will appreciate the fabulous writing and imagination – and maybe it will even get you thinking.