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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 Romance The 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"show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 30.48mm | 113.4g
  • Sourcebooks Landmark
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • 1402258674
  • 9781402258671
  • 399,477

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"Gosh. I loved everything about this book -- the setting, the characters, the plot, the dialogue, the denouement. You know how some books just grab you by the hair and don't let go until you reach their extremely satisfying conclusion? That was "Mariana," for me." - Bookfoolery and Babbleshow more

About Susanna Kearsley

Susanna Kearsley's writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. Her books have been translated into several languages, selected for the Mystery Guild, condensed for "Reader's Digest," and optioned for film. She lives in Canada near the shores of Lake more

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17,162 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 35% (5,995)
4 41% (7,062)
3 20% (3,363)
2 4% (601)
1 1% (141)

Our customer reviews Just like the previously book "The Winter Sea" released in Portugal by the publisher Asa, Susanna Kearsley delivers another bestseller that leaved me amazed and with that sweet feeling of loneliness and, at the same time, anxious to read the book once again. All that happens with "Mariana", because the story follows the same structure as "The Winter Sea", and it also brings us to a totally new climax which makes us question everything in the story. Full of details and with unforgettable moments lived between seventeenth century England and the present, this is a fabulous book that will make us travel back in time several times and will make the reader learn more about England history in a difficult period in which war and plague reigner. At the same time, we will also learn about the main character that is slowly fillings the gaps in her previous life, which turns out to be unexpectedly full of action, romance, mystery and betrayals. Mariana, a normal girl with a normal and boring life, will have her life changed by some events and will also hide huge secrets that will put her life and those she loves in danger. When you think that you already know what will happen in the end, something then happens and the story takes a complete turnaround, leaving the reader a little confused and giving some secondary characters the chance to become more important in the story. Despite being a wonderful book, I must say that I was often confused with some parts set in the past, because in one moment Julia was doing some chore or even looking at her garden and then she was suddenly transported to the past. These sudden changes can be a little confusing. The reader will only realize what happen only a few sentences after. When reading, please be attentive to the book. My favorite characters were Vivien (character that I still think that is present in another book from Susanna Kearsley) and Iain, because their friendship was amusing and very funny and they made me laugh a few times along the story. To end this review, I want to say that I wish to see another of this author's books in our bookstores. She is undoubtedly one the best (if not the best) author who writes novels that include romance and time more
by Ana Luisa Neves
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