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Ohhhhhhh - deep book love

I just finished reading Susanna Kearsley's The Rose Garden, and ohhhhh. I haven't fallen so deep into a book for years. Last night, it kept me awake - not just because I stayed up far too late reading it, but because even after we turned off the lights, I couldn't stop thinking about it, actually physically tingling with the intensity of my urge to sneak out of bed and keep on reading. Even after I fell asleep, I dreamed about it all night long.

Here's the rave I posted on Goodreads:

My very favorite Kearsley novel, and since she's one of my favorite authors in the world, that is saying a LOT. This book created a world of its own and sucked me straight in. I wished I never had to leave. It was so rich and vivid and ohhhhh, so deeply, deeply, romantic. It was also one of the most cleverly managed time travel novels I've ever read.

The eighteenth century sections were exciting and vivid, full of smuggling and action and danger along with an incredibly moving and powerful romance, and the modern sections were lovely too, and they all just fit together perfectly. I am in awe of Kearsley's storytelling abilities.

If you grew up reading & loving Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters and/or Mary Stewart, I can't imagine that you wouldn't love Susanna Kearsley, too. Read this book! :)

It's out now in Canada and the UK, and it'll come out in the US this autumn. You can also enter a giveaway to win a copy now.

Oh, did I love this book. I finished it half an hour ago, but my copy is still sitting by my side, because I don't want to let it go. I can already tell that I'll be re-reading it over and over again in years to come. It really is that good, and that special.

What about you guys? What was the last book that really blew you away?


May. 13th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
I have to read When You Reach Me! A copy is actually sitting in my room in my TBR pile, and after reading your rec, I'm going to push it to the top.

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