Happy Friday everyone!
I just finished reading yet another Susanna Kearsley novel and wanted to share it with you.
I’m actually deep into the Game of Thrones fantasy series at the moment, but when I read books, I tend to get a little too into them and forget about everything else which can be a bit when reading a 1000+ page book in a multi-book series to say the least! So, to pace myself, I decided to take a little break between the first and second books and catch up with one of my favorite historical fiction/fantasy/romance novelists.
My latest Kearsley read, Mariana, tells the story of Julia, a children’s book illustrator who keeps finding herself mysteriously drawn, literally and figuratively, to an old historical house in a small English town. Eventually, Julia ends up buying the house and uncontrollably begins traveling back in time and inhabiting the body of a young girl named Mariana. When she is Mariana, Julia remembers nothing of her current future self although she does retrace all of Mariana’s movements in the present. Ultimately, Julia begins to suspect that she is Mariana, reincarnated to fulfill some sort of unfinished business. The novel is filled with fun, lively characters and Julia’s adventures, both in the past and present, make it a difficult book to put down.
If I were to be a fiction writer, Kearsley’s books would be my model. Growing up, I was always drawn to the loosely historical time travel novels with strong heroines and just the right amount of romance, and so far, all of Kearsley’s novels that I’ve read have embodied that ideal. I thought Mariana was a new publication, but it turns out it was just a re-release of one of her earlier books. Lucky me!
Although it was no Winter’s Sea, Mariana was a delightful, fast-paced, dreamy read. I devoured all 382 pages in 3 days–so much for a reading break!