The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley


The Rose GardenThe Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Let the new faces play what tricks they will
In the old rooms; night can outbalance day,
Our shadows rove the garden gravel still,
The living seem more shadowy than they.

William Butler Yeats, The New Faces

Page 41:

‘Ever try to hold a butterfly? It can’t be done. You damage them,’ he said. ‘As gentle as you try to be, you take the powder from their wings and they won’t ever fly the same. It’s kinder just to let them go.’

In order to avoid repeating what has been said before by other reviewers, I would add the historical background that provides the basis for this story.

In 1715, Trelowarth was the home of the Jacobites which plans were to defeat King George I and put in his place the catholic claimant of this throne, James Stuart.

The Jacobite rising of 1715 is often referred to as The Fifteen.

There is an interesting book on this subject written by Daniel Szechi.

And don’t forget to mention also another book with the same historical background written by Anya Seton, namely Devil Water.


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