Friday, 27 September 2013

Artful Readers Club - Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

I just loved this book. I became totally engrossed with the characters and could not put it down. It is a romance in which the characters remember their previous lives. Julia is inexplicably drawn over a number of years to a cottage which she eventually buys. She hears stories of  the ghost of a "The Lady in Green" who used to be seen in the garden of her cottage but has not appeared for 30 years, Julia's age. Once in the cottage Julia is drawn into her previous reincarnation where she was Mariana. Mariana lived in the time of Charles the second. Others have also been drawn to the village and gradually the story unfolds and "the circle is closed". This is a quick read especially when you can't put it down and read into the night and I found it a very compelling.story.
For my art work I used water colours to create the cottage garden and the ghostly Mariana.
I mounted the finished piece into my journal on a page made using the Gelli plate. I die cut the name from some of the same left over card stock. Do take a look at the artwork of the other members of the club here at Darcy's blog and thank you all for your kind comments in previous months.
Jen x


  1. ooooh that sounds like an excellent premise for a story, and clearly it was well told, as you enjoyed reading it so much

    LOVE your artwork

  2. This sounds like a book I would enjoy! Fabulous journal page which fits the narrative perfectly. Isn't it great when we find an unputdownable(?) book!

  3. What a beautiful way to show the storyline of the book. It put everything in perspective. Looks like you really enjoyed this one. It's a beautiful collage and I adore the background.

  4. This is absolutely beautiful, Jen. Both the art and the story. 30 years waiting for The Green Lady. I wonder if others came back, too. Curiosity is telling me to read it and find out ;-)

  5. sounds like a very interesting storyline, I adore your artwork, really so very beautiful.

  6. Gorgeous artwork.....captures an English cottage garden beautifully...
    And the book sounds like a really good read...added it to my wish list...
    Hugs xx