I just finished reading The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley and found it to be a very enjoyable read. (It’s got a gorgeous cover, too, and I know you’re not supposed to judge a book that way, but it’s just sooooo pretty!) It’s a quiet sort of contemporary romance with a time travel twist, and it takes place in both modern Cornwall and Cornwall three hundred years ago.
The heroine, Eva Ward, travels from the states to a cottage in Cornwall to scatter her sister’s ashes in a place that was special to both of them. She revisits childhood friendships and tries to heal from the loss of her sister, and in the process she stumbles onto a strange sort of overlap of two different times occurring in the same place. It leads to an encounter with one Daniel Butler, a widower and smuggler from the early 18th century, and to a combination of romance and political intrigue. Complicating things even further, Eva finds that she has no control over when she gets pulled forward or backward in time (don’t you just hate it when that happens?) and has to find a way to figure out where–and when–she truly belongs.
If you like a little bit of British history thrown in to your books and a dash of subtle romance, then I think you would enjoy The Rose Garden. I’m definitely going to read more of this author’s work.