The Lost GardenKatharine Swartz
In 1919, Eleanor Sanderson, daughter of Goswell's vicar, is mourning her brother's death. To bring her comfort, her father hires Jack Taylor to create a garden---and an unsuitable friendship unfolds. More than 90 years later, Marin Ellis discovers a walled enclosure on her p... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jun 27, 2015
- UPC: 9781782641377
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- warm but sad, too by Vera on 7/20/2015
As I began the book, it struck me as being intensely depressing. I sensed desperation, death, despair. I thought to myself that this was not particularly the type of book I would typically choose, and not what I expected The Lost Garden story to hold for the reader based on the description of the book. However, I persisted.
The setting is on a plot of land that shared a history with a monastery prior to the Reformation. The church, the vicar's residence, and a cottage for another feature the enclosed garden gone to ruin are the dwellings for the families of both timelines. While the author doesn't delve back into pre-reformation days for this story, it is two stories from different decades running throughout. This seems to be a favorite technique of writers which some readers find daunting as the story switches back and forth. It adds interest, but is not a favorite style of mine.
As I continued to read on, I found myself feeling the heart of the characters and of the village in which they lived. The cutting of weeds and brambles unearthed more than a former garden. This is a warm story but has depth of meaning and characters as everyday as your neighbor might be.
The setting is England (UK) and many terms and names of items and activities may be somewhat strange to the American audience. This does not detract at all from the reading.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are solely mine. I received no compensation for this review.