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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and haunting, 19 Sep 2005
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Star_Sea "Xing" (Salisbury, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Lost Garden (Paperback)
This book is just beautiful, there is no other way to describe it. It doesn't surprise me that Humphreys is also a poet, because she always has exactly the right description, whether it be of roses or the Blitz or houses. I couldn't believe that she was Canadian, because her description of wartime London are so convincing and so beautiful. The passage which speaks of Gwen's love for London at the beginning of the book rang utterly true for my mother, who also loves the city.
Gwen herself is quite a sad character; rejected by her self-absorbed mother and ignored by men, she pours all her passion into gardening, until she meets two people thanks to the Land Girl movement: Jane and Captain Raley. Jane is recovering from a nervous breakdown, while Raley is heading towards one as he waits to be sent over to Europe. Gwen is clumsy with people, yet she reaches out to these two, and tries to help them, moved by their different yet similar distress. Intertwined with Gwen's discoveries about her two new friends is the discovery of a secret garden at the house where the girls are staying. It is not included in the house plans and Gwen embarks on a quest to find out who planted it and why. There is also a mysterious ghost who steals chickens, which gives necessary light relief to a story that deals with intense issues. The lucid language clearly evokes Gwen's feelings and memories, but Humphreys never allows the story to be bogged down. Her eye for detail is amazing. I intend to buy her other books and read them, and there's no better compliment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, longing and loss in time of war, 25 Feb 2007
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The Lost Garden is a beautiful evocation of time and place, longing and loss. This is a very well-crafted and moving novel. The images and emotions brought to life by Helen Humphrey's book stayed with me long after I had finished reading it. Both witty and haunting this book is a real gem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering love, 19 Mar 2003
This review is from: The Lost Garden (Hardcover)
THE LOST GARDEN is truly a beautiful book -- straightforward and yet told with such sensitivity and understanding it's impossible not to get caught up in it. Gwen's incredibly straight view of love and life makes the poignancy all the stronger. Captain Raley's repressed fear, knowing he is just waiting to be sent out to die, had me crying by the end of the book. In fact, I cried all the way through the last chapter. Though Gwen never gets to know the land girls well (she secretly names them after potatoes), Jane and Raley and Gwen herself are excellently developed. I'm the sort of reader who thrives on constant action, yet this touching little book had me from the first word and never let go.
A brilliant portrayal of love in a time of war, THE LOST GARDEN is a literary arrangement I could not recommend more highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, 10 May 2013
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This is a well written book and I have loved reading it.The writer has a wonderful way of describing things and I couldn,t put the book down
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book, 5 Jan 2012
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P. Lewis "book lover" (Newcastle,UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Lost Garden: A Novel (Paperback)
I started reading this book two days ago and finished reading it in less than 24 hours. It is beautifully written and draws the reader right in to the situation. The story is very true to the time it is written about and the characters are very well drawn. I would recommend this book to ant lover of perfect prose.
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