4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Historical writing at its best,
This review is from: The Physic Garden (Kindle Edition)
This is a beautifully written, slow-burning treasure of a book to savour and re-read. The lovely themes of the physic garden itself, foraging, bee-keeping, the courtship and the interesting detail of the history of medicine were balanced with a sharp dose of unromanticised reality: pollution, medical ethics, grinding poverty and the jarring events of the story itself.
The three principal characters are well developed, and they will stay with me. I didn't see any of the plot twists coming, but had a sense of foreboding both from the cover description and the building of brooding tension.
The book definitely deserved its appearance in the Sunday Times pick of historical fiction for this spring. I'll be keeping an eye on their recommendations for future reads. This is a great one for book clubs. Lots of material. Enough for two sessions!