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The Lost Garden: A Novel Paperback – 21 Jan 2004
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A beautiful novel with substance.--Jessica Teisch
This novel...remains with the reader long after the last page is turned, and it feels like an evening walk through a pungent, private garden.--Beth Kephart
Luminous....a stunningly beautiful little gem that lingers in the memory like the heady scent of a damask rose.--Karen Campbell
Multi-layered in its themes with an undercurrent of wartime passion and danger...unforgettable.--Judy Gaither and Emily Gaither
A graceful, poetic novel of love and loss in England during World War II.--Lee Milazzo
A beautiful evocation of love and loss....Subtle and deeply affecting....Rich and satisfying.
A story of longing, life and death--the stuff all great gardens are made of.--Catherine Newton
London is on fire from the Blitz, and horticulturalist Gwen Davis has fled the devastated city for a ruined estate in Devon to grow crops as a volunteer with the Women's Land Army. There, for the first time, she experiences true friendship, love and loss.See all Product description
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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.
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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