Top critical review
13 March 2019
I have read all of Harriet Evan's books and loved them but her last one The Wildflowers left me confused and slightly disappointed. I was looking forward to the Garden of Lost and Found and, sadly, found the same reaction. I am trying to work out why as the jumps backwards and forwards in time I usually find intriguing and enjoyable. The current story of Julie and how she leaves her unhappy marriage and comes to live in a house left to her by her grandmother strays into Rosaline Pilcher territory, and I mean that as a compliment, enjoyable and sympathetic. However, the Edwardian characters that she writes about in the past are all pretty selfish and ghastly and I found myself totally unable to connect to them at all.
I found myself skipping great chunks in order to get back to Julie and find out what was happening to her and had a total lack of interest in the rest of the story.
I do hope I enjoy the next book by this author as I have in the past. I am afraid I found this one rather tiresome