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on 5 October 2012
"Three is the number of time, for do we not speak of past present and future? Three is the number of family, for do we not speak of mother, father and child? Three is the number of fairy, for do we not seek them between oak, ash and thorn?"

These words found preceding the first chapter of the book summarize the importance of the number 3.

The book is divided into 3 time periods, the beginning of the 20th century, the 1970's, and the early years of the 21st century...and not in that order.

The story moves between 3 places.... a poverty stricken part of London where children are bullied into work, the magical mists of Cornwall hiding the secrets of the past, and down to earth, practical Australia.....not in that order.

It relates to 3 generations of a family.

Fragments of the fairy stories written by Eliza Makepeace are printed as part of the book and in some measure reflect the allegorical nature of the main story. Fairies and magic, and good and evil emerge in unexpected ways with unexpected twists to the plot. The maze that is part of Blackhurst Manor in Cornwall is a symbol of how complicated the plot is

Creativity is an ever present theme which enriches the story whether through fairy story writing, drawing, book illustrating, gardening or antique collecting. The characters seek reto validate their identity through creative self expression

And what is the main story? Its about Nell's search for her family roots, continued through the efforts of her grand-daughter, Cassandra..

I found it very difficult to put the book down....
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on 4 April 2017
Having read The House at Riverton, I looked forward to reading this book by the same author. The idea of a secret garden caught the imagination and Kate's ability to involve the reader, excellent. Unfortunately the constant change from one era to another with changing characters meant that returning to the book after a few days, I had to look back to reorientate myself, and it disrupted the flow. Otherwise a very enjoyable story.
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on 17 March 2017
Absolutely wonderful story that was almost impossible to put down .would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys exciting mysteries
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on 16 March 2017
Still in the process of reading the book. so far so good.
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on 19 April 2017
Nice read
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on 23 June 2017
good
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on 16 October 2016
Absolutely Fabulous, a very hard book to put down.
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on 5 February 2017
Excellant
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on 26 December 2012
Sometimes you find a little gem, I didn't know what to expect from this book but I found it to be well written and kept me interested till the last page. A breath of fresh air, well worth a try. I will be keeping an eye out for more of her books.
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on 28 May 2017
Perfect. Definitely will buy from this seller again. Exactly what was described. Actually was better that expected. The book didn't look used and arrived very quickly. Highly recommended.perfect setter.
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