Today I Am Featuring A Charming Historical Fiction I Reviewed.
Welcome to The Last Garden in England, the upcoming novel from international bestselling author Julia Kelly.
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The Last Garden in England is a poignant and heartwrenching tale of five women in three eras, whose lives are tied together by one very special place.
Present Day: Emma Lovett, who has dedicated her life to breathing new life into long-neglected gardens, has just been given the opportunity of a lifetime: to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House, designed in 1907 by her hero Venetia Smith. But as Emma dives deeper into the garden’s past, she begins to uncover secrets that have long been hidden from history.
1907: A talented artist with a growing reputation for her ambitious work, Venetia Smith has carved out a niche for herself as a garden designer to well-to-do industrialists, solicitors, and bankers looking to show off their wealth with sumptuous country houses. She is determined to make Highbury House a triumph, but the gardens there—and the people she meets—will change her life forever.
1944: When land girl Beth Pedley arrives at a farm on the outskirts of the village of Highbury, all she wants is to find a place she can call home, while cook Stella Adderton could not be more desperate to leave Highbury House pursue her own dreams. Diana Symonds, a widow and the mistress of the grand house, is desperately trying to cling to her pre-war life now that Highbury House has been requisitioned to become a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers. But when war threatens the gardens at Highbury House, these three women are drawn together by a secret that will last decades.
The Last Garden in England explores the unexpected connections that can cross time and the special places that can bind us together in unbreakable bonds.
THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND WILL BE OUT JANUARY 2021 AT ALL FINE RETAILERS.
AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | KOBO
Do you love to Garden?
I fell in love with flower gardening under the patient training of my wonderful Mother, Olga Mcdavid. She adored the painstaking work that went into caring for her massive flower gardens. She had beautiful Roses of every colo, her favorite was always yellow Roses. Mine was the beautiful Blue Girl Rose she grew, with its lush lavender blue color. She developed a brain tumor that almost cost her her life. Nine months after her surgery she decided that it was now or never to acquire her Master Gardening Certification from Louisiana State University.
Sadly she passed away at 75 .April 17, 2007.
I was only 37 at the time.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers
I truly enjoyed reading this incredible historical fiction. The perfect book for me, with its gorgeous details and captivating characters.
With seamless narrative that ties all the time periods effortlessly together, drawing you the reader, into the lives of these women. The gardens of Highbury House is the focal point for this multi time period book. I felt that the Garden itself took on the personification of an actual character within this stunning storyline.
In 1907, Edwardian garden designer Venetia Smith designs the elaborate gardens of Highbury House, an estate in Warwickshire
In 1944, recently widowed Diana Symonds is the Lady of Highbury House, Beth Pedley works there as a land girl. The Highbury House is repurposed as is used as convalescent hospital. As Britain and the rest of the world becomes involved in the Second World War. In 2021, Emma Lovett uses some detective work to unearth papers and records found in the house, to help restore the gardens.
This lovely book is everything from love to losses, grief and tragedy. Along with gardens that tie the woman all together, in this emotional novel.
I highly recommend this book!
Make sure to grab yourself a copy!
EARLY PRAISE FOR THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND
“Kelly’s novel encompasses everything I love in historical fiction: a dramatic setting depicted so vividly I could’ve sworn I was strolling through the gardens of Highbury House as I turned the pages, and a series of stories that intertwine each other effortlessly, echoing the theme of love lost and found. A delight.” —Fiona Davis, nationally bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue
“Julia Kelly’s captivating novel, The Last Garden in England is as immersive as it is enchanting…Historical fiction at its very best.” —Patti Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
“An engrossing portrait of three generations of women longing to find their place in the complicated times in which they live. Blooming with warmth and heartbreak.” —Brooke Lea Foster, author of Summer Darlings
“In this beautiful tale of love, heartbreak and re-invention, Julia Kelly draws us deeply into the heart of the English countryside and a mysterious garden where the destinies of women living decades apart collide in unexpected, transformative ways. Gorgeously written and rooted in meticulous period detail, this novel is vibrant as it is stirring. Fans of historical fiction will fall in love with The Last Garden in England.” —Roxanne Veletzos, bestselling author of The Girl They Left Behind
“Like the petals of Highbury House’s enchanting roses, Julia Kelly’s latest novel unfurls to reveal layered stories of long-lost secrets. The Last Garden in England is a compelling read, filled with loveable characters and an alluring twist of fates.” —Ellen Keith, author of The Dutch Wife
“Bestselling author Julia Kelly plants the seed of an idea, nurtures it into a vivid, intriguing seedling, then fertilizes, prunes, and shapes its various twisting branches into a stunning garden. Connected across the decades by a garden in desperate need of their care, three fascinating women grow alongside one another, shedding secrets and insecurities, eventually blooming with self-realization, hope, and love.” —Genevieve Graham, bestselling author of The Forgotten Home Child
“The story-strands twine together like honeysuckle climbing up a trellis, sending out secrets and surprises all the way.” —Jane Johnson, author of The Sea Gate
“[A] touching, immersive read with definite appeal for aficionados of Downton Abbey and Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008)…Subplots involving love, loss, and hope for new beginnings gracefully intertwine, and readers will be enraptured by the garden theme…Like gardens themselves, these pages invite lingering and thoughtful reflection.” —Booklist
“Three women across time are connected by a garden in Kelly’s enjoyable and richly detailed latest… Kelly balances Emma’s detective work reviewing papers and records found in the house with Venetia’s slow-burn tragedy and the twist that defines Beth’s relationship to the gardens. Kelly easily delivers everything her fans will expect.” —Publisher’s Weekly
““Kelly’s decades-spanning story will appeal to gardeners and lovers of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs…” —Library Journal