I was scrolling the online library and I found this book…The Last Garden by Julia Kelly. Completely judging a book by the cover I thought I might enjoy this book. It looked like a historical fiction work and it was set in England. Those are both things I love.
So was I right…YES. The book was set in England. It did take place, at least partially, during WWII. So did I like it? YES. The book was good. I didn’t guess the ending yet the ending was very plausible. The book follows three different groups of people which is a lot to keep track of but if it’s a good author, they can pull it off and this author did.
Here is what Amazon has to say:
“Present-day: Emma Lovett, who has dedicated her career 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 estate, designed in 1907 by her hero Venetia Smith. But as Emma dives deeper into the gardens’ past, she begins to uncover secrets that have long lain hidden.
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 industrialists, solicitors, and bankers looking to show off their wealth with sumptuous country houses. When she is hired to design the gardens of Highbury House, she is determined to make them a triumph, but the gardens—and the people she meets—promise to 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. Cook Stella Adderton, on the other hand, is desperate to leave Highbury House to pursue her own dreams. And widow Diana Symonds, the mistress of the grand house, is anxiously trying to cling to her pre-war life now that her home has been requisitioned and transformed into a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers. But when war threatens Highbury House’s treasured gardens, these three very different women are drawn together by a secret that will last for decades.
In this sweeping novel reminiscent of Kate Morton’s The Lake House and Kristin Harmel’s The Room on Rue Amélie, Julia Kelly explores the unexpected connections that cross time and the special places that bring people together forever.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.5 stars and I’m going to agree. The book completely held my attention and the characters were both likable and believable. I loved it!
If you are looking for the book you can find it HERE on Amazon.
2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Last Garden in England”
Oh boy, that one sounds good. I’m finishing up The Paris Seamstress which one of your readers suggested. This one might be next. I have to be super choosy with the audio books I pick because they take so much longer than if I just read it myself. But I like having one to listen to in those moments I get to myself lol
I enjoyed THE LIGHT OVER LONDON by her, also.