When done right, historical fiction can prove as riveting as the best spy thriller and author Julia Kelly is a masterful writer. The task of weaving characters and three disparate timelines from 1907, 1944 and 2021 must have been daunting but the narrative sails along on smooth seas. From the reader’s POV keeping track of who fits where requires close concentration and I occasionally had to flip back to refresh my memory about what era I was in.. Thank the powers that be that this is not a time travel story. What it is is three separate tales, three protagonists and one glorious English garden covering a 115 year period. Emma Lovett has been hired to restore the gardens to their former glory and in the process she uncovers long buried secrets from the past.. It’s fascinating and challenging in scope but Kelly rises to the occasion and sweeps the reader up in the grandeur.of the garden’s restoration.
This is no namby pamby dry Victorian narrative. “The Last Garden in England” is beautifully written with brilliant subplots of the hope that accompanies love and the despair of death, all built around a love of gardening that shines brightly and feeds the soul.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review “The Last Garden in England” by Julia Kelly.
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