Book Review: “The Lost Garden” by Katherine Swartz

July 27, 2015 at 11:48 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Katherine Swartz in her new book, “Lost Garden book coverThe Lost Garden” Book Two in the Tales from Goswell series published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Marin Ellis and Eleanor Sanderson.

From the back cover:   Present and past residents of a countryside English vicarage search for love

Marin Ellis is in search of a new start after her father and his second wife die in a car accident leaving her the guardian of her fifteen-year-old half-sister, Rebecca. They choose the picturesque village of Goswell on the Cumbrian coast and settle into Bower House, the former vicarage, on the edge of the church property. When a door to a walled garden captures Rebecca’s interest, Marin becomes determined to open it and discover what is hidden beneath the bramble inside. She enlists the help of local gardener Joss Fowler, and together the three of them begin to uncover the garden’s secrets.

In 1919, nineteen-year-old Eleanor Sanderson, daughter of Goswell’s vicar, is grieving the loss of her beloved brother Walter, who was killed just days before the Armistice was signed. Eleanor retreats into herself and her father starts to notice how unhappy she is. As spring arrives, he decides to hire someone to make a garden for Eleanor, and draw her out of—or at least distract her from—her grief and sorrow. Jack Taylor is in his early twenties, a Yorkshire man who has been doing odd jobs in the village, and when Eleanor’s father hires him to work on the vicarage gardens, a surprising—and unsuitable—friendship unfolds.

Deftly weaving the dual narratives, Katharine Swartz explores themes of loyalty and love through her memorable characters and strong sense of place.

Let me start out by saying I like “The Lost Garden”. This is a story about growing new life and starting over. Rebecca just wants to start over. She doesn’t want to be pitied as the girl who just lost both her parents in a car accident. Marin wanted a new start and she certainly has it not only with Rebecca but with the new cottage as well. Together they discover the garden and begin to tend it back to life. That’s when they find that Eleanor created the garden to start over after her brother dies. This is a wonderful story that shows that life can begin again if you are willing to put the effort into what you value as important in your life. Marin, Rebecca and Eleanor are wonderful characters that we come to care about and want to succeed.  Katherine Swartz is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you reach the end.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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