Another stunning cover for this new release!
Thanks to Gallery Books for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review
THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND – Julia Kelly (Released January 12th, 2021)
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.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
A beautiful cover for a beautifully written historical fiction novel. THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND follows the stories of the women and their connection to the Highbury House estate and the stunning gardens inside.
We have three different timelines that all surround the Highbury House: 1907, 1944, and present day. I loved seeing the history unfold and learning new bits and pieces as each woman told their story. Who knew a big restoration project would unearth secrets and change her life forever? If you love historical fiction and multiple timelines, then I highly recommend adding this to your TBR!