After finishing Ellen Feldman's Terrible Virtue, I craved more historical fiction, this time settling into a novel about a horticulturist who leaves London for an estate in the country, volunteering to serve in the Women's Land Army. Gwen is to organize a group of women in cultivating and growing food for the war effort. Nearby is a house full of Canadian soldiers awaiting orders for the war. The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys is the story of a hidden garden and the woman who brings it back to life, meanwhile finding friendship and love, as well as loss.
Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a book they are reading or thinking about reading soon. It is also where I share my first impressions about the book I am sharing.
What can I say about love? You might see me sitting in this taxi, bound for Paddington Station--a thirty-five-year-old woman with plain features--and you would think that I could not know anything of love. But I am leaving London because of love.
Every Tuesday, Jenn from Books And A Beat hosts Teaser Tuesdays at which time participants grab their current read, open to a random page, and share two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page while avoiding any spoilers.
Teaser from page 62 of The Lost Garden:
"Have you been out climbing trees, Gwen?" Jane whispers to me. She reaches up and pulls bits of yew from my hair, laying them carefully beside my place as a sort of table decoration.
and at page 71:What do you think? Would you keep reading?
There's a dark blur, moving from the shadows of this building, running across the grass towards the stables. From this angle and height I can't tell who it is. The moon disappears behind a cloud and I momentarily lose the figure in the shadows of the opposite buildings. When the moon returns, the figure has vanished.
Reading the opening paragraph, I cannot help but wonder if it is love Gwen is fleeing or is it what she is running to. Of course, having read more of the novel, I know the answer to that. But still, it was my first thought upon starting the novel. The two teasers give off a bit of mystery, especially the second one. Who is that person she sees?What are you reading at the moment? Is it anything you would recommend?
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