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The Last Garden in England eBook Ú 368 pages Download ¶ dogsalonbristol Å ❰Download❯ ➹ The Last Garden in England Author Julia Kelly – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk From the author of the international bestseller The Light Over London and The Whispers of War comes a poignant St 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 Netgalley ♥️ it's January 1908 She walks in the winter garden surrounded by Christmas Roses I loved the opening descriptionsbthen it's February 2021 and Emma is meeting with clients I liked reading about Emma's work in the winter garden I loved going back and time and reading about the past I loved reading about the beginnings of the garden I loved the characters and seeing how they would connect to the present

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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 reuisitioned 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 forev This book was received as an Advanced Reviewer's Copy from NetGalleyThe Last Garden in England is the first book I've read of Kelly's Choosing to situate her book in three different time periods they all revolve around the same garden and the lives of the women who touched that gardenVenetia is a garden designer in the first decade of the 20th century Known for her designs and use of non traditional styles she's made a name for herself Now working on a new garden she finds distractions that could ultimately end up sinking her careerBeth Diana and several other characters round out the time period during WWII in which England was besieged and many manors and homesteads taken over in the war effort The beloved garden designed by Venetia in a previous decade is no exception granting comfort to the inhabitants of the manor that is being used as a makeshift hospital and the family who still lives there as wellFinally Emma of 2021 is hired to restore the beautiful garden to its previous glory A devoted fan of Venetia unlocking the gardens mysteries becomes just as important as restoring it And maybe there's time in there for her to discover what she truly wants and needs out of life as welljAll of the characters are pretty compelling While I didn't connect uite so much with Venetia I at least understood her plot struggling to make a name for herself in a male dominated world I think where I lost connection was in the romance and even that probably only because of how uickly her particular chapters went My favorite character was probably Diana; I found her complex and interesting especially given the trials her character has to endure Stella too really resonated with me I feel like the book has a potential to paint her in a bad light due to her choices but I think her strengths were in recognizing her weaknesses and seeking to find the best solution for them Overall the book moved pretty seamlessly despite having three different time periods woven in Each storyline was concise tied together with the others on the major plot points and all resolved satisfactorily While some of the romance points were a bit rushed I don't think they detracted And knowing the time period for some it also kind of made sense to have them be rushed I was pleased to see a lot of information about the various volunteer and work programs during WWII having just read The Splendid and the Vile it fit in very well with what I learned there It helped shed a light on that part of history and how people managed But best of all the garden was a highlight of this book and I truly appreciated the explanations and descriptions of the various plants used throughout the gardenA uick but engrossing read it's definitely one to settle in withReview by M Reynard 2020

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The Last Garden in England From the author of the international bestseller The Light Over London and The Whispers of War comes a poignant and unforgettable tale of five women living across three different times whose lives are all connected by one very special garden 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 arti When I saw Julia Kelly’s name pop up on NetGalley I immediately reuested the book without even reading the description I’m a huge fan of Kelly and the cast of characters she creates She effortlessly laced multigenerational characters with a common theme place or object And my instincts were 100% dead onThe Last Garden of England is FANTASTICLast Garden weaves together the lives of several strong independent women from present day and all the way back to the early 1900’s The common denominatora beautiful estate and is luscious gardens From their inception to their restoration the gardens of Highbury tell link these amazing characters tell beautiful stories and keep their secretsThe 1900’s introduce us to Venetia Smitha well known architectural gardener is hired to turn the land of Highbury into vast gardens for both beauty and entertaining She works for a hoity toity family who value social class above all else When she falls in love with her boss’ brother her reputation as well as her job are in jeopardy She’s determined to tell a story with her landscape design but ultimately the garden will harbor her secret for generationsIn the 1940’s Highbury is reuisitioned to the British Army as a convalescent home The lady of the house Diana is determined to keep the gardens organized and maintained while her life is hanging upside down She rediscovered her voice and her strength as time passes and she too hides a secret within the gardenJump decades forward to present day and Emma has been hired to restore the gardens to their original state As she searches for any kind of plans Venetia may have left behind or Highbury owner Sydney’s great grandmother may have kept in and old box she not only begins to dig up overgrown roots but the secrets within the gardenAll of these ladies find themselves their strength and love within the walls of these gardens Much like the plants that grow within they take time to establish their roots and then begin to blossomThis is a huge win for Julia Kelly I did not want this story to endin fact I can see this book becoming somewhat of series a stand alone book for each of the characters Well done Julia Thank you so much to Julia and NetGalley for giving me early access to this gem One of my favs of 2020

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