Publisher: Honno Press
Book Title: Eden’s Garden
Author: Juliet Greenwood
Publication date: March 15th 2012
Eden’s Garden is a time-slip set in the present and in Victorian Times. If you love the books of Kate Morton, Downton Abbey and beautiful gardens, this is the book for you!
Carys’ dreams for the future are falling apart as she returns to the Snowdonia village where she was born, to look after her mother. But then a chance discovery draws her back into the story of Plas Eden, the huge, ramshackle country house where, at eighteen, she said goodbye to her childhood sweetheart, David Meredith.
The last time Ann was in London she was a spoilt, aristocratic bride. Now she stands destitute on London Bridge, with the Meredith charity hospital her only lifeline. But who can she trust, and will she ever escape her past?
Two women struggle with love, family duty, long-buried secrets and their own creative ambitions. But more than a hundred years ago Ann left a trail through London, Cornwall and Wales that leads Carys on a tantalising and increasingly shocking search for the truth.
What is Plas Eden’s connection with her own family history and what are the secrets of the statues in the garden?
I loved this book. The claim that it is reminiscent of Kate Morton (one of my favourite authors) is absolutely true. Juliet Greenwood’s “Eden’s Garden” is a wonderful, scrumptious read that swings effortlessly between 1898 and 2011. While the story has a great mystery to solve, with so many layers you just don’t know where it will end, it’s the characters that make you keep turning the pages.
The story grabbed hold of me and kept me immersed in the lives of Ann and Carys and all the people they know. I cared about them and wanted to know their stories. I kept reading waiting for both a happy ending and for certain people to get their comeuppance. I wasn’t disappointed. I read it in a single day and it’s a book I know I will re-read (so it stays on the Kindle).
The characters beckon you in and the settings are so starkly and beautifully drawn you are right there in the moment in both time zones. Do yourself a favour and grab this book.
Reviewed by: Sharon