Before I start, I do need to appreciate this cover, which definitely made my reading experience all the better. I LOVE reading historical fiction, or family sagas especially in summer months. I know it’s rather specific, but books with flowers, gardens, leaves, sceneries on the cover attracts me more and more during this time. Don’t ask me why, I just love it 🙂
But, it’s safe to say The Garden Of Lost And Found met the beauty of its cover with its story. I just enjoyed my time so much. It was my first Harriet Evans book, but I immediately added more to my TBR.
So, what’s this about?
Nightingale House, 1919. Liddy Horner discovers her husband, the world-famous artist Sir Edward Horner, burning his best-known painting The Garden of Lost and Found days before his sudden death.
Nightingale House was the Horner family’s beloved home – a gem of design created to inspire happiness – and it was here Ned painted ‘The Garden of Lost and Found’, capturing his children on a perfect day, playing in the rambling Eden he and Liddy made for them.
One magical moment. Before it all came tumbling down…
When Ned and Liddy’s great-granddaughter Juliet is sent the key to Nightingale House, she opens the door onto a forgotten world. The house holds its mysteries close but she is in search of answers. For who would choose to destroy what they love most? Whether Ned’s masterpiece – or, in Juliet’s case, her own children’s happiness.
Something shattered this corner of paradise. But what?
This is an epic family drama, that revolves around the lives of Dysarts and Horners through generations. There are loves, tragedies, secrets and more. I got lost in the book quickly and felt immersed to these families’ lives completely. I kind of had a book hangover and didn’t want it to finish. It was also extra intersting for me as a person who’s into arts. Lydia married to an artist (Ned), who climbed the stairs of fame and unfortunately came back down. I also loved the story being linked through a painting and the house itself. It was written with a lot of details of the house and the history around it. I loved the fact that Evans gave us some references from the historical time period. That’s one of the main reasons for me to read historical fiction novels, and it was clear that she made her research to include these details, which I enjoyed learning a lot.
I don’t want to give any more details about the story, so you can unravel many layers of this book yourself if you pick it up.
If you love historical fiction, dual timeline stories, family sagas, interesting characters, past and present linking through secrets, layers unraveling through an engrossing tale, this is a very good choice.
Also, if you like Kate Morton or Lucinda Riley, chances are high you’ll enjoy this book. Although, I must say I found it richer and more complex than Morton’s style.
So, that’s it for today. As usual, I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and happy reading!