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    setting, pace, tone, language - spot on

    In the notes somewhere it said that this was inspired by the Lost Gardens of Heligan. I live in Devon, and although I've not yet visited them, I know a little about them. This novel drew me in completely. It's set just before the First World War commences and the setting, pace, tone and language felt just right. I was absorbed straight in. Often authors struggle with dialect when setting a story both in history (even close history such as this) and rural areas, but to my ear, this sounded spot on. A riveting tale, set in the microcosm of the time and place of a country house, back when everything was still done by hand or beast. This would have been a 3 star but for the elegance of the writing - I'll be buying another. In case you are interested - I give 5 stars to books I want to reread and often buy as gifts after reading AND want to buy the whole of the author's back catalogue, 4 to ones I immediately want to buy the entire back history and 3 to books I enjoy but don't quite meet those criteria. If something doesn't at least meet a 3 star, then I won't review it - I don't have the skill or the talent to write so who am I to criticise someone who does.
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