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  • So touching

    I couldn't put this book down. Funny and sad but heart warming, and giving an insight into the hard but family orientated times in early Ireland.

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  • Beautifully Written

    The setting is Ireland in 1924. Nora Doyle is a thirteen-year-old girl, living in a rural area where the struggle for survival is very real. She and her family live in a small cottage that is cold and cramped. She wants to escape being poor, but she doesn't let it stop her smile. One day as she and her best friend, Kitty, are watching another funeral procession they notice the big house on the hill. Nora really wants to see the place where her mother worked at one time and has now forbidden Nora from ever going there but won't say why. When Kitty talks her into sneaking into the garden, the adventure begins. They find an opening and in they go. The garden is beautiful and they aren't the only ones there. A boy named Edward is there. The three form a fast friendship that has Nora spending all the time she can in their secret garden. But Nora is sneaking around going against her mother's wishes. And Edward is the key to a family secret that could change Nora's life forever. This one tugged on my heartstrings. The brutal hardships, the loss, and even the friendships. Well Done! The author pulls us in and doesn't let go. I like that. NetGalley/ February 5th, 2020 by Bookouture

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  • A wonderful story.

    I wonderef all along who woud Nora marry. I was pleased with her choice. A great story!

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  • Wonderful

    Sandy Taylor is one of those authors whose books I eagerly wait for and pick up without even reading the blurb - she always delivers. With this book she has raised the bar already set so very high with her previous stunning stories. This story is exquisite perfection. Well crafted, beautifully written, emotional, poignant and immersive. I lived every word. The sense of time and place is, as with all her books, just perfect. All the characters come alive on the page. I felt for both Nora and Eddie and their circumstances. I felt that this book was hopeful enough, while still telling the sad, realistic stories that accompany this period in time. I enjoyed the characters and thinking about how different scenarios were taking place with the children of similar ages but different classes. How they experienced similar things, but with their own personal elements. I was enthralled with the story all the way to the end and stayed up too late reading, but it was worth it. A wonderful story, masterfully written. Very highly recommended to everyone.

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  • A 10 star read!

    I loved, loved this book! Sandy Taylor is an amazing wtiter. I have read most of her novels and enjoyed them all. The characters are stunningly real and I live in their world with each page. I read this book in one day! I also liked the ending. Some books just seems to drop off too quickly or just fade away but not this one. I laughed so many times reading the story but there was sadness woven through it.

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