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    A lovely novel!

    The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz is a novel that goes between modern day and just after World War I in England. Eleanor Sanderson is nineteen years old and upset over the loss of her brother in the last week of the war. Eleanor is out of sorts and not sure what to do with herself in this new world after the war. She works on creating a beautiful garden with Jack Taylor. Her father is the local parish priest and they live in the vicarage in Goswell. Her grandmother lives in Bower House next door. Marin Ellis (37) just became the guardian of her half-sister, Rebecca (15) since the death of their father and his wife. Rebecca inherited all of the money from the estate (can you believe that?). Marin and Rebecca need a change. They had been on a vacation when the stumble across Bower House in Goswell. Rebecca loves it and is excited about something (which is the first time since the death of her parents). They move and find a walled in garden. The door to the garden is stuck and they see a lot of brambles. They eventually get into the garden and discover an unusual building in the middle of the garden. What was the building for and what happened to the garden? Marin sets out to research who owned the garden and what was the unique building. Marin also sets out to restore the gardens with the help of Joss Fowler. Joss owns Fowler and Son Landscaping. Marin and Rebecca find peace in Bower House as they recover from their grief and start getting to know each other. We additionally get to find out what happened to Eleanor. The book goes back and forth from the present with Rebecca and Marin to the past with Eleanor and her garden (as Marin researched the garden and its history). I truly enjoyed reading The Lost Garden. It is a charming tale. I give The Lost Garden 4 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of The Lost Garden from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.

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