The Last Garden In England book review

Book Review of
The Last Garden In England

Author: Julia Kelly
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Present day: Emma Lovett, who has dedicated her career to breathing new life into long-neglected gardens, has just been given the opportunity of a lifetime: to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House estate, designed in 1907 by her hero Venetia Smith. But as Emma dives deeper into the gardens’ past, she begins to uncover secrets that have long lain hidden.

1907: A talented artist with a growing reputation for her work, Venetia Smith has carved out a niche for herself as a garden designer to industrialists, solicitors, and bankers looking to show off their wealth with sumptuous country houses. When she is hired to design the gardens of Highbury House, she is determined to make them a triumph, but the gardens—and the people she meets—promise to change her life forever.

1944: When land girl Beth Pedley arrives at a farm on the outskirts of the village of Highbury, all she wants is to find a place she can call home. Cook Stella Adderton, on the other hand, is desperate to leave Highbury House to pursue her own dreams. And widow Diana Symonds, the mistress of the grand house, is anxiously trying to cling to her pre-war life now that her home has been requisitioned and transformed into a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers. But when war threatens Highbury House’s treasured gardens, these three very different women are drawn together by a secret that will last for decades.

Lynn's Review

The Last Garden In England book review

Instead of following just a family through multiple generations, The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly, follows a garden. While sharing the story of the garden it also shares the story of the owners of the garden and the gardeners who design and care for it.

Julia Kelly was creative in how she weaved the story of the garden throughout history, including WWII. The book is set in 1907, 1944, and the present day. I do not always like multiple time period books, but in this one, it works.

If you like historical fiction, especially WWII historical fiction The Last Garden in England is a well-done read.

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