The Lost Garden
The Lost Garden  -     By: Katharine Swartz
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In 1919, Eleanor Sanderson, daughter of Goswell's vicar, is mourning her brother's death. To bring her comfort, her father hires Jack Taylor to create a garden---and an unsuitable friendship unfolds. More than 90 years later, Marin Ellis discovers a walled enclosure on her property and asks gardener Joss Fowler to investigate. What secrets does it hold? 288 pages, softcover from Lion.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1782641378
ISBN-13: 9781782641377
Series: Tales from Goswell

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  1. sally89
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Mixed feelings about this book
    April 8, 2016
    sally89
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I have very mixed feelings about this book. The writing was well done. The two story lines were interesting. The plot moved along and held my interest. I thought the descriptions of life during the Great War to be very interesting. All of this would probably be a 4-star ranking.

    On reflection, it bothered me that nobody in the book ever turned to God for help. How do you live through the death of a son (Great War) and not turn to God for help? How do you hope to recover from Battle Fatigue? The book seemed to feel that time and having someone to talk to were all that was needed to heal.

    The book seemed hollow and empty to me.
  2. ksnapier
    Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful, touching book
    November 3, 2015
    ksnapier
    Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I admit, there were things about this book that made me choose to read it. First, the title reminded me of The Secret Garden, second the setting in England and finally, the time post WWII and today. I know I could have set myself up for disappointment, but this book filled me with satisfaction.

    This book, The Lost Garden, in 1919 show us Eleanor Sanderson who has lost her brother. To help her through this time, her father hires a gardener to bring the garden to its previous glory. Eleanor gets to like Jack, the gardener. The garden is the central theme throughout this story line.

    Then in the current time, a big sister, Marin has guardianship of her younger half-sister, Rebecca. They move to the house that the Sandersons lived in. The goal is to overcome the sudden death of their parents. Rebecca becomes interested in the garden, so Marin hires someone to help them bring the garden back to life. They find out the history of the garden and the story becomes woven around the garden.

    I think you can tell that I fell in love with this book. The characters are so believable, the story is a steady, easy read, or at least it was for me.

    I was given this book by NetGalley and Lion Hudson Fiction in review for my honest review and I want to express my thanks to them.
  3. Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Moving story with atmospheric quality
    September 18, 2015
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz is a moving story with beautiful prose, rich characterization, and an atmospheric quality - simply my kind of relationship drama. This is an emotional story involving two sets of sisters - Marin and Rebecca in contemporary times, and Eleanor and Katherine almost 100 years earlier - both occupying the same plot of land and both dealing with grief. Every chapter alternates between Marin and Eleanor's voice, in a way that was never confusing, and I was equally invested in both stories, loving the way they connected.

    This is a character-driven story, and readers won't find fast-paced action or passionate chemistry between the characters, yet the emotions simmer beneath the surface. Foundations are laid during the first several chapters, with the pace picking up and building to a powerful and beautiful ending. Thanks to Katharine's quality writing, I was caught up in the vividly-conveyed Cumbria setting, which felt like a major character, and given much cause for reflection.

    Beginning shortly after the signing of the Armistice in 1918, Eleanor's story was especially compelling as she faced the effects of war - from the death of a loved one to the inexplicable changes in those who returned . . . "The men who did come back were not the same as those who had left. . . . These men were gaunt, hollow-eyed strangers; some of them missing limbs, others blind or scarred. And even the ones with no visible wounds at all still seemed different - somehow less."

    When it comes to drama, there's just something special about British characters and settings. It was easy for me to connect with these characters as they struggled with loss and not knowing how to just "be." The Lost Garden is real and honest, but not depressing, and spiritual themes are woven throughout. I hope to read more books by Katharine Swartz. Highly recommended to those who enjoy relational drama with rich characterization.

    Thank you to Kregel Publications for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Rose Blue
    Wisconsin
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Two Compelling Women 100 Years Apart
    July 28, 2015
    Rose Blue
    Wisconsin
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
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    Marin Ellis was eight years old when her mother died, and her father sent her away to boarding school. Ever after, she figured he didnt love her. Now he and his second wife have died, leaving 15-year-old Rebecca as Marins ward. The half sisters buy an old house in Cumbria, on Englands northwest coast, and discovered a walled garden that hasnt been opened in years.

    Eleanor Sandersons father was vicar during World War I. She anticipated the end of the war would mean everything would go back to the way life had been before. But her brother Walter died in the final days. Nothing will ever be the same again. She needs something to do, and decides to restore the vicarage garden.

    Marin is glad for a fresh start in life and with gardener Joss Fowler, works on the mystery of the lost garden. Joss helps her learn to become more adventurous. She thinks theyre becoming good friends when he suddenly turns elusive.

    Eleanor also found happiness with a gardener, but in a class-conscious society, theyre unsuitable.

    Both men harbor secrets, and need fresh starts of their own.

    Both threads of the story are compelling. Times have changed in one hundred years, but Marin and Eleanor share the desire for love. A worthy sequel to The Vicar's Wife.
  5. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Growing New Life and Starting Over
    July 27, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Katherine Swartz in her new book, The Lost Garden Book Two in the Tales from Goswell series published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Marin Ellis and Eleanor Sanderson.

    From the back cover: Present and past residents of a countryside English vicarage search for love

    Marin Ellis is in search of a new start after her father and his second wife die in a car accident leaving her the guardian of her fifteen-year-old half-sister, Rebecca. They choose the picturesque village of Goswell on the Cumbrian coast and settle into Bower House, the former vicarage, on the edge of the church property. When a door to a walled garden captures Rebeccas interest, Marin becomes determined to open it and discover what is hidden beneath the bramble inside. She enlists the help of local gardener Joss Fowler, and together the three of them begin to uncover the gardens secrets.

    In 1919, nineteen-year-old Eleanor Sanderson, daughter of Goswells vicar, is grieving the loss of her beloved brother Walter, who was killed just days before the Armistice was signed. Eleanor retreats into herself and her father starts to notice how unhappy she is. As spring arrives, he decides to hire someone to make a garden for Eleanor, and draw her out ofor at least distract her fromher grief and sorrow. Jack Taylor is in his early twenties, a Yorkshire man who has been doing odd jobs in the village, and when Eleanors father hires him to work on the vicarage gardens, a surprisingand unsuitablefriendship unfolds.

    Deftly weaving the dual narratives, Katharine Swartz explores themes of loyalty and love through her memorable characters and strong sense of place.

    Let me start out by saying I like The Lost Garden. This is a story about growing new life and starting over. Rebecca just wants to start over. She doesnt want to be pitied as the girl who just lost both her parents in a car accident. Marin wanted a new start and she certainly has it not only with Rebecca but with the new cottage as well. Together they discover the garden and begin to tend it back to life. Thats when they find that Eleanor created the garden to start over after her brother dies. This is a wonderful story that shows that life can begin again if you are willing to put the effort into what you value as important in your life. Marin, Rebecca and Eleanor are wonderful characters that we come to care about and want to succeed. Katherine Swartz is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you reach the end.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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