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Bess's Magical Garden

Bess's Magical Garden

by M. E. Hembroff


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Bess's mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her. Six months earlier, Bess's father died in a car crash, and she's also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio. She's in a sad and lonely place.
From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostly figure in the well-kept garden and in her dreams. She can't make sense of everything and so shares her observations with Megan by writing her regular letters.
During the summer, she makes new friends, including an orange and white tomcat that she names Pumpkin, and her new neighbour Josie. With the help of Mrs. O'Toole, the woman who watches her, Bess continues to recover, both physically and emotionally. She becomes more and more curious about the garden and the unexplained clues that she finds there.
In Bess's Magical Garden, Bess discovers her own true strengths through enduring life's struggles. She - with Josie and Megan's help - also finds some hidden items in the garden, including a map, that leave the girls with more questions than answers. Who was the figure that visited Bess? Will Bess and her friends be able to uncover the garden's secrets? Or will those secrets be mysteries forever?...

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ISBN-13: 9781460268049
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 10/22/2015
Pages: 90
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

After retiring, M. E. Hembroff decided to pursue her dream of writing a book. Her daughter adopting an abandoned cat motivated her to start creating a story, and soon the character of Bess was born. For inspiration, she tapped into her childhood from the 1950s when she grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba, Canada, the fourth of five children. M. E. Hembroff now lives in Strathmore, Alberta, with her spoiled Shih Tzu, two cats, and two budgies. Bess's Magical Garden is her first book.

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