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The Lost Garden

The Lost Garden

by Helen Humphreys


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This word-perfect, heartbreaking novel is set in early 1941 in Britain when the war seems endless and, perhaps, hopeless. London is on fire from the Blitz, and a young woman gardener named Gwen Davis flees from the burning city for the Devon countryside. She has volunteered for the Land Army, and is to be in charge of a group of young girls who will be trained to plant food crops on an old country estate where the gardens have fallen into ruin. Also on the estate, waiting to be posted, is a regiment of Canadian soldiers. For three months, the young women and men will form attachments, living in a temporary rural escape. No one will be more changed by the stay than Gwen. She will inspire the girls to restore the estate gardens, fall in love with a soldier, find her first deep friendship, and bring a lost garden, created for a great love, back to life. While doing so, she will finally come to know herself and a life worth living. Reading group guide included.

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ISBN-13: 9780393324914
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/19/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 183
Sales rank: 550,694
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Helen Humphreys, a poet and novelist, is the author of The Lost Garden, Afterimage, Leaving Earth, and Coventry. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Rosellen Brown

Those who, as children, loved The Secret Garden will hear its echo in The Lost Garden....[D]elicate, moving.

Lisa Michaels

Humphreys has a poet's eye, and the story is full of startling images that linger in the mind.

Nancy Goodwin

This is a book to read again and again. —Nancy Goodwin, author of A Year in our Gardens

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