The Victory Garden

The Victory Garden

by Rhys Bowen


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ISBN-13: 9781542040112
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 339
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty mystery novels, including The Tuscan Child and her World War II novel In Farleigh Field, the winner of the Left Coast Crime Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel and the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel. Bowen’s work has won sixteen honors to date, including multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has fans around the world, including seventeen thousand Facebook followers. A transplanted Brit, Bowen divides her time between California and Arizona.

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The Victory Garden 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Candice_S 2 days ago
I was so wonderfully surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This might be one of the most lovely, easy, wonderful books that I’ve read this year. Set during the First World War, the story follows Emily Bryce as she learns just how strong she can be in a time when there are no guarantees, other than heartbreak. I absolutely loved how Rhys wrote about this period - the settings come so vividly to life that I suddenly found myself wanting to live in a dilapidated cottage like Emily. I love the characters, and the stunning friendships between the women, as they forge a family together. I loved the strength and resilience of every female character in this story, and the reflection of how capable women like them would have had to be during such a horrible time in history. I loved that Rhys still manages to write hope for the characters, despite the many heartbreaks. Ultimately this book is one you can fly through so easily, and honestly, the best way I can describe it is simply, lovely. For any reader who loves historical fiction, a story of the unbreakable bond between women, and of healing - this is the book that should be on your TBR. Pro Tip - this book also is one of the hidden gems that has the absolutely stunning dust sleeve print, printed on its hard cover as well - and y’all know I am a sucker for a beautiful book.
dibbylodd 4 days ago
Rhys Bowen has the ability to take me away into the past and really experience the reality. Here we get a poignant taste of the end of WWI. The impact of the war of both those who went and those who remained behind. The deprivations. The extreme anxiety for family and friends. The evolution of the previous world order that everyone had grown up in. Moving and enlightening.
Boundlessbookreviews 8 days ago
Emily is bored out of her mind. Stuck at home, sheltered by her mother, after the death of her brother in the war. She wants to do her part like her friend who is a nurse on the front lines. She finds herself 21 and not having to do what her parents want, so she begins a new journey to help the war effort. Along the way, she finds herself on a path that she would never have imagined for herself. She soon discovers that she is a lot tougher than she thought she was. I loved this book. Emily is such a strong character. She faces so many hardships for the time and at her age. No matter what is thrown her way she manages to make her way and never give up. Her friends, all of them, were full of life and positivity. They helped make the story. All the characters, except one (you will figure that out soon enough), were awesome. This story was full of romance, war, self-discovery, and redemption. I found myself sucked into all the drama that Emily faces. I also felt pleased with all her triumphs. This was a story that was well written and easy to read and love. It was a great story start to finish.
Bookaholic_Cindy 8 days ago
The Victory Garden is a tale of courage and the importance of friendship. It takes place at the end of World War I and I learned quite a bit about that period in history. I found it interesting that the women worked as "land girls" to help farmers. All the men were at war and the woman did the work of plowing, planting and harvesting the crops. I liked the main character, Emily, who was a strong person throughout all that life had thrown at her. She was a true survivor. The women all supported and helped care for one another. Especially when they would receive word of a soldier that had been killed. When Emily lived in the cottage and found the herbal journal, I was thrilled. I love reading about various herbal remedies and their purposes. A fun addition to the book. The well worded descriptions that the author wrote really brought the setting and the people in the story to life. This is not a book that will be easily forgotten, neither will the characters. Definitely recommend to those that love historical fiction! * I was provided an ARC to read from the publisher and NetGalley. It was my decision to read and review this book.
wjane 9 days ago
The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen is an enjoyable read. Historical fiction with romance, mystery and adventure of various sorts. A young girl matures very quickly during World War I due to a variety of experiences in her life. Emily is a strong woman who perseveres through great hardships and succeeds despite everything. There is never a dull moment in Emily’s life or in this book. If I have a complaint, it is only that the book ended. I hope there will be another book to give us another glimpse into Emily‘s exciting life. I think there may be more to her story. If possible, it is my goal to read every book Rhys Bowen has written. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book.
Carstairs38 9 days ago
Emily Bryce is about to turn twenty-one, and she is ready to start doing something to help with the war effort. Her parents have kept her at home with her mom hoping to find someone from the aristocracy to marry her off to, but Emily is determined to find her own path. Then Emily meets Robbie, an Australian pilot recovering from an injury at a hospital in the area. Even though her parents forbid it, she keeps seeing him behind their back. She also soon joins up with the Women’s Land Army, helping to keep the farms in England running to provide food for everyone. Will her parents ever accept her choices? I’ve been a fan of Rhys’s mysteries for years, so I decided to give this book a try. As I suspected going in, this is not a mystery, but more of a coming of age story set in the England of 100 years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t think I was the target audience since I had trouble getting into it. There is a lot happening, and that was part of the problem. The story takes place over a year, and to get the entire time frame and the all Emily goes through into the story, at times I think we were cheated out of watching Emily deal with everything happening. That resulted in some things we were told about and not shown. On the other hand, Emily is a wonderful main character, and I was definitely rooting for her to succeed. I did tear up a time or two. And I felt we got a clear picture of what life was like in 1918 England for those who didn’t fight during the war – something that is often overlooked when we think about the cost of a war.
Niki_Estes 9 days ago
I have previously read and enjoyed In Farleigh Field and The Tuscan Child, but The Victory Garden has now become my favorite by Rhys Bowen. I really enjoyed the WWI setting in England, learning about the land girls (Women's Land Army in England) and life on the homefront where almost everyone has lost someone they love in The Great War that feels like it might never end, and I loved all the wonderful characters from diverse backgrounds who come together in the time of war. Emily Bryce has spent the last couple years wanting to do more to help out with the war effort. Her mother lets Emily accompany her when she visits the local rehabilitation hospital to provide some cheer to the soldiers and it is there that Emily meets Robbie Kerr, an Australian from the Royal Flying Corps. They are quickly drawn to each other. After Emily's 21st birthday, she finally feels it is time for her to take her part in the war effort. Her parents have already suffered devastating news as a result of the war. So, she wants to stay in England instead of going to the front. When she tries to volunteer as a nurse in the local hospitals, she finds her lack of education in nursing prevents her from volunteering. She hears about the land girls program and immediately signs up. It is during this time that she learns of the death of her fiance and she must find the strength to go on not only for herself, but also for the child she will have to raise alone. * Thank you to Lake Union and Amazon Publishing for the free ARC I received in exchange for an honest review.
trutexan 9 days ago
My first novel by Rhys Bowen and I loved it! Set during the Great War in 1918, Bowen gives a fictional account of what hardships and sacrifice many went through during the war. Emily, the main character is portrayed as a strong, independent woman who is not afraid to follow her own path in life. Emily cultivates the friendship of many diverse women and makes somewhat of a family out of those who have no one else. Although many in the story have suffered loss, this is not a sad, depressing tale, but one of hope and resilience. Many have heard the phrase “it takes a village” and this was certainly the example throughout the book. I loved the descriptions of the English countryside, villages and especially the little cottage where Emily created a temporary home. For readers who like historical fiction and clean reading without disturbing war descriptions, this is an excellent choice to read. I have two other novels by Rhys Bowen on my reading list, so I will certainly look forward to reading those in the near future. Many thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read an advance copy and give my honest review.