I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Strong characterisation. It's quite ambitious in that it follows the modern trend of having a period story interwoven with a 21st century story. I am a lover of characterisation and I would have loved even more! But then the book would have been twice as long. My favourite characters: I liked Liv and Edouard the best, but other minor characters were also intriguing.
The story is fantastic! And really opened my eyes to a dark period in history that I knew nothing about. There are small contradictions in both tales but I can live with those.
Yes there are romances but the story is much more.
It was so easy to read, I finished it's 500 odd pages in 5 days (2 working) and just couldn't put it down.
SO I'M GOING TO AWARD IT 9.5 OUT OF 10!
And highly recommend it to you.
THE MEMORY GARDEN by Rachel Hore
Started 26th February 2013
Magical Cornwall, A Lost Garden, A Love Story from a long ago..
Lamorna Cove-a tiny bay in Cornwall, picturesque unspoilt. A hundred years ago it was the haunt, of a colony of artists. Today, Mel Pentreath hopes it is a place where she can escape the pain of her mother's death and a broken love affair, and gradually put her life back together.
Renting a cottage in the enchanting but overgrown grounds of Merryn Hall. Mel embraces her new surrounding and offers to help her landlord. Patrick Winterton, restore the garden. Soon she is daring to believe her life can be rebuilt. Then Patrick finds some old paintings in an attic, and as he and Mel investigate the identity of the artist, they are drawn into an extraordinary tale of illicit passion and thwarted ambition from a century ago, a tale that resonates in their own lives. But how long can Mel's idyll last before reality breaks in an everything is threatened?
Shifting imperceptibly from one generation to another. The Memory Garden vividly evokes the lives of 2 women, born a century apart, but who face the same challenges to their happiness and survival.
As always I'll let you know how I get on.