In the last few weeks, I picked up a few books by Helen Humphreys. What a wonderful week of reading it was. Now I will be reviewing them.
It’s spring 1941 and London is being destroyed by the Blitz. Gwen Davis, a young horticulturist leaves her beloved city for the Devon countryside, where she will instruct a group of girls in growing crops for the home front.
There on a beautiful but neglected country estate that seems strangely removed from the realities of war, she meets two people who will change her life forever.
Raley, a Canadian officer, awaiting posting to the front with his men, and Jane, a frail but free spirit whose finance is missing in action.
Shy and solitary, more at home with her Virginia Woolf novels and her gardening books, Gwen comes face to fact with both her past and her present. She comes to reflect on her unloving mother, her absence of family, her fear of intimacy, the sorrows she carries with her are lessened by the comfort of daily routines as she and her band of girls struggle to reclaim the estate gardens and to create their own sense of community.
When Gwen discovers a lost garden, overgrown and containing mysterious markers that speak of long-buried emotions, she finds a flowering of a different sort — her own profound capacity to reach for love, even in the face of pain.
As the distant war moves every closer, as people are pulled apart and lives destroyed, Gwen finds herself swept up u=into a world of passion and feeling that she had never imagined. Through Raley and Jane, she comes at last to understand the unbelievable joy and the unbearable risks of love.
This is a wonderful book! I love the story line. It is enthralling and mesmorising. I loves the book from start to finish!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth