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The Last Garden in England
The Last Garden in England | Julia Kelly
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From the author of the international bestseller The Light Over London and The Whispers of War comes a poignant and unforgettable tale of five women living across three different times whose lives are all connected by one very special garden. Present day: Emma Lovett, who has dedicated her career to breathing new life into long-neglected gardens, has just been given the opportunity of a lifetime: to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House estate, designed in 1907 by her hero Venetia Smith. But as Emma dives deeper into the gardens past, she begins to uncover secrets that have long lain hidden. 1907: A talented artist with a growing reputation for her ambitious work, Venetia Smith has carved out a niche for herself as a garden designer to industrialists, solicitors, and bankers looking to show off their wealth with sumptuous country houses. When she is hired to design the gardens of Highbury House, she is determined to make them a triumph, but the gardensand the people she meetspromise to change her life forever. 1944: When land girl Beth Pedley arrives at a farm on the outskirts of the village of Highbury, all she wants is to find a place she can call home. Cook Stella Adderton, on the other hand, is desperate to leave Highbury House to pursue her own dreams. And widow Diana Symonds, the mistress of the grand house, is anxiously trying to cling to her pre-war life now that her home has been requisitioned and transformed into a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers. But when war threatens Highbury Houses treasured gardens, these three very different women are drawn together by a secret that will last for decades. In this sweeping novel reminiscent of Kate Mortons The Lake House and Kristin Harmels The Room on Rue Amlie, Julia Kelly explores the unexpected connections that cross time and the special places that bring people together forever.
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Jess_Read_This
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4⭐️ I love to garden and most fiction books centered around gardening appeal to me. I enjoyed this one. Though predictable near the end, it was a pleasant afternoon easy read.

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MeJeMiller
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It took me a while to get into this book. There was also more characters than I expected. I liked the different generations and how everyone wasn‘t quite intertwined but were at the same time.

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Sharpeipup
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Reading during my haircut since I have to look down for a good portion…like I need a reason for a few pages! 💇🏻‍♀️

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TheAromaofBooks
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Oh my gosh @Kdgordon88 you completely spoiled me!!!! I love everything!!! I'm especially enamored with the book-vase! Thank you so much for you thoughtfulness and I hope you have a fantastic Valentine's Day!! Thanks for hosting the #LitsyLoveValentinesSwap @Bookgoil @rsteve388 !!!

BookBosomed1 That‘s a cool vase! 10mo
AmyG Lovely! 10mo
Just_reading @Kdgordon88 you totally rocked the gift thing! I‘m jealous lol! 10mo
Deblovestoread I‘m so glad you like everything! It was a fun box to put together. (edited) 10mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I picked this book based on the cover alone, and I‘m happy to say it worked out! It was told in three timelines but all centered around one English garden. It‘s so super cold here this week I enjoyed reading about a garden in bloom.

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Avanders
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My second Jólabókaflód joy! Thank you so much @MittenGirlPeach for picking such a wonderful book for me - I can‘t wait to read it!, and for sending yummy s‘mores chocolate *and* beautiful pens!! I absolutely love it all!! Merry Christmas!!
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MittenGirlPeach I‘m so glad you like everything! I‘ve been wanting to read that book too. Merry Christmas! 11mo
BookBosomed1 Ooooo. That book cover.🥰 11mo
LeahBergen Oh, lovely! 😍 11mo
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Avanders @MittenGirlPeach ♥️🥰😘 @BookBosomed1 I know it‘s so inviting! 😄 @LeahBergen ☺️😘 11mo
BethM That chocolate looks awesome! Merry Christmas friend! 11mo
Avanders @BethM that chocolate *is* awesome .. I think it might be my favorite take on s‘mores 🤤🥰 11mo
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Lynnsoprano
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I absolutely loved this book with stories in three timelines centered around a garden. It‘s a hard book to describe in just a few words. Sweet, poignant, insightful come to mind. I found myself wrapped up in all three stories, and hated to see the book end. And I want to be in that garden.

TheSpineView So pretty! 💚🏵 1y
Crazeedi Loved this book 14mo
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Lynnsoprano
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Given how much I love gardens, plus the fact that the Chelsea Flower Show is currently underway, today seems like a perfect time to start this.

annahenke I just purchased this! Let me know how it is! 1y
Lynnsoprano @annahenke I‘m enjoying it so far! 1y
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Jaimelire
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One garden, three different women, three different time periods. If you love gardening, and even if you don‘t, this is a wonderful book. Great summer read.

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Tamra
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I‘m bailing for the romances. 😩 Out of curiosity, why does so much historical fiction include romances? I just want to get on with the mystery or action. It‘s difficult to skim on audio!

Aims42 I was not expecting the romances at all! I can totally understand the ‘bail‘. I also got bogged down with all the characters thrown out there all at once. I finished it, but I couldn‘t keep anyone straight from Stella and Diana‘s storyline for some reason 🙄 1y
Tamra @Aims42 the multiple storylines were difficult on audio as well! I wish the blurb had noted the romances. The premise of the mystery was intriguing! (edited) 1y
DivineDiana Love the cover! 1y
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Aims42
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I tried sitting outside to read my book. Yeah, no. Too hot 🥵 But I did get a pretty picture before calling it quits and retreating back to the a/c #nofilter

IuliaC Lovely picture! 1y
Aims42 @IuliaC thank you 😊 My mother in law has such a green thumb, her backyard is so nice 😍 1y
IuliaC @Aims42 the same here, I take pictures of the books with my mother in law's beautiful garden in the backdrop 👍😊 1y
Aims42 @IuliaC Nice!!! It‘s a great arrangement 😆👍🏻 1y
Tamra Lovely pic! 1y
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Lauram
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I love when a much anticipated library hold becomes available. I suddenly have Friday plans that cannot wait.

Aims42 Yes!!! That is a great feeling 🙌🏻 Enjoy!! 1y
SilversReviews I enjoyed this book. I hope you do too. (edited) 1y
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Lchnessmnstr
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Rainy summer days, perfect for catching up on baking and reading… 📚 ☕️ 🍪

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sarahljensen
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This book was such a pleasure to read. This is my definition of the perfect summer read. I'll need to look up her other books.

#litsycats #catsoflitsy

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KimM
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Since reading The Secret Garden in the 5th grade, I'll read any book about a garden :). This was very Kate Morton-esque.

Tamra Sounds fun! 2y
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candc320
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I am so mad at myself for waiting to read this book because I absolutely LOVED IT!! There was so much heart and heartache in each of these women‘s stories and I found them to be so real and relatable in their own ways (even if I didn‘t understand their choices). I loved how the light mysteries and loose connections came together and I can honestly say I loved each of the timelines equally (which never happens!). Just wonderful! #doublebookspin 5🌟

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! This one is on my TBR so I'm glad to see another warm review!! 2y
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candc320
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A little lunchtime reading. I am really loving this story!!!

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candc320
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I‘m FINALLY starting this one today! I was going to start it last night but I had my first dose of the Covid vaccine yesterday and it made me too tired to read (who knew that was actually possible 😉). I can‘t stop looking at the cover!!! 🌺 🌹 🌸 🌱 😍

LiteraryinLawrence Congrats on your vaccine! 2y
TheRiehlDeal Agreed! That is a truly beautiful cover. I‘d buy the book just for the cover. 2y
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kspenmoll
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#oppositeday #first(last)

This is in my TBR pile- hope to read it one day....

TheKidUpstairs On my list, too! 2y
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CindiB
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Covering the years between 1907 to 2021 & the lives of 5 women, I loved this book with it‘s focus on creating a garden (1907), protecting it (WWII) & restoring it (2021). Flowing between the 5 women, the chapters fold over each other, similar to how we fold cake batter & what emerges is a lovely and well-written story. The garden details were interesting & I enjoyed these strong women. This is a slow read, the drama & changes are quiet. 4.5/5

Freespirit Sounds lovely💕 2y
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Vcollinilibrarian
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I loved this, even though it took me a while to get hooked!
The start is slow, but once you‘re in the middle, it takes off and soars. Loved it!

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rmaclean4
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Just what you want in a Historical Fiction/ Romance. 3 timeline, 3 different woman, it all works out in the end but not without tragedy along the way. Very enjoyable if predictable. 3 🌟

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sprainedbrain
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If you like Kate Morton (note: I LOVE Kate Morton), you will probably enjoy this multiple-timeline, multiple POV historical fiction centered around the garden at a Scottish manor. It‘s dreamy. 😍

Full review on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2021/01/30/review-the-last-garden-in-england-by-julia-...

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TNbookworm Glad to hear you enjoyed this, I won it on Goodreads and haven't read it yet🙂 2y
MsMelissa I just bought this one so I‘m glad to see your comparison to Kate Morton. 2y
Coleen You had me at Kate Morton. 😍 2y
LazyOwl Love Kate Morton. Just added to TBR 2y
Kimzey I enjoyed your review. I will probably listen to the audiobook. I wonder if the multiple timelines will be confusing in that format? 2y
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JKC
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candc320
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So I seem to have a book buying problem at the moment 😬. My boss gave me a pretty significant Amazon gift card for Christmas and, while I did buy a few things I needed for the house, I‘ve spent the vast majority of it on preorders galore and Hamnet. Then someone mentioned Doubleday Book Club on Facebook and I was able to get the other two books for $9.99 each! I have no more room...so now I‘m thinking of buying a book cart 🤪!

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SilversReviews
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One thing that draws me to a book is an old house, and Highbury House sounded amazing.

And with the mention of many gardens, I was pulled in from the start.

If you enjoy Ms. Kelly's books, you will not want to miss this one.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/y652fkf5

@juliakellywrites

Suet624 I could use a garden or two right now. 2y
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Reecaspieces
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Review is up on my blog. Check it out. This is a good one!

https://reecaspieces.com/2021/01/14/the-last-garden-in-england-by-julia-kelly-ga...

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Booknerd2
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One garden, 3 women spanning decades , and one important link. I loved this sweet book. It‘s a story of love, loss, determination, and joy. No earth shattering events just a nice tale. Thank you #Netgalley for the ARC!

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SilversReviews
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FULL REVIEW 1/14.

One thing that draws me to a book is an old house, and Highbury House sounded amazing.

With the mention of many gardens, I was pulled in from the start.

We meet Emma who is restoring the famous gardens and two women from the past who had seen the original gardens.

One of the gardens is behind locked gates.

No one knew why it was kept locked or where the key was. 5/5

@juliakellywrites
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover 💗 2y
Gissy Beautiful cover!😍 2y
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Bakingbookworm
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4 STARS - A lighter read with well-drawn, strong female characters, an interesting era & a captivating story. Green thumbs not reqpired (phew!). This was my first Julia Kelly book but it will not be my last. Look for it Jan 12, 2021.

My Review: https://bit.ly/LastGardeninEngland

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vlwelser
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I was obsessed with The Secret Garden when I was a child, so any book about the fabulous gardens in England appeals to me. This story is told on three timelines but it all fits together well. And the cover is gorgeous.

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@TheAromaofBooks

#ARC from #Gallery via #Netgalley
Pub date is 1/12/2021

TheAromaofBooks Oooo I may have to check this one out!! 2y
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