Friday, April 28, 2017

Book Review - The Girl in the Garden by Melanie Wallace

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Review by Suze

Mabel has new guests, a man and a young girl with a baby, in one of her cabins and she doesn't particularly trust them. Her suspicions appear to be right, the man leaves the girl, June, together with her baby and doesn't return. Because June can't stay with Mabel she's being offered a cottage in Iris's garden. Iris is a recluse, but she does love kids and she wants to spend time with June's little boy. Iris's daughter lived in the cottage before June, but has moved out several years ago and never came back. Will June be happy in such a remote place and does her arrival make things better or worse for Iris?

June meets only kindness in her new surroundings, many of the locals are helping her in their own way. The cottage has a strange history. Before June moved in it was occupied by another teenager. Iris and her daughter couldn't live in the same space and her daughter moved out of the main house when she was still a young teenager. Iris hasn't seen her daughter ever since she left town when she was grown up enough to leave. Is there still a chance for them to make amends and what will happen to June, does she have a future with the people who have so generously taken her in?

The Girl in the Garden is a beautiful story. I was immediately impressed by Melanie Wallace's gorgeous prose. Her story enchanted me straight away and I loved the unusual circumstances of every main character. Melanie Wallace regularly changes her points of view and every character has a distinct voice and an interesting story to tell. It felt like I was allowed to take a peek in all of their lives, which is a great way to tell a story. Each person in The Girl in the Garden has wonderful characteristics and flaws, told in a way I found pretty factual. I enjoyed that aspect of the story especially, all of the characters have a strange history and they have their secrets, reasons for peculiar behavior and faults. They are human, but not perfect, which I absolutely loved.

The Girl in the Garden is a special story. June is really young. She's quite naïve and not world-wise at all and that has landed her in a tricky situation. Her arrival sets a series of events in motion and what was once broken has a chance to be mended, which is a wonderful thought. Every character had an easily definable worst moment with lasting consequences. However, not all of the aftereffects are bad. It is possible to heal and it's never too late to try and make something as right as possible. It's the gestures that count in this story and they always have some kind of result. I loved the thoughtfulness of it and was completely mesmerized by this fantastic book.

Advice

The Girl in the Garden is a perfect choice for readers who love beautiful sentences and original stories. 

23 comments:

  1. It sounds lovely and a little sad but beautiful, I can't wait to read it.

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  2. The story sounds as lovely as the cover.

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  3. It sounds a bit sad but also a great read and I love the idea of the young girl not being worldlywise and growing of herself in what sounds like a lovely setting.

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  4. Psyhological story that sounds great. Thank you for the review.

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  5. Gorgeous cover and I like the sound of the story

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  6. Sounds like a fabulous book. Thank you for the review.

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  7. This really looks like a great book. I also love this cover. I will be putting this on my TBR list. Thanks for your great review!!!!

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  8. Sounds engaging!

    --Trix

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  9. I love the cover! So pretty and the book sounds very good.

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  10. I really like stories that are told from many points of view.

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  11. The story sounds great.I love the cover...

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  12. I read this book earlier this year and wanted to like it so much more. I really liked June and Iris' story made me tear up. I think it was the in-between that got me I think, there were so many characters when I just wanted to know more about June and the baby.

    The cover is still one of my favorites I've seen this year and I agree, Wallace's prose is marvelous. Great review!

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  13. I have to read this I'm definitely getting myself a copy

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  14. Original story, sounds great! :)

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  15. This sounds beautiful. I'm adding it to my TBR list!

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  16. Sounds like a lovely and emotion filled read. Thanks for the post.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. Great review, very thoughtful! I love the cover, the contrasting colors are lovely.

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  18. I love the cover for The Girl in the Garden, it's different and stands out. Reading the review, the Girl in the Garden sounds like it starts out sad with the young girl and her baby left by some man. And who is he? Boyfriend, husband, father? But then things look up when the locals help her out, and there are all these lovely characters who make up the town. Adding this one to my ever towering must read list, but hey, it sounds great! Thanks for the review :)

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  19. thank you for this wonderful review you really made me want to read this book showing me all the writing qualities so thank you!

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