#Review: The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen @Rhysbowen @AmazonPub @SarahBurningham #TheVictoryGarden #HistFic #historical #WWI #LakeUnionPublishing
Release date - 12th February 2019
Book length - 347 pages
Publisher - Lake Union Publishing
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I want to thank Katie from littlebirdpublicity.com for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage.
When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace. Emily’s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified—and with child. Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.
As Emily learns more about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny
A beautiful and compelling story of hope, determination, and the importance of friendship all set against the backdrop of the harsh reality of WWI for those that are left behind.
Emily Bryce lives in a gilded cage with overprotective parents who fear for her ever since the death of her brother who was a soldier. But when she turns eighteen she braves her parent's wrath and becomes a land girl and the handsome, injured soldier that she had struck up a friendship with soon becomes her fiancé. But when tragedy strikes, Emily finds herself alone and adrift with more than just herself to look after and as Emily works on a large Devonshire estate, she becomes friendly with the aloof lady of the manor, and soon can see a future in this sleepy, friendly village with her fellow land girls. When she discovers a herb book in the old cottage where she is staying, Emily starts to experiment and begins to help the locals as much as she can. But not everyone is happy with Emily's arrival and sometimes the mistakes of the past can happen again.
The characters in THE VICTORY GARDEN by Rhys Bowen are wonderfully in-depth and while Emily was a little naive at times, she is the product of her time and class in life, and I felt so protective towards her and her fellow land girls who have all dealt with harsh lives yet still find the strength to give something back to the war effort and make a difference. The setting is perfectly painted on each page and really comes alive at times throughout this book. The tragic and devastating consequences of war on both the soldiers and their families is expertly handled and I know it made me really stop and think about all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
THE VICTORY GARDEN is a stunning emotional story that will touch your heart in so many ways and I highly recommend it to historical fiction and war fiction fans alike.
Rhys Bowen was born and raised in England but currently divides her time between California and Arizona where she goes to escape from the harsh California winters. When she is not writing she loves to travel, sing, hike, and play her Celtic harp.
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