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The Heart of the GardenBook: The Heart of the Garden
Author: Victoria Connelly
Published: February 22, 2018
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Print
Source: Thomas Allen & Son


Morton Hall, with its beautiful, ruined grounds and its reclusive mistress, Emilia Morton, is full of mysteries. For freelance editor Anne Marie, the wild garden has become a serene and secret refuge from her loveless marriage. The only other regular visitor is Cape, the hall’s part-time gardener, who is forbidden to tend to anything except the magnificent maze or to meet his enigmatic employer.

When Emilia dies, Cape and Anne Marie are astonished to find themselves among an unlikely group of villagers named in her strange will. Morton Hall, including its dazzling art collection and once glorious grounds, can belong to the community forever, but only if they work together to bring the garden back to life within a single year.

As they try to put their differences aside to restore the tangled grounds, long-buried secrets are unearthed. Can the past be forgiven as hope and new love begin to bloom? (Goodreads)

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My rating: 4 stars
It was lovely. Definitely recommend.


This book was a last minute addition to my vacation book collection. Oh my goodness, I’m so glad I brought it.

The Heart of the Garden is a lovely read, perfect for fans for Kate Morton’s historical/contemporary crossover novels.

With well-developed characters, an intriguing mystery, and a developing romance, this book has a lot to keep a reader’s attention. I love books like this that have a modern day story tied to something that happened decades ago. The chapters switch back and forth between now and then, giving you just enough information to be intrigued and figuring things out piece by tiny little piece.

Anne Marie learns so much about not only herself, but her town too. It is wonderful to experience her discovering how she came to be where she is, what she likes and doesn’t like, and who she wants to be in the future. This novel has more to do with a woman discovering her own independence and wants than romance, but the bit of romance is nice too.

My only negative with this book is that I was actually cheering for a marriage and a set of parents to break up to make room for a new romance. It makes me sad, but it also makes perfect sense – the relationships that exist at the beginning of the book are unhealthy. It is, however, nice to see poor relationships portrayed realistically.

I’ll definitely be reading this book again. It’s a perfect beach read for the summer.

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