The Lost Garden

The Lost Garden

Marin Ellis is in search of a new start after her father and his second wife die in a car accident, and at thirty-seven she is made guardian of her fifteen-year-old half-sister Rebecca. They leave Hampshire for the picturesque village of Goswell on the Cumbrian coast, and settle into Bower House on the edge of the village church property. When a door to a walled garden cap Marin Ellis is in search of a new start after her father and his second wife die in a car accident, and at thirty-seven s...

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Title:The Lost Garden
Author:Katharine Swartz
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1782641378
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:350 pages pages

The Lost Garden Reviews

  • Sandie
    May 05, 2015
    Deftly weaving dual narratives, exploring the complicated emotions of grief, anger, sadness, duplicity, even joy, THE LOST GARDEN features interchangeable tales of two women who have both suffered loss and seek solace by undertaking the restoration of a walled garden. In the present...
  • Mystica
    Jun 02, 2015
    Marin is 37 years old and lives in a flat in Boston. She only does take away and ramen noodles. Overnight she becomes the guardian of a fifteen year old. Someone whom she has seen just a few times and someone with whom she does not have any kind of relationship. Rebecca is the daughter...
  • J. Else
    Jun 15, 2015
    A walled garden links two stories almost one hundred years apart. The women in both stories have suffered losses and are rebuilding their lives. The two men who assist in creating and re-creating the garden are also wounded by events in their pasts and are keeping secrets. As the stori...
  • Carole Jarvis
    Apr 15, 2015
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/1gUfEKf The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz is a moving story with beautiful prose, rich characterization, and an atmospheric quality - simply my kind of relationship drama. This is an emotional story involving two sets of sisters - Ma...
  • Victor Gentile
    Jul 18, 2015
    Katherine Swartz in her new book, ?The Lost Garden? Book Two in the Tales from Goswell series published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Marin Ellis and Eleanor Sanderson. From the back cover: Present and past residents of a countryside English vicarage search for love ...
  • Paula Sealey
    Apr 16, 2015
    Present day, and Marin and her half-sister Rebecca move to the Cumbrian coast after the death of their father and Rebecca's mother, they settle in a unique home called the Bower House and discover a walled garden, overgrown, but holding a mystery they are determined to solve with the h...
  • Beckie Burnham
    Jul 22, 2015
    Katharine Swartz takes her readers back to the small Cumbrian village of Goswell in her novel The Lost Garden. Contemporary and historical story lines intersect in this tale of love, grief and forgiveness. This novel is very British and will appeal to the Anglophile reader. Marin fi...
  • Cleo Bannister
    May 09, 2015
    If you like a good dual time-line novel then this is probably for you and as a bonus both the past and the present tales are equally interesting. Marin took her younger half-sister Rebecca on a trip to give them a break from their normal routine. Rebecca?s parents, and Marin?s f...
  • Jody
    Oct 17, 2015
    Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo... The life of thirty-seven-year-old Marin Ellis is turned upside down when her father and his second wife unexpectedly die in a car crash and Marin becomes the new guardian for her fifteen-year-old half sister Re...
  • Emma Crowley
    Jun 13, 2015
    Although Katharine Swartz has written six previous novels The Lost Garden is the first I have read by this author. It is the second in the tales from Goswell series and having being compared to Kate Morton (I?m a huge fan), and it also being a time slip novel, I had to give this a go...
  • Beth
    Jul 17, 2015
    I have always been drawn to dual-time narratives. I love the idea of past and present intersecting and exploring ways that the past can affect the present and the future. Although there were times in The Lost Garden that I wished for the story to go deeper, I did enjoy the interweaving...
  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    Jul 19, 2015
    When I was growing up, I loved the story of the Secret Garden, not sure if it has to do with the secrecy of having a place you can go to that no one else does or if there is something about watching the things you plant grow and flourish into a thing of beauty, but lovers of that premi...
  • Shaz Goodwin
    Apr 28, 2015
    I found Eleanor and Marin to be relatable, becoming emotionally attached to them. Both are trying to find a place to belong ? Eleanor in a world that has changed as a result of the First World War and Marin in the present time coming to terms with familial rejection that is still sha...
  • A Reader's Heaven
    Feb 15, 2018
    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.) Marin Ellis is in search of a new start after her father and his second wife die in a car accident, and at thirty-seven she is made guardian of her fifteen-year-old half-sister Rebecca. They leav...
  • Vera Godley
    Jul 20, 2015
    As I began the book, it struck me as being intensely depressing. I sensed desperation, death, despair. I thought to myself that this was not particularly the type of book I would typically choose, and not what I expected The Lost Garden story to hold for the reader based on the descrip...
  • Helen
    Apr 10, 2015
    ?She wondered who would open this gate one day in the future. Another girl, another gardener? Would they fill it with flowers, even butterflies? She almost smiled to think of the garden being redeemed and loved again?. To my mind, this is historical fiction at it?s finest. And...
  • Laurie
    May 10, 2015
    The Lost Garden is Book 2 in the Tales from Goswell series, and like the first in the series, The Vicar's Wife, it is set in England. (The Vicar's Wife was my favorite book of 2013.) Although The Lost Garden is book 2 in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I relished Th...
  • La Mala ✌
    Apr 11, 2015
    An ARC of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you, thank you so much! ...
  • Becky
    Jul 23, 2015
    The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz first caught my attention because of the stunning cover (probably my favorite cover so far in 2015), and it kept my attention because of the beautiful prose and sweetly gripping story line. The Lost Garden is not a particularly fast read?it's no...
  • Michelle
    Feb 18, 2015
    This book is beautiful is inside and out. I loved every page and really didn't want the story to end. I feel like this storyline could have kept going chapters more and I felt it ended too abruptly. The setting is wonderful as Marin and Rebecca move into a new village and start a new l...
  • Jill
    Jun 01, 2015
    I was packing to go on a 4 day trip and wanted a good book to get into while away. I found it in The Lost Garden by Katherine Swartz. I became involved in Marin?s quest to make a life for herself and her half-sister, Rebecca, after the death of their father. Marin is an independent w...
  • D.K. Powell
    Jun 16, 2015
    This is the second book in the Tales from Goswell series by Katherine Swartz and fans of the first book will be delighted to know some of the characters appear in the second. That said, this book stands alone and you don't need to have read The Vicar's Wife to enjoy this one. I have ...
  • Lauren Yarger
    Jul 24, 2015
    The Lost Garden By Katharine Swartz Lion Fiction, 2015 Two stories set a century apart intertwine in Katharine Swatrz's "The Lost Garden," the second book in her Tales from Goswell series. In the present, Marin Ellis assumes guardianship of her younger half-sister, Rebecca after t...
  • Kristina
    Jun 04, 2015
    The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz is a novel that goes between modern day and just after World War I in England. Eleanor Sanderson is nineteen years old and upset over the loss of her brother in the last week of the war. Eleanor is out of sorts and not sure what to do with herself in...
  • Clare O'Beara
    Sep 16, 2017
    This is an interesting women's fiction story, centring on the stagnation and thorniness of grief. If that sounds daunting, don't worry. The grief is expressed and made visible in the form of an old herb garden, overgrown with brambles. Marin in her mid thirties and her half sister Rebe...
  • Jeanne Adamek
    Oct 27, 2015
    This novel was very good. I love duel time line stories especially when history mixes in at least one of the time lines. The author did this extremely well giving me a novel that I felt portrayed grief, understanding and forgiveness with just the right touch. I loved the characteriz...
  • Book Barmy (Bookbarmy.com)
    Sep 06, 2015
    I wanted an easy-going book for a recent trip to Europe. Nothing too complicated with multiplying characters or, even worse, a family tree to keep straight. I knew while traveling, I would be happily distracted and pleasantly tired. I would only be reading in short bits and pieces. ...
  • Amy
    Jan 01, 2015
    This dual-time-period narrative started off a bit too slow for my taste, with several long passages of flashbacks, but eventually picked up quite nicely and really engaged me emotionally. Then the abrupt, wrap-it-all-up-in-a-telling-narrative ending left a sour taste in my mouth at the...
  • Irene
    Apr 25, 2015
    Provided by publisher and Netgalley. A lovely book featuring 2 women almost a century apart in the same garden wilderness. Loved the style of writing and the women's stories brought to life by Katharine Swartz. Will definitely read other books from this author. ...
  • Eeyore
    Aug 28, 2017
    This book was amazing and I didn't want it to end. I loved how it was told in a two era storyline. I have never read anything by Katharine Swartz before and I will now be looking for more of her books. ...