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The Garden of Lost and Found

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,388 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Nightingale House, 1919. Liddy Horner discovers her husband, the world-famous artist Sir Edward Horner, burning his best-known painting The Garden of Lost and Found days before his sudden death.

Nightingale House was the Horner family's beloved home - a gem of design created to inspire happiness - and it was here Ned painted 'The Garden of Lost and Found', capturing his
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 18th 2019 by Headline Review
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Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The title, ‘The Garden of Lost and Found’ actually refers to a painting. It’s a dual time story, beginning in the late 1800s/1900s with the story of Lydia (Liddy) Desart Horner and her family and alternating with a timeframe in 2014 with her great grand-daughter, Juliet Horner. The family home, Nightingale House, is the glue that binds both strands of the story together and is a wonderful character in its own right.

This is an epic family drama, spanning the generations of the lives, loves and
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a while since I read a family saga but I was quickly reminded of why they make such engrossing stories. Especially when they are as brilliantly written as this one. It took just a few pages for me to be swept along and become absolutely captivated.

The Garden of Lost and Found is centred around the Horner family and a painting. Ned Horner used to be quite the well-known artist and “The Garden of Lost and Found” was his masterpiece. It captured his children on a beautiful day, playing in
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I've been totally absorbed by Harriet Evans's recent family sagas, especially The Butterfly Summer and The Wildflowers, so I found The Garden of Lost and Found to be a real disappointment, despite its beautiful cover. The novel switches between two intertwined timelines; in the present day, Juliet, working at an art dealer's, loses her job at the same time that her marriage falls apart. Unexpectedly inheriting her family's ancestral home, where the Edwardian painter Ned Horner produced his most ...more
Alayne Emmett
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and found it touched on so many current issues such as divorce and social media bullying which unfortunately is mentioned a lot these days. The story starts in the past and then comes forward to the present day and does this all through the book.
This didn’t spoil it for me at all it enhanced the story and I found it very interesting.
I hope to read more of Harriet Evans books in the future. This was sent to me by Netgalley for an honest review.
Lou Robinson
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a long time since I’ve read a proper ‘saga’ set over multiple generations of a family. Suzanne had read and given 5* so thought I would give it a try. Really very easy to read and an interesting story, I may well go back and pick up some more Harriet Evans.
Emma Crowley
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Harriet Evans' new book The Garden of Lost and Found is an epic read at over 500 pages. It is a dual timeline story with two distinct narratives but the characters are connected through family and a painting that held many spellbound when it was first painted and exhibited to the world. The painting entitled The Garden of Lost and Found is a key feature in this book almost like a character in itself and it forms the backbone to this story around which everything else flows. The book starts off ...more
Sandra McKenna
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly magnificent read.

This magnificent dual timeline set in London and rural England had me gripped from the very first page.
It is a cleverly constructed story of hidden art, an old family home, and lots of secrets, twists and turns.
Harriet Evans is a new author to me; I love her writing style, and will be seeking more of her books.
I'm a bit torn about this book, I liked the writing and liked the overall plot but didn't like most of the characters.
As others have said, this is a family saga, but what a horrible, dysfunctional family they are!
The great grandfather hires a nanny that physically abuses & torments his children.
When those children grow up they are quite awful to their own kids and to each other as well. Then in the modern day part of the story the main character has 3 horrible children of her own (they are
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-on-kindle
The writing isnt the greatest, but its hard to compare with some of the authors I read. Nevertheless the story caught my attention and kept me going. Quite enjoyable. Too bad about the half stars or it would be a half more.
Jessica Gilmore
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I've said on here before I a. have loved Harriet Evans books since her very first b. Adore books centred around big houses and c. love family secrets so The Garden of Lost and Found was pretty much reading catnip. Expectations were high and more than met - The Garden of Lost and Found is an emotional, compelling and absorbing read and (to me) a thoughtful examination of marriage, motherhood, and the search for self set in a world of Victorian art and modern day art history, a world of which I ...more
Karen Mace
A dramatic opening starts this book off with a bang and I was just totally captivated from the first page to the last with the events set over a dual timeline, relating to the painting of The Garden of Lost and Found, alongside the family history and drama of Nightingale House. The author has a wonderful way of capturing the day to day lives of people in various periods in history, mixed with the added mystery of secrets hidden behind closed doors that just makes you want to read more!!

Set in
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
As usual with a book with multiple storylines, times and characters I found that it took me time to get into this novel. I found some of the passages on the experiences of John and Mary very intense. I was glad that I persevered to finish it although I did guess the ending part way through. I feel that the writer purposely made some of the characters difficult to like. I would have loved to see a picture of the picture at the heart of the story.
Alison Hamilton-Stewart
Need to read this one with a family tree to hand and not one for dipping in and out of - great story line but the constant chopping and changing made it difficult to remember who was who - even at the last pages I was thinking - who was that? Worth the read if you can go for it in a shorter time frame than I did.
Rachel Bridgeman
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2019, favorites
'The Garden Of Lost And Found'is published in hardback by Headline and I am incredibly grateful to them and Anne Cater ofRandom Things Toursfor my gifted copy as part of this accompanying blogtour.

This is a beautifully constructed doll's house of a novel with intricate details and features which gradually become revealed the more you look at it.

Ostensibly the story of a painting which was mysteriously burnt just days before the artist's death from influenza, this is a mutli generational tale of
I really liked the synopsis of this book, but unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations.
I don't care for books that jump back and forwards between time zones, the only purpose that seems to serve is to make for a longer book. The book was supposedly 320 pages, but I think it was twice this length.
The characters were confusing, who was related to whom. I didn't particularly like any of them, none of them stood out. All this, my love, darling etc became rather nauseous after a while.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is multi generation epic. It’s centred round a large house called Nightingale House, and the name of the book is the title of a painting by the husband of the first generation to inhabit the house. I found the description of the life endured by the earliest generation in the book to be very descriptive and conveyed the hardship of the time.

It was a long book, but I did enjoy it. There are a lot of characters in it, but I managed to work it all out ok. But like all modern books, it doesn’t
Lorena Burciu
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great and surprising family saga that keeps you guessing until the very end.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

A painting which captures so much, a house which is an escape and a challenge, a book of desperate situations; there is so much going on this novel that the reader must really concentrate but is greatly rewarded for the effort. Taking place in several times and in several places, it is held together by a painting of a garden and a house which is emblematic of so much for the characters. At least two casts of characters, at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century and the twenty first
Juliet Bookliterati
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Garden Of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans covers over one hundred years and three generations of women of the Horner family. In the late nineteenth century, Libby meets artist Ned Horner, a friend of her brother, and against all odds they marry. Ned buys Nightingale House, a pace where Libby’s mother grew up and so begins the family love with the house and the place where Ned paints his most famous work, The Garden Of Lost And Found. Stella Horner is the daughter of Ned and Libby, she grows ...more
Jenny Cooper
Apr 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
A family saga spanning many generations. The bulk of the story is based around two main timelines, focusing on Ned and Liddy who lived in Nightingale House in 1919 and Juliet, their great-granddaughter, who inherits the house in the present day. Ned was a world famous painter who, days before his sudden death burns his most famous painting for no apparent reason. Generations later, Juliet, an art historian, is determined to find out why.

The common thread running through the book is Nightingale
Anne Brown
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Megan Jones
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nightingale House, 1919. Liddy Horner discovers her husband, the world-famous artist Sir Edward Horner, burning his best-known painting The Garden of Lost and Found days before his sudden death. Nightingale House was the Horner family's beloved home - a gem of design created to inspire happiness - and it was here Ned painted The Garden of Lost and Found, capturing his children on a perfect day, playing in the rambling Eden he and Liddy made for them. One magical moment. Before it all came ...more
C.L. Williams
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ll be honest I picked this book up for it’s beautiful cover and the promise of an enchanted hidden garden. I’ve not read a book by Harriet Evans before but her billing as similar to Rosamunde Pilcher intrigued me because Pilcher is one of my favourite authors.

Indeed her writing style, plot lines and world building echo Pilcher in more ways than one. The use of a painting ‘The Garden of Lost and Found’ as the central intrigue to the plot. The setting of the perfect house, in the perfect garden,
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Garden of Lost and Found is a sweeping, epic novel covering several generations of a family from the late 1800s to the present day. At more than 500 pages, it really does deserve that title epic although it really didn’t feel like a long book at all. I had saved it for reading on holiday so I could curl up and get lost in the story. Once I read the first few pages, I was hooked.

I really don’t want to give away too much about the plot but this is the story of a famous painting, a grand old
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books which alternates between two main timelines. In this case there are also a few strays off to additional timelines. In the present we have Juliet Horner an unhappy wife, stressed mother and unappreciated art expert. She is left a home by her Grandmother and needs to decide if she will leave her needy and useless husband and take her children to start a new life. In the past we have the story of Liddy Horner and the people around her including her famous husband and ...more
Elizabeth Lloyd
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a story across four generations of the happiness and suffering of the women who came to live in Nightingale House. Initially we meet Liddy and her artist husband Ned Horner living in the house she had inherited from her mother. They seem to have lived an idyllic married life in the house and garden but now in 1918 tragedy has touched them. But the story moves back in time to describe the time when Liddy lived in London and she and her sister Mary met penniless Ned and his generous friend ...more
Jo Barton
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set between two times frames we meet with Juliet Horner in the present time who is a descendant of Ned Horner, a respected Edwardian artist whose most famous art work was destroyed many years ago in a fire. When Juliet’s home circumstances change she takes her three lively children back to Nightingale House, the now dilapidated residence which was once Ned’s home and which has been owned by various members of Juliet’s family since the house was built in late 1800s.

Moving seamlessly between two
Jane Hunt
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all saga’s this one has a great deal of scene setting and introduction of the players and their motivations. This makes the first half of the story slow-paced and detailed.

There is an intriguing mystery to solve and complex family dynamics. Told from two timelines, Lydia’s set in the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century and Juliet’s her Great- Grandaughter in 2014.

The prologue sets the ethos of the story and introduces the painting of the garden, which is rightly a
Rachel Glass
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had only read one book by Harriet Evans before, that book was published over a few months. I am so pleased that I didn’t read this the same way. For no other reason than each time the book switched from modern day to Liddy’s life around the beginning of the 20th century, or vice versa, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.

The characters are mesmerising, the way that the children in each part differed so much. The children who answered their mother back in modern day wouldn’t have
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I was born in London in 1974 and grew up on the mean streets of Chiswick, where I went to school. I was a completely undistinguished pupil in every way, except I absolutely loved reading and drama. My only achievements from the age of 5 to 18 were, a) winning a doodling competition at primary school (of a witch flying in the sky with balloons