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The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys
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May 23, 2010

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Recommended to Betsy by: My Bookclub
Read in May, 2010

A very interesting novel, set in England during World War Two. It tell the story of a young female horticulturalist, Gwen who leaves London, a city she loves to head to the English countryside to head a group of the Women's Land Army. During the War, groups of women were sent from industrial cities to farms and estates to grow food, particularly potatoes for the war effort.

Gwen is stationed at an estate, which has been released for use to the government. At the main house a group of Canadian soldiers want to be shipped out. The grounds are for the Women's Land Army to plant and harvest. Gwen finds the gardens to be overgrown and it great need of refurbishing. She is inexperienced in managing and overseeing anyone, much less a group of young women who have never worked in the fields and would rather be hanging out with the soldiers. Gwen finds a secret garden and her life begins to change and so do the lives of those around her.

Perhaps a corny review, but The Lost Garden was a very satisfying read. It had the themes of friendship, love, loss, waiting and renewal all intertwined. The writing was sharp and precise. Virginia Woolf and Willmott's huge book, The Genus Rosa, continually show up throughout. I enjoyed it.


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