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ISBN13: 9780393324914
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This word-perfect, heartbreaking novel is set in early 1941 in Britain when the war seems endless and, perhaps, hopeless. London is on fire from the Blitz, and a young woman gardener named Gwen Davis flees from the burning city for the Devon countryside. She has volunteered for the Land Army, and is to be in charge of a group of young girls who will be trained to plant food crops on an old country estate where the gardens have fallen into ruin. Also on the estate, waiting to be posted, is a regiment of Canadian soldiers. For three months, the young women and men will form attachments, living in a temporary rural escape. No one will be more changed by the stay than Gwen. She will inspire the girls to restore the estate gardens, fall in love with a soldier, find her first deep friendship, and bring a lost garden, created for a great love, back to life. While doing so, she will finally come to know herself and a life worth living. Reading group guide included.

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Leaving London to grow food for the war effort, Gwen discovers a mysterious lost garden and the story of a love that becomes her own.

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WITH A HAUNTING STORY of love in a time of war, Helen Humphreys has created a novel that is both heartrending and heart-mending. London is on fire from the Blitz, and horticulturalist Gwen Davis has fled the devastated city for a ruined estate in Devon to grow crops as a volunteer with the Women's Land Army. There, for the first time, she experiences true friendship, love, and loss.

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Helen Humphreys, a poet and novelist, is the author of The Lost Garden, Afterimage, Leaving Earth, and Coventry. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Lori Bourgeois, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Lori Bourgeois)
This beautiful engrossing novel filled with elegant prose has become my favorite, and a default gift for my friends. Helen Humphreys' prose is like poetry. The story focuses on a woman who becomes a farmer during WWII in Great Britain in order to help provide food for the soldiers. She discovers a small forgotten garden on the property where she works and brings it back, providing a refuge for herself and her soul. With the addition of a star-crossed love affair, this book gives the reader an entertaining and heartfelt afternoon of entertainment.
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Annie, August 4, 2007 (view all comments by Annie)
Helen took me gently, yet vividly through Gwen's losses during London's Blitz and World War II, her relationship with her mother and losses of self-esteem, with an underlying hope that affirmed the many loves in Gwen's life. An especially engaging read for one who treasures the gifts of gardens, or for one who strugges with day to day living in the midst of loss.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393324914
Author:
Humphreys, Helen
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.40x5.34x.54 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393324914 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Leaving London to grow food for the war effort, Gwen discovers a mysterious lost garden and the story of a love that becomes her own.
"Synopsis" by , WITH A HAUNTING STORY of love in a time of war, Helen Humphreys has created a novel that is both heartrending and heart-mending. London is on fire from the Blitz, and horticulturalist Gwen Davis has fled the devastated city for a ruined estate in Devon to grow crops as a volunteer with the Women's Land Army. There, for the first time, she experiences true friendship, love, and loss.
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