The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen
Happy Saturday friends! I’m settled in for a morning of reading and relaxing, but I had to take a minute to chat about this book. 📖☕️
I was so wonderfully surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This might be one of the most lovely, easy, wonderful books that I’ve read this year. Set during the First World War, the story follows Emily Bryce as she learns just how strong she can be in a time when there are no guarantees, other than heartbreak. 📖☕️
I absolutely loved how @authorrhysbowenwrote about this period - the settings come so vividly to life that I suddenly found myself wanting to live in a dilapidated cottage like Emily. I love the characters, and the stunning friendships between the women, as they forge a family together. I loved the strength and resilience of every female character in this story, and the reflection of how capable women like them would have had to be during such a horrible time in history. I loved that Rhys still manages to write hope for the characters, despite the many heartbreaks. 📖☕️
Ultimately this book is one you can fly through so easily, and honestly, the best way I can describe it is simply, lovely. For any reader who loves historical fiction, a story of the unbreakable bond between women, and of healing - this is the book that should be on your TBR. 📖☕️
Pro Tip: this book also is one of the hidden gems that has the absolutely stunning dust sleeve print, printed on its hard cover as well - and y’all know I am a sucker for a beautiful book. ❤️
Thank you @littlebirdpublicity for sharing this story with me. I loved it. ❤️
QOTD: What are your favourite periods to read? I love historical fiction, perhaps because I most often read thrillers that are so regularly set it present day. I need the mental journey to another time on occasion. 📖☕️
I hope y’all are having a WONDERFUL Saturday!!! ❤️
From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart-rending novel of a woman’s love and sacrifice during the First World War.
As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage.
When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace. Emily’s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified—and with child. Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.
As Emily learns more about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny.