“During WWII, London-born horticulturist Gwen Davis volunteers with the Women's Land Army to grow food for the nation on a rundown country estate in Devon. Between organizing the other female volunteers and getting to know the officers from a Canadian regiment stationed there, Gwen discovers a secret garden that mirrors her life and those around her. Restoring the garden, Gwen finds friendship, love and loss, as well as herself.
This story worked for me on so many levels. The writing was lovely, poetic and lush, much like the garden she described. I could truly smell the freshly dug soil, the dew on the grass, the roses. The story was heartbreaking and it's truth timeless. Vivid, sometimes funny, very moving and poignant, it's one of my favourites this year.”