In the Shadow Garden
by Liz Parker
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Pub Date 13 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 28 Nov 2022
As featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show
There’s something magical about Yarrow, Kentucky. The three empathic witches of the Haywood family are known for their shadow garden—from strawberries that taste like chocolate to cherry tomatoes imbued with the flavors of basil and oregano. Their magic can cure any heartache, and the fruits of their garden bring a special quality to the local bourbon distillery. On one day every year, a shot of Bonner bourbon will make your worst memory disappear. But the Haywoods will never forget the Bonners’ bitter betrayal.
Twenty years ago, the town gave up more than one memory; they forgot an entire summer. One person died. One person disappeared. And no one has any recollection of either.
As events from that fateful summer start to come to light, there must be a reckoning between the rival Haywood and Bonner families. But untangling the deep roots of this town’s terrible secrets will expose more than they could ever imagine about love, treachery, and the true nature of their power.
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This book, ladies and gentlemen, is the crème de la crème of magical realism. I fell absolutely in love with the imagery of this story, the mystery that slowly unraveled, and the characters who brought it to life. This story was told from multiple perspectives and was filled with beautifully complicated family drama, second-chance love stories, deception, and deceit, all revolving around a magical shadow garden and a bourbon distillery.
This book tugged on all sorts of heartstrings for me. It felt like a mashup of Gilmore Girls and Practical Magic and it was absolutely perfect. At first, I was a bit thrown by all the different perspectives, but eventually, I was able to grasp the different characters and their relationships with one another. I don’t want to give too much away, but do yourself a favor and give this one a read. I can guarantee you’ll be swept away just as swiftly as I was.
In the Shadow Garden was published on September 13, 2022.
Thank you to Liz Parker, Forever Publishing (@readforeverpub & @grandcentralpub), and NetGalley for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
my favourite debut of 2022 !
This book is so atmospheric and enchanting, its was a stunning read and exactly what I wanted for autumn. One of my favourite authors is Sarah Addison Allen, and Liz Parker reads like her, but in her own unique voice.
I really enjoy a book with multiple POV and didnt find it confusing , but rather it added layers to the story
I'm really looking forward to more from this author.
What a fun book full of magic, mysteries, and tangled family relationships. I enjoyed the family dynamics in this book, the mystery and surprises in the story and the unique magical elements that really brought this book to life. The story is told through the alternating perspectives of the members of the Haywood and Bonner families and the transitions between points of view are so well written, And what a beautiful cover! Highly recommend this book for those who enjoy the weaving of magic and mystery within a family drama. Definitely add to your fall TBR!
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