The Garden of Memories

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Pub Date Jun 20 2024 | Archive Date Not set

Description

People are like flowers. If you give them the right environment in which to grow, they bloom.

'Charming' Katie Fforde, Number 1 Sunday Times Bestseller

With nothing but time on her hands, retired nurse Rose Lanyon finds herself drawn to the garden that had once been her husband’s pride and joy.

It may have started as a means of honouring her husband’s memory, but her little Cornish garden soon becomes so much more – a place where the lost and lonely can find solace, the forgotten can be remembered, and second chances take bloom. Because, as long as new life is growing, there will always be hope and new memories to make…

‘A stunning book, full of insight and warmth. I loved it’ Celia Anderson, bestselling author of 59 Memory Lane

Everyone is loving The Garden of Memories:

‘A beautifully crafted novel that will stay with you…deserves ten massive gold stars, highly recommended. Very highly’ Anita Waller

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'A beautiful story about new beginnings, the warmth of friendship, the healing and energising powers of nature, connecting with others…one I certainly will never forget!'

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'A delight to read, be it curled up in a cosy corner in your own home or sat outside in your own garden on a sunny day!'

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'A joyous read with no murders or violence and is a complete delight'

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'A simply lovely book that is full of heart'

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'The descriptions of the flowers, their perfume and colour are so vivid I felt I had walked through Rose's garden myself. The characters in this book are a joy. They restore your faith in human nature…extra special'

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'A real feel-good read that reminds us to cherish memories, embrace new experiences, and find joy in the little thingsIt’s simply wonderful – there’s no other words really'

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'I can’t write a review to do it justice but read it…You will love it'

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'Funny, poignant, endearing characters, a good spattering of relatable everyday truths, a few unexpected plot twists…everything a good book should be!'

People are like flowers. If you give them the right environment in which to grow, they bloom.

'Charming' Katie Fforde, Number 1 Sunday Times Bestseller

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What a lovely uplifting story with beautiful descriptions and delightful characters that I truly cared about! At the core of The Garden of Memories is the power of nature on the human heart. Sitting in a garden of beautiful flowers can be calming and as this story shows, there’s a magic in the greenery that draws out emotions and allows wounds to heal. ‘Memories can be awakened…at a familiar flower or smelling its scent’ as character Rose, a retired nurse, points out. She started this garden initially in memory of her late husband but this haven became so much more. It resulted in a place for wounded hearts to come together in a welcoming community. Where they felt free to share and where friendships developed, matured and took shape.

Digging around in the dirt and planting flowers and vegetables, connects us to the earth we are part of. It has been long shown that nature has a way of reducing stress and can bring balance and inner peace. Rose knows how much it has helped her and she is willing to share that magic with her neighbours. Many people come her way and find the tranquility and release in her garden. Then they tell others and the circle of friends widen and next thing you know there are parties happening! Everyone is sharing their innermost thoughts and finding solace, solutions and healing in amongst the flowers. Flora, Daisy, Louise, Sally and even her daughter Bella are just a few, who receive emotional refreshment, direction and courage to fulfill their dreams. Some even to change their circumstances and to give themselves permission to be themselves: to be human, not perfect but free to love, laugh and grow.

Big cheers particularly to the women in this novel who had the courage to stand up for themselves and say ‘enough is enough’: to no more be dominated and diminished by the male figures in their lives or manipulated by controlling mothers! It is clearly shown how damaging this behaviour has been on these victims’ lives.

The novel is mostly focused on Rose but Flora and Sally share their perspectives, too. Another important character is Daisy. (Three of these women share flower names which fits nicely into the story!) Rose, as mentioned before, is not only a retired nurse still helping those in need (including her daughter Bella) but she has another gift. In her younger days she was a great singer. Through Daisy’s prompting, she manages to get lost again in the rapture of music and puts her talent back into use. Flora is a retired schoolteacher and is seen as the lighthouse of the group. Often an encourager, pointing fearful souls to safer shores—in this case Rose’s garden. Daisy, a librarian assistant, is tall, willowy, showy and outspoken with auburn curls and machine-gun-fire-words who makes everyone smile, lifts them up when down, lends an ear and heart, and has been friends with Rose since childhood. Sally is a late bloomer who joins in the garden restoration by creating a beautiful pond. In doing so, she transforms herself into a confident fit woman. No more being a door mat or under control of her abusive husband’s poisonous tongue!

This is a novel about transformation: Rose sets out to transform the garden but in the end, the garden transforms her and others who enter its domain. The salt, the sea and the scent of flowers are a balm to troubled souls. This is a beautiful story about new beginnings, the warmth of friendship, the healing and energising powers of nature, connecting with others who make you feel as Bella says, ‘like coming home’ where acceptance and love are in abundance. As Rose demonstrates: ‘flowers can evoke such wonderful memories’ that ‘keep hope alive.’ Plus, they can sow new ones, too. And as the visitors to the garden get a chance to plant a flower in memory of someone or an event, old memories live on forever. While new ones are created, too, resulting in the past and present coming together in a healthy harmony. The Garden of Memories is an important story by Amanda James about relationships and one I certainly will never forget! 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to One More Chapter and Netgalley for a review copy.

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When Rose retires from being a nurse after many years at the local GP surgery, she decides she must tackle her neglected garden. She lives alone in Cornwall and struggles to get motivated.
Rose eventually grows specific plants to remind her of a past love and also her late husband. As her community grows she encourages her friends to bring a plant that brings them happiness and place it in the garden. The garden brings everyone together. This a joyous read with no murders or violence and is a complete delight to read.

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This is a simply lovely book that is full of heart and heartbreak all at the same time. It’s also great to have stories that focus on mid age characters.

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The Garden of Memories is a heartwarming story set in Cornwall. Rose, a retired nurse tends to her late husband's garden, turning it into a sanctuary of memories for herself and her friends, old and new.
This is a real feel-good read that reminds us to cherish memories, embrace new experiences, and find joy in the little things.
It’s simply wonderful - there’s no other words really 🪴

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This is an interesting story. About life after retirement , lost opportunities in your youth because of parents, a beautiful garden and so much more. I can’t write a review to do it justice but read it . You will love it and a neat ending not predictable .

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Funny, poignant, endearing characters, a good spattering of relatable everyday truths, a few unexpected plot twists . . . everything a good book should be! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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