This evening I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for the latest novel by Harriet Evans, The Garden of Lost and Found. From the moment I held it in my hands I knew I was in for a wonderful journey.
I adore a novel that features a house that is almost a character in itself. They have such presence and there is something there, something that sucks me in, captures my imagination and whisks me away. I am a homebody and I totally get the way we can become ingrained in a building. Every memory clinging to bricks and mortar, every inch bringing new life and memories. Of course the memories can’t always be good and even Nightingale House has had it’s share of tragedy. This is a wonderful epic tale of love lost and saved, betrayal and trust, all wrapped up in a families history and even it’s future. The house plays a big part but it is in the garden where memories are forged and generations come together. The Garden of Lost and Found.
We begin in 1918 with Ned burning a painting, but not just any painting, his most famous painting. A painting whose story is ingrained throughout the pages of the book. Why did he burn it? What madness possessed him. It was all that remained of them. The children lost to them. But how, when and where? It was incredibly enticing, I couldn’t stop reading, at times with tears, also anger but also with hope. What a wonderful tale Harriet has created, almost as artfully as a painter bringing a canvas to life. I could see each character in my minds eye. They whispered their story through her words so I couldn’t turn away until I reached the very end.
Pure, wonderful escapism. Harriet wonderfully merges the difficulties faced by each of the women in this story. From the 19th century right through to present day we watch the story of this family unfold. Juliet, our modern day mum is going through a time of great change and upset. As she tries to cope with all that it thrown at her she returns to the home of her grandmother and a house that holds many secrets; secrets that are now ready to be known. At times I read in horror at what was endured by the characters, and it was heartbreaking yet wonderfully moving. A tale filled with love, courage, hate and bitterness but more than all of that it is a story of the importance of those who came before us and the hope that love can save the day.
This was a wonderful read that I consumed in a long weekend and thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour.
Nightingale House, 1919. Liddy Horner discovers her husband, the world-famous
artist Sir Edward Horner, burning his best-known painting The Garden of Lost and
Found days before his sudden death.
Nightingale House was the Horner family’s beloved home – a gem of design created
to inspire happiness – and it was here Ned painted The Garden of Lost and Found,
capturing his children on a perfect day.
One magical moment. Before it all came tumbling down…
When Ned and Liddy’s great-granddaughter Juliet is sent the key to Nightingale
House, she starts a new life with her three children, and opens the door onto a
forgotten world. The house holds its mysteries close but she is in search of answers.
For who would choose to destroy what they love most? Whether Ned’s masterpiece – or,
in Juliet’s case, her own children’s happiness.
Something shattered this corner of paradise. But what?
About the author
Harriet Evans is the author, Going Home, A Hopeless Romantic, The Love of Her Life, I Remember You, Love Always, Happily Ever After and Not Without You. Before becoming a full time writer Harriet was a successful editor for a London publishing house. She lives in London with her family.
You can follow Harriet on Twitter at @HarrietEvans
and on Instagram at @harrietevansauthor
The Garden of Lost and Found was published in hardback by Headline Review on April 18th 2019. It is also available in eBook and Audiobook.