Ellen Herrick's book has such a beautiful cover that readers will find hard to resist. The story inside will keep readers interested and entertained, too.
Just so readers are aware, The Forbidden Garden is the second novel by Herrick featuring the Sparrow Sisters. I don't think it's an absolute must that you read The Sparrow Sisters before enjoying The Forbidden Garden, but it took me a while to figure out that there was a backstory I didn't know anything about.
Sorrel Sparrow and her sisters manage a garden in New England and have a gift for growing and nurturing plants. Because of this gift, Sorrel has been invited to take over the care of a Shakespearean garden in England that is in disrepair. Sorrel is alarmed by the state of the garden when she first arrives, and then learns that many have tried to fix the garden, but without luck.
Apparently there is a family secret that has poisoned the garden, and Sorrel is left to figure things out as she cares for the plants, providing them love and a chance to flourish.
Herrick's descriptions are beautiful and I could almost feel myself transported to the English countryside. The mystery surrounding the garden drew me in and made me curious to know more about what had happened in the Kirkwood family's past. There is the idea that the Sorrel sisters possess some form of magic that allows them to be able to grow gardens the way they do, but that is hinted at more than anything.
This novel was a pleasure to curl up with. I liked leaving the world behind to spend time in a beautiful English garden with some interesting characters. I wasn't surprised by the ending, but that didn't disappoint me at all. Herrick's novel is charming and fun.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
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