The Lost Garden

The Lost Garden

Book - 2002
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London is on fire from the Blitz, and horticulturist Gwen Davis has fled the devastated city for a ruined estate in Devon. With a haunting story of love in a time of war, Humphreys has created a novel that is both heartrending and heart-mending.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperFlamingoCanada, 2002.
ISBN: 9780002005111
Branch Call Number: HUMPH
Characteristics: 181 p.


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OttawaReads Nov 04, 2010

London is on fire from the Blitz, and horticulturist Gwen Davis has fled the devastated city for a ruined estate in Devon. A haunting story of love in a time of war. Humphreys has also written another novel set during WWII called Coventry.

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Apr 10, 2020

In many ways, this is an interesting story of a lonely, plain 35 year old horticulturalist assigned to supervise a small group of the Women's Land Army in 1941 on a Devon estate. The descriptions of the flowers and gardens are lovely. However, the writing is awkward and a little clunky.

May 28, 2019

Wonderful! English countryside during the war... many beautiful interlocking stories!

I loved this book, I cried and I smiled and I learned a bit about the role of poetry in tragic times. I found the comment by Cisely (February 2013) poignant and insightful. Still this is a woman who was never loved by her mother, was a friendless child and was a product of her time and social class. In contrast to Jane who learned to love because she had her cousin Colin to teach her how to relate to others. Life goes on, Gwen herself is an abandoned garden and the lost garden has brought solace to a withered heart.

Feb 12, 2018

Almost too beautiful writing. Quick read. Ending came too not satisfying. Sad.

Apr 23, 2017

Was hoping for a little more from this book. Skipped alot of paragraphs.Rather dull.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

It is the spring of 1941. Gwen Davis, a shy young horticulturist is sent down to Devon to help with the war effort. Her job is to turn an old overgrown estate garden into fields of potatoes and vegetables that will help feed England. Her charges are a group of young girls more interested in romance and the Canadian soldiers billeted at the estate than gardening. Gwen discovers a hidden garden full of past mysteries and longings and finds herself facing the unbearable risks of love.

lysiasroad Mar 01, 2013

One of my favourite books and author. The writing is beautiful and really does transport you to 1940's war torn England.

Feb 02, 2013

I found this a very disappointing book.
Gwen is a totally self centered person,
not interested enough to even find out the other land girl's names. She spends
most of her time in the 'secret garden"
not training the girls to produce food for the war effort. Britain is fighting for its
very existence and she doesn't seem to care. I will not waste my time reading
another book my this writer.

booklady413 Aug 14, 2012

If you are a 1940's fiction lover like me, you will love this book. In addition any anglofile or flower lover would also enjoy this read.

Dec 07, 2011

I felt like i had seen this story. the images were so vivid. It would make an incredible BBC production!

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booklady413 Aug 14, 2012

"The point, dear Davis, is that sometimes what you want is no more than to put your name beside someone else's, someone whom you love. Stretch your name out alongside theirs as though it was you, lying next to them."

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