The Forbidden GardenBook - 2017
After she is hired to restore the Shakespeare Garden at Kirkwood Hall, Sorrel Sparrow is drawn to the owner's mysterious brother-in-law and discovers disturbing secrets about the garden's past.
“Captivating [...] Herrick weaves a rich tapestry of family lore, dark secrets, and love.” —Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader and The Fifth Petal
Perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Sarah Jio, comes a lush imaginative novel that takes readers into the heart of a mysterious English country garden, waiting to spring to life.
Every garden is a story, waiting to be told…
At the nursery she runs with her sisters on the New England coast, Sorrel Sparrow has honed her rare gift for nurturing plants and flowers. Now that reputation, and a stroke of good timing, lands Sorrel an unexpected opportunity: reviving a long-dormant Shakespearean garden on an English country estate.
Arriving at Kirkwood Hall, ancestral home of Sir Graham Kirkwood and his wife Stella, Sorrel is shocked by the desolate state of the walled garden. Generations have tried—and failed—to bring it back to glory. Sorrel senses heartbreak and betrayal here, perhaps even enchantment. Intrigued by the house’s history—especially the haunting tapestries that grace its walls—and increasingly drawn to Stella’s enigmatic brother, Sorrel sets to work. And though she knows her true home is across the sea with her sisters, instinct tells her that the English garden’s destiny is entwined with her own, if she can only unravel its secrets…
Sorrel Sparrow, an American nursery owner with a rare gift with plants, jumps at the chance to help revive a run-down Shakespearean garden on a country estate in England. The ancestral home of Sir Graham Kirkwood and his wife, Stella, the Kirkwood Hall garden exudes a sense of heartbreak, betrayal and enchantment. As Sorrel becomes intrigued with the house's haunting history-- and the owner's brother-in-law-- she slowly unravels the ancient garden's secrets.
An American nursery owner with a rare gift with plants jumps at the chance to help revive a run-down, Shakespearean garden on a country estate in England and becomes intrigued the with house’s haunting history and the owner’s brother-in-law. 25,000 first printing.
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