Sunday, April 17, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Garden of Secrets


1940, England: A heart-breaking, unforgettable and powerful story about love, wartime secrets, and betrayal. Perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen’s The Victory Garden and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.

When Anya is sent to rural England to work as a spy, she’s glad to escape a terrifying situation at home in war-torn Russia. But as she settles into life as a land girl, she fears she’s made a terrible mistake.

With her life at risk every day, she can only turn to her fellow informer, Nikolai, who she finds herself impossibly drawn to. They both desperately want to join the fight against the Nazis and when they are told Russia has switched allegiance, they start to believe their love might stand a chance.

But no one can ever know their secret history, and being together puts them in the gravest danger. So they devise a plan. If they’re ever separated, they will find their way back to each other. They just have to follow a series of secret coded messages. Clues no one else could possibly understand. Starting with a small key, left in the place that has become most precious to them: the secret garden.

Now, England: When Laura agrees to restore a beautiful garden in the grounds of an English stately home she sees the opportunity for a new start, away from heartbreak. But when she finds a box buried under the weeping willow tree, she is spellbound by its contents – a key and a cryptic note. As she begins to piece together the fragments of a love story that stretches across wartime Europe, Laura doesn’t realise it, but she is embarking on an unforgettable journey. One which will change her own life forever.


Title:   Garden of Secrets 
Author: Suzanne Kelman
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   391
Date of Publication:   April 13, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

Anya is devastated by the death of her mother, and her cruel stepfather demands she marry someone who will pull their family out of financial straits. She is determined to make her own way. Fleeing her home, Anya ends up being sent to England as she is an English-speaking Russian who becomes a Russian spy working with the Nazis. Anya is not clear on the mistake she made joining this endeavor. She soon meets Nikolai, hired as a footman. Anya makes another friend named Millie, and she begins to understand the depth of the decision she made taking the job she now has.

Her friendship with Nikolai is indeed her saving grace. The two become friends and so much more, thus giving light to Anya as she faces impossible circumstances.

In present day, as this book is delivered in a dual-timeline fashion, we meet Laura. Laura has own own devastation to deal with and that is when she finds out that her other half has been cheating on her. She leaves him and returns home to Norfolk. One day while wandering around a gorgeous garden - when ends up being a significant player in this remarkable story - she finds a cigarette box that contained a ration card and a key. What are these items? 

This secret garden contains a huge secret. Anya's curiosity gets the best of her and she embarks on an journey to find out its origin and significance. She is very much drawn to the story behind the items she found. In her search for answers, she soon meets Jamie, and the pair share a strong emotional connection.

What a wonderful story! Full of heartbreak, but then balanced out with a heartwarming ending, Garden of Secrets is another fabulous story written in a compelling manner. I love how the garden itself is the backdrop that ties these women together, even decades apart. Suzanne Kelman is a very dramatic writer, crafting stories and characters that truly pull the reader in. Each book that I have read by her has given me all the feels, and this book does exactly that. 

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Suzanne Kelman is a 2015 Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Finalist, Multi-Award-Winning Screenwriter and a Film Producer. As well as working in film she is also an International Amazon Bestselling Fiction Author of the Southlea Bay Series – The Rejected Writers’ Book Club, Rejected Writers Take the Stage and The Rejected Writers’ Christmas Wedding. Born in the United Kingdom, she now resides in Washington State.

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