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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