The Night Garden by Lisa Van Allen
For fans of Sarah Addison Allen, Aimee Bender, and Alice Hoffman, The Night Garden is a luminous novel of love, forgiveness, and the possibilities that arise when you open your heart.
Nestled in the bucolic town of Green Valley in upstate New York, the Pennywort farm appears ordinary, yet at its center lies something remarkable: a wild maze of colorful gardens that reaches beyond the imagination. Local legend says that a visitor can gain answers to life’s most difficult problems simply by walking through its lush corridors.
Yet the labyrinth has never helped Olivia Pennywort, the garden’s beautiful and enigmatic caretaker. She has spent her entire life on her family’s land, harboring a secret that forces her to keep everyone at arm’s length. But when her childhood best friend, Sam Van Winkle, returns to the valley, Olivia begins to question her safe, isolated world and wonders if she at last has the courage to let someone in. As she and Sam reconnect, Olivia faces a difficult question: Is the garden maze that she has nurtured all of her life a safe haven or a prison?
My Review: 4 out of 5 stars. I really wanted to read this book because I am a HUGE Sarah Addison Allen fan. I love reading books that have a little bit of whimsy and magic to them and this one definitely had that. What an interesting twist to a story. I’m not going to give away the secret. You’ll have to read it for yourself. This one was definitely a bit darker than what Allen produces but I still thought it was a good read. I could picture the beautiful gardens and walking through the maze myself each time one of the characters took a trip through.
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