The Forbidden Garden

The Forbidden Garden, by Ellen Herrick, is the second of a series. I didn't know that until after I read this one. There is a prologue that sets up this story. The 'Sparrow Sisters' is the first story and it introduces us to these sisters through romance and gardening. In The Forbidden Garden, Sorrel is determined to bring an ancient garden back to its original splendor. Working for the owners of Kirkwood Hall, she takes on the task of an outgrown Shakespearean garden. Somewhere in the middle of interacting with the family and attempting to make plants grow, Sorrel finds that her destiny is intertwined with this once magnificent garden. This is a well written book that will intrigue readers from the very beginning.

Book Blurb for The Forbidden Garden

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…

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2017 4.00