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The Memory Garden

Narrated by: Jilly Bond
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

Lamorna Cove - a tiny bay in Cornwall, picturesque, unspoilt. A hundred years ago it was the haunt of a colony of artists. Today, Mel Pentreath hopes it is a place where she can escape the pain of her mother's death and a broken love affair, and gradually put her life back together.

Renting a cottage in the enchanting but overgrown grounds of Merryn Hall, Mel embraces her new surroundings and offers to help her landlord, Patrick Winterton, restore the garden. Soon she is daring to believe her life can be rebuilt.

Then Patrick finds some old paintings in an attic, and as he and Mel investigate the identity of the artist, they are drawn into an extraordinary tale of illicit passion and thwarted ambition from a century ago, a tale that resonates in their own lives. But how long can Mel's idyll last before reality breaks in and everything is threatened?

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©2007 Rachel Hore (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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Bring a live Lomorna

Jilly Bond made it sound so beautiful & warming.. Bring West Cornwall a live & history of the Artist in Lomorna.


Maggie Lambourn

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Memories

Most enjoyable story it combined history art and gardening all in one book and the romance wasn’t over the top. All the characters were believable.

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Nice story a bit overly dramatic female characters

If you could sum up The Memory Garden in three words, what would they be?

Scenery, discovery, drama

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Memory Garden?

None realy sticks out. The story flows without any climatic moment.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As before, I cannot point a single scene that stood out.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really. It was enjoyable, the story interesting enough, but the overdramatic female characters kind of ruined it a bit.

Any additional comments?

I didn't connect with the main character enough, I supose. It's a romantic book, and I was expecting more from the past and less from the present, a bit more history and less romance.

The story is there though and I enjoyed reading it. The narrator is very nice too.

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  • 14-03-16

Easy listening and totally enjoyable

Really enjoyed this easy listening novel, not too fast, a little predictable but a classic holiday listen.

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Excellent story & as always with RH well researched

Engaging characters & story lines. Adds depth to my knowledge of Cornwall too. I must go & look up some of the real life painters. I always enjoy RH 's characters. The heroine is far from perfect; she's "real".

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Disappointingly boring book

This book has a misleading title as there is very little focus on the garden. Instead it's populated with characters that are difficult to like and, at times, irritating. It's a very thin story line and rather dull. The narration isn't very good - the foreign accent was poorly done and the voice for the main character was often childish.