The Sea Garden
Jess Penhaligon has just won a prestigious art award and as she accepts the prize from the artist’s widow she is unwittingly drawn into a story of family secrets. However, as the resonance of the past flutters down through the years, Jess begins to learn that life as she knew it is about to change forever. The heart of the story lies in a long buried family mystery which is gradually revealed as the story progresses, but also running alongside is the story of everyday family life which is described in such beautiful detail you feel as if you are actually there, sipping tea in the kitchen and watching as the birds fly low across the river Tamar. As always, with consummate skill, Marcia Willett manages to convey a perfect sense of time and place. She infuses such warmth into her characters that you are very quickly drawn into the story, and as ever the beautiful landscape around Devon and Cornwall is represented beautifully.
Without doubt The Sea Garden is a joy to read, the complications of family life, the long buried secrets of the past and the glorious way Marcia Willett has of portraying the heart and soul of a story, all combine to make this an engaging and rewarding read.
My thanks to Newbooks for a copy of this book to read and review.
If you enjoy books by Judith Lennox, Sarah Challis and Rosie Thomas then I think you would enjoy this one.