Ellen Herrick, the author of THE SPARROW SISTERS has written another delightful tale, which is as lovely a read as a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon. THE FORBIDDEN GARDEN is filled with beautiful descriptions that include character’s thoughts as well as the magnificence of flowers, insects, birds and trees. The English word expressions brought me right to home and I could relate to the things my Mother and Grandmother used to say. A cozy read.
Sorrel Sparrow, the garden whisperer, has been invited to England to restore a walled Shakespearean Garden that the estate owners believe to have been cursed by the darkness of a 16th Century ancestor. As the young woman feels the hurt and toxic vibrations of the garden she presses the family to look further and reveal the tapestries, which spell out the dark enchantments and free the current family to find a new future and release the old expectations.
THE FORBIDDEN GARDEN does bloom again and love grows.
How are we each held captive by family expectations and ancient history? How is history freed and the door opened to new options? What change is rendered when family secrets are exposed to sunlight and new life takes root?
Reminds me of Brunonia Barry’s THE FIFTH PETAL. A very good read – THE FORBIDDEN GARDEN
“Ellen Herrick was a publishing professional in New York City. After nearly 20 years in London, Ellen now divides her time between her gardens in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a small Cape Cod town.” (Book cover)