The Garden House by Linda Mahkovec
This is a really good read; a thoughtful narrative with a mystery at its heart.
The story is about Miranda, a fifty year old woman whose children have left home, leaving her feeling a little lost. She has a great husband and a beautiful house and garden, and she clearly has creative abilities, but somewhere her creativity has fallen away, buried under day to day living, expressed only through cooking and her beautiful garden.
Into this period of change comes a young man called William, who moves into her garden house as a lodger over the summer. As he stays with them she experiences strange dreams, and comes to believe that they’re linked to their lodger. As she watches him she becomes more and more suspicious of his activities, and wonders if he’s quite as harmless as he seems.
I enjoyed this novels well-paced plot and the thoughtful introspection of the main character, Miranda. It had a lovely dreamy quality to it in places, and reminded me of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, but without the ever changing point of view. Miranda is an empathetic character and is consequently easy to sympathise with. She is well drawn and believable, and the author shows restraint and balance in the story telling.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received this book, although the premise was intriguing, but it’s been an unexpected pleasure!
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.
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