Hello dear readers,
It really is all in an ending is my summarising of The Savage Garden by Mark Mills.
Behind a villa in the heart of Tuscany lies a Renaissance garden of enchanting beauty. It's grottoes, pagan statues and classical inscriptions seem to have a secret life of their own - and a secret message, too, for those with eyes to read it.
Young scholar Adam Strickland is just such a person. Arriving in 1958, he finds the Docci family, their house and the unique garden as seductive as each other. But postwar Italy is still a strange, even dangerous, place and the Doccis have some dark skeletons hidden away in their past.
Before this mysterious and beautiful summer ends, Adam will uncover, two stories of love, revenge and murder, separated by 400 years ... but is another tragedy about to be added to the villa's cursed history?
Well it is not as exciting as it all appears when you read the above. I found it was a real slow burner of a book and it did not pull together until the end.
As I said in another post I don't usually give up on a book as it is usually the ending that makes it and this is such a book. In fact this is what makes the book outstanding and it is very cleverly written.
It is like building layers piece by piece with this book. It is a very clever murder mystery. The main character reminded me of Poirot in the details of his detective work.
Mark Mills is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading more.
My next book that I have just started is Everest 1953 by Mick Conefrey.
Looking forward to reviewing this for you.
Things that have been making me smile this week are my Gerbera's plant. This was such a bargain as I was bought this as a birthday present at the end of July. Hopefully I shall try and keep it going and see if it flowers next year.
This week I have also been drooling over Pinterest and here is what I found this week.
And lovely project ideas found.
A pear pin cushion.
Have a lovely week everyone xxxx Leah xxxx
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