For fans of Sarah Addison Allen, Aimee Bender, and Alice Hoffman, The Night Garden is a luminous novel of love, forgiveness, and the possibilities that arise when you open your heart.
Nestled in the bucolic town of Green Valley in upstate New York, the Pennywort farm appears ordinary, yet at its center lies something remarkable: a wild maze of colorful gardens that reaches beyond the imagination. Local legend says that a visitor can gain answers to life’s most difficult problems simply by walking through its lush corridors.
Yet the labyrinth has never helped Olivia Pennywort, the garden’s beautiful and enigmatic caretaker. She has spent her entire life on her family’s land, harboring a secret that forces her to keep everyone at arm’s length. But when her childhood best friend, Sam Van Winkle, returns to the valley, Olivia begins to question her safe, isolated world and wonders if she at last has the courage to let someone in. As she and Sam reconnect, Olivia faces a difficult question: Is the garden maze that she has nurtured all of her life a safe haven or a prison?
Praise for Lisa Van Allen’s The Wishing Thread
“Reader to reader, knitter to knitter: You’re going to love this book.”—Debbie Macomber
“Whimsical . . . great for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Alice Hoffman.”—Library Journal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So many things to love about this book, it is hard to know where to begin. This story begins ordinarily enough, but as the pages turn, you find yourself getting further invested in a story where magic blooms just as the flowers do in the garden that is central to the story.
The characters that Lisa Van Allen creates in this novel are the kind that you will not soon forget. Long after finishing the story they will stay by your side, as if they have become old friends.
Magical realism is not always my favourite thing in stories, as sometimes it goes so over the top that it is difficult to relate to, but in this case, the author struck a beautiful balance of friendship, warmth and nature-based magic that made this not only enjoyable, but a beautiful way to transport yourself from one place into another.
This is an excellent story, is beautifully written and very original. A wonderful rainy day read.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out this book yet, please do so. It’s an excellent read.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.