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Stormi's Review: The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen

KINDLE UNLIMITED PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing RELEASED: February 12, 2019 GENRE: historical fiction LENGTH: 347 pages FORMAT: ebook, hardcover, paperback


From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart-rending novel of a woman’s love and sacrifice during the First World War.

As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage.

When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace. Emily’s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified—and with child. Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.

As Emily learns more about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny. FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS

Emily is bored out of her mind. Stuck at home, sheltered by her mother, after the death of her brother in the war. She wants to do her part like her friend who is a nurse on the front lines. She finds herself 21 and not having to do what her parents want, so she begins a new journey to help the war effort. Along the way, she finds herself on a path that she would never have imagined for herself. She soon discovers that she is a lot tougher than she thought she was. I loved this book. Emily is such a strong character. She faces so many hardships for the time and at her age. No matter what is thrown her way she manages to make her way and never give up. Her friends, all of them, were full of life and positivity. They helped make the story. All the characters, except one (you will figure that out soon enough), were awesome. This story was full of romance, war, self-discovery, and redemption. I found myself sucked into all the drama that Emily faces. I also felt pleased with all her triumphs. This was a story that was well written and easy to read and love. It was a great story start to finish.

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