I can’t resist flowery language when describing Mary Ellen Taylor’s latest novel, with its lush settings, rich characterizations, and moving depictions of friendship and family. Told in two timelines—present day, and flashing back to the 1940s—this vibrant novel swept me away.
In the present day, we meet Libby McKenzie, a photographer who is hired by the formidable Elaine Grant to document the process of restoring Woodmont’s greenhouse. Libby is mourning the recent death of her father, and still grieving the end of her marriage. In the past, we meet Olivia Carter, a young woman who survived the Blitz in London and has moved to Bluestone after marrying the handsome doctor who pulled her from the rubble. Adrift in a new world and missing home, she sets about planting in her new greenhouse—and makes a friend of local wild child Sadie Thompson, the daughter of the town’s moonshine brewer.
This sweeping, cinematic, generational saga captivated me from the first page. I invite you to find a comfortable seat—perhaps in a sunbeam, surrounded by fragrant blossoms and gently swaying trees—and treat yourself to a perfect summer read.
- Alison Dasho, Editor