The Girl in the Garden – Melanie Wallace

When June arrives on the coast of New England, baby in arms, an untrustworthy man by her side, Mabel—who rents them a cabin—senses trouble. A few days later, the girl and her child are abandoned.  June is soon placed with Mabel’s friend, Iris, in town, and her life becomes entwined with a number of locals who have known one another for decades: a wealthy recluse with a tragic past; a widow in mourning; a forsaken daughter returning for the first time in years, with a stranger in tow; a lawyer, whose longings he can never reveal; and a kindly World War II veteran who serves as the town’s sage. Surrounded by the personal histories and secrets of others, June finds the way forward for herself and her son amid revelations of the others’ pasts, including loves—and crimes—from years ago.  – Goodreads.com

I was given this novel from the publisher via netgalley.com free in exchange for an honest review.

This prose is incredibly gentle and beautiful. Each character is given their own time and space to explore and to be explored by the reader. Delving into the secrets of each character, you would be hard pressed to find one that you don’t fall in love with in at least some small way.

I am lost for words.

Please read this novel.

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