The Forbidden Garden

The Forbidden Garden Every garden is a story waiting to be told At the nursery she runs with her sisters on the New England coast Sorrel Sparrow has honed her rare gift for nurturing plants and flowers Now that reputati

  • Title: The Forbidden Garden
  • Author: Ellen Herrick
  • ISBN: 9780062499950
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • Every garden is a story, waiting to be told At the nursery she runs with her sisters on the New England coast, Sorrel Sparrow has honed her rare gift for nurturing plants and flowers Now that reputation, and a stroke of good timing, lands Sorrel an unexpected opportunity reviving a long dormant Shakespearean garden on an English country estate.Arriving at Kirkwood HallEvery garden is a story, waiting to be told At the nursery she runs with her sisters on the New England coast, Sorrel Sparrow has honed her rare gift for nurturing plants and flowers Now that reputation, and a stroke of good timing, lands Sorrel an unexpected opportunity reviving a long dormant Shakespearean garden on an English country estate.Arriving at Kirkwood Hall, ancestral home of Sir Graham Kirkwood and his wife Stella, Sorrel is shocked by the desolate state of the walled garden Generations have tried and failed to bring it back to glory Sorrel senses heartbreak and betrayal here, perhaps even enchantment Intrigued by the house s history especially the haunting tapestries that grace its walls and increasingly drawn to Stella s enigmatic brother, Sorrel sets to work And though she knows her true home is across the sea with her sisters, instinct tells her that the English garden s destiny is entwined with her own, if she can only unravel its secrets

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    1. The Forbidden Garden begins with an intriguing epigraph:"Hiraeth(n.) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was: the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past."Sorrel Sparrow is a gardener, working with her sisters in New England. When she gets an unexpected opportunity to restore a Shakespearean garden, she travels to England. Her travels to Kirkwood Hall introduce her to a quirky and mysterious family. There is a long dormant ga [...]

    2. This is the second book from the author featuring her mystical, gardening sisters. In the first book, The Sparrow Sisters, the women were introduced and with this book the eldest surviving sister, Sorrel is featured. There was much trauma in the first book that leads to the actions in The Forbidden Garden. You can easily read this book without having read the first but as is usual with a continuing series, having done so will enhance the experience.Sorrel Sparrow has an uncanny ability with flow [...]

    3. "Hiraeth: a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was: the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past."The Forbidden Garden had me with the above epigraph. I have always believed the old adage, "you can't go home again"--at least not expecting it to be the same home that you left. Sorrell Sparrow hasn't left home quite yet when we meet her at the beginning of the book, but with some traumatic events that have occurred at the Sparrow [...]

    4. 4.5 I love an English garden and I was totally smitten in the Shakespearean garden recreation. First I must say I have two homes, one by the sea, and one in the inland heat with a bountiful but completely neglected garden. For twenty years all I did was toil in my garden from sun up until sunset, the last 7 years I have lived in a cold wet foggy coast where nothing can survive the ceaseless winds, cold and deer. I happened to be inland while reading and listening to this, which made it almost a [...]

    5.   What I liked about this book:1. It’s set in England.  The descriptions of the country estate and the London museums were interesting to me.2.  There is a mystery about the failing garden, something about a Kirkwood family curse. The idea if a mystery intrigued me.3.  The descriptions of gardening and the ability to grow so many herbs, flowers and vegetables – how I wish I had that talent.4.  The cover is colorful and invites you pick the book up for a quick look, especially if you are [...]

    6. What worked was brilliant (gardening and characterization), but there were large bits of this novel that just failed for me.Complete review to come.

    7. The Forbidden Garden was a delight to read. I felt immersed in life at Kirkwood. Herrick beautifully captures the imagination with descriptions of the grounds, the well-developed characters, endless, mouthwatering details about the food, and, of course, the planting knowledge of a true master gardener. The magical touches of the Sparrow sisters are woven throughout this rich novel. While the reveal of the mystery isn't much of a surprise, the journey to the book's climax is well worth it. Having [...]

    8. Slow, predictable and far too many references to the previous book (it really could have been a standalone). But overall a good semi-Gothic beach read.

    9. Sorrel and her two sisters are famous in New England for their gifts with plants. When someone overseas asks for their help with a problematic garden Sorrel takes the opportunity and travels to England. She will stay at Kirkwood Hall together with the people who hired her. To find out what's wrong with their garden Sorrel needs to learn all there is to know about the family's history, so she has an idea of what she's getting herself into. She has to unravel secrets and she'll have to restore the [...]

    10. Thanks to LibraryThing for a copy of this book to review. I found this a very interesting book to read but I wish I had read Sparrow Sisters before I read this because there were so many references to what occurred in that book. I have just ordered Sparrow Sisters and that should fill in the gaps for me."Every garden is a story, waiting to be told"This is the belief of the main character, Sorrel Sparrow, who runs a nursery with her sisters. Sorrel has a remarkable reputation in Granite Point for [...]

    11. The second story featuring the Sparrow Sisters, this one focuses on Sorrel's story.If you haven't read The Sparrow Sisters, you should. It's one of the best books I've read recently.Each of the sisters is known for her possibly magical abilities in the garden.After the rough year they faced in the first story, Sorrel accepts an offer to restore a Shakespeare Garden in England.When she arrives, she is warmly greeted by the Kirkwood family. Graham and Stella are the married couple that hired her, [...]

    12. Sorrel is one of the Sparrow sisters, a trio (once a quartet) of preternaturally gifted women who have a connection with plants. Their nursery in New England overflows with gorgeous plants that grow and bloom fast- that’s Sorrel’s realm. Another sister works with herbs and healing; the third can make any food related plant bear lushly. For this reason, Sorrel has come to the attention of a wealthy British manor owner. Kirkwood Hall has been renovated and made open to the public part time. Al [...]

    13. I won this book from the Giveaways. 3.5 stars.This is an enjoyable magical realism/paranormal story about the restoration of a Shakespeare garden on an English country estate.The Kirkwood family have owned Kirkwood Hall for hundreds of years and within the extensive grounds is a walled garden that refuses to thrive. Everything that's planted in it dies and the garden is said to be cursed. Lord and Lady Kirkwood hire Sorrel Sparrow, an American gardener with a special gift, to restore the garden [...]

    14. First off, let me say that The Forbidden Garden is both an absolutely enchanting and effortless read. It's the type of story that a reader can easily sink into, and wile away the hours with. To me, it would be the perfect outdoor read. Something to spend those beach days, hammock days, or even camping days with. Ellen Herrick has made something beautiful here, and it's honestly rather intoxicating.As a reader, I tend to gravitate towards character who feel genuine. If the people I'm reading abou [...]

    15. I actually liked this book much more thanThe Sparrow Sisters, the first one in the series. The writing in this one was much more lyrical and descriptive. I also think I liked the rural English setting much better than the seaside New England village of the first one. However, this book was still far from perfect. A lot of the conflict felt manufactured to me, and I sometimes had trouble believing that any reasonable person would make certain decisions presented here as obvious. Still, if you lik [...]

    16. A solid 4 1/2 stars with a 5 if I hadn't felt the ending was pat and abrupt and if one of the main male characters hadn't been such a sniveling oh woe is me person. The language, characters and sense of place and time entranced me. I was hearing a British accent even as I read; seeing the characters as real individuals; feeling a foreboding even as I celebrated triumphs with the family; and growing to believe that this was a place and a family I would choose to visit. I look forward to reading m [...]

    17. I enjoyed this SO much. The Sparrow Sisters was really lovely, and I enjoyed it thoroughly, but I admit I did not warm up to the characters nearly as much as in this sequel (of sorts) that centers on Sorrel. All of the characters seemed more approachable and sympathetic to me, yet never boring or clichéd, especially maybe my favorite character, the garden itself. Perfect cozy reading for anyone with a love for herbs, gardens, England, and family mysteries. Thank you for this magical, evocative [...]

    18. I chose this book as a book club selection because someone compared Herrick to Kate Morton and Alice Hoffman, two of my favorite writers. She doesn't even come close. Her writing was flowery and amateurish, her plot predictable, and her characters were flat. A waste of time and money.

    19. An easy read - a straightforward account of a stereotypical relationship, a forgotten garden, and an attempt at magical realism in the form of some characters having magical powers. It needed much more development of character and situation to really immerse the reader in the world the author wanted to create. However, there were some areas of interesting writing and the premise was good, just not well-executed, IMO.

    20. It's the first day of spring. What a perfect time to finish reading a novel by Ellen Herrick titled "The Forbidden Garden." Sorrel Sparrow, one of four sister, goes to London. Her duty is to restore a Shakespearean Garden. While the family who own the garden have continued to grow and remain vibrant, the garden has been left to die.This is a second book in a series. The first book about the Sparrows is named "The Sparrow Sisters." Their last name is like a call to nature. Unfortunately, there is [...]

    21. I requested an advance copy of The Forbidden Garden from LibraryThing because it looked like the perfect book for a fan ofThe Secret Garden andThe Forgotten Garden like me. And it was. This one mixes a little magical realism into the closed garden theme and just a touch of witchcraft. It picks up whereThe Sparrow Sisters left off, with only Sorrell out of the three sisters not in love and settled down. In this sequel, Sorrell finds herself leaving Granite Point on the New England seacoast for an [...]

    22. Herrick (The Sparrow Sisters) moves the story of the Sparrow Sisters out of the small New England town of Granite Point to the English countryside when Sorrel Sparrow accepts an invitation to revive a long deserted Shakespeare Garden. Sorrell immediately feels like part of the family at Kirkwood Hall and begins to develop a special relationship with Lady Kirkwood’s brother, Andrew. Her ability to connect with plants and flowers appears almost magical, and everyone is sure she is just the perso [...]

    23. This is the second book. First book was so good I bought it so I can re-read. Waited patiently for the author to publish book two. One can be hope there may be more in this series, and/or others of equal enjoyment by this author!!!

    24. I almost didn't get past the second chapter - I thought the beginning was so boring. I kept going and did finish the entire book but it didn't live up to my expectations based on the reviews. I was planning on reading the first book in the series but think I may have to wait awhile.

    25. Wonderful book about love, secrets and a terrible curse that kills everything in this wonderful Shakespeare Garden. It is only through terrible trials, that a horrible secret is revealed and through that discovery, the garden is able to regenerate itself to its once former glory.

    26. Although I enjoyed the story and the writing, I have to admit that this book left me wanting quite a bit more. Maybe I would have felt some extra depth if I'd read the author's earlier work that involved this character (though I doubt it, given that this seemed fully stand-alone and mostly revolved around another place & set of characters), but as it was, I felt distanced from the characters and the story. As if they weren't quite real, and were more pictures or acting creations than real, t [...]

    27. An absolutely wonderful story as we continue with the Sparrow sisters. Sorrel goes to England to restore a Shakespeare garden and regain her equilibrium in her personnel life. She finds intrigue and a bit of a dark curse in the walled confines of the garden. As she works with the family to restore the area she discovers that Andrew, a minister who has a crisis of faith is a big help in not only the garden but her own life. A love story with just the minuscule touch of magic and an abundance of f [...]

    28. I was fortunate to win a copy of this book in a giveaway. Sorrel Sparrow was called to Kirkwood Hall in England to use her wonderful gardening skills to bring a Shakespearean garden back to life. This garden had been dark and lifeless for a long time and carried a family curse for the Kirkwood family. This is where the author weaves together a story full of romance, mystery, family and healing. The cast of characters create a family of their own along with the Kirkwoods. The descriptions of the [...]

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