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The Kissing Garden is set in 1914, as the war is declared. George Dash wood and Amelia Dennison are childhood sweethearts,they get caught in a storm and find shelter from the elements changing their lives forever. The promise of marriage is made and George finds himself going to war.
He is away fighting for four years, but on his return Amelia finds a different George to the one she was to marry. Will she be able to love this new George? can he be the same man she once loved? He is more introspective and wary, his feelings are kept in close check and he has terrible night terrors. Can George make his feelings for her felt? as he does it appears still care for her but has problems leaving the past hind him.
They do marry but Amelia finds George aloof and distant and so for a long while their marriage is not consummated. Until one day they find the perfect house. This is where an entity seems to guide their lives and takes over to some extent. Finding the old priory with it's magical atmosphere they hope for a chance at happiness there and a new beginning.
Amelia finds a secret garden closed off by box hedging, inside the box hedging is a magical place untouched for many years yet some how tended and cared for even though the gardener swears he has never been in to tend it. Said there was no need as it always seemed to be just like it is. Was there supernatural powers at work here?.
Amelia finds that the garden does have some hold over them both and lures George into it one day and they magically find each other. Finally consummating their union they start to build a life together. Keeping this secret place to themselves.
There are many twists and turns in this book, and further telling would spoil it's magic but I will say go ahead and find a copy it is worth it.
Yes of course I cried, and laughed and as usual found myself totally engrossed in this lovely story of love hardship and friendship. Finding that I did not want to put it down or for the story to end as indeed it must.
Charlotte Bingham has a wonderful way with words and found a nice easy balance between reality and the fairytale existence of the two spirits in this book that guide Amelia and George all the way through.
She found the idea for the Kissing Garden when her own house was being blessed having found that although every nook and cranny in her house was blessed the garden was generally ignored. Her imagination took over and hence this lovely book was born.
I loved the conversations that the two spirits had with each other and their intervention in Amelia's and Georges lives and the way the whole story just flowed remarkably well.
It gave me a warm fuzzy feeling and I felt as if I were part of the story too.