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The Memory Garden - Rachel Hore

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Author: Rachel Hore / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 02 August 2012 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd / Title: The Memory Garden / ISBN 13: 9781849835329 / ISBN 10: 1849835329 / Alternative EAN: 9781416511007

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      18.01.2010 01:27
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      Good for a passive read.

      After reading 'The Forgotten Garden', by Kate Morton, Amazon recommended this. I'd loved Kate's book so much that I ordered this one right away!

      The similarities are obvious, as both stories feature characters spread across the ages. This one involves Melanie Pentrath, a heartbroken author. She's decided she cannot stay in her home, and relocates to Cornwall to write a book on the town's painters. And, she hopes, heal her broken heart. While I didn't like her initially, she grew more likeable as the story progressed.

      The second character, Pearl Treglown, is discovered when Mel and her landlord go walking in the garden. The garden guards many secrets, which are well written, and is described beautifully. You can almost close your eyes and picture it, smell it and touch it, the description is so vivid and beautiful. I was amazed.

      What didn't amaze me, however, was the slow pace of the story. Very little actually happens, and when read straight after such a classic, it seemed clunky and incomparable. What is the point of being so involved in a scene if nothing happens? I quickly became frustrated, and that made it a hard book to enjoy.

      Hore's writing style is well suited to describing things in intricate detail, but this book doesn't show a flair for action, and I won't be in a hurry to read any of her other books.

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