The Daughter’s Garden
“I had to free it,” Eleanor said, and stretched her hand out to the blue butterfly that seemed almost to hover in the air. “I had to let something find what happiness it could, since we cannot.”
England, 1918: As war ends, across the world, people are trying to heal and recover. But Eleanor still feels broken. The loss of her beloved brother, killed just days before the Armistice was signed, feels impossibly unjust. Spending her time in the neglected gardens behind their house, she fears her heart will never recover.
Then her father hires a man to help restore the garden to its former glory. Gruff, handsome Yorkshireman Jack comes from a totally different world to Eleanor, but he understands the nature of her grief more than anyone else seems to. And as they spend time together, even though she knows her family will never accept someone of Jack’s class, Eleanor starts to wonder if – like the butterflies around them – there is any way for her to learn to soar again…
Now: Nearly one hundred years later, Marin is not prepared for finding herself the guardian of her fifteen-year-old half-sister Rebecca, after her father and his second wife are killed in a tragic accident. The sisters are practically strangers, and Rebecca’s grief makes her seem even more distant. Marin too is in need of a fresh start, so when Rebecca begs her to let them move to the picturesque village of Goswell on the Cumbrian coast, Marin impulsively agrees.
But it is only when they find a locked door to a secret garden, and a photograph of a girl with a butterfly alighting on her hand, that the sisters start to realise they have a mystery to solve, one about war, about secrets, and about a love that could never be. A mystery that might just bring them together…
The Daughter’s Garden is a totally unputdownable novel about tragic secrets, the chance for forgiveness, and the healing that can come from a new start. Perfect for fans of Fiona Valpy, Rhys Bowen and Lucinda Riley.
This novel can be enjoyed as a standalone.
Previously published as The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz.
Readers love The Goswell Quartet:
“WOW!!!!… clear your schedules and grab the tissues as you will need them!!!… I was utterly glued to the pages… carrying my phone to read it on my Kindle every chance that I got and I had tears absolutely streaming down my face… I was completely mind blown at the end and just when I thought I had run out of tears they started pouring out again…This book will stay with me for a long time …absolutely unputdownable… I LOVED it.” Bookworm86 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Amazing!… I was reaching for the Kleenex… My emotions were running wild from the first page to the last… completely heartbreaking and captivating… This story of love, hope and second chances is one that I won’t forget… Phenomenal… I loved it.” Page Turners ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Will grab your heart and simply not let go… gripping and emotional… This has zoomed right to the top of my list of favorite books!” Vegan Book Blogger ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I stopped reading all my other books just to finish this one!… Absolutely perfect. This gem gives me all the feels!!” Goodreads reviewer
“Right from the very start I was pulled in… These are characters that stayed with me… I loved this book from beginning to end.” I Wish I Lived in a Library ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Readers love Kate Hewitt:
“Had me crying so badly. It broke my heart, never has any book been able to just wipe me out with such gut-wrenching sadness… BEAUTIFULLY DONE.” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Not only broke my heart but shattered it… When the tears [came] though, they didn’t stop. It is such an emotionally charged novel… An absolute tear-jerker of a read for which I highly recommend having a box of tissues on standby.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I’m not someone who cries easily but… [I] thought this book might just break me into tiny pieces. This is an incredibly moving, powerful and heart-breaking story… Will stay with me.” Novel Deelights ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“SPECTACULARLY written, this contender for my most cherished read of 2022 needs to be on every historical fiction reader’s list… I will remember this book for a very long time.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐