I must start this review with an enormous apology to both the tour organizer and the author.
I was supposed to post it as part of a blog tour WEEKS ago… I thought I did, too, but since it was my hiatus, and my head was filled with everything life (and death… and also, work. A lot of work.) , I didn’t check it properly. Turns out, it went out completely blank. Unfortunately I only noticed it days later, in between two shifts, and I only had time to take it down… I couldn’t review it again until now.
Now, before anyone freaks out: I do not think that this was a real wordpress problem. I had troubles with my internet connection at the time, I used my smartphone to write posts, and what supposedly happened is that my phone lost the connection when the post should have been saved online, and… well, it wasn’t. I didn’t notice it because I was in a hurry.
I’m very sorry about all this…
(This happened with a couple of other posts two. They come later again…)
So, let’s talk about the book now!
I was contacted directly because of the blog tour. Yepp, shame on me.
On the plus side, I can honestly say that I really, really liked this book!
I expected it to be more about the mystery itself: who is this lonely girl in the mansion? Why is she there? Why doesn’t she ever leave? But turns out the emphasis in this book is more on the relationship-building between the main characters than on the twisty-turney story. As much as I’m a huge fan of mysteries, I was surprised to notice I’ve enjoyed it even more than I expected, even though the story itself was predictable. Probably because what I love even more than mysteries is good character-building, and this was a very character-centered novel. The story is not very original, but the pacing is right on spot!
Side characters were fun, though not so detailed, but the main characters made up for everything. I loved them! Their development is a beautiful arc in the story.
What makes this book is the atmosphere. The wording isn’t particularly flowery, yet it draws the reader immediately in, the descriptions of the garden, the plants, the flowers, the actual gardening come naturally and help getting into the mood and feel of the story.
Let’s Give It a Grade!
- Story: 4/5
- Characters: 5/5
- Style: 4/5
- The Subjective Factor: 5/5
- GPA: 4.5
I’d say it’s the gardening stuff. That’s the most original thing about it all.
Mystery and romance fans with a want for great relationship development and a bittersweet, half old-fashioned, half-modern atmosphere.
Champagne with strawberry juice
‘Big, Big World’ by Emilia
Yes to more Grace Lowrie books!
So… this would have been the blog tour. Check out the other posts, please, other bloggers really participated..! (Again, I can’t express, how sorry I am…)
Have fun today!