About the book:
American owner of a failing gallery, Toni, is unexpectedly called to England when she inherits a manor house in Hertfordshire from a mysterious lost relative.
What she really needs is something valuable to sell, so she can save her business. But, leaving the New Mexico desert behind, all she finds is a crumbling building, overgrown gardens, and a wealth of historical paperwork that needs cataloguing.
Soon she is immersed in the history of the house, and all the people who tended the gardens over the centuries: the gardens that seem to change in the twilight; the ghost of a fighter plane from World War Two; the figures she sees in the corner of her eye.
A beautiful testament to the power of memory and space, Threading the Labyrinth tells the stories of those who loved this garden across the centuries, and how those lives still touch us today.
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I have to start my review by saying check out the gorgeous cover for this book! This current pandemic situation has brought out my inner gardener so I was intrigued by this ghost story set in and around the gardens of a crumbling manor.
The main character Toni, is the owner of a failing gallery in America. She is unexpectedly called to England when she inherits a manor house in Hertfordshire from a mysterious lost relative. A crumbling manor with overgrown gardens is exactly what she doesn’t need – what she does needs is something valuable to sell so she can save her business!
Upon her arrival in England it doesn’t take long for her to be drawn into the history of the house and experience visions of the people who looked after the gardens over the centuries. Throughout the story we learn more about the inhabitants of the house and it’s staff which gives an interesting look into how times and attitudes have changed.
As ghost stories go this is definitely on the gentle side of the spectrum, there are no howling ghouls rattling chains or slamming doors. What you do get is a more insightful glimpse into the past and a reminder of the power of memory and family ties.