The Rose Garden by Tracy Rees is released in eBook format today courtesy of Pan Macmillan
Set in Victorian London, The Rose Garden is a tale of community and the small ways in which we can all help those around us no matter how different they appear. It follows the intertwining lives of a group of women across varying backgrounds and classes. As each character contends with their own struggles and woes, readers can find inspiration – especially at this difficult time – in how they support each other through the worst. The Rose Garden is already being showered with praise. Here are what some early reviews have said:
‘Spellbinding! Bittersweet and atmospheric, The Rose Garden is a compelling read. Mabs, Olive, Ottilie and Abigail are such vivid characters and I was desperate for them to escape the painful constraints of their lives to achieve their hopes and dreams. I loved it.’ Charlotte Betts
‘Tracy Rees is a natural storyteller…What a treat it is!’ Rachel Hore
‘In this engrossing novel Tracy Rees takes the reader directly into the drama and action, her writing bringing every scene to sparkling vivid life. . .Totally unputdownable.’ Dinah Jefferies
‘Wonderful!! It’s not often you find a book full of characters that could each have their own book that you’d happily read, but they’re all here!! Under one banner and it was just so lovely to be part of their world for the duration of this story. The author really does do historical fiction so well, and captures the essence of the times whilst including such strong, fascinating characters!’ Karen Mace, Goodreads
‘Oh how I enjoyed this book! I find historical novels fascinating anyway, but in this one I really warmed to the characters and was with them all the way. A beautiful, wise, entertaining read that was very hard to put down!’ Hazel Prior, Goodreads
So, if you are looking for your next heart-warming read, why not take a trip back in time with The Rose Garden…
Every house has its secrets…
For twelve-year-old Ottilie Finch, London is an exciting playground to explore. Her family have recently arrived in Hamstead from Durham, under a cloud of scandal that Otty is blissfully unaware of. The only shadow over her days is her mother’s mysterious illness, which keeps her to her room.
When young local girl Mabs is offered the chance to become Mrs Finch’s companion, it saves her from a desperate life on the canals. Little does she know that all is not as picture-perfect as it seems. Mabs is about to become tangled in the secrets that chased the Finches from their last home, and trapped in an impossible dilemma . . .