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The Heart of the Garden

Narrated by: Jan Cramer
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Morton Hall, with its beautiful, ruined grounds and its reclusive mistress, Emilia Morton, is full of mysteries. For freelance editor Anne Marie, the wild garden has become a serene and secret refuge from her loveless marriage. The only other regular visitor is Cape, the hall's part-time gardener, who is forbidden to tend to anything except the magnificent maze or to meet his enigmatic employer.

When Emilia dies, Cape and Anne Marie are astonished to find themselves among an unlikely group of villagers named in her strange will. Morton Hall, including its dazzling art collection and once glorious grounds, can belong to the community forever, but only if they work together to bring the garden back to life within a single year.

As they try to put their differences aside to restore the tangled grounds, long-buried secrets are unearthed. Can the past be forgiven as hope and new love begin to bloom?

©2018 Victoria Connelly (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • A. Parker
  • 16-09-2018

A well told tale

Reading this book is like watching an artist paint a lovely landscape. Each chapter adds a bit more color until you realise you've got a glorious piece of art work you will want to visit again and again.
The story is told through the views of three people living in a small village in England, a woman who has tried hard to fit into a man's second marriage complete with wicked stepdaughters; a gardner with a most unusual name who works at the local manor and the reclusive owner of said estate. Flowing back and forth from the owner's past to the present builds a story of hope lost and found in the garden of the estate, the layers of color begin added gently but getting brighter with each word. Several other characters are drawn into the story,each adding their bits of color, making the picture and the garden, take on depth.
Reading the book with your ears adds a dimension to the story and it is well told by the narrator.

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  • Cathy Pack
  • 06-07-2018

Lovely

I truly enjoyed this book and the reader was wonderful. The book leaves you with a good feeling inside at the finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-2018

Nice

I really liked this one - I follow Jan Cramer the narrator and always check out what she is performing. I really liked the interactions of characters and the unfolding past was tremendous. There was more than enough mystery in this to fulfill a sequel or three so really hope the author does that....

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  • Linda Johnson
  • 04-03-2018

Poor narration

This narrator doesn’t understand the importance of intonation. It was difficult to listen to. It was as if she had never read the story prior to reading it aloud. I finished it only for the story. I felt this the last time I heard her. I will avoid her in the future.

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  • madradiant
  • 31-08-2018

Long tedious and dull

The story was weak and not very interesting. The narrator was poor and her intonations quite wrong and irritating at times - I should have sent back but struggles on to the end. Am delighted it’s finished.

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  • JG
  • 01-07-2018

Beautiful Story

My favourite book from audible so far. I loved the characters and the story was a gentle tale of different people with different problems coming together who eventually found they had a common interest and helped each other. Definitely a story I will listen to again.

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  • bella
  • 19-04-2018

It was very good 👍

Great book would recommend it very good read I probably would read it again in the future

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