The Kissing Garden Paperback
As children, George Dashwood and Amelia Dennison loved to roam the Sussex Downs in company with their dogs, and just as their two very different families were friends, so too were they, until they are caught in a thunderstorm.
Sheltering from the elements, the now mature George realizes that what he feels for Amelia is more than friendship.
But it is 1914 and the declaration of war cuts across any romantic plans that the two might have.
George is away at the Front for four years, and when the miracle happens and he returns home safely, it seems to Amelia and to both of their families that all they have to do is to marry.
But Amelia quickly realizes that the George she loved as a child has gone.
Amelia knows nothing about marriage. She loves George but she cannot get George to love her.
It isn't until they are touring the West Country and they come across an old ruined priory with a magical atmosphere which they decide to buy that their chance for happiness becomes a reality.
It is here, finally, in a part of the grounds which comes to be known as the "Kissing Garden", that they finally find love together.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 624 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/08/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780553507171
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Review by Glorybe1
I wasn't sure about this book when I started it, I thought it was going to be an old fashioned love story about a returning soldier coming home to marry his childhood sweetheart, and while it was a little like that to start with, it turned out to be far more interesting.George returns from WWI with psychological problems from his time away but Amelia is patient and caring and willing to take things slowly, which is just what George needs. They do marry, and are somehow "led" to an old Priory deep in the heart of England, with wonderful gardens and a special secret Garden that changes their lives! They buy they buy the house with it needing lots and lots of work and is just what they want. But is a magical place with a spirit of its own! There are lots of twists in the story and you are never quite sure where it is going or what is going to happen, but you just have to keep on reading to find out! A very unusual and intriguing page turner, that offers so much more than is expected.