My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Greening of a Heart is a delightful tale of journeys of discovery for many of the characters. The story is set in Burford which sits in the Cotswolds in England. I know the place myself, there is a lovely street lined with buildings made of the delightful pale yellow Cotswold stone, an absolute tourist delight.
Hannah Winchester is the wife of the Vicar of Burford, they live next to the Norman church and have a wonderful garden designed by Robert Myers, a nineteenth century Vicar who once lived there. Hannah wants to return the gardens to their former glory and in so doing finds herself on her own road to discovery. Its going to be a bumpy road, Hannah and Martin are going through a bad patch in their marriage and Martin is struggling with his role as husband and vicar. The Bishop insists that Martin travels to Jerusalem to St George’s College on his own pilgrimage to save himself and those around him.
We meet the delightful Henry Bernard, a gardener from Kew who is researching clerical gardens as well as his own past. He has applied for a job to help Hannah with her garden. There is Christine, Hannah’s neighbour, who has her own reasons for disapproving of Hannah’s garden plans, plus a whole basket of freshly prepared characters waiting in the wings to give you a mouth-watering taste of English plants, gardens and rural village life.
The book is about finding yourself, believing in what you do and living your dream, a gentle easy read and one to put a smile on your face.
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Stepheny returns to the blog tomorrow for a guest author interview.