The Girl in the Garden #2019

The Girl in the Garden Melanie Wallace The Girl in the Garden An unforgettable novel about a young woman and her infant son abandoned at a seaside motel in New England and the secrets of the townspeople who provide them with shelter When June arrives on the co

  • Title: The Girl in the Garden
  • Author: Melanie Wallace
  • ISBN: 9780544784666
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Girl in the Garden Melanie Wallace An unforgettable novel about a young woman and her infant son, abandoned at a seaside motel in New England, and the secrets of the townspeople who provide them with shelter When June arrives on the coast of New England, baby in arms, an untrustworthy man by her side, Mabel who rents them a cabin senses trouble A few days later, the girl and her child are abandoned JuneAn unforgettable novel about a young woman and her infant son, abandoned at a seaside motel in New England, and the secrets of the townspeople who provide them with shelter When June arrives on the coast of New England, baby in arms, an untrustworthy man by her side, Mabel who rents them a cabin senses trouble A few days later, the girl and her child are abandoned June is soon placed with Mabel s friend, Iris, in town, and her life becomes entwined with a number of locals who have known one another for decades a wealthy recluse with a tragic past a widow in mourning a forsaken daughter returning for the first time in years, with a stranger in tow a lawyer, whose longings he can never reveal and a kindly World War II veteran who serves as the town s sage Surrounded by the personal histories and secrets of others, June finds the way forward for herself and her son amid revelations of the others pasts, including loves and crimes from years ago.
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    1. The year is 1974, you have a sad, but beautiful story that begins with sixteen year old June and her infant son being left stranded by her baby s father, an older man, at a cottage near the ocean, far away from the desolate trailer park where she had lived with a really awful mother.So many characters in this novel that you will come to care for, in this new place where June ended up, some who are very sad, some just lonely, some who have about given up on life, characters of all ages, who becom [...]

    2. Sad and beautifully written It was the writing that drew me in from the beginning While at first I thought the major focus of the story was sixteen year old June and her baby boy who are abandoned at a motel in New England, it became not just about June, but about a cast of heartbroken characters, each carrying burdens of their own The story unfolds with alternating narratives in addition to June s Mabel, Duncan, Iris, Oldman, Sam and while there is not a separate narrative for Claire, Iris s da [...]

    3. The Lower East Side, the East Village, Alphabet City, we re crawling with broken people lounging on broken stoops, unabashedly humping in the alleyways and parks, sleeping like the dead where they chose to or where they fell, everyoneseemingly victimized by circumstances of their own creation as well as by one another or by strangers The volume of trash was breathtaking, garbage cans overflowed or were kicked over, newspapers and takeout containers, oily paper bags and castaway fries and bones, [...]

    4. I have to give The Girl in the Garden 4 stars because of the writing, although there were some small things about the story that irked me Despite the use of the word girl in the title, this is not a thriller or mystery, and it s certainly not any kind of popular fiction wannabe This is a book to be read slowly, less about plot and about damaged reclusive characters and their inner thoughts and feelings To the extent there is a plot, The Girl in The Garden is about a teenage girl who arrives in [...]

    5. I have to be quite honest I was very excited to get approved to read this book The story sounded good and I loved the cover of the book.The writing style was not to my liking The sentences were so long and descriptive and it took a lot to focus and read this book I understand for many this is a beautifully written book I don t want to take away from that To be honest I found myself skimming the last 1 4 of the book as it just did not fit my reading taste I don t usually like to do this The story [...]

    6. 5 starsI found this to be a beautiful book It begins with a teenage single mother being abandoned at a roadside motel in a small tourist village on the East Coast She has 47 and a small bag of possessions a very sad beginning The young mother is June and she is at the heart of this book While June has many secrets, she is taken in by the community and helped to find a place for herself and her baby What continues is learning the secrets not only of June but also of the villagers It turns out tha [...]

    7. The first thing you ll notice once you ve read the first few pages is the writing Wallace writes beautifully and it does require focus to really appreciate this novel This book doesn t necessarily have a strong plot, it s one of those novels you read because the writing is so great that you can t get enough of it Her style is her own and for that I m a fan I can highly recommend this one for lovers of smart, beautiful, even poetic writing Thank you Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the ARC

    8. I was interested in reading this story because it sounded like the kind of read where you can let yourself fall into the characters The writing was beautifully descriptive Almost poetic and filled with flowing prose For some this writing style may be a turnoff, it just depends on what your tastes are This story is not just about June and her abandonment This novel is truly about the inhabitants of a community.June and her baby, Luke, were abandoned and she is young She has no options but Mabel, [...]

    9. This book took a while to read and was difficult for me to rate I enjoyed the story, but the format was terrible There is no dialogue in this book, at least none with quotation marks This means there aren t any breaks to speak of and it makes the book pages look like one long paragraph I found this to be very tiring on my eyes and needed to take breaks I eventually got used to it, but can t say that I enjoyed it and it definitely detracted from the book in my opinion Otherwise, The story was goo [...]

    10. I received this ARC from netgalley in exchange for a review The book starts with June and her new born son Luke, abandoned at a sea side resort at the end of the season, the widowed owner Mabel shelters them Then she demands that her friend Iris and on and on.Overall, these are the kind of stories I usually enjoy reading Family, friends, touching stories But, the authors style of writing is one I struggle with the most Very long, windy sentences that are a single paragraph I m sure the book has [...]

    11. Mabel has new guests, a man and a young girl with a baby, in one of her cabins and she doesn t particularly trust them Her suspicions appear to be right, the man leaves the girl, June, together with her baby and doesn t return Because June can t stay with Mabel she s being offered a cottage in Iris s garden Iris is a recluse, but she does love kids and she wants to spend time with June s little boy Iris s daughter lived in the cottage before June, but has moved out several years ago and never ca [...]

    12. 3.5 stars The characters and setting will stay with me for awhile, but it was a little too predictable for me The writing was ok, but nothing stellar and the audio, for the most part, was just ok I m glad I read it, but wouldn t go shouting about it from the rooftops Looking for small town fiction, though, if anyone has any recommendations.

    13. I received a free copy through Netgalley, in return for an honest review.Did I tell before that I m a sucker for beautiful covers Oh boy, I love the cover of this book, it s perfect As is, for me, the idea of the story.The writing itself was not what I expected after the cover and the blurb The sentences were way too long and that s from someone who can handle Dickens sentences quite well, just saying , sometimes one sentence took than half a page There was too much information crammed into too [...]

    14. Even though it took me a couple of chapters to really get into this book, I continued reading and did end up liking this story The prose is so different from other books I have read but Melanie Wallace does it beautifully I liked the characters in the story, young June, Mabel, Iris and Sam, but especially liked the character of Oldman, a WWII veteran who is kind and decent and takes it upon himself to helping June and her baby son get settled in the town in which they were abandoned by the baby [...]

    15. True rating Somewhere at a 3.6 3.8Hmmm I can t really decide whether I liked this book or not It has a deep plotline, but for some reason I felt as though the story was told from a very far distance so that the readers never really got to know love care for any of the characters It s weird I ve never seen a book have that sort of disconnect before especially if it was unintended My favorite character was Luke doesn t hurt that he s 3 either Readers who might enjoy this one are fans of victorian [...]

    16. This was a lovely piece of literary fiction The story was good, the characters all different I liked the ending a lot.

    17. More important, Roland quietly observed one evening, is that June has Luke to anchor her Mabel disagreed Anchors weigh, she reminded him.And Moor, came his reply When June and her baby Luke are abandoned by Ward an older guy, the child s father at a seaside motel in New England, the story is just beginning Mabel, the widow who owns the place knew from the start that Ward wasn t on the up and up It is obvious this won t end well for the girl and her poor baby June, of course, is naive and hungry [...]

    18. I loved The Girl in the Garden The characters whose stories weave themselves together in this lovely book are given up gradually Each character is isolated, by choice and or circumstance Each one excepts or rejects the isolation in unique ways and yet there are connections that exist, unyielding, even if not forcing themselves.June, the girl abandoned with her infant at Mabel s seaside hotel, is the lynch pin, not necessarily important, but definitely the new arrival who has an effect on other [...]

    19. THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN BY MELANIE WALLACEThis beautiful story is crafted with long descriptive, poetic prose There are wonderful characters who shine bright with their humanity There are also characters who are not likable I was struck by the devastated emptiness June feels as she is walking to her death with her baby Luke in her arms It is a heartbreaking scene very vividly described I can see the cobalt blue Atlantic ocean and feel the freezing cold temperature of the ocean as it almost swallo [...]

    20. June and her tiny baby arrive in a small Atlantic Coast town in an old Buick driven by a man who says his name is Ward At a mom and pop motel that s seen better days, Mabel doubts the man and his story, and is not surprised when, days later, June comes to the office with a small wad of cash and says he s left her So begins the story of a small town whose citizens close ranks around June and Luke What one person can t provide, another does What insight one carries, is shared with another What lov [...]

    21. Not many people can write in this style of run on sentences and odd punctuation but this author weaves a magnificent masterpiece Every character s voice unique and personal So much so I felt as if I was in the room with them

    22. I suggest you read this as soon as it is released I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Please see my full reviews available at coffeeandtrainspotting.

    23. An amazing and powerful example of fine literary fiction.June is a young mother, timid and painfully thin, with a small infant She is abandoned by her partner at a seaside tourist cabin somewhere in New England Penniless, she is taken in by Mabel, the widow who owns the cabins This premise, and the beautiful book cover, are what led me to read The girl in the garden.June is the daughter of trailer trash She has never known parental love Now, age fifteen, she is a mother herself When the baby s f [...]

    24. I requested this book not just because the cover looked so appealing although that was a large factor but because it sounded like it would be a complete contrast from the other novels with girl in the title that are out at the moment And it is.This is a novel to be read slowly This is a novel which is about characters and relationships This is a novel about the universal themes that affect everyone as they make their journey through life I felt elements of Anne Tyler, Anita Shreve and Maggie O F [...]

    25. It s the end of summer, and Mabel is about to shutter her guest cabins when a car drives up Out come a teen aged girl with a tiny baby, and an angry, tired man who completely ignores them Mabel rents them a cabin for a few days she isn t surprised when one day the man drives off and doesn t come back She allows the girl to stay on, then finds them a place to stay for the winter, in a cottage behind the house of a friend of hers, Iris Iris wants no rent in fact, she ll give the girl money she jus [...]

    26. Strangely, I can t quite remember how I heard about this book I know I read something about it, somewhere, and thought it sounded interesting This is not a debut novel, but Melanie Wallace is a new to me author these selections do not always pan out well, but I m so thankful that something prompted me to give this one a chance.The novel begins with a young woman named June who, having recently given birth to a son named Luke, has, over the course of her life, learned not to expect much from anyo [...]

    27. You can find a copy of this review at thequidnuncblog.wordpressWhat s better than a cosy nook, a good book and a cup of cocoa when outside the snowing is silently covering the world and changing the destiny of all of us I am so lucky to have read this wonderful novel at the very beginning of 2017 And it is so close to its publishing date that I am enthralled for you guys to be able to read it.It is for sure one of the best reads I have had recently, further, it marks 2017 as one of the best year [...]

    28. To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow This novel is set in the mid 1970 s at a beach front not named in the novel This powerful novel focuses on June, a young girl who is abandoned at a motel on the coast with her infant child, Luke They are both eventually taken in by the motels owner, Mabel who is trying to move on after the death of her husband Mabel is ready to close up for the season until June and Luke change her plans It is a very dim and dull journey for most of the characters but [...]

    29. Leaves resembling whorling flocks of small misshapen birds spiraled sideways through the dusk s graphite solidity, catching silently and stationary on the dark pasture grounds Before long, night would press into being.This story delivers such prose and an exquisite evocation of the natural world surrounding the lives of broken people brought together through twists of fate In their aloneness, each struggles to find purpose and experiences the pain of disconnection Yet, together, there may be hop [...]

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