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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen

It is the time of women's suffrage and Esther has fought for the Cause and lost all that she has held dear and close to her heart. Her father is firmly under the influence of her step mother and she is now not allowed to go home. Living with her Aunt is not a happy state but she is very happy at her job at Pennington's where she is given a free reign to create artistic and eye catching window displays for which the store is now becoming famous.

Despite her success at her job, Esther is not happy. She is lonely and feels that her Aunt is just tolerating her in her house. On top of it all Esther feels that progress in the suffrage movement is very slow and wonders whether a more militant way is the correct way to go forward.

Into this scenario steps Lawrence, a successful hotelier with two young children whose wife has died a few years ago. Balancing a career and his family he is not looking for love though seeing Laura he is attracted to her and then starts the story of Esther and Lawrence. Covering the shift in the suffrage movement and Lawrence's wholehearted support for Esther, they have to overcome personal hurdles to come to some sort of place where they can be themselves. Both have family histories of hurt and bitter feelings towards parents so they cannot let themselves be hurt by those they love the most.

A descriptive story of 1911 England, the suffrage movement and a love story coupled with the beginning of women's right to independence.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Lake Union Publishing.


  1. I like to read about historical events like the suffrage movement so I think I'd like this.

  2. Mystica I am really confused, I've gone back and forth. I have read The Victory Garden but its not about what you describe. The book sounds really good so I am wondering about it all!!

  3. I've been hearing about this book alot lately. Sounds good and I do like this author.

  4. You've been reading a couple of suffrage stories recently. I like the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    I hope all is well with you.

  5. Such an interesting time period! I enjoy books set around the suffrage movements around the world. This sounds like a good one, Mystica.

  6. This sounds so good and like other commentators I do particularly enjoy this period of history, especially when viewed through women's eyes.

  7. I love stories set during this time period and I also especially love stories about the women's suffrage movement. This sounds excellent.