Thorndike Press

The Last Garden in England

  • Julia Kelly
  • ISBN-10: 1432885545
  • ISBN-13: 9781432885540
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.60 lbs ( .73 kgs)
  • 598 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released February 2021
  • Simultaneous Publications

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Present day: Emma Lovett has just been given the opportunity to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House estate, designed in 1907. When doing so Emma uncovers secrets that have long lain hidden.

1907: Venetia Smith has carved out a niche for herself as a garden designer to industrialists, solicitors, and bankers. When she’s hired to design the gardens of Highbury House, the gardens — and the people she meets — promise to change her life forever.

1944: When Highbury House is transformed into a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers, three very different women are drawn together by a secret that will last for decades.


Customer Reviews

“[A] touching, immersive read with definite appeal for aficionados of Downton Abbey and Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008) . . . Subplots involving love, loss, and hope for new beginnings gracefully intertwine, and readers will be enraptured by the garden theme . . . Like gardens themselves, these pages invite lingering and thoughtful reflection.”

— Booklist

“Three women across time are connected by a garden in Kelly’s enjoyable and richly detailed latest . . . Kelly balances Emma’s detective work reviewing papers and records found in the house with Venetia’s slow-burn tragedy and the twist that defines Beth’s relationship to the gardens. Kelly easily delivers everything her fans will expect.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Kelly’s decades-spanning story will appeal to gardeners and lovers of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs.”

— Library Journal