The Victory Garden

The Victory Garden

Rhys Bowen / Jun 16, 2019

The Victory Garden From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart rending novel of a woman s love and sacrifice during the First World War As the Great War continues to take its toll

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  • From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart rending novel of a woman s love and sacrifice during the First World War.As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty one year old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do , and it is From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart rending novel of a woman s love and sacrifice during the First World War.As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty one year old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do , and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage.When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a land girl, tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate It s here that Emily discovers the long forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace Emily s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified and with child Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.As Emily learns about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 347 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing More Details ASIN B07FDDPFPN Edition Language English Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen Author Release date Feb 12, 2019 From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart rending novel of a woman s love and sacrifice during the First World War.A From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart rending novel of a woman s love and sacrifice during the First World War.As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty one year old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do , and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage.When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a land girl, tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate It s here that Emily discovers the long forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace Emily s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified and with child Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.As Emily learns about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny Enter Giveaway Format

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her twenty first birthday Being the daughter of a judge and living on quite a sizable estate, Emily is removed from the hardships that have worked their way into the lives of most families in England But that is all about to change.Emily corresponds with her best friend, Clarissa, who has become a nurse stationed at the front Emily longs to follow in her friend s footsteps, but she s turned down by the Nurses Voluntary Aid Detachment Instead, Emily finds herself signing on the dotted line to become a Land Girl This division of volunteers travels the area working in gardens and on farms after the men have been called up to fight Tension escalates when Emily tries to tell her parents They turn her away Soon Emily is working on land owned by Lady Charlton with a band of good natured women This is the first time that Emily has felt needed in her life But as Rhys Bowen s story unfolds, the reader will come upon secrets that Emily has been keeping One will note how women s lives of the time were held to such rigid standards Gossip lined every sidewalk in small towns and villages There was a compulsive need to label and to shame Perhaps human nature doesn t change much after all.I ve read many a book by the talented Rhys Bowen including The Tuscan Child and all of the Molly Murphy Series She has a way of telling a story in which her main characters try to steady the ship during the worst of storms It s honest, relatable people who are flawed but seek a way of their own The Victory Garden allows us a glimpse into the real sacrifices taken on by so many in generations ago.I received a copy of The Victory Garden through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Rhys Bowen and to Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity flag 51 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Oct 04, 2018 Rachel McMillan rated it really liked it review of another edition This is the first non mystery book by Rhys Bowen I have read I am a huge fan of her mysteries because I love the accessible style, her capable ability to render a historical setting and world to life and her characters Such memorable characters.The Victory Garden proves that Bowen can write with easy elasticity in any genre While I found the book lacked a certain emotional depth it was still a worthy snapshot of one woman s experience during a time when women were seen to have much agen This is the first non mystery book by Rhys Bowen I have read I am a huge fan of her mysteries because I love the accessible style, her capable ability to render a historical setting and world to life and her characters Such memorable characters.The Victory Garden proves that Bowen can write with easy elasticity in any genre While I found the book lacked a certain emotional depth it was still a worthy snapshot of one woman s experience during a time when women were seen to have much agency while the men were at war and yet little ability to decide their own fate at all It is in the crux of this double standard we find Emily, a 21 year old who works as a land girl and back breakingly does her bit for the war effort even while mourning the soldier she loved and lost It is the female friendships and sphere that rounded out Bowen s usual talent for character and I was impressed by how quickly I fell into their world, their quirks and dialogue This is not so much a romance between a woman and a man rather a woman and possibilities when all seems hopeless and uncertain and the makeshift community she becomes a part of.With thanks to Netgalley for the early review copy flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Jen rated it really liked it review of another edition What I love most about Rhys Bowen s writing is her ability to sweep you away to another locale She engages all of the senses and allows the reader to escape to a different time and place While reading this I was no longer on my couch, in the midst of a Minnesota winter I was completely wrapped up in this story, the distinct smell of a wood burning fire in my nose and the damp feel of a stone cottage in my bones This sweeping saga is beautifully written and I adored the characters, the settin What I love most about Rhys Bowen s writing is her ability to sweep you away to another locale She engages all of the senses and allows the reader to escape to a different time and place While reading this I was no longer on my couch, in the midst of a Minnesota winter I was completely wrapped up in this story, the distinct smell of a wood burning fire in my nose and the damp feel of a stone cottage in my bones This sweeping saga is beautifully written and I adored the characters, the setting, and the lessons learned This is the tale of Emily, a young lady in the midst of the first war She yearns for yet is held back by her overbearing parents in the safety of her parents estate When she turns 21 she is able to set out on her own and determined to do something to support the war effort, becomes a Land Girl These strong women take over the work for the men that are gone fighting in the war and work farms to continue to keep the country fed This is a far cry from her sheltered upbringing but brings out a strength in her she didn t know she had and sets her on a different path in life Emily begins to forge a new path and struggles without her parents financial assistance, yet never giving up her will to do it on her own This is a fabulous story and in my opinion, Rhys Bowen s best work yet For me, The Victory Garden was 5 stars Thank you publishing for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Jypsy rated it it was ok review of another edition I expected from The Victory Garden I heard a lot about this book before I read it I tried several times, but unfortunately, I couldn t get interested in the story It didn t hold my interest at all I skimmed through Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Julia rated it really liked it review of another edition Thanks to netgalley, I was able to read Rhys Bowen s latest a couple of months before its release Bowen s last two standalone books took place in World War II For The Victory Garden, she tells the story of Emily Bryce during the last two years of World War I Combining history, feminism, romance, and a good story, I was drawn into Emily s story, especially her relationship with the garrulous Robbie She eventually finds her place in a small town, where most people accept her for who she is Thanks to netgalley, I was able to read Rhys Bowen s latest a couple of months before its release Bowen s last two standalone books took place in World War II For The Victory Garden, she tells the story of Emily Bryce during the last two years of World War I Combining history, feminism, romance, and a good story, I was drawn into Emily s story, especially her relationship with the garrulous Robbie She eventually finds her place in a small town, where most people accept her for who she is For Bowen s latest, she focuses almost exclusively on Emily But Emily finds an old trunk with a diary in the old cottage she s living in, so we get a peek at a story from the late 1850s.Another masterful tale by Bowen I loved learning about the Women s Land Army in England, which I hadn t heard of prior to this novel flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Karen Kay rated it liked it Shelves arc netgalley, ww 1 era, longmire challenge, 2019 countdown, england, twd challenge, netgalley read 2019, baking challenge, rcc waiting winter 2018 I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty one year old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort Emily s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified and with child Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.A quick and easy read, rather predictable 3 flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Sarah rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, ww1, historical fiction, popsugar 2019 reading challenge, published in 2019, 2019 3.5 stars This is my second book by Rhys Bowen that s not part of the Royal Spyness series, and I ve both so engrossing I felt completely transported into the world of this story This book takes place near the end of WW1, and charts a young woman s journey from a sheltered daughter to a mother who is charting her own course in life Emily s romance with Robbie is almost painfully naive, but realistic given her inexperience with men and the heightened intensity of wartime She shows remarkable 3.5 stars This is my second book by Rhys Bowen that s not part of the Royal Spyness series, and I ve both so engrossing I felt completely transported into the world of this story This book takes place near the end of WW1, and charts a young woman s journey from a sheltered daughter to a mother who is charting her own course in life Emily s romance with Robbie is almost painfully naive, but realistic given her inexperience with men and the heightened intensity of wartime She shows remarkable fortitude in defying her parents wishes, both to be with Robbie and to volunteer with the Women s Land Army I had never heard of the land girls , so that aspect of the story was fascinating to me And I loved the story of her evolving life in the village, with her friendships and newfound knowledge about herbs, as she learned to be live independently.This book is simple and rather predictable it s not as powerful as something like The Nightingale or Lilac Girls but I had so much fun reading it Recommended for anyone looking for an easy read with a lot of feels that you can completely lose yourself in I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Used for PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge prompt A book with a plant in the title or on the cover flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Sharlene rated it it was amazing review of another edition Another fabulous book from author Rhys Bowen Her books are always favorites and this one did not disappoint Characters that you learn to care about I did not know much about the farm girls that helped keep farms going during the war when so many men were gone Truly a great book 5 stars for this one flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Eager Reader rated it it was amazing review of another edition Emily Bryce, WW1,is eager to join the war effort but as the last living child her parents are keeping her at home Meeting an unsuitable recuperating Australian pilot from the hospital on the estate next door she falls in love After her twenty first birthday she joins the land girl army and leaves home continuing the relationship until he leaves for France She is engaged and pregnant when she learns of his death A good depiction of the British class system on the brink of change, the bondin Emily Bryce, WW1,is eager to join the war effort but as the last living child her parents are keeping her at home Meeting an unsuitable recuperating Australian pilot from the hospital on the estate next door she falls in love After her twenty first birthday she joins the land girl army and leaves home continuing the relationship until he leaves for France She is engaged and pregnant when she learns of his death A good depiction of the British class system on the brink of change, the bonding of the land girls as they move through challenges of life and the war while learning farming skills eventually landing in a small village to help an arrogant and lonely aristocrat restore her estate Tragedies strike, people grow and pull together for a rewarding romantic historical romp Lovers of history will better understand the lives and sacrifices of those in England during The Great War flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves 4 star, historical fiction Review to follow flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2018 RoryReads rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, netgalley completed Review to follow flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Sarah Shoo rated it really liked it review of another edition I really enjoyed this non mystery by Rhys Bowen The theme of families we choose really resonated, and the female friendships were so well written Highly recommend this new novel flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Za rated it it was amazing review of another edition A Can t Put It Down book by Rhys Bowen It s worth reading every page had substance, no fluff required It s one of those books where you just have to know what happens next I finished it in one day The Victory Garden takes you through a young woman s journey in discovering herself and what she s truly capable of when faced with life s adversities.Living a life of privilege, you could say that Miss Emily Bryce was one of the lucky ones during the Great War Coming from a well off family, sh A Can t Put It Down book by Rhys Bowen It s worth reading every page had substance, no fluff required It s one of those books where you just have to know what happens next I finished it in one day The Victory Garden takes you through a young woman s journey in discovering herself and what she s truly capable of when faced with life s adversities.Living a life of privilege, you could say that Miss Emily Bryce was one of the lucky ones during the Great War Coming from a well off family, she had no need to worry about food, clothes, shelter or any of the material things.However, her family was not completely untouched by the war Her only brother died in the war and this caused great pain in her family, most especially to her mother, who then ended up stifling Emily with her overbearance.This led to a series of events where Emily broke free and embraced her spirit as a modern woman in 1918 She metamorphosized into a strong, mature woman who found love, lost love and found it again multiplied in different facets of her life.I enjoyed reading about Emily s realization of what true love means and that it s not just about romantic love I also loved the other characters who brought family, friendship, girl power and sisterhood to the forefront of this book My favorites were Alice and Daisy look out for them This is a stand alone book but I would love to read about Emily and her adventures I would also love for Emily and her friends to explore about Australia flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Tami rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, historical fiction, kindle, net galley, netgalley 2019 My first novel by Rhys Bowen and I loved it Set during the Great War in 1918, Bowen gives a fictional account of what hardships and sacrifice many went through during the war.Emily, the main character is portrayed as a strong, independent woman who is not afraid to follow her own path in life Emily cultivates the friendship of many diverse women and makes somewhat of a family out of those who have no one else.Although many in the story have suffered loss, this is not a sad, depressing tale, bu My first novel by Rhys Bowen and I loved it Set during the Great War in 1918, Bowen gives a fictional account of what hardships and sacrifice many went through during the war.Emily, the main character is portrayed as a strong, independent woman who is not afraid to follow her own path in life Emily cultivates the friendship of many diverse women and makes somewhat of a family out of those who have no one else.Although many in the story have suffered loss, this is not a sad, depressing tale, but one of hope and resilience Many have heard the phrase it takes a village and this was certainly the example throughout the book.I loved the descriptions of the English countryside, villages and especially the little cottage where Emily created a temporary home For readers who like historical fiction and clean reading without disturbing war descriptions, this is an excellent choice to read.I have two other novels by Rhys Bowen on my reading list, so I will certainly look forward to reading those in the near future.Many thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read an advance copy and give my honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Tanja Ts Book KT Book Reviews is currently reading it review of another edition Follow us on KT Book ReviewsTwitterFacebookPinteresttumblrYouTubeBook BabblersInstagram flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Donna rated it it was amazing review of another edition It was a rare treat to be able to read about a young, British, twenty one year old woman during World War I This fascinating story was in large part about a branch of the British service during World War I called the Women s Land Army The WLA was filled with young women who replaced men in all agricultural jobs in the country The main character is a sweet young lady who wants to get away from her mother and father s house and chooses to volunteer for her country Lovely Emily Bryce meets a da It was a rare treat to be able to read about a young, British, twenty one year old woman during World War I This fascinating story was in large part about a branch of the British service during World War I called the Women s Land Army The WLA was filled with young women who replaced men in all agricultural jobs in the country The main character is a sweet young lady who wants to get away from her mother and father s house and chooses to volunteer for her country Lovely Emily Bryce meets a dashing Australian pilot and falls in love with him while he is recovering from an injury Life is very hard for Emily but she must be independent and remain true to herself I love historical fiction and this book did not disappoint me Rhys Bown is an excellent author and captures the true essence of the Woman s Land Army and life in England in 1918 Fabulous story and great characters make this a five star hit for me The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen will be available February 12, 2019 from Lake Union Publishing An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Ellen rated it really liked it review of another edition A stand alone novel by a mystery author, The Victory Garden is historical fiction that emphasizes the sacrifices of the women left behind during WWI Emily Bryce is an appealing character, rebellious and strong minded, joining the Land Girls to do her part in England As Emily suffers loss, she develops a strength that helps her and her fellow Land Girls survive and grow I enjoyed the book and recommend it Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Jess rated it it was amazing review of another edition I just love Rhys Bowen, and this book is one of my favorites of hers I ve read the full Royal Spyness series and am now starting on some of her other historical novels, and this one was just right As always with Bowen, it was well written and a bit humorous The characters were very well developed, complex, and relatable I really appreciated how this book featured a variety of strong female characters and showed all the different ways that women contributed to the war effort during WWI The s I just love Rhys Bowen, and this book is one of my favorites of hers I ve read the full Royal Spyness series and am now starting on some of her other historical novels, and this one was just right As always with Bowen, it was well written and a bit humorous The characters were very well developed, complex, and relatable I really appreciated how this book featured a variety of strong female characters and showed all the different ways that women contributed to the war effort during WWI The story was also compelling and readable, like everything I ve ever read from Bowen, and I flew through it quickly, dying to see how it all worked out I was really invested, and sorry to have the book end Can t wait to read of hers Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Ethel artisanwriting rated it it was amazing review of another edition It s May of 1918 in Devonshire, England, WWI has been raging for almost 4 years and Emily Bryce is about to celebrate her twenty first birthday She is also about to celebrate her independence and become her own person Her family has suffered the hardships of war, having lost their only son and brother to Emily, Freddie Now with only one child, both parents have sheltered and over protected their daughter, her mother only wanting to have Emily marry well Yet in one instant moment, that is a It s May of 1918 in Devonshire, England, WWI has been raging for almost 4 years and Emily Bryce is about to celebrate her twenty first birthday She is also about to celebrate her independence and become her own person Her family has suffered the hardships of war, having lost their only son and brother to Emily, Freddie Now with only one child, both parents have sheltered and over protected their daughter, her mother only wanting to have Emily marry well Yet in one instant moment, that is all about to change and Emily s life will never be the same again Bored with the tedium of life that is her everyday existence and wanting to do her part for England, Emily signs up to become a land girl, working on farms that no longer have the man power necessary to harvest and supply food for the country Yet that is not all that she encounters, as she has fallen in love with a fly boy from Australia, a young man that captures her heart.This book is well written, it shares the value of friendship when the world is being torn apart As you follow along, you see the rise of independent women, those who now can stand on their own two feet, not only because they have no choice, but with the end of WWI times had changed, values that were once tried and true were no longer being adhered to With heartwarming and memorable characters, The Victory Garden was an enjoyable read I read this book in one day, because once I started I had to finish it, I couldn t put it down I only wish this would be book one as part of a series My thanks to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Debbie Viscosi rated it it was amazing review of another edition It is not often that an author can capture and describe circumstances so vividly that you feel you are in the midst of them yourself Emily Bryce is the only living child of a judge Her best friend decides to go against tradition and work as a nurse during the war Tired of the tedium of each day, Emily decides to make difference too A chance encounter with a recuperating Australian pilot leads her to adventure and maturity In this course of the story, we learn how women had to pull together It is not often that an author can capture and describe circumstances so vividly that you feel you are in the midst of them yourself Emily Bryce is the only living child of a judge Her best friend decides to go against tradition and work as a nurse during the war Tired of the tedium of each day, Emily decides to make difference too A chance encounter with a recuperating Australian pilot leads her to adventure and maturity In this course of the story, we learn how women had to pull together and help each other survive wartime Everything was rationed and growing your own food was important than ever Having had servants, Emilynwas unaccustomed to hard work She did not turn away from it she thrived There are many unanticipated events that she will live through but her grace under pressure only endears her to all Rhys Bowen has researched the period and how England adapted to war Her characters are relatable and most are people you can imagine being friends with in your own life The conditions of war were described without gore or gruesome details You feel as though you are going through these hardships yourself The first half of the book seems a little slow but the second half passes too quickly In the end, you can imagine what happens to Emily next and you feel the contentment of finishing a great book flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 19, 2018 Laura Carter rated it liked it review of another edition The story of the book and the premise was great But there was an emotional lack that just made the book okay, especially when you consider the subject matter The main character went through highly emotional circumstances but she doesn t show much emotion other than what were told she feeling She felt sad I would rather be shown what someone is feeling than told I love Bowen s series s and her writing style does well with amateur sleuthing and mysteries, but it falls flat with this differe The story of the book and the premise was great But there was an emotional lack that just made the book okay, especially when you consider the subject matter The main character went through highly emotional circumstances but she doesn t show much emotion other than what were told she feeling She felt sad I would rather be shown what someone is feeling than told I love Bowen s series s and her writing style does well with amateur sleuthing and mysteries, but it falls flat with this different genre There s not enough emotion for it to be impactful.I received a free ARC copy from the author flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Lovey Dovey Books rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction Published on Lovey Dovey BooksThe Victory Garden is yet another wonderful historical fiction novel from Rhys Bowen It will appeal to fans of Land Girls as it follows Emily Bryce joining the Women s Land Army to assist in the war effort against the wishes of her parents.After falling in love with a pilot, Emily knows it is time to start living her life apart from the fears of her parents Though her choices do not turn out like she expected, and she finds herself alone and with child, Emily deci Published on Lovey Dovey BooksThe Victory Garden is yet another wonderful historical fiction novel from Rhys Bowen It will appeal to fans of Land Girls as it follows Emily Bryce joining the Women s Land Army to assist in the war effort against the wishes of her parents.After falling in love with a pilot, Emily knows it is time to start living her life apart from the fears of her parents Though her choices do not turn out like she expected, and she finds herself alone and with child, Emily decides that life must go on She owes it to the man she fell in love with to survive and create a life for herself and their unborn child Emily s journey is inspiring and touched by a little mystery She meets people who influence her actions and support her decisions, but ultimately help her transition into a thriving independent life.I loved how Rhys Bowen captured Emily s voice as she stands against her parents to fulfill what she believes is a higher calling I felt invigorated as she fought to make her own way and saddened by her loss The Victory Garden is one of those stories that stay with you long after reading because you wonder how the characters fare until the end of their days The loss of their unique voices and compelling stories lingers long after the end of the story If you enjoyed Bowen s previous works, In Farleigh Field in particular, then you will no doubt enjoy The Victory Garden ARC provided in consideration for review flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Niki Estes rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites, historical fiction, world war i I have previously read and enjoyed In Farleigh Field and The Tuscan Child, but The Victory Garden has now become my favorite by Rhys Bowen I really enjoyed the WWI setting in England, learning about the land girls Women s Land Army in England and life on the homefront where almost everyone has lost someone they love in The Great War that feels like it might never end, and I loved all the wonderful characters from diverse backgrounds who come together in the time of war.Emily Bryce has spent t I have previously read and enjoyed In Farleigh Field and The Tuscan Child, but The Victory Garden has now become my favorite by Rhys Bowen I really enjoyed the WWI setting in England, learning about the land girls Women s Land Army in England and life on the homefront where almost everyone has lost someone they love in The Great War that feels like it might never end, and I loved all the wonderful characters from diverse backgrounds who come together in the time of war.Emily Bryce has spent the last couple years wanting to do to help out with the war effort Her mother lets Emily accompany her when they visit the local rehabilitation hospital to provide some cheer to the soldiers and it is there that Emily meets Robbie Kerr, an Australian from the Royal Flying Corps They are quickly drawn to each other After Emily s 21st birthday, she finally feels it is time for her to take her part in the war effort Her parents have already suffered devastating news as a result of the war So, she wants to stay in England instead of going to the front When she tries to volunteer as a nurse in the local hospitals, she finds her lack of education in nursing prevents her from volunteering She hears about the land girls program and immediately signs up It is during this time that she learns of the death of her fiance and she must find the strength to go on not only for herself, but the child she will have to raise alone Thank you to Lake Union and Publishing for the free ARC I received in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Mystica rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 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 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 flag Like see review View 2 comments Oct 30, 2018 Kathleen rated it really liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here TheVictoryGarden NetGalley Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union and Rhys Bowen for this very interesting read, Rhys Bowen s first non mystery was quite good Not being British I did not know about the Land Girls and that it was formed in World War I.Emily Bryce was the only surviving child, from a wealthy family and wanted to follow her best friend, a volunteer nurse, into service for England Her family, having lost their son early in the War as well as having class issues with volunteers, refu TheVictoryGarden NetGalley Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union and Rhys Bowen for this very interesting read, Rhys Bowen s first non mystery was quite good Not being British I did not know about the Land Girls and that it was formed in World War I.Emily Bryce was the only surviving child, from a wealthy family and wanted to follow her best friend, a volunteer nurse, into service for England Her family, having lost their son early in the War as well as having class issues with volunteers, refused to let her When she turns 21, having met a wounded Australian pilot at the hospital next door, she goes to volunteer The only possible job she qualifies for is to be a Land Girl and she gladly volunteers and leaves home with essentially the clothes on her back.The Australian pilot, Robbie and she are in love and plan to marry but their liaison results in a child and he is killed when he ditches his plane to save a village She finds peace and purpose in a Devonshire estate with two new friends who share her willingness to work hard, if not her background.The ending is poignant and hopeful for a revisit to these characters who hopefully will acquire depth in a sequel Recommended for historical fans of British war stories flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 Gina rated it really liked it Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC ecopy for my Kindle.Historical fiction about WWI and the role women played on the home front in England along with a little romance made this book an interesting read.Emily is a privileged, young lady who lives with her parents on a country estate Her brother was killed in the war, and her parents are even stricter with her after his death Shortly before her 21st birthday, she meets an Australian fighter pilot who is recovering from wounds suffered when he was s Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC ecopy for my Kindle.Historical fiction about WWI and the role women played on the home front in England along with a little romance made this book an interesting read.Emily is a privileged, young lady who lives with her parents on a country estate Her brother was killed in the war, and her parents are even stricter with her after his death Shortly before her 21st birthday, she meets an Australian fighter pilot who is recovering from wounds suffered when he was shot down by an enemy plane Inviting him and his friends to her 21st birthday party and falling in love with him only makes her determine to break all strings with her parents and do something worth while for the war effort Even though the pilot is fighting for England, they feel that he is beneath her status but they don t object for her to do something for the war as long as she has an office job however, she becomes a land worker Disappointed in her choices, her parents tell her she is an embarrassment to their family and tell her that she s no longer welcome in their home Emily s story continues with success and heartbreak, but overall, it s a good story of women s roles in WWI The only part I didn t like was the ending, it seemed rushed and unsettled flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Stephen rated it really liked it review of another edition Interesting story from England during WWI Emily Bryce is about to be 21 and really needs to feel like an adult She has two very protective parents who because they already have lost a son to the war are very wary of letting Emily become the grown up she desires to be Everything begins to change when she visits a recovery center with her very restrictive mother She meets a young man, Robbie Kerr, from Australia who was shot down in his plane Emily feels a real warmth with Robbie and the Interesting story from England during WWI Emily Bryce is about to be 21 and really needs to feel like an adult She has two very protective parents who because they already have lost a son to the war are very wary of letting Emily become the grown up she desires to be Everything begins to change when she visits a recovery center with her very restrictive mother She meets a young man, Robbie Kerr, from Australia who was shot down in his plane Emily feels a real warmth with Robbie and they look to become a couple But when Robbie heals, he will be back off to the war.Emily realizes that it is time to break away from her restrictive parents and so she first volunteers at a recuperative center but they don t have a place for her And so she voluhteers as a land girl.meone who will work at a farm There are many places for women doing farm work because so many men are away fighting the war And this will turn out to be the turning point in her life Per usual Bowen will draw you in to a fascination story and you can almost feel like you are actually there flag Like see review Oct 27, 2018 Lynn rated it really liked it review of another edition I first became acquainted with Land Girls while watching the PBS series of the same name, which I thoroughly enjoyed This novel delves deeper into the lives of a group of land girls who learn the value of friendship and how to depend on each other.A very worthwhile read.I read this EARC courtesy of Lake Union and Edelweiss pub date 02 12 19 flag Like see review Nov 15, 2018 Marilyn rated it really liked it review of another edition I enjoyed this WWII tale, the third non series book, written by Rhys Bowen It was a charming coming of age novel and a look into the land girls in Britain who worked the farms in the absence of the men who joined up It was difficult to put down and a delightful pastime I ve enjoyed all of Bowen s series over the years and these three separate novels have been delightful flag Like see review Jan 09, 2019 Vicki rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 2019 I loved this book, settled into it from the very beginning This doesn t happen for me a lot What a lovely story set in times that weren t so lovely I highly recommend it.Many thanks to Lake Union Publishing, NetGalley and Ms Bowen for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed I have recently published two internationally bestselling WWII novels, one of them a 1 Kindle bestseller, the other selling almost half a million copies to date.I also write the Agatha winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in th I m a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.I have recently published two internationally bestselling WWII novels, one of them a 1 Kindle bestseller, the other selling almost half a million copies to date.I also write the Agatha winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s It s lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set in North Wales, and for my award winning short stories I was born and raised in England but currently divide my time between California and Arizona where I go to escape from the harsh California wintersWhen I am not writing I love to travel, sing, hike, play my Celtic harp.Series Constable Evan Mystery Molly Murphy Mysteries Her Royal Spyness MysteriesAwards Agatha Award Best Novel 2001 Murphy s LawReviewer s Choice Award Historical Mystery 2001 Murphy s Law Books by Rhys Bowen More Trivia About The Victory Garden No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 28, 36, 5, 1, 2 if rating_details 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        I m a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.I have recently published two internationally bestselling WWII novels, one of them a 1 Kindle bestseller, the other selling almost half a million copies to date.I also write the Agatha winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in th I m a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.I have recently published two internationally bestselling WWII novels, one of them a 1 Kindle bestseller, the other selling almost half a million copies to date.I also write the Agatha winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s It s lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set in North Wales, and for my award winning short stories I was born and raised in England but currently divide my time between California and Arizona where I go to escape from the harsh California wintersWhen I am not writing I love to travel, sing, hike, play my Celtic harp.Series Constable Evan Mystery Molly Murphy Mysteries Her Royal Spyness MysteriesAwards Agatha Award Best Novel 2001 Murphy s LawReviewer s Choice Award Historical Mystery 2001 Murphy s Law


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    1. The simple message of a garden is hope that sprouts from tiny seeds.Rhys Bowen presents a story in the midst of The Great War It s May of 1918 in Devonshire and Emily Bryce is about to celebrate her twenty first birthday Being the daughter of a judge and living on quite a sizable estate, Emily is removed from the hardships that have worked their way into the lives of most families in England But that is all about to change.Emily corresponds with her best friend, Clarissa, who has become a nur Th [...]


    2. This is the first non mystery book by Rhys Bowen I have read I am a huge fan of her mysteries because I love the accessible style, her capable ability to render a historical setting and world to life and her characters Such memorable characters.The Victory Garden proves that Bowen can write with easy elasticity in any genre While I found the book lacked a certain emotional depth it was still a worthy snapshot of one woman s experience during a time when women were seen to have much agen This is [...]


    3. What I love most about Rhys Bowen s writing is her ability to sweep you away to another locale She engages all of the senses and allows the reader to escape to a different time and place While reading this I was no longer on my couch, in the midst of a Minnesota winter I was completely wrapped up in this story, the distinct smell of a wood burning fire in my nose and the damp feel of a stone cottage in my bones This sweeping saga is beautifully written and I adored the characters, the settin Wha [...]


    4. I expected from The Victory Garden I heard a lot about this book before I read it I tried several times, but unfortunately, I couldn t get interested in the story It didn t hold my interest at all I skimmed through Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.


    5. Thanks to netgalley, I was able to read Rhys Bowen s latest a couple of months before its release Bowen s last two standalone books took place in World War II For The Victory Garden, she tells the story of Emily Bryce during the last two years of World War I Combining history, feminism, romance, and a good story, I was drawn into Emily s story, especially her relationship with the garrulous Robbie She eventually finds her place in a small town, where most people accept her for who she is Thanks [...]


    6. I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty one year old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort Emily s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified and with child Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.A quick and easy read, rather predictable 3


    7. 3.5 stars This is my second book by Rhys Bowen that s not part of the Royal Spyness series, and I ve both so engrossing I felt completely transported into the world of this story This book takes place near the end of WW1, and charts a young woman s journey from a sheltered daughter to a mother who is charting her own course in life Emily s romance with Robbie is almost painfully naive, but realistic given her inexperience with men and the heightened intensity of wartime She shows remarkable 3.5 [...]


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