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The Garden of Lost and Found
The gripping and heart-breaking Sunday Times bestseller
'A sweeping novel you won't put down' Katie Ffforde
'I can't remember the last time I was so enthralled and affected by a story and its characters'
'Utterly gorgeous and filled with flowers and paintings, secrets and heartbreak ... and always hope'
'Epic, absorbing ... full of intrigue, emotion and characters who'll really stay with you'
This new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Harriet Evans delights fans with the heartbreaking tale of a family ripped apart and the extraordinary house they called home.
Nightingale House, 1919. Liddy Horner discovers her husband, the world-famous artist Sir Edward Horner, burning his best-known painting The Garden of Lost and Found days before his sudden death.
Nightingale House was the Horner family's beloved home - a gem of design created to inspire happiness - and it was here Ned painted The Garden of Lost and Found, capturing his children on a perfect day, playing in the rambling Eden he and Liddy made for them.
One magical moment. Before it all came tumbling down...
When Ned and Liddy's great-granddaughter Juliet is sent the key to Nightingale House, she opens the door onto a forgotten world. The house holds its mysteries close but she is in search of answers. For who would choose to destroy what they love most? Whether Ned's masterpiece - or, in Juliet's case, her own children's happiness.
Something shattered this corner of paradise. But what?
Harriet Evans brings her readers home...
'This sweeping tale is by turns painfully sad and heart-lifting, with characters that stay with you' Good Housekeeping
'Evans's storytelling feels both authentic and satisfying. An immersive mystery' Woman & Home
'Clever, tender ... an emotional read' My Weekly
'Heart-stopping and wonderful' Sophie Kinsella
'Harriet Evans is my favourite author' Goodreads
'Secrets and lies in a gorgeous idyllic setting' Prima
'Reminiscent of Santa Montefiore with the emotional heart of Jojo Moyes. You'll frequently find yourself uttering the words: just one more page' CultureFly
This brilliantly written portrait of a fascinating family in crisis is an emotionally intelligent, thoughtful and engaging read.' Daily Mail
'Will make you gasp and move you to tears' Marie Claire
'I was blissfully carried away by this intelligent (she's as good as the great Rosamunde Pilcher), classy and superbly executed family saga' Saga
'She reels you in and then you're hooked, right to the last page' Patricia Scanlan
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What Reviewers Are Saying
Harriet Evans's family saga is a poignant story of love and loss across three generations. * Daily Mail * 'No one writes gripping family sagas like Harriet Evans' * Irish Times * A spellbinding story, brimming with flowers and paintings, loss and courage * Independent * Evans is the reigning queen of the big house family saga and her latest, an addictive tale of love, art, loss and long-held secrets centring around an artist's inexplicable destruction of his most famous painting, is her best yet. The sort of book that has you ignoring family and friends long into the night * I Newspaper * Evans tells a poignant tale of the Horner family and their magical, mysterious country home * Woman * My top book of 2019 * Dinah Jeffries * 'Filled with brilliantly believable characters, this is one not to miss' * Woman's Own * This isn't a comfortable read, but ultimately a rewarding one * The Weekly * Utterly compelling and well written * Hot Brands Cool Places * 'This epic, absorbing novel is full of intrigue, emotion and characters who'll really stay with you.' * Fabulous Magazine * 'Evans's storytelling feels both authentic and satisfying. An immersive mystery.' * Woman & Home * 'This sweeping tale is by turns painfully sad and heart-lifting, with characters that stay with you.' * Good Housekeeping * I can't remember the last time I was so enthralled and affected by a story and its characters * Red * 'A sweeping novel you won't put down' * Katie Ffforde * 'Utterly gorgeous and filled with flowers and paintings, secrets and heartbreak ... and always hope' * Veronica Henry *