The Night Garden

The Night Garden

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Nestled in the bucolic town of Green Valley in upstate New York, the Pennywort farm appears ordinary, yet at its center lies something remarkable- a wild maze of colorful gardens that reaches beyond the imagination. Local legend says that a visitor can gain answers to life's most difficult problems simply by walking through its lush corridors.

Yet the labyrinth has never helped Olivia Pennywort, the garden's beautiful and enigmatic caretaker. She has spent her entire life on her family's land, harboring a secret that forces her to keep everyone at arm's length. But when her childhood best friend, Sam Van Winkle, returns to the valley, Olivia begins to question her safe, isolated world and wonders if she at last has the courage to let someone in. As she and Sam reconnect, Olivia faces a difficult question- Is the garden maze that she has nurtured all of her life a safe haven or a prison?

Praise for Lisa Van Allen's The Wishing Thread

oReader to reader, knitter to knitter- You're going to love this book.o -Debbie Macomber

oWhimsical . . . great for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Alice Hoffman.o - Library Journal

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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2014.
ISBN: 9780345537836
Branch Call Number: VAN
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 21 cm.


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JCLS_CentralPoint Feb 05, 2019

Honestly it was an adorable book. If you want a light read with a hint of magic to it, this is it. Admittedly, the plot unraveled a little bit here and there, but it still managed to keep my interest throughout.

Aug 24, 2015

I loved this book! It resonated with me much more than her first one. I loved the idea of the magical garden maze full of garden rooms. This book belongs on my shelf right next to "Garden Spells."

LaughingOne Feb 19, 2015

This novel caught me up in the lives of the people of Happy Valley, most especially Olivia and Sam. Things are magical; families have special traits that get passed down. The Pennywort Farm, run by Olivia, produces the best vegetables and fruit, the most wonderful flowers and herbs, and it has a maze where people wander in order to find answers to their deepest questions. Strange things happen, and stranger truths come out. Secrets protect people, or do they? I really enjoyed this novel and will look for others by Lisa Van Allen.

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