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The Night Garden

The Night Garden For fans of Sarah Addison Allen Aimee Bender and Alice Hoffman The Night Garden is a luminous novel of love forgiveness and the possibilities that arise when you open your heart Nestled in the bu

  • Title: The Night Garden
  • Author: Lisa VanAllen
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  • Page: 475
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  • For fans of Sarah Addison Allen, Aimee Bender, and Alice Hoffman, The Night Garden is a luminous novel of love, forgiveness, and the possibilities that arise when you open your heart 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 reacheFor fans of Sarah Addison Allen, Aimee Bender, and Alice Hoffman, The Night Garden is a luminous novel of love, forgiveness, and the possibilities that arise when you open your heart 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 Reader to reader, knitter to knitter You re going to love this book Debbie Macomber Whimsical great for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Alice Hoffman Library Journal Look for special features inside Join the Random House Reader s Circle for author chats and .

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    1. 4 - SIT A WHILE AND REMEMBER WHATS FORGOT. Stars.Think of your favourite fairy-tale characters, smoosh them all together and add all the colours of the rainbow, as well as all the others you know of, and quite a few you haven’t heard of yet, and write it for grown-ups. That pretty much sums up the Technicolor ride you go on with this book, sprinkle in a little bit of magic, a little bit of mystery, and a whole lot of weird and wonderful and you will happily find yourself ensconced in Green Val [...]

    2. 1.5 stars Review to come closer to the release date, as required Release Date: October, 7th Arc provided by Ballantine Books through NetgalleyIt appears that I have been lucky.Up until this book I had never considered the fine line in which magical realism authors have to stay in in order for things to work. The phrases used that should be magical, instead of cheesy: Part of Olivia's particular allure was how mysterious she seemed, how kind hearted yet distant, how nurturing but withholding, how [...]

    3. I wish I had something better to say, or at least something more to comment on. Truth be told, nothing about The Night Garden grabbed me. I didn't care about the setting, I didn't care about the characters. I didn't care that instead of a bed, Olivia's sleeps outside in a garden full of poisonous plants. The magical aspect did nothing for me. If you're new to Magical Realism, please don't start with this novel. If you're a fan of the genre, I'd still say give this one a pass. Maybe if I was stuc [...]

    4. I really believe that we are drawn to certain books at certain times in our lives. Sometimes we don’t even know that we have chosen the “right” book. For me 2015 was a terrible year health-wise. My eczema flared up to the point that I couldn’t function at work or at home. I reached for this book because I loved the blurb and the location of the novel -upstate New York:“Nestled in the bucolic town of Green Valley in upstate New York, the Pennywort farm appears ordinary, yet at its centr [...]

    5. This book had such potential but it just fell flat. There. I said it.Olivia is poisonous to people and has distanced herself purposefully and absolutely. That is, until her old flame Sam comes back into the picture and is determined to figure out a cure for her touch issues. All of that being said, she also keeps a barn full of lost and misunderstood women who look for answers but provides little to no comfort to them. Her father is a hermit living in a ravine by himself and the entire thing is [...]

    6. My Review:I received an eARC of The Night Garden from Random House via edelweiss in exchange with an honest review.This book is a great collision of Shatter Me's Juliette and the beauty of The Secret Garden , two of my favorite reads.Lisa Van Allen has such an exquisite way of painting such a creative magical realem, then bringing it to life with her amazing description. Her writing is not only limited to this, but also the beauty of portraying a person's state of mind and the credibility of sto [...]

    7. I really wanted to like and enjoy The Night Garden by Lisa Van Allen. I enjoy magical realism but unfortunately, this book did not live up to the expectation.Olivia Pennywort is not a character that I could believe ineveryone is allergic to her and she sleeps in poison ivy every night. Arthur Pennywort, her father, was selfish - leaving a 16-year-old Olivia to run the family farm so he could go live in the ravine. Sam Van Winkle was a relatively flat character as well.There was some promise in t [...]

    8. I never before realized what a subtle balance is required in a good magic realism story. Since it is my favorite book genre, I figured the more fantastical elements the better. Van Allen proved me wrong with this story. The garden itself is beautifully described, a wondrous creation of hedge-bordered maze-like spaces with differing themes. The garden maze can help the wanderer realize the answer to his or her questions, and it grows magically. But even elements of the garden itself seem unbeliev [...]

    9. “To visit the Pennywort farm was to be reminded of everything in the world that was beautiful and bountiful…luxurious and endlessly good.”In upstate New York, Olivia Pennywort tends the family farm and the remarkable garden maze that she has created as a haven at its heart. It is said that the maze offers its visitors the answers to their most difficult questions, but it affords no such benefit to its caretaker who harbours a secret that forces her to keep everyone at arm's length. Over th [...]

    10. 4.5 Stars! Lyrical, whimsical and utterly charming! Although one cannot help comparing it to the likes of Sarah Addison Allen, this tale is really quite original, crafted in such a beautiful way and truly magical from so many points of view - literally and figuratively. For you see the author strikes just the right balance of friendship and warmth, longing and love, all wrapped up in nature, providing a holistic escape to another somewhat magical place. I found this to be an entirely captivating [...]

    11. Spoiler !!!!Why did her father keep trying to get her involved with a man who was allergic to her? What kind of relationship did he think they could possibly have? "If he really loves you, he won't care"????? He practically went in anaphylactic shock when he touched her.I think the father was selfish and a coward. He left her alone to run the farm when she was sixteen because he couldn't face what he had done to her? How much love is this? And she is a martyr. Not a enjoyable book.

    12. Have you ever been mesmerized by a flower? The way it gently sways against the currents of a summer breeze. How regally it blooms in hues of blue and green. Its heady scent of citrus and soil. Well, don't expect to be mesmerized by Allen's book because it makes no room for such things. Allen's book promised to be enchanting, and this was its biggest mistake. When you hear a word like "enchanting" you expect a little romantic flourishes here, a few hints of magic there--but unfortunately that did [...]

    13. A special thank you to Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. THE NIGHT GARDENby Lisa Van Allen, is a magical fairy tale; whimsical journey of hope, love, forgiveness and courage.Outside the windows of northwestern Catskills, the Pennyworts each year have expanded the beautiful garden maze to be one or two rooms bigger. Flowers grow out of season and plants that should not have bloomed in western Catskills soil were hardy and flamboyan [...]

    14. Original review can be found at kristineandterri/2I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Ballantine Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!I was intrigued when I read the synopsis for this book but it did not fully describe what this book is about. When I discovered what Olivia's secret was I became excited and prepared myself for a truly great read.Although the premise of the book was outstanding, the story fell a little flat making it an average to good [...]

    15. In my experience, there are times in life when a particular book resonates with me more than it might if I'd picked it up at any other time; The Night Garden really was what I needed during the time I read it and I'm so happy to have found it. The language of this novel is so appropriate to its theme; flowery, smooth, yet prickly, and often very beautiful. I found myself reading several passages over and over, just to fully absorb the depth of the message.Lisa Van Allen shares an enchanting tale [...]

    16. Hauntingly beautiful, heartbreakingly poignant The Night Garden is truly a pleasurable reading experience. It has the making of an epic fairy tale, complete with an enchanted princess, isolated in her tower surrounded by her magical gardens, unknowingly a prisoner of her wizard father's love. Rescue comes at the hand of her Prince Charming, wearing a tarnished armor, fallible yet willing to fight for the love he lost once. Both Olivia and Sam, the main characters, are truly wonderful, multilayer [...]

    17. Ohhh, this book could've been SO much better than it was! I got a very different idea of what it was supposed to be from the description I read of it. But it was at it's base just a fluff romance. The whole concept of the garden and what it did to Olivia were pretty intriguing, and some of the descriptions were wondrous. I think the author would have been better off fully developing those points and making the love story secondary. All of the "oh, I think I want to be with him - but I have this [...]

    18. I couldn't finish. I LOVE magical realism but this I haven't had any desire to pick up again after getting a quarter of a way through it. Too bad. The premise is there but it just doesn't add up. I haven't read any spoilers and I can see where this is going. (Maybe I will read the last chapter.)I usually also love anything with a garden but she lost me with the the poison ivy bitd having to sleep naked in it just goes too far. Here's to looking for the next great magical garden book! Cheers.

    19. A magical garden full of mazes is the setting for this novel that features Olivia, the woman who is in charge of it, her father, and Sam, the man she loves. She has a secret, which causes her to be aloof, alone, and untouchable. When Sam returns to the Green Valley area, she must confront her feelings once again. Can she make those changes and take a chance on love, or will she grow into a lonely, bitter old woman?

    20. I ordered this book because it was touted by as a read-alike to Sarah Addison Allen. I'm a HUGE Sarah Addison Allen fan! HUGE! So needless to say I was super excited to read this story. knocked this recommendation outta the park. I really enjoyed it. It is a good read for anyone who enjoys magical realism or gardening! I have already had her first book, "The Wishing Thread", ordered for our library collection. It is incredibly similar to "Garden Spells" with a poisonous twist! Happy reading!

    21. I loved the Wishing Thread so much I went on to The to the Night Garden which was really good too . I was glad itHad the same narrator Amy Rubinate she is nice to listen to . It was an enchanting story and similar to the wishing thread only with a garden theme more like the sparrow sisters .

    22. This was a very middle of the road book. Not great, but not terrible. Glad I didn't pay full price for it. I may read it again later, to see if my perspective changes.

    23. Ordinarily, I thoroughly enjoy magical realism. Isabel Allende, Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, the great Gabriel Garcia Marquez – I love their works that mix magic and the mundane, rational world. There is something about the best of their books that delights me, just thinking about Remedios the Beauty, the most beautiful woman in the world, folding white sheets as she floats away in the distance, makes me smile and think about the nature of beauty, wonder, and wisdom (and also whether I [...]

    24. As soon as I saw The Night Garden up for request on Netgalley, I wanted to read it. I really, really love Sarah Addison Allen’s novels and the cover and synopsis reminded me so much of one of Sarah’s novels. So I requested it (of course) and I was so chuffed to be accepted to read the novel. I don’t know what has changed in my reading habits recently, but magic in novels for me is just the best thing ever, and despite not being a gardener (AT ALL) I also like to read about plants, for some [...]

    25. pagetostagereviews/201Olivia Pennywort is the peculiar owner of the Pennywort farm, located in a valley in New York. Well-known for the wondrous maze stretching the length of her property, which is rumoured to help visitors find the answers to life's most difficult questions, and notorious for giving a place to stay to wandering women, nicknamed 'Pennyloafers', who work on the farm in exchange for food and board, Olivia keeps to herself – though few people know the reason why she is rarely see [...]

    26. This book has a recommendation from Debbie Macomber and was compared to Sarah Addison Allen (whose books, I just realised, I didn't really review here, so I'll have to rectify that). There is no way I can not request this book. And perhaps, it's because of such high hopes that I was slightly let down. Yes, the book was interesting, and yes, I was absorbed, but it wasn't magical enough. Plus, at points in time, it felt like the writer was just playing with language for language's sake. The Night [...]

    27. For me this was a 4.5 stars, that leaned heavily towards a 5 star rating. I enjoyed this story so much, not only for the earthy and vibrant characters but for Lisa Van Allen's lyrical turn of phrase. This story was so beautifully written, the yearning between the star-crossed lovers is perfectly described in exquisite and luscious detail. And the descriptions of the maze gardens were so vivid you can almost smell the outrageous fecundity. I loved the progression of the book, like a stone rolling [...]

    28. I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am happy to have had the opportunity.This is a lovely, magical tale about a garden maze that helps people find the answers to their problems. Olivia Pennywort is the caretaker of the beautiful maze and she takes in boarders who are looking for life's answers in return for their work in the gardens. Olivia, however, is keeping a secret that keeps her friends and neighbors intrigued but at an arm's distance. Olivia lives a [...]

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