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She's baaaack!

Book jacketYes, ladies and gentleman Alice Hoffman is back! She is one of my all time favourite authors. I remember when I discovered her years ago, I read everything and anything she wrote. I loved the magical quality (magical realism) she always included in her novels. I had never read anyone like her! However, her more recent work I wasn't enjoying at all. For me, they lost that magical quality and I stopped reading her altogether. When I saw her new book out called the Red Garden I thought I would give her a try again. I'm so glad that I did because I am really enjoying this book. It isn't quite as 'magical' as some of her early works but still, it's a very captivating story and I'm liking it! So if you were a big fan of Alice Hoffman but fell off the Alice Hoffman boat, hop back on. This one is a goody. Just FYI a few of my favourite titles of hers include: Turtle Moon, Practical Magic, and Second Nature.

But here is a bit about her new book:

In exquisite prose, Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting us with some three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales where characters' lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions. From the town's founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, to the young man who runs away to New York City with only his dog for company, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a passionate neighbor, a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet who falls in love with a blind man, a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives. At the center of everyone's life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look. Beautifully crafted, shimmering with magic, The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving.

Enjoy!

~Ellie