Book Reviews

The girl in the garden

The Girl in The Garden is an unforgettable novel about a young girl and her newborn son, abandoned at a seaside motel, located in a small fishing town in New England. June leads into the novel with the father of her newborn child. Soon the man disappears leaving her destitute.

Mabel, the motel keeper and good-hearted townspeople eventually provide shelter.

This novel’s writing flows beautifully, like a stream of consciousness of human feelings, and behavior of rural folks in emergencies.

The theme explores and focuses on the resiliency of the human spirit.

Melanie Wallace uses long, unconfined sentences that require the undivided attention of the reader.

The story connects six individuals between 1974 and 1977 of isolated individuals in a backwater port with main characters being Iris, living alone after a terrible marriage, her estranged daughter Clair, Sam a Vietnam veteran, Oldman a World War II veteran, an old bachelor set in his ways, Mabel, the owner of the motel and seaside cottages, Duncan the town’s intellectual, and lawyer, and June, the main character along with her infant son.

Melanie Wallace has created a novel about love, grief, redemption, a dysfunctional family all of which are quietly moving and display human behavior.

It starts with June, her infant son, and the father of Luke who abandons them after a few days of arrival in Mable’s resort. Mabel perceives the emergency in which June and her son are in, and provides shelter. Soon she seeks help from her circle of her friends in town who willingly and unselfishly pitch in to help an innocent, inexperienced, unfortunate girls to survive in difficult circumstances in a strange town.

A moving novel you won’t be able to stop once you start reading.

Highly recommended.