Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
July 04, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Sea Garden

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Deborah Lawrenson
publisher
Harper Paperbacks
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Composed of three novellas, the book begins as a young British landscape architect travels to a Mediterranean island off the south of France for a career-changing commission, only to find herself on a Manderley-like estate haunted by the destruction — and perhaps ghosts — of World War II. The subsequent sections flash back to the lives of two young women involved in the resistance movement in Britain and France — one a factory worker, the other an intelligence officer. Lawrenson writes compassionately and convincingly of the war’s horrors and the ways in which ordinary people become heroes, continuously building the tension toward a never-saw-it-coming convergence of the trio of tales. B+

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