In the Shadow Garden by: Liz Parker

Releases September 13th, 2022

I received an ARC of this book, ahead of release, through the Forever Publishing influencer program. All thoughts are my own.

There’s something magical about Yarrow, Kentucky. The three empathic witches of the Haywood family are known for their shadow garden–from strawberries that taste like chocolate to cherry tomatoes imbued with the flavors of basil and oregano. Their magic can cure any heartache, and the fruits of their garden bring a special quality to the local bourbon distillery. On one day every year, a shot of Bonner bourbon will make your worst memory disappear. But the Haywoods will never forget the Bonners’ bitter betrayal.

Twenty years ago, the town gave up more than one memory; they forgot an entire summer. One person died. One person disappeared. And no one has any recollection of either.

As events from that fateful summer start to come to light, there must be a reckoning between the rival Haywood and Bonner families. But untangling the deep roots of this town’s terrible secrets will expose more than they could ever anticipate about love, treachery, and the true nature of their power.

Content Warnings:
Mention of: trauma, PTSD, infidelity, loss of loved one, child abuse [physical and emotional], an alcoholic parent, and feelings of inadequacy.

This is such a beautiful story! I’m so glad I was able to get my hands on an ARC so I can tell you all you’re really going to want to pre-order this one! I remember reading the summary of this book and thinking…this might just hit me in the feels. There’s just something about books/movies that have generational magic that’s tied to the earth that just feeds my soul.

I love that we get to bounce between multiple perspectives as we slowly learn more about the town, the magic, and what exactly happened in the summer that the town chose to forget.

We also get to see three strong generations of Haywood women who are all so different but deeply connected to each other and the town. Though they’ve each gone through their ups and downs they’ve been able to rely on the strength of their family to keep them going.

Since I don’t want to give away any spoilers or too much information just know that this book is going to have you feeling so many emotions but will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. If you’re in the market for a book with small-town charm, family feuds, generational magic, and a town mystery…look no further! September is the perfect time for its release so you can get your blankets and hot tea ready to snuggle down as you enjoy this magical read.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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