Rich in detail, this book was captivatingly mysterious. It brought back memories of reading classic books such as Narnia and The Secret Garden. Who wouldn’t love a bookshop with a real wardrobe opening up to a children’s book room! Or a walled garden with secrets contained within!
“A bookshop holds a thousand-thousand portals to other worlds between the pages...worlds of love and longing, joy and sadness, of questing and mystery and destiny.”
Ms. Higley writes beautifully and creatively. She kept me turning pages as the heroine, Kelsey, battles issues with her Gran’s declining health and big business threatening to swallow up her beloved Chestnut Street Book Emporium. There is a secret next door- an empty lot. But all is not as it seems. Will this wonderful garden where a party takes place, its guests creative people known only by their first initial, hold the answers to her problems? That you will find out as you read the story.
I saw this as an allegorical tale, urging us to make use of the gifts God has given us. The quotes at the start of each chapter were inspirational.
“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” George Bernard Shaw.
Ms Higley offers encouragement to all who wish to create. The key is to create- no matter if your gift ends up in a museum to wide acclaim or on a mantlepiece as a special keepsake for one person.
This is a beautiful story and should not be missed.
*I received an ebook from the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*Beyond 5 stars and a solid faith thread
to a timeless party in a Secret Garden.
Expect to come back transformed.
Kelsey Willoughby doesn’t have time to pursue her dream of writing a novel. Imagination doesn’t pay the bills, and she’s busy saving her beautiful bookshop from online competition, hotel developers, and the sneaking suspicion that nobody reads anymore.
Not to mention all those voices telling her she doesn’t have talent.
But then the vacant lot of weeds next door starts to shimmer.
When Kelsey stumbles into a luminous nighttime garden party, larger than the vacant lot that holds it and filled with enigmatic guests, she suspects they hold the key to saving the bookshop, and perhaps even to her own mysterious origins.
But answers aren’t forthcoming, not until Kelsey is willing to confront her past, step into her potential, and push deeper into the unknown edges of the garden, where an unexpected journey takes her into a world of dangerous revelation.
~With evocative prose and a deeply-embedded mystery, the magical realism of Nightfall in the Garden of Deep Time immerses readers in a delicious adventure of creativity and the arts. A must-read for anyone pursuing a creative life.