The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair

The Girl in the Garden   

Description from Goodreads.com
The redemptive journey of a young woman unsure of her engagement, who revisits in memory the events of one scorching childhood summer when her beautiful yet troubled mother spirits her away from her home to an Indian village untouched by time, where she discovers in the jungle behind her ancestral house a spellbinding garden that harbors a terrifying secret.

A very endearing story of a girl telling the story of her summer in India. Her summer was full of events that changed her way of thinking about her life, love and family. She spends the summer of her 11th birthday with her mother's family in India. And slowly events unravel, stories evolve and the characters develop. The majority of this bitter-sweet story takes place at the family home. They do have some travels outside the rural Indian house, but the real evolutions happen right in the home. We see loss of life, love and childhood. The gaining of understanding, love and family.
        This was a story that I would like to read again. The evolution of the story and events unravelling was a perfect pace. It kept me very engaged and I was saddened when it was over. Beautiful story.

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