The Lost Garden

  • by Mary Stanley
  • Narrated by Mary Stanley
  • 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The face Esme Waters presents to the world is not the face she sees in the mirror. Even her three daughters don't know the truth behind her careful smile. But a chance meeting with a psychiatrist in Paris opens the first crack in Esme's mind. While her own children are falling in love, learning about loyalty, and rebelling against the rules, Esme discovers that sometimes the walls you build for protection need to come tumbling down.


What the Critics Say

"Complex and elegantly written." (Sunday Independent)
"A beautifully crafted story by a very gifted writer." (Sunday World Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

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Edna O'Brien meets Emmerdale Farm

When I started listening to this audiobook I was surprised that the author was reading it - it soon became clear that no self respecting actor would touch it. This book is drab, tedious and badly written. From the overly detailed descriptions of the clothes worn by it's two dimensional heroine to the tired old Irish Catholic theme and the shallow psycho babble - it's dull dull dull. The pseudo intellectualism of the protagonists is laughable and the whole scenario reads more like an exercise in wishful fantasising than a serious attempt to tackle difficult though overused material. The sugary and unskilled voice of the author narrating her poorly constructed sentences make this an infuriating and unpleasant listen. If you are looking for good literature -don't waste your money.
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- Anna

The Lost Garden

A gripping story I found it a sensitive and moving, tense but also uplifting.
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- Christine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2008
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd