Letters from a Belfast Gardener is uneasily situated between the dramatic events in Scotland in The Gardener’s Wife and the Deans’ trip to the New World, described in A Garden in the Wilderness. The Deans spend six years in Belfast (1789-1795) in which old jealousies fester and new ones take root. Each chapter is framed by letters, opening with a letter from John to his former fellow servants in Ellon, Matthew and Lavinia Henry, in which he discusses the simmering political situation in Ulster, and ending with a letter from either the Henrys or Penelope Dering, the mistress of Ellon Castle, who continues to foment trouble between the couple. New problems ensue when Susan meets the radically republican brother and sister, Henry Joy and Mary Ann McCracken and their lives become entwined. Mary Ann lends Susan the book A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecroft, much to John’s annoyance. John becomes jealous when he discovers a letter from Penelope in Susan’s book which seems to suggest something improper has passed between his wife and McCracken. He begins to doubt that he is the father of his newborn children, twins Charles and Esther. Matters come to a head when he confronts Susan and then Henry Joy McCracken, but all is resolved before the family leaves for the New World.
Weight: 0.7 kg
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In Edeana Malcolm’s The Gardener’s Wife happily ever after is not always the end of the story. After the events of The Serpentine Garden Path Susan Kirke has finally married the gardener she loves, but love can only go so far. In an effort to make ends meet, the pair will have to endure more than they ever could have expected. The second of four novels in The Compleat Gardener series.
Edeana Malcolm’s novel The Loyalist explores the journeys of her ancestors as told from the perspective of her four times great-grandfather Michael Eisan and his third wife Sarah Lawrence as they transverse the trials of war, love, family, and marriage. A historical fiction based upon Malcolm’s own ancestry, this novel centers around many moments in our own history, opening the reader’s eye to the differing perspectives of our past.
Edeana Malcolm’s The Serpentine Garden Path draws you into the era of 18th century England romance, as heroine Susan Kirke is torn between two worlds: the proper English woman she was raised to be or following her heart into forbidden love, danger, and adventure unlike anything she’s ever experienced. The first of four novels in The Compleat Gardener series.
Edeana Malcolm’s A Garden in the Wilderness is the final installment of the Deans’ journey as they make their new home in Nova Scotia. As both Susan and John struggle to adapt to their new surroundings, amending their skills to best suit their new home and family of ten, this novel is a testament to love, family, death, and survival. The last installment in The Compleat Gardener series.
Edeana Malcolm’s The Book of Elisheva, though a glimpse into the first-century life of a Jewish woman, takes the reader on a journey of pain, anger, religion, and self-discovery. This novel speaks to the human condition both in the span of the novel, and in modern day, as oppression , religious fanaticism, rule by tyrants, and the marginalization of women continue to our shame. A historical fiction novel that transverses the past of both women and religion, with enticing parallels to our own world.
Edeana Malcolm’s House of Crows follows the lives of three women as their journeys weave together, telling of the history of Victoria, women, and the challenges that they have faced throughout history. Grandmother, mother, and daughter forge a path of infinite possibility for those who come after, while reminding the reader of those who’ve come before us. A historical fiction novel that takes the reader on a journey of the women of our past, and as such brings hope of the great potential of the women who have come after.