The Gardener’s Wife begins where the fairy-tale romance ends. Susan Kirke has married the gardener she loves, John Dean. As a result she has been disowned by her family and the young couple are cast upon their own resources, made more difficult by the fact that Dean has been blacklisted by his father-in-law and cannot find work on an estate. They try to make ends meet in London, but they have 4 children in the first five years. Then, through the favour of a friend, Dean finds a job at Ellon Castle working for the Earl of Aberdeen. A deeply religious Presbyterian, Dean is shocked to discover upon his arrival that his employer is actually the Earl’s mistress. Having moved his family hundreds of miles by coach to a new country, he has little choice but to stay. Against his wishes, Susan becomes fast friends with the Earl’s mistress, a young Englishwoman named Penelope Dering. They have babies near the same age, and their young children play together, making life in the remote village of Ellon more endurable. It is only a matter of time before events occur that convince even Susan that they must leave the castle of “the wicked Earl”, and so the family of 8 set sail for Ireland.
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In Edeana Malcolm’s Letters from the Gardener passion and jealousy ignite as Susan and John Dean as friendships, both new and old, add pressure to their marriage, and the bonds of love they forged to long ago begin to splinter. With each chapter framed by letters, enter into the world of the Dean family, as they continue to fight for their love and their family. The third 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.