This is two stories in one, both tied to
the garden at Hambleside and the
dramatic events that unfold over the
course of ninety years.
Maria keeps a journal that records her
epic struggle for survival in a world
dominated by men and the two wars
they waged.
Violent forces are unleashed that
threaten to destroy her existence and take
away the people she loves. Only the
image of her mother, who she lost at
birth, and the garden her parents created
seem to offer the strength to help.
Chuck, a distant relative from Canada,
arrives having inherited Hambleside.
His own life has broken down and he
discovers, through Maria’s incredible
story, a mirror to his own despair and the
challenges lying in wait..
Will the heavy history of Hambleside and
the many dark secrets of the past allow
him the chance of a new beginning?
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About the Author

Chris Cloake was born in 1964 and began telling stories a couple of years later. He grew up in Kent, England. He is motivated to write by a deep interest in life, particularly the cruel, deeply flawed nature of people contrasted with their incredible creativity and inspiration. The power of the natural world is a common theme in his work as a writer and professional photographer. He lives happily with his wife, two children and a large collection of music and books.

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