Garden of Stars
Sarah and her Portuguese Great-Aunt Inês both have a secret and a lost love. Somehow
they must each find their peace with the past and the choices they have made.
Sarah Lacey never thought she’d see Scott Calvin, the love of her life, again. She
is 39, a journalist married to Hugo and with two daughters. When work offers her a trip to Portugal, homeland of her Great-Aunt Inês and the place where she and Scott fell in love, she accepts, half-hoping they will meet again.
Her journey takes her into the cork oak forests of the Alentejo, where she
discovers both the beauty of cork and an industry in crisis.
She also finds Scott.
They begin a virtual affair, and as Sarah struggles to reconcile her betrayal of her
family with her passion for Scott, we find out that Inês, too, has secrets in her past. The two women’s parallel experiences intertwine against a backdrop of the cork oak’s symbolic lifecycle of harvesting and renewal.
As Sarah faces up to the ultimate choice – whether to lose her family or her soul
mate - readers will find themselves reconsidering the morality of infidelity and asking 'What would I do?'
'I loved this book. The main characters, Sarah and her great aunt Ines, are well drawn and I enjoyed the parallels between their lives. The final twist, regarding the inheritance of Ines' property, came as a surprise that I didn't expect. Rose Alexander has a depth of knowledge of Portugal, and I enjoyed reading about the life of the mighty cork trees. Lots to enjoy in this book, and I would recommend anyone to read it.'
Kate, Net Galley reviewer, 5 *