Friday, April 15, 2022



England, 1940, Anya is working as a spy in rural England.  This seemed liked a great opportunity for her to escape Russia, but she is now second guessing her decision.  She lives her life in fear of being found out.  But the only person that she trusts is Nikolai.  He is a fellow informer, whom she is also attracted to.  They risk their lives fighting against the Nazi’s.  But if they ever get separated, they have a plan of how they can reunite.  They have coded messages and a key hidden in their favorite meeting place, a secret garden.

Present day, England Laura needs a fresh start, so she agrees restore the gardens of a historic home.  While in the gardens working, she finds a box buried underneath a willow tree.  Inside the box is a key and a coded message.  She begins to piece together the meaning of the message and the key.  She soon uncovers the mystery of what happened in the secret garden many years ago.  

This fast-paced story was absolutely beautiful.  I was so taken with this story, that I found myself unable to put the book down.  I had to race through the pages to see what was going to happen next.  The cover is just as stunning as the story.  Absolutely breathtaking.  It’s books and authors like this that make historical fiction one of my favorite genres to read.  This must read is completely engrossing and will stay with you for quite a long time.

Thank you Suzanne Kelman for such a wonderful and unputdownable book.  This was such an unforgettable story.  I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Suzanne Kelman
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: April 13, 2022 
Pages: 398 
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When Anya is sent to rural England to work as a spy, she’s glad to escape a terrifying situation at home in war-torn Russia. But as she settles into life as a land girl, she fears she’s made a terrible mistake.

With her life at risk every day, she can only turn to her fellow informer, 
Nikolai, who she finds herself impossibly drawn to. They both desperately want to join the fight against the Nazis and when they are told Russia has switched allegiance, they start to believe their love might stand a chance.

But no one can ever know their secret history, and being together puts them in the gravest danger. So they devise a plan. 
If they’re ever separated, they will find their way back to each other. They just have to follow a series of secret coded messages. Clues no one else could possibly understand.Starting with a small key, left in the place that has become most precious to them: the secret garden.

Now, England: When Laura agrees to restore a beautiful garden in the grounds of an English stately home she sees the opportunity for a new start, away from heartbreak. But when she finds a box buried under the weeping willow tree, she is spellbound by its contents – a key and a cryptic note. As she begins to piece together the fragments of a love story that stretches across wartime Europe, Laura doesn’t realise it, but she is embarking on an unforgettable journey. One which will change her own life forever.


Suzanne Kelman is an Amazon international bestselling author in America, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia and her books have sold over 250,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into six languages. Her WW2 historical fiction books “A View Across the Rooftops”, “When We Were Brave, and Under a Sky on Fire” are published by Bookouture – an imprint for Hachette U.K.

She is also the author of the bestselling book, “The Rejected Writers’ Book Club”, published by Lake Union, which is the first book in the Southlea Bay series. Other books in the series include, “Rejected Writers Take the Stage” and “The Rejected Writers’ Christmas Wedding”.

Kelman is an award-winning writer/screenwriter whose accolades include the Best Comedy Feature Screenplay Award from the L.A. International Film Festival, the Gold Award from the California Film Awards, and the Van Gogh Award from the Amsterdam Film Festival.

In 2015 her script, Held, was recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures and was shortlisted to the top ten in the Academy Of Motion Pictures Nichols Fellowship competition.

As well as a screenwriter and a published author, Suzanne is also a playwright, and her award-winning comedy play, “Over My Dead Body”, had its World Premiere at Outcast Theatre in Washington, Fall 2019.

Born in the United Kingdom, Suzanne now resides in Washington State.

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