The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert

The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert

Publisher’s Description:

Nan keeps her secrets deep, not knowing how the truth would reveal a magic all its own.  Bay Singer has bigger secrets than most. She doesn’t know about them, though. Her mother, Nan, has made sure of that. But one phone call from the sheriff makes Nan realize that the past is catching up. Nan decides that she has to make things right, and invites over the two estranged friends who know the truth. Ruthie and Mavis arrive in a whirlwind of painful memories, offering Nan little hope of protecting Bay. But even the most ruined garden is resilient, and their curious reunion has powerful effects that none of them could imagine, least of all 


Reading Mary Rickert’s The Memory Garden is a lovely and rewarding experience. I adore books containing atmosphere and am equally fond of reading about witches. Rickert combines both with a heartwarming and engaging tale about great love, big secrets, relationships, and coming of age – not only for a young generation, but also for the one beginning the process of reflecting and coming to terms with what will likely be their final years. The Memory Garden is filled with lush writing, unforgettable characters, and manages to  immerse readers in the politics of a small town of an earlier time, and in friendships whose strength transcends a painful past.

Another fascinating aspect of reading about witches is how they draw on elements of the natural world in their preparations for cures, charms and enchantments. Rickert adds to the richness of The Memory Garden by prefacing each chapter with an ingredient – fruit, vegetable, herb – and its uses and meaning. I am able to share the APPLE BLOSSOM card with you today. Another clear endorsement of the apple of day philosophy.


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  • bermudaonion (Kathy)
    April 22, 2014

    I’m not sure I get how witches fit into that story but it sounds good nonetheless.

    • Nicole Bonia
      April 23, 2014

      It’s set in a small town, so think on the lines of people fearing and ostracizing what they don’t understand. Not that there aren’t some elements of the supernatural involved.

  • Mary
    May 12, 2014


    Thank you so much for this lovely and thoughtful review of my book. I really appreciate it!

  • Sheila (Book Journey)
    May 19, 2014

    I thought this book had some great moments! I love the flower festival – I want to have one!

    • Nicole Bonia
      May 20, 2014

      Glad you enjoyed it, Sheila. I really loved the atmosphere and the relationships.

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