BOOK REVIEW - The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn by Amber A. Logan
Book Title: The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn by Amber A. Logan
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 336 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: CamCat Books
Release date: Nov 15, 2022
Content Rating: PG. The book is clean, without excessive swearing, no sexual content or graphic violent scenes, etc.
Cracked doesn’t always mean broken.
Grieving her mother’s death, Mari Lennox travels to Kyoto, Japan to take photographs of Yanagi Inn for a client. As she explores the inn and its grounds, her camera captures striking images, uncovering layers of mystery shrouding the old resort—including an overgrown, secret garden on a forbidden island. But then eerie weeping no one else in the inn seems to hear starts keeping her awake at night.
Despite the warnings of the staff, Mari searches the deep recesses of the old building to discover the source of the ghostly sound, only to realize that her own family’s history is tied to the inn, its mysterious, forlorn garden . . . and the secrets it holds.
As a child, The Secret Garden was one of my favorite books therefore I jumped at the chance to read this modern version set in Japan! This adult retelling is intriguing and kept me engaged from start to finish. This story is full of suspense while also placid. The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn is descriptive with an international flair. I enjoyed learning about traditional Japanese food and clothing as well as the love the traditions represent.
This book is beautifully written and full of simple treasures. Each character is well developed and weaved together to create an eclectic cast of characters, adding depth to the story. The author’s handling of the heavy topic of grief is authentic while also being honest which I appreciate. This book also explores family secrets and how those can haunt generations. This is my first book by this author but won’t be my last. I truly enjoy the author’s writing style.
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Amber A. Logan is a university instructor, freelance editor, and author of speculative fiction living in Kansas with her husband and two children—Fox and Willow. In addition to her degrees in Psychology, Liberal Arts, and International Relations, Amber holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
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