Love grows such strange things.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.
The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.
From the very first page I was drawn into this beautiful world that Anna-Marie McLemore created. This was the first novel I’ve read by McLemore and it definitely won’t be my last. Her writing is mesmerizing and I found it completely unique to anything I’ve ever read before.
I was completely captivated with the characters. They were interesting and I loved the bond between the women in this story. The history and background of La Pradera and the Nomeolvides women was so creative and made for such a magical reading experience. Estella and Fel were such addictive characters, I couldn’t get enough of them! (There were some totally swoon worthy moments in this one!)
My only criticism would be the pacing of the story. I love the overall idea of the story but I found it took a little too long for things to progress. I did enjoy the messages and lessons McLemore was able to convey throughout this story. It’s one of those books that really makes you think about what you’re reading.
McLemore was able to describe everything in a way that made it jump right off the page. If you are looking for a romantic and completely immersing story than this is definitely one to check out!
Thank you to Raincoast Books for providing me with an ARC for review!