Book Review

The Winter Garden Review

Book Cover

Welcome to the Winter Garden. Open only at 13 o’clock.


My Review

I didn’t know what to expect from this read other than something magical given the description.

I was surprised, this turned out to be a much deeper, darker novel than I thought. The somber and melancholic air from the start -which was understandable- carried through out, which though also understandable did make this a rather difficult read. Not that it wasn’t good, just perhaps that I was not prepared for it.

There’s a hopeful ending and moments throughout but for me personally it didn’t ever lighten up enough to where I could read it easily.

It’s stunning, Bell creates gorgeous creatures and the Winter Garden itself is beautiful and whimsical.

The pacing was the biggest downfall. In general it was a very slow pace (even for me the slow pace lover) and then on top of that it suffered heavily from the middle slump which almost brings it to a halt plot wise.

And yet, I still found the writing so enamoring that it gets 4 cups of coffee regardless.

Maybe because Beatrice and Rose are so believable and real. I love them even in their darkest and saddest moments and the book’s ode to mental health and to simply being different in a time when that can be a hindrance is what makes it such a beautiful novel.

4/5 Cups of coffee from me.

By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

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