The Garden of Lost Memories by Ruby Hummingbird @HummingbirdRuby @bookouture #BookReview #NetGalley

The Garden Of Lost Memories


Just because you feel ordinary doesn’t mean you aren’t extraordinary to someone else.

Sixty-two-year-old Elsie knows what she likes. Custard creams at four o’clock, jigsaw puzzles with a thousand pieces, her ivy-covered, lavender-scented garden.

Ten-year-old Billy would rather spend his Saturdays kicking a ball, or watching TV, or anything really, other than being babysat by his grumpy neighbour Elsie and being force fed custard creams.

If it was up to them, they’d have nothing to do with each other. Unfortunately, you can’t choose who you live next door to.

But there is always more to people than meets the eye…

Elsie doesn’t know that Billy’s afraid to go to school now, or why his mother woke him up in the middle of the night with an urgent shake, bags already packed, ready to flee their home.

Billy doesn’t know that the rusting red tin he finds buried in Elsie’s treasured garden is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode her carefully organised life. And that when he digs it up, he is unearthing a secret that has lain dormant for twenty-eight years…

This moving tale is for anyone who has ever felt the pang of loneliness, or worried that their broken heart might never be the same again. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Keeper of Lost Things and The Library of Lost and Found will fall head over heels for this life-affirming novel that shows us that if you’re willing to take a risk, happiness is only ever a heartbeat away.


The Garden of Lost Memories: A heartbreaking page turner about learning to love and remembering to live


I loved The Wish List of Albie Young so knew that this book was a must-read for me. It really is just as perfect and brings everything that the last book delivered.

Ten-year-old Billy Greenwood is left confused when his mum wakens him early one morning and tells him to get dressed. He didn’t really understand why they were leaving his dad behind. The pair end up away from the hustle and bustle of city life and moving into a house next to an old spinster lady called Elsie.

Billy finds himself enrolled in a new alien school where his life is made miserable and after school looked after by Elsie while is mum seems to be more at work than at home. Elsie has her own ways of doing things and not a clue about looking after children at all. They are totally out of step with each other and miserable that is until Elsie introduces him to her rather large garden at the back of her house. It isn’t long before the unlikely pair are like peas in a pod and Billy opens up to Elsie about school. But Billy literally digs up the past one day and things go rather estranged between the pair.

This is a wonderful story about friendship and so much more, each of them is a tonic for the other which is quite endearing. I am sure that most readers will feel that bond you get with some characters, the one that makes them real in your mind. There may be a couple of triggers for some people of abuse and bullying just so you are aware.

The story comes together really well with punch in the air moments and a couple of tear in your eye tissue times too. A gorgeous book of love missed opportunities and friendships.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e- copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.



Ruby Hummingbird is a novelist based in the English countryside. She loves nothing more than writing uplifting and heartwarming fiction that gets her
readers reaching for the tissues. When she isn’t storytelling, she can be found tending to her beloved sunflowers or sipping on hazelnut lattes.


Twitter: @HummingbirdRuby


The Garden Of Lost Memories

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