That quickly changed.
Each chapter travels further forward in time, from the beginnings of the founding of the town of Blackwell to 200 years into modern day. Characters and relations of those characters can be found carrying over into each chapter, from ghosts to beloved bears to love found in the most uncommon of ways, and of course, love found and lost in the saddest of ways.
Surrounding it all is the Red Garden, which both begins and ends the book. I'll leave you to decide what it stands for.
An exceptional book, and for me, one of Alice Hoffman's best.
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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.