several other books out there now about Sissinghurst, so if you fall in love with this garden, there's plenty more to read about it.
I love stories about less than perfect, less than beautiful people finding themselves in situations where they have the chance to believe and follow a dream. I also love gardens. Nancy Atherton is the author of this series of mysteries featuring the supernatural Aunt Dimity, who continues on after her death to watch over her friends and family. Aunt Dimity and the Duke is the second of the books published in the series, but the first chronologically in the stories, and it's the only one I really consider a gem. I smile all the way through this book, every time. It's about a middle aged gardener starting over, a stained glass window, a magic lantern and the restoration of an old garden inside the marvelous grounds of a Cornish estate. It is the literary equivalent of a chic flick, but if you need a little dose of optimism and a happy ending, then I highly recommend it.