Past and present collide in a gripping time travel tale of medieval intrigue and a contemporary female struggle to salvage the past and transform the future.
When ex-pat American, Anna Stevenson, is diagnosed with breast cancer, her life hits rock bottom. Bereaved, broke and exiled in south-west France, the only solution is a lodger. But she didn’t bargain on scatty British exchange student Lizzie Matthews, and Lizzie didn’t bargain on the grouch queen landlady from hell.
But a stone’s throw from Anna’s apartment there’s a sanctuary, the enchanting Jardin Massey, a place where legend has it, angels restore what is lost. Here the present is overlaid with the past. Easy to mistake disorientated 16th century monk, Guillaume, for a 21st century traveller sleeping rough.
But Anna is too distracted by her own problems to take Lizzie's strange encounters seriously. A cancer website blog has delivered a crushing revelation, brutally thrusting her estranged daughter back into her life. Blighted lives intertwine, each with their own demons to fight. Lizzie's solitary campaign to expose her tutor's sexual exploitation looks doomed to fail. Even her gay friend Hector is set to abandon her.
Two feisty women faced with impossible odds, driven to enlist the powers of a mysterious garden that guards its secrets. Guillaume dubs Lizzie's iPhone 'the box for summoning angels' with a medieval take that is truer than he knows. THE ANGELS OF THE JARDIN MASSEY celebrates love, forgiveness, and the timeless miracle of relationships that makes angels of us all.
A heartfelt read! Jackie Ley did a beautiful job describing a place I now want to visit.The book shows how vulnerable we are and how much, whether we realise it or not, we need benevolent supernatural help. Amazon review US
The writer has a flair for descriptive language and the realm of the Jardin Massey became real in this reader's mind. The mysterious monk of the Jardin, Guillaume, bridges the gap between the centuries. Goodreads 5 star review
I loved reading this book! The characters are engaging, the story is clever, and the writing vividly conveys the atmosphere of a small town in Southwest France. It's funny and nicely written. Amazon 5 star review
The linking of the garden's historical past and combining a tale from a bygone era into the current time was clever and engaging to read. Goodreads 5 star review