Today’s post is a bit different from normal. I am taking part in a blog tour to support the release of a new book: The Gardener’s Daughter by K A Hitchins. I met the author at the writers’ day I attended in October and I am pleased to be able to support her in the launch of her book. If you would like to read other posts in the blog tour, the addresses are in the graphic below:
The Gardener’s Daughter tells the story of nineteen year old Ava Gage and her search for truth and identity following the shock discovery that the man she has always thought of as Dad is not her biological father.
Determined to discover the truth about the identity of her father, and about the death of her mother when she was a baby, Ava runs away and enlists the help of Zavier Marshall, a private detective. She also takes on a cleaning job at Fun World Holiday Camp, where her mother once worked.
As Ava digs deeper, she uncovers corruption at Fun World and discovers that she is caught in the middle of a situation that is bigger and more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. Uncertain who to trust, her quest for truth becomes a battle to survive. Can she discover her true identity before it’s too late?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it a gripping read as the story is full of action with lots of twists to the plot. I was drawn in to Ava’s search for the truth and there was the constant temptation to read just a few more pages to find out what would happen next.
The vivid descriptions really brought the story to life. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Fun World and its colourful cast of characters.
One of the things that interested me about the book was knowing that the publisher, Instant Apostle, tends to publish books which are written from a Christian perspective but which are aimed at a wider audience. I was intrigued to see how this would be handled.
While there is no explicit Christian content, there are several parallels with the parable of the prodigal son. The Gardener’s Daughter can be enjoyed simply as a good story, but it also explores themes such as identity and the search for love and acceptance, and it could open up some good discussions around these topics.
It is aimed primarily at a young adult audience, but I think it would appeal to adults of all ages too as it is an exciting and well-written story with memorable characters and a message of hope.
I’m grateful to K A Hitchins and Instant Apostle for access to a complementary digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I only share books here that I believe will be genuinely beneficial to my readers.
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