Hello fellow book nerds!
First, a huge thank you to Henry Roi PR for putting this tour together.
I read the summary of this book and was immediately intrigued so I’m glad I gave it a shot!
What are some of your favorite retellings?
The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn
Taken from Goodreads
Cracked doesn’t always mean broken.
Grieving her mother’s death, Mari Lennox travels to Kyoto, Japan to take photographs of Yanagi Inn for a client. As she explores the inn and its grounds, her camera captures striking images, uncovering layers of mystery shrouding the old resort—including an overgrown, secret garden on a forbidden island. But then eerie weeping no one else in the inn seems to hear starts keeping her awake at night.
Despite the warnings of the staff, Mari searches the deep recesses of the old building to discover the source of the ghostly sound, only to realize that her own family’s history is tied to the inn, its mysterious, forlorn garden . . . and the secrets it holds.
I’ll be the first to admit I have not read The Secret Garden and to be honest, don’t know what it is quite about. So any reference to the original story is lost on me. However, I was immediately drawn into this book. It starts off very strong with the mystery surrounding Mari’s grant and Yanagi Inn. The aesthetic is established early on and I loved it. I was absorbed into this book right away wondering about the secrets being kept. The plot moves fast and before I knew it, I was almost done with the book!
It is established very early that Mari might not be the most reliable narrator of this story. But that was done so well as it fed into the mystery of it all. However, it wasn’t only Mari but all of the other characters that were introduced. Even the wildlife made me second guess everything! I really enjoyed following Mari’s point of view and where it took me.