In 1988 Katherine Swift arrived at the Dower House at Morville to create a garden of her own. This beautifully written, utterly absorbing book is the history of the many people who have lived in the same Shropshire house, tending the same soil, passing down stories over the generations.
Spanning thousands of years, The Morville Year takes the form of a medieval Book of Hours. It is a meditative journey through the seasons, but also a journey of self-exploration. It is a book about finding one's place in the world and putting down roots.
I found myself fascinated by this book. It is full of delightful bits of information which becomes even more relevant when organized throughout the year as it is. I have now also ordered the Kindle book so that I can go back through & take notes.
I was in a dilemma as to whether or not to buy this book. I'd loved the previous book, The Morville Hours, but this one has a different narrator - who I'd heard reading the Lord Peter Wimsey detective stories, and absolutely hated her performance. However, I took a chance, and was glad I had. The content of the book is more completely focused on the garden than the previous book is, but still just as interesting. And fortunately Jane McDowell's voice is very much better suited to this book than it is to the Wimsey stories. If you like gardening and enjoy a gently undemanding book, then I'd certainly recommend this one.