Bess s Magical Garden Bess s mother moves them to Pineview away from her best friend Megan and she terribly misses her Six months earlier Bess s father died in a car crash and she s also in the midst of recovering from

  • Title: Bess's Magical Garden
  • Author: M.E.Hembroff
  • ISBN: 9781460268049
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bess s mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her Six months earlier, Bess s father died in a car crash, and she s also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio She s in a sad and lonely place.From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostBess s mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her Six months earlier, Bess s father died in a car crash, and she s also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio She s in a sad and lonely place.From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostly figure in the well kept garden and in her dreams She can t make sense of everything and so shares her observations with Megan by writing her regular letters.During the summer, she makes new friends, including an orange and white tomcat that she names Pumpkin, and her new neighbour Josie With the help of Mrs O Toole, the woman who watches her, Bess continues to recover, both physically and emotionally She becomes and curious about the garden and the unexplained clues that she finds there.In Bess s Magical Garden, Bess discovers her own true strengths through enduring life s struggles She with Josie and Megan s help also finds some hidden items in the garden, including a map, that leave the girls with questions than answers Who was the figure that visited Bess Will Bess and her friends be able to uncover the garden s secrets Or will those secrets be mysteries forever

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    About “M.E.Hembroff

    1. M.E.Hembroff says:

      I am writer and author of juvenile fiction who likes to work in the garden I am an artist and work in a variety of mediums and subjects I have always been an avid reader since early childhood I could always visualize characters and scenery in books I read and hope to bring my book characters to life for readers Growing up in a rural area helped develop my imagination and taught me to appreciate the beauty around me Some of my favorite authors are L.M Montgomery, Patrick Taylor, J.K Rowling, Nora Roberts, Kate Morris, Sara Donati, Phillipppa Carr and Daniel Steel.

    2 thoughts on “Bess's Magical Garden

    1. "Bess’s Magical Garden” is short and sweet, but also more complex and covered more ‘heavy’ issues than I anticipated it would. The author wastes no time in getting right into the story and taking us to Bess’s new life. While I think the beginning might have had a bit too much ‘telling’ for my tastes, I did think it kept getting better and better as it went along. I am a big fan of Middle Grade books (my daughter is in 7th grade now, so I am always on the lookout.) And while I see s [...]

    2. My apologies to the author, but I could not get into this book. I entered to win Bess's Magical Garden in a giveaway; I didn't win, so I bought the book an . I found the language strangely contorted, and hard to follow. The author keeps introducing new characters right from the very beginning one after another, and it gets very confusing and very difficult to follow everyone, what there all doing, and who they all are. I prefer books that lie in a goldilocks-zone of presentation. If everything i [...]

    3. Bess's life has been upturned by the death of her father, her slow recovery from polio and the recent move to Pineview. Being away from her best friend, Megan, who lived next door and was her companion, is also painful for her. Soon after arriving at their new home, Bess starts hearing whispering voices and sees the ghostly appearance of a young girl in the garden, where she spends her days working on weeding and planting. Throughout the summer months, the time spent in the garden hastens her [...]

    4. This is a sweet middle-grade story, an engaging tale of a young girl’s struggle to overcome the death of her father, moving house away from her cousin who is her best friend, and her recovery from polio. She has a mystery to solve, after finding a number of odd things in her garden which needs some loving care to restore it. This aids in her recovery and development. Author Marjorie Hembroff has drawn on her childhood memories for this book. This is good for background, but I'm not sure whethe [...]

    5. I received the book for free through First Reads. I did not enjoy it at all. It reminded me of some books ("Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories") I had read that were written in the '50s. The language was old-fashioned and I couldn't get past that. My kids, usually bookworms, would not pick up the book because the cover and other illustrations "looked super-boring".Sorry.

    6. This is a cute story. Bess has faced many challenges in her young life, but she takes it all in stride. She has polio, and during her recovery, her father was killed in a car accident. Despite all of this, she is still very innocent and finds simple joys in life.I really liked the illustrations in this story. They are childlike, but also detailed and precise. They suit the story very well.There were some inconsistencies in the timeline of the plot which confused me. Marie, who was the daughter o [...]

    7. The premise of this story is a good one, and I like the device of Bess writing a letter to her best friend or her diary at the end of each chapter, though the font in the Kindle version is very small and difficult to read. For a children's book of this length, there are too many characters, so none of them has enough time to be fully developed with hopes and dreams and emotions, especially considering that Bess and her mother are grieving. I wanted to see more focus on the girls and their solvin [...]

    8. This is a good book for kids to read. From dealing with her father's sudden passing, to moving to a new town, to learning to navigate the world with the aftereffects of polio, Bess's tale is one that can help kids learn how to be more accepting and open minded, despite the dark tones this book has.*won as a GoodReads Giveaway*

    9. It's an okay book. A nice option for kids who have had to move away from their friends to read. However, there are a number of grammatical errors, and treads (very) lightly/gently in the concept of ghosts/spirits which not all families encourage.

    10. Dear Hembroff your attempt on Bees in the magical garden is really appreciable. I want you to focus on their leadership from a little beehive. Wishing you all the bestSivkishen Ji

    11. I received this book from Giveaway. This simple book dealt with some really hard issues for children. Bess's father dies in a car crash, her mom moves to a new town and Bess is dealing with polio. Through her struggles Bess is able to learn several lessons about survival, choices, and changes that bring her to a place of happiness. I know my students will really enjoy this book and some may even relate to the struggles Bess is faced with.

    12. 4.5 starsThis is one of the most imaginative and charming novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the scenery and locale, and her attention to character detail. There was little to no lull in the action…All in all a wonderful story with a great message that kept me eagerly glued to my kindle and I would like to read more from M.E. Hembroff. She has a natural gift for creating a powerful, well [...]

    13. I thought this book was really quite lovely! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing, which is easy as it is fast paced and on the shorter side – perfect length to read in an evening. It pulls you in from the beginning as we get to know Bess and her difficult situation (with her health and losing her father), and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. It isn’t easy to write for a younger audience (in this case middle-grade/early [...]

    14. From the opening pages of “Bess’s Magical Garden” I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! I loved how M.E. Hembroff writes in a way that has a more ‘classic’ feel, as opposed to modern day… she sets the scenes and characterizations in a skillful way that not only draws us right in, but creates great visualizations and elicits emotional investments. I truly cared about Bess’s life and her struggles to overcome not only her ill health, [...]

    15. Thank you to the author for giving me a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.My Review:I read this book in one sitting, but only because it was quick at 81 pages, not because I was very much into the story.This book is for children and I think it’s important for kids to read. We follow Bess as she and her mother move to a new home. Bess is reluctant at first, just like any kid would be, and she’s trying to overcome some things. She’s recovering from polio and the death of her [...]

    16. Rated: 4.5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed "Bess's Magical Garden" by M.E. Hembroff. For her first book out of the chute, she did a really good job. I personally find that the book is geared to an audience probably about 8-11 years old, give or take a little. I could kind of identify with the characters and Bess in particular, as I've had physical issues in my older years, but it does make us appreciate the good time and when we are working in good form. A best friend is one of the greatest gifts a [...]

    17. Pineview. Bess's father died in a car crash. Her mother moves to another town to start life over again. Bess leaves behind her BFF; Megan.Bess had spent many months in the hospital undergoing Polio treatment & physical therapy.Mrs. O'Toole will take care of her.Mom took Bess to Snows’ General Store/Post Office.Mrs. O'Toole’s therapy is to take Bess outdoors & plant/work in a garden.Josie & Pumpkin (orange/white tomcat) are Bess’ new friends.Bess & Megan write back/forth qui [...]

    18. I have to say that I don’t normally read books that are mostly geared to YA/MG (young adult and middle grade) but I was looking for something a little different and this book’s description sounded intriguing and reminded me of something I would have enjoyed as a child. Well, I am most certainly glad I took the chance on M.E. Hembroff’s “Bess’s Magical Garden”! This was a such a fun, enchanting novel and totally exceeded my (admittedly low) expectations… I think that most kids that [...]

    19. This is a calm little book, along the lines of Understood Betsy, where the main character, Bess, has come to the country so that she can recover, in this case from polio. Although it is never said, it appears that the story takes place in the early 1950s.The mystery of the garden is that there was a treasure hunt that happened 60 years before, or so, that was never completed, and Bess wants to solve it, because she keeps dreaming of the original girl who lived in the house, and feels that she is [...]

    20. 4.5 stars"Bess’s Magical Garden” by M.E. Hembroff is a charming, excellently- written and creative story that is aimed at the Middle-Grade/Young-Adult crowd, and fans of this genre will love sinking their teeth into this one! It stands out to me in terms of originality, even if some elements are familiar. Ms. Hembroff has her own unique voice and writing style that makes it feel fresh and exciting. Bess is adorable and strong and a great role model of strength and being brave. The story flow [...]

    21. Great lessonsIt's an adorable book for children, that teaches lessons. Bess is moving to a new home, and is triyng to deal with not only a new place, but the death of her father. It was a quick read, mostly because it was a shorter story. It was able to wrap up well, and there was a great chemistry of characters. It was a great Middle School read, and younger children would enjoy it, as well, whether it was read to them or they read it themselves.

    22. I received this book from the author through . I really liked that this story was short and sweet. I was immediately immersed into a time when things were simpler. A story of friendship and love. It all starts with a move to a new place where healing takes place with the help from family, friends, a kitty and a magical garden!I look forward to her next book!

    23. The book looks inviting, with a nice cover. However, the language is rather dated, and the book is overwritten. The author tells rather than shows. Tenses are all over the place, and confuse the reader. The subject matter, in the initial pages, at least, is lacklustre and tedious to read. The interior illustrations lack appeal, and are in black and white. I did not get past the first few pages.

    24. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bess's Magical Garden by M.E. Hembroff. It was captivating and intriguing with the right dose of suspense and a touch of mystery. It explored themes that I could resonate with and which reminded me of my childhood. It was 'magical.' I wholeheartedly recommend this book for children and adults who want to explore the whole of children's fiction!

    25. I won this book from .It's the story of Bess who is recovering from polio and the death of her father 6 months previously. Her mother moves them away from her best friend to a home with an overgrown garden which holds a mystery that is revealed over time. It's a short delightful story that would appeal to a pre-teenager.

    26. My 10 year old granddaughter liked this book despite the dark premise of death, disease and loneliness. She was really thrilled to find out that she used to live in the same town as the author. bookcrossing/journal/1

    27. A short sweet book. I enjoyed the pictures. I believe many people have had to move in their life and leave friends behind. I think this story will hit home with many people. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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