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Wycaan Master series
"A beautiful and elegiac evocation of a timeless Britain and of a man of the ancient ways of the earth who brings peace and healing where the flames of persecution once burned."
Vivianne Crowley, High Priestess of Britain
The garden has seen it all: the cruel events of a thousand years of noble English history, a family now tragically dispersed, a village community falling apart. Birth, love, death and rebirth remain its never-ending cycle.
Now a quiet and mysterious Welshman comes to tend the neglected grounds. Attuned to the ancient ways of the land, he offers an answer for the family, its tenants, and the injustices of past and present.
The magic of nature, the purity of love and the power of true friendship in the hands of a gardener, who can harness them all...
A Gardener's Tale is set in a small country village in the south of England. It is a community with over a thousand years of history and tradition, ever in the shadow of the imposing house whose family has lived there uninterrupted from feudal times.
Following the tragic death of the Lady of the Manor and the dispersal of the rest of the family, the villagers began to fear for their symbiotic existence. Fifteen dark years have passed with decay and change slowly advancing upon their time honored way.
A heart attack forces Lord Hartley to return to his ancestral home where, aware of his heritage and duties, he begins taking the first steps towards rehabilitating the house, its garden, his scattered family and himself. In doing so, Lord Hartley offers new hope and stability to the village. Tradition begins to reclaim its original role…or so it appears.
The death of his gardener, who had loyally served his father before him, brings Lord Hartley to realize that the key to healing his family and tenants lies in the resuscitation of the garden. An intricate relationship is revealed between the garden and all that come into contact with it.
None illustrate this more than the new gardener whose job is to revive the overrun and exhausted land. A mysterious Welshman comes, bringing with him habits and beliefs that are at the same time alien yet strike a strangely familiar chord in the sub-conscious of those who inhabit the house and village.
As the family of Hartley Hall begins to return, the gardener's effect on them is no less complicated. True friendship, confrontation and romance interplay as the gardener affects each member of the family in such dramatically different ways.
Eventually we learn that the gardener has a mission of his own, one that requires the reemergence of ancient traditions upon which the garden, family and community once thrived. A religion long lost almost entirely to vague recollection reasserts itself within the community, reclaiming its position as an integral part of the culture.
No one who comes into contact with this energy leaves unchanged. Yet none experience the transformation more than Donald, a social outcast, who under the tutorage of the gardener is brought to the threshold of societal acceptance, only to be offered the chance to reject it all.
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"If you love gardening (or simply being in them), are interested in natural healing and the uses of herbs, if you are intrigued with history and mythology,and are touched by true friendship, you can't help but be literally charmed by this book. The tale itself is exotic, the garden lush and intricate and so it is fitting that the prose is simple and straightforward and sets the pace exactly as the main character would have it: calm, sensitive, quiet.
A Gardener's Tale is told with all the awe and respect that storytellers have employed from the very beginnings of human society (for this was, and is, how precious knowledge and essential understanding are passed on from one generation to the next, from one century to the next). I was careful to pace my reading so I could live that much longer in the beautiful garden. I recommend it highly and rate it a 6 out of 5! I'm also hoping to enjoy more work by this author."
"An excellent and creative explanation of the Pagan path. Shalev gives a historical and modern perspective wrapped up in a story that you want to curl up by the fireplace and read. Thru his character's storytelling, we can learn a lot about the Pagan lifecycle and Mother Nature herself. A book who's time will come!"