The spell-binding novel set in Victorian England, will be published under the name Alexandra Bell in September 2021.
Sam said: “The Winter Garden captivated me. Alex’s writing is stunningly evocative, and truly brings to life the magical world of pleasure gardens she has created. I can’t wait for readers to fall in love with Beatrice and Rosa’s story of friendship between strong complicated women, botany and the drive to find or create magic in everything we do. I would foresee fans of The Toymakers and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street falling head over heels for this beautiful story.”
Alex said: “I’m so pleased this story has found a home with Del Rey. It was such a pleasure escaping into a world of magical pleasure gardens during 2020, and I really hope that readers will enjoy it too.”
Welcome to the Winter Garden. Open only at 13 o’clock.
You are invited to enter an unusual competition.
I am looking for the most magical, spectacular, remarkable pleasure garden this world has to offer.
On the night her mother dies, 8-year-old Beatrice receives an invitation to the mysterious Winter Garden. A place of wonder and magic, filled with all manner of strange and spectacular flora and fauna, the garden is her solace every night for seven days. But when the garden disappears, and no one believes her story, Beatrice is left to wonder if it were truly real.
Eighteen years later, on the eve of her wedding to a man her late father approved of but she does not love, Beatrice makes the decision to throw off the expectations of Victorian English society and search for the garden. But when both she and her closest friend, Rosa, receive invitations to compete to create spectacular pleasure gardens – with the prize being one wish from the last of the Winter Garden’s magic – she realises she may be closer to finding it than she ever imagined.
Now all she has to do is win.
Alexandra Bell was born in 1986. She studied Law at university and signed her first book deal at nineteen. Since then, she has written books for both adults and young people, including the Zoella Bookclub pick, Frozen Charlotte, and The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club series, under the name Alex Bell. She lives in Hampshire in a house ruled by Siamese cats.
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