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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 more and more 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 more 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?......

Title : Bess's Magical Garden
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ISBN : 9781460268049
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 90 Pages
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Bess's Magical Garden Reviews

  • Essie Harmon
    2018-11-21 13:56

    "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 some familiar themes here in this novel, I feel that the author really made her book stand out from much of the typical fare out there these days. It felt deep, had heart, and had a strong message of hope, courage and strength. Some things were a bit predictable, A few minor editing things, and some conversations could have done without the chit chat, but overall a fast-paced, entertaining page turner. Recommend.

  • E. Hopkins
    2018-11-24 19:23

    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 Amazon. 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 is too vague and all-over-the place, the book gets very confusing; however, if everything is slow and overly-explained, there's nothing to keep me interested to find out what will happen next, and there's no room left for the imagination. I found this book to be too much of the first side. It's an interesting premise, but it's sort of already been done before in The Secret Garden.

  • Nia Markos
    2018-11-24 17:06

    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 recovery. She makes friends with a neighbor girl, Josie, and a cat that follows her around.  As they discover hidden items in the garden, the mystery of who the ghost girl is, draws them further into the mystery.This book is a short read with only 74 pages. It is a great read for children between the ages of 7-14. The lessons of overcoming loss, the importance of friendships, are but a few of the things the author touches upon. Also, for me, it might just motivate younger readers to go outside, enjoy nature and forget about social media for a while.  

  • Debra Clewer
    2018-12-08 19:18

    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 whether some of the people, and styles of clothing mentioned from the 1950’s would resonate with today’s children. I feel that this book would be enjoyed by girls around the 9-11 year age group, especially with the friendship theme running through the story, and most young girls like a mystery. This book is rather reminiscent of The Doll in the Garden, by Mary Downing Hahn.

  • Evelyn
    2018-11-30 15:08

    I received the book for free through Goodreads 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.

  • Jill Jemmett
    2018-12-15 18:14

    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 of the original owners of Bess's house, was childhood friends with Rae and Mae. Now, Rae and Mae are elderly women, which would mean that Marie would also be elderly. However, Mr. and Mrs. Snow were adults when Marie was a child, which would make them very old now, but they don't appear to be because they are still working in their general store. If this timeline were cleared up, it would have made the story much more cohesive.The story also had a creepy aspect to it, because Bess had dreams about Marie. This made me wonder about her sanity, but she appeared to be fine. Once she solved Marie's mystery, Bess stopped dreaming about her. These dreams had the potential to make Bess into a creepy little girl, but she retained her innocence.This is a cute, short book for young readers.I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Katy
    2018-11-18 19:07

    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 solving of the mystery and less on the many adults. The author has obviously put a lot of thought and heart into this book, and girls who enjoy "old-fashioned" books like Anne of Green Gables or The Secret Garden will like this one, too.

  • Noelle Walsh
    2018-11-18 17:55

    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*

  • Taylor
    2018-12-12 19:19

    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.

  • Sivkishen Sivkishen
    2018-12-04 19:08

    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 best...Sivkishen Ji

  • Evelyn
    2018-12-11 11:23

    I received this book from Goodreads 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.

  • Nicola Flood
    2018-11-17 13:11

    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-thought out story and developing positive, memorable characters.

  • Jhonni Parker
    2018-12-06 14:24

    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 teens) and also be interesting enough to make it appealing to adults, but I definitely think that the author M.E. Hembroff managed to pull it off wonderfully! There was beautiful energy and such great characters. The interweaving plotlines were well-crafted and not predictable, and although there were some minor grammatical and punctuation errors, it wasn’t anything that really bothered me. An uplifting children’s tale with a lovely message. I’d love to read more from this author in the future!

  • Steph Coleman
    2018-12-05 15:09

    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, but losing her father and moving and leaving behind her best friend Megan as well. We get great insight into Bess’s mind with her letters and diary entries, and I was so happy with the ending. And great sketches too! Recommend for ages 10 and older.

  • Samantha
    2018-12-02 18:09

    I won this book via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I received an autographed paperback copy.

  • Rachel
    2018-11-28 11:07

    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 father.The garden and her new friend, Pumpkin the cat, help her get through these tough lemons life threw at her. I think the garden is a metaphor to her healing both physically and mentally.However, throughout most of the story, I didn’t feel as though there was too much going on. The mystery wasn’t really intriguing to me and the story definitely moved along pretty quickly, having to be wrapped up in less than 100 pages.There were a lot of characters thrown into the mix, some I felt weren’t even really necessary. At the end of each chapter, Bess wrote a letter to her friend Megan. To be honest, I think the story could have been told simply in letters to Megan.The writing style wasn’t my cup of coffee, but seeing how the book is for kids much younger, I think the writing is pretty spot on.Overall, this book does have an important message and the main characters were cute.Bess’s Magical Garden by M.E. Hembroff gets 4 out of 5 stars.Favorite Quote:“I think that the garden is magical, because it brought Pumpkin to me and taught me to love my life again.” –M.E. Hembroff, Bess’s Magical Garden

  • Carol
    2018-12-06 15:15

    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 person can have, young or old. To see these girlfriends who really like each other really touched me. Another thing that touched me was how good the girls were at writing letters. We've become terrible at writing real letters to those we love and care for. This book is a good reminder of the beauty of letters. There were maybe two or three typos or use of language that could be changed. I really enjoyed the hand drawn art. Thought the cover and the art inside the book was adorable. Very well done. When I was told how to set this up so that I could read the book on my Kindle or another tool, I did what I was told, but only got the sample, about 74 pages. Tried it again a couple times and couldn't get the full book, so finally paid for a Kindle version that I did get the whole book, and very glad I did. I hope if M.E.found joy in this experience that she will try again. There is a lot of potential there. Best wishes!!!!

  • Tony Parsons
    2018-12-05 11:25

    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 quite often. There are secrets in the Garden Bess, Josie & Miranda (Ava’s daughter) solve the mystery? I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written MS age fantasy book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great MS age fantasy movie, animated cartoon, or a mini TV series. Probably not for every young teen but I will still rate it at 5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Ingram Book Company (Friesen Press); Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Claire
    2018-11-24 19:23

    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 age will be able to relate well to Bess on some level, even if they haven’t experienced quite the amount of hardship she has. It’s fun going with her through her challenges, and we find ourselves rooting for her the whole way. Engaging narrative and while the dialogue(and letters) admittedly read much older than the voice of what one would expect from a younger child, it was, all in all a very good read that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing…try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! And I liked the drawings also.

  • Laura
    2018-11-19 16:57

    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 trying to tell her how to solve, or wants her to solve the mystery.In between this, she gets better, she makes friends, she acquires a full grown cat, and has a pleasant enough summer. As I said, a calm sort of book, no major trauma going on. No big picture here, just a little mystery to be solved.A little too clam, and simple for my tastes, but then it is a middle-school book, and Bess is likable enough.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book availabel for an honest review

  • Darlene Cupp
    2018-11-27 19:24

    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 flows from scene to scene effortlessly, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling for younger readers. She has the ability to entice the reader into this adventurous and intriguing world with Bess and her companions, and I liked how it all wrapped up in the end.

  • Amy Shannon
    2018-11-16 14:15

    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.

  • Genevieve
    2018-12-11 17:58

    I received this book from the author through Goodreads. 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!

  • Suzy Davies
    2018-11-17 17:09

    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.

  • Chigozie
    2018-11-18 15:11

    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!

  • Anne Derkat
    2018-12-15 18:55

    I won this book from Goodreads.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.

  • Nada Loughead
    2018-12-12 16:59

    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.

  • Aly
    2018-11-29 18:24

    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*

  • Patricia lambert
    2018-12-16 15:56

    Charming story.