The Bone Garden by
Most of this story takes place in the 1830's in Boston, but the author
ties it to a story set in a present day Boston suburb. Way back when, Rose Connellys
sister died shortly after childbirth. Her husband didnt want the baby and Rose
assumed care for her niece, Meggie. But who was the father? Why did she have to keep her
niece hidden? She falls in love with a med student of the day and they hope to make a life
together with Meggie.
Recently divorced Julia Hamill has bought a run-down house in a Boston suburb. While
trying to turn the rocky ground into a garden, she uncovers a skeleton. This leads her to
wondering about the history of the house and whose body was in her back yard. She meets a
neighbor; gets a call from an old guy in Maine about the house and previous owner; and
basically spends her summer on a great adventure.
The descriptions of medical practices and medical education in the 1830s are truly
horrible and appalling as well as the descriptions of the lifestyle of the less fortunate.
Lets be glad were alive and kicking today...not in the 1830's.
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