Image of Earthly Joys: A Novel


Image of Earthly Joys: A Novel
Gardener to the great and powerful, John Tradescant's life reflects the unique historical period into which he is born. As a friend and confidant to Sir Robert Cecil, John is swept up into the political maelstrom between Charles Stuart, Parliament and Cromwell's followers.

To create the fabulous gardens at Hatfield, John scours the world for new plants. Moving into the Duke of Buckingham's circle, John witnesses the growing chaos but, as a true loyal servant, he will not desert his patron and master.

First published more than a decade ago, Earthly Joys, though carefully researched, does not have the powerful characters and grand passions of the recent Boleyn and Elizabeth I novels. It does have fascinating details of flora and fauna, a man who will follow his master no matter the consequences and a fascinating political and historical backdrop. Gregory fans will find, not a strong woman to admire, but a man whose passion for his work touches their minds. SWEET (Jun., 450 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin