Poppy is a survivor. She needs to be. Her life gets off to a tough start with her drug addict mother. Fortunately, Poppy is rescued by her Grandparents and moves to their tiny property in the Western Cape Boland. We follow her vastly improved life from survivor to thriver, and then back to the trials of a survivor again. The story is a coming of age story, as well as the story of an artist’s obsession with his muse.
It’s also the story of one perfect marriage offset against another faltering marriage.
What sets the book apart from being the clichéd unfolding of a family sage riven by jealousy, are the wonderful lush, lyrical passages about the Annekie’s garden, and also the veldt surrounding the tiny farm where Poppy lives.
I enjoyed the book, and particularly relished the choice of title.