The Doll in the Garden A Ghost Story Author:Mary Downing Hahn When Ashley discovers a turn-of-the-century doll it is just the first of several puzzling events that lead her through the hedge and into a twilight past where she meets Louise, an ailing child whose beloved doll has mysteriously disappeared.
This is a beautiful story with strong well defined characters. It's is tale of a ghost cat and a 9yr. old girl who died in 1912 and the new tenant's of this old crabby lady who owns the house and the garden where the little girl is heard crying at night. Why is the little girl crying, why does the cat come out at night to the old lady's yard?
It's not until almost 11yr. old Ashley and her Mom move to the upstairs floor of the old lady's house when Ashley and her 7yr. old new neighbor Kristy start playing in the back garden and discover a buried box with a porcelain doll inside it. Whom did this doll belong to? and who wrote the note buried inside with It?
I loved the way the cat was the messenger and the gateway through both worlds and how the author of the note honor a 72yr. old broken promise and mistake.
I cried, the loss and grief everybody is trying to overcome is a bit strong but well handled. My son read this book before I did and I could tell he was into the story when he summed it up for me.