I was grateful to be given the opportunity to read The Midsummer Garden by Kirsty Manning. This is her debut book and my oh my what a book! I am going to be honest here in which if I never won this book I do not think I would have ever read/purchased this book. The reason is that I am so used to reading books in genres I like; I often ignore literature/fiction books. This is a fantastic combination of a beautiful written Australian story mixed with historical fiction. In this book we follow two main female characters Pip Arnet who resides in 2014, in Tasmania Australia and the second is Artemisia in France 1487. These two incredible women are separated by time but their love for food, nature (gardening, herbs etc), their journey towards love, reaching their goals and facing restrictions/hardships is what connects them. I was able to connect with both of these female characters, I felt for them, I cheered for them and the love of food in this book made me constantly hungry! What I loved was the input of nature, different herbs usage (from what is popular in 2014 and what was in 1487), the description of the landscape, food (yes I love food) and both of the stories connected so well together. Kirsty Manning is fantastic Australian Author (which was one of my goals to read more Aussie authors) and I cannot wait to see what else she publishes!