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Description
In 18th century England, Gabriel, an orphan girl from a fallen noble family befriended a young man named Jeremy, who was rumored to be an illegitimate child of a nobleman. After an incident occurred, resulting in his tragic death, Gabriel must impersonate her friend Jeremy, taking his place at an all boys academy for nobles, a place that may seem like heaven to others, but really hides a harshness which she would never have imagined.

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
새비지 가든
Vườn Hoang
Vườn quý tộc

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
c.29c by Sura's Place (1280d ago)
c.29b by Sura's Place (1282d ago)
c.29a by Sura's Place (1284d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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Forum
3 topics, 19 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (624 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.41 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 3rd 2014, 7:19am PST

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Year
2009

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Serialized In (magazine)
Issue (Daiwon C.I.)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Monthly Pos #960 increased(+77)
3 Month Pos #1056 increased(+54)
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Tragic - and storywise longing for too much.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Yankee-chan
September 21st, 2013, 9:52am
To begin with - It was a nice read and the atmosphere got me right away, altough I hardly like any historical settings. Probably the setting of some well-known elements, like the consume of absinthe or the Belladonna berries, have had a nice effect.

The drawing style was also likeable, although it wasn't outstanding or remarkable in a specific way. It's clean lines and sketchy style matched the whole way of how the story was told. You have your blank spots, which must be accepted considering the length of the Manhwa. Therefore the reduced artwork was somehow just right with this feel in my eyes.

The characters are well developed and after the first chapters, they can be differentiated quite clear. As for me, especially Euan and Ray have been caught my interest. The relationship between the brothers has been nicely put in scene, without touching the line of the cliched boys love scenario. The are different, yet have become close, while facing the hardships bound to their social status and home. The other characters have their nice points, too. Although the main character came off a bit wavering, even though her emotions are stable and understandable.

The plot itself is interesting, but longs just for too much by times. It might have been a good idea, to keep a closer look on the order of things and their meaning. Every now and then, I was asking myself, if such a tragic issue or dramatic feeling can be resolved just like that, while moving on to the next step. The ending was okay, but ...

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I agree about the resolving of Euans feelings. It was a matching end, implicated right from the get go, that his easy way with affairs might get him one day, so the death of him isn't my point of critic. It's more, how his feelings for Gabriel just seemed to fade and become another mood swing, after he had a hard time facing her in a non-passionate (or impulsive) manner before. It's clear, why he kind of chooses Ray's well-being before his unrequited love, yet it was somehow weird how he smiled, knowing his brother will be in pain after his doing.


To sum it up, you get a nice read with this Manhwa, but you should consider the depth of the elements involved and the length of it. ^^
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WTF   
Rating: N/A
by Ginny
September 5th, 2013, 3:08am
It was okay. I liked it at time and at times not. Someone people died for no reason. I wasn't even sad! I was just like wtf o_0 Tragedy okay if it leads to development. When I was done all I thought was "waste of time" =o=. I used to like gender-bender. Now I know just read yaoi. No I won't let this ruin GB. Yaoi is different enjoyment like shoujo mahou.

... Last updated on September 5th, 2013, 3:12am
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Good story but ...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by white-eglantine
July 7th, 2013, 9:57pm
Beautiful art and good story... I thought it was real good till i reached the last volume and the two last chapters , then it became average...
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why did the author have to kill euan? I don't believe it!! in my opinion he was the best character in this story, I was hoping for gabriel and euan, not killing euan and sending her to Ray.
Somehow I wished ray would remember the past and go mad or run away or kill himself. unlike his brother he was a weak person...
It was sad to see euan sacrificing everything in his life for ray and at last even his life but I think it was one of the strengths of his character which made him seem more adult than his actual age.

Anyway, wish there was more to this story and it wasn't so rushed.

... Last updated on July 7th, 2013, 9:58pm
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RAHHHHH RAGEEEE UGHHH   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by Bebe~
May 17th, 2013, 7:25pm
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WHAT THE FCK!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! HE DIED?!

EUAN DIED?! GODDAMN -__- lol.

Gosh I'm so sad right now..it was a splendid story. I wish it was a little longer and I also wish he didn't die :( But I'm really happy with the couple in the end. Actually I would have been happy if it was Jeremy x Euan or Jeremy x Ray. I just wasn't expecting someone to pass away 1 chapter before the final chapter. After all those hardships... >_> I really didn't care about the outside world or the other dilemmas. I just wanted to read more about her life in the school trying to get by as a boy and how the brothers show their love for her, their jealous side, their playful side..etc. Sigh, this was my second time reading it..but now that the ending had hit me in a not-so-great way again..I don't want to reread it in the future :(


... Last updated on May 17th, 2013, 7:37pm
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mixed feelings   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by xono
April 21st, 2013, 10:28pm
LEE Hyeon-Sook sensei is really good in storytelling, and not only in illustrating pretty art in panels. She would wove a story with several characters, not like any typical shoujo cliche where the romance greatly center on the main charas alone. She would always manage to create a theme in her stories, and this time, it's victorian style. The only common theme I can see from her being in shoujo catergory is the school life aside from the usual trait in shoujo which is in love interest. I say this series is good but not the other two manhwa I read from hers. While the story ended somehow happy for the two main characters, it's not for the others. I think Eun and Angela also deserve to be happy. In addition to that, while the pacing was really good from vol 1 towards vol 6, vol 7 ended rather in rush to my taste too, just what others here said about the ending.

While I said that other characters have tragic end to theirs' stories, I also think that made impact an impression on me about their characters and on this manhwa, of which provoked me to have thoughts of the ending I would have like to see but, that's sensei for you. She managed to captivate her readers and eventually provoke their thoughts.

There some questions left unanswered to me like, who really killed Marianne. Did Gabriel went to America or did she ever leave London?

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Truthfully, I was rooting for Eun for Gabriel. He really cares for her. Eun is mature but due to his maturity, he would sacrifice things even for his own happiness. He is really a good older brother. Ah poor Euan...even how his life ended.

Sensei why did you created that tensions? That tensions and atmosphere that gripped my heart whenever Eun long to reach out to Jeremy but couldn't. Ah...my heart. I had my hope for them but got crushed in the end. Eun, can I have you myself instead? :D
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Rushed and confusing   
Rating: N/A
by kamerdiner
February 24th, 2013, 11:05am
It is a beautiful story, with nice characters, but it left me in a confused state, where I could not destinguish between them even at the end of manhwa. It is really rushed, with illogical plot twists and even romance is irregular. It is kinda sad, the ending does not bring any satisfaction.
Hovewer, The art is beautifull, and emotions are well displayed, and you can read it all in just a couple of hours. I personaly like gender-bender staff and manhwa, so it was just for me, but it does not compete with any decent manga out there. Still, I would like to thank scanlators for quality work.
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Rushed ending, but otherwise good   
Rating: N/A
by timenchips
January 9th, 2013, 7:34pm
It could have been a 10/10 if only the ending wasn't so bad. I'm all for tragedies and plot twists, but from a storytelling perspective, what the author chose to do at the end didn't make much sense. It the story had continued on for 10 more chapters, then perhaps, I could understand. Anyway, it's a good read as long as you're okay with a less than mediocre ending.
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Involving   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ChocoKiss
August 20th, 2012, 12:00am
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I was actually rooting for the other love interest, but the author took a sudden liking for the other one...

I really enjoyed having a more-or-less realistic female character but I feel that the Gabriel in the beginning and the Gabriel in the end were different. What happened to the Gabriel who tackled nobles, stood up for horses and held her own? Sure, she might not have gotten far in a fair fight (she was an orphan girl who would've been a maid after all), but toward the end, it seemed like her favorite option was to run away. I think the Gabriel in the beginning would've found a way to fight against the invisible confinements set upon her by her "sponsors." She just seemed more spunky in the beginning and listless toward the end--except when she guarded herself with a fire stoker. Gotta love a girl who has wits enough to find a weapon!

I also hated how Euan's love which was a solid, constant factor in the story became something so trivial toward the end.

Still, some character developments were great. The art was pleasing (in a shoujo way), and the plot was all right. Nothing outstanding, but lots of politics and intrigue. It wasn't too dark and I really enjoyed it. Except the ending, of course, since I was rooting for the other one. :) I felt the ending was also rushed and inconclusive. The author didn't need to kill off certain characters and it was really aggravating, but like a previous reviewer mentioned, I suppose it does add to the realistic-touch of the story. And I felt that some deaths for other characters were necessary, but didn't happen. I just felt that certain deaths were... too abrupt and sudden. I felt that some characters didn't match their personalities at the end either (aside from the main character). Some people who were decrepit and disdainful with an obvious uncaring attitude suddenly become sympathetic with morals. Some characters who were friendly and amiable were hostile at the end. Some parts just didn't make sense at all. Like how a noble who spends his time sleeping with woman could fend off a professional hit man.

Which I'm still agonizing over since Euan had such awesome luck in avoiding and killing off a professional hit man hired by an insanely wealthy noble that he just had to wind up getting shot by random, less-professional hit men hired by some not-as-wealthy noble.... argh!

I do wish the author would have elaborated a bit more about Gabriel's past. I think background stories help to develop character and allow the readers to connect with them. It seems like it was more of a telling on Euan and Raymond's past than hers which, at times, made me feel detached from the main character. As though this isn't really HER story, but Euan's or Raymond's. Especially with the politics and intrigue more often revolving around them than Gabriel.

Overall, it was a mixed bag for me, but my enjoyment is what pushes the score to a 7. (Note that a 5 for me is average.) I read it all in almost one-sitting (had a few errands to run), and I DID enjoy that Gabriel was a heroine who did not shift fancies. Once she found her man, she stuck with him and wasn't swayed at all by anyone else. Gotta give props to that! Finally, a non-fickle female protagonist! I did hate how most of the females were rather... detestable. But I find this occurs a lot in korean stories (drama and books). Seems like 90% of the time, a woman will end up sly, sneaky, and in it for herself.

Overall, it was a quick read and I recommend it for those who aren't looking for another sappy shoujo.
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Fantastic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by KissTheStars
August 16th, 2012, 1:48am
this manhwa is absolutely great, the story was amazing it did make me soo sad at times especially when euan died and the what ray ended up with though having a family his life inside there was still somthing missing but im glad he found jeremy (Gabriel) in the end....if you dont know what im talking about and im totally sorry for the spoilers im afraid you'd just have to go red it yourself....though i wish there was more chapters :'(
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Boring, not really worth it   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by korinacaffeine
August 10th, 2012, 9:29am
Hideously boring and frustrating. The plot doesn't seem to know where it's going. Maybe it's just because I'm not really a yaoi/shounen-ai fan, but I really couldn't get into this.

The ending was just as boring and anticlimactic as the rest of the shoujo and it will leave you scratching your head. Absolutely nothing is accomplished in this story. The whole thing felt like an excuse to write a boylove story about old England.
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