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5 Peppermint Grove

5 Peppermint Grove [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Jackson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Number four in the Irish Times Bestsellers list in original fiction week ending 4th January 2014

Praise for 5 Peppermint Grove

Michelle never lets the reader guess what’s coming and keeps the suspense with the warmth she adds to every page. Bookshelf reviews

Jackson's latest novel will resonate with many Irish readers who have been touched by the heartbreak of emigration. Funny and empathetic, it is probably her best work yet. Irish Independent

Another great book by a great Irish author! Michelle Jackson never disappoints! Bookworm

Personally I think this is my favourite out of Michelle's books that I've read so far as it had a little bit of everything in it, an interesting mix of characters, stunning location, family dramas, great friendships, new romances, as well as a bit of intrigue.

Emigration, emigration, emigration…Ruth Travers is leaving Ireland like so many of the Irish Diaspora who have gone before her. But unlike most she’s travelling business class on a Boeing 777 and will be landing in sunny Perth Western Australia sometime in January. Leaving behind her married boyfriend of ten years, Ruth hopes to make a fresh start but not everyone is happy with Ruth’s decision to go. When she tells her mother Angela that she is Australia bound she is met with scorn. It is only when she discovers an airmail envelope with the address 5 Peppermint Grove scrawled across it that Ruth wonders why her parents left Australia without explanation.
Her best friend Julia Perrin gently orchestrated the move for her friend’s own good. She is a successful business woman with her own travel company and so busy fixing everybody else’s life she sees no need to do so with her own…until she visits Ruth in Perth! Sunshine, sandy beaches and Barbeques abound but there may be more than Angela’s secret waiting for them in Peppermint Grove…

About the Author

Michelle Jackson is the author of five bestselling novels. Her novels all have a travel theme and are numbered one to five. One Kiss in Havana , Two Days in Biarritz , Three Nights in New York and 4am in Las Vegas. She enjoys researching new settings and weaves different cultural and social findings into her books. Her work has been successfully translated internationally and is available in Norwegian, Dutch, German and Portuguese.

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  • Print Length: 376 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michelle Jackson has written six Irish best-selling novels set in exotic locations. 'One Kiss in Havana', 'Two Days in Barritz' and 'Three Nights in New York' '4am in Las Vegas' '5 Peppermint Grove' and 'Six Postcards Home' are all available on Amazon kindle. With a background as a designer and art teacher she sees her writing as painting with words. Her passion for travel has influenced her hugely and she writes travel articles for newspapers and periodicals. Her first children's book is now available on kindle entitled 'The Boy who liked Ice Cream Too Much.'
She has also co-written a non-fiction book of inspiration for women entitled 'What Women Know.' Her novels have been translated into several European languages.
She is a native of Howth, County Dublin Ireland where she lives with her husband and two children.

To find out more see her website
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful find 1 Jan 2013
An absolutely delicious novel, warm, well-developed characters and a fluid style of writing that just had us captivated.Ruth has decided to relocate so that she can get some new bearings in her life: her love life to date has not been great. Great friend Julia has set Ruth up with the new job in Perth and as the story progresses there is joy, heartache and some real life sadness, all bound up in a tale of two cities - Dublin, where the story opens and Perth where much of the story settles. Wonderful descriptions of Dublin, balanced by the "sense of hopelessness" that has pervaded the city over the past years with the economic downturn, and the consequent loss of so many people leaving the country to find work. Perth - heat and light permeate everything in this far flung city on the West Coast of Australia, that has beautiful vistas and a wealth of eateries and bars, just like Dublin.

So, transport yourself and enjoy a good read!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars family and friends connects across the world.. 28 Sep 2013
By Petra "I love to read" TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
5 Peppermint Grove by Michelle Jackson for me was a great read which had me addicted to the lives of the characters within the pages. As we first meet Angela in 1976, she is packing her and her son's things to return to Ireland her place of birth from Australia. Immediately I knew there was a mystery there but as always Michelle keeps her readers guessing to what is Angela's story and why her husband Fred did not immediately return with her to Ireland.
We do not meet again Angela until 2011 when we meet the baby she was pregnant with when leaving Australia and that is Ruth one of the main characters along with her best friend Julia. Ruth and Julia have grown up in the same area and have known each other's secrets but Ruth is fed up with her life and Julia does what she does best control those around her and gently aims her to taking a job back in the town of Perth in Australia where Angela left all those years before. There is many secrets throughout this book and they all come out before we reach the end, as Ruth and Julia come to a lot of decisions regarding their lives this was one very readable book which really give me a look into the lives of those who went to left Ireland to start new lives.
The only disappointment I had was one minor character and that was Gillian who worked for Julia I feel we should have known more about her unless this is for another book I do not know but her story had me wondering more about her and as I read the book I was questioning why does she behave towards men the way she does?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Peppermint Grove 25 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm normally a reader of thrillers, but have to say that 5 Peppermint Grove was a welcome change. When reading it I was reminded of the film 'Love Actually' because of all the different threads to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading another book by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peppy grove 23 Nov 2013
By Liz
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Lovely book about friendship , love and families . Didn't want it to end I think I want to emigrate to Australia it sounds amazing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant 9 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Can't believe I've had this book on my book shelf for almost a year. Read it in two nights this week, one night of which was a very late one cos I just couldn't put it down. What can I say Michelle Jackson does it again but I do think this is her best one yet, really makes me want to visit Perth. Fab story of true friendship, family, tragedy and love. Really enjoyed it and would absolutely love to see a follow up to this book, there is without doubt a second book to this story. Hopefully Michelle might see this review and get writing on it!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 1 Nov 2013
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Couldn't put this book down ....another great story by this author A great holiday read. A set of Michelle's books would make a great gift for someone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book by Michelle so far 5 Nov 2012
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Michelle Jackson is another one of the Irish authors that I discovered a few years ago and since then I've read most of her books, just one more to read, 4am in Las Vegas, which I bought earlier in the summer.

One of the things I love about Michelle's books are the destinations that she's taken us to, her first book was set in Havana, the next Biarritz, the next couple were both the US, New York and Las Vegas, and now 5 Peppermint Grove takes us to Perth, Australia.

Julia and Ruth have been best friends for years and are inseperable but Julia knows that Ruth needs a fresh start to make her finally realise that her ten year relationship with her married boyfriend is going nowhere. So when she hears of a job going she suggests that Ruth apply for it even if it means that she'll be moving half way across the world to Australia if she gets it, which of course she does.

Ruth had always known that her parents had spent some time in Perth but they'd returned to Ireland before she was born so when she lands the job she sees it as fate, a chance for her to see the place where they lived for herself as they never really talk about their time in Australia. Whilst in her parents attic she discovers an unopened letter addressed to a man in 5 Peppermint Grove, Perth which is a bit of mystery, why is it there and who is the man?

Before long Ruth is settling well into her new life in Australia, she's enjoying her job, making new friends and spends most of free time exploring the area that she's now living in. The only thing missing for her is her friends and family back home but soon she's welcoming them for a visit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating read
Excellent read. Set on both sides of the globe it makes interesting reading about two familys and one characters insight into herself
Published 1 month ago by Christine Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This was my first read by this author and I was riveted, couldn't wait to get home from work to start reading again . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming read
I wasn't gripped from the start of this book, unlike Michelle's other books. But when I got a few more chapters in, I was hooked. This is a heart warming well written novel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jacqueline.grimes4
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Never read any Michelle Jackson before and only purchased as it was a good price on my kindle. Loved this book, couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss Leighann Cunningham
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspiring
Flimsy story line with a lot of unnecessary events woven in for seemingly very little point. Not to my taste.
Published 8 months ago by librarygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!!
I am a big lover of Irish books and Irish writers (please check out my other reviews!) and when a friend recommended Michelle Jackson, I was delighted to discover a fresh new... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Geraldine Kittle
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
A cross between a gossip column in a teenager's magazine, and a travelogue about the Perth (Australia) area which I could have read online, I didn't need a so-called novel to do... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nuid
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