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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (4 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014100441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141004419
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. F. Allen on 3 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
Prue Leith's novel is a triumph for all those who believe that age and experience make an infinitely more tasty dish than unblemished youth. She writes evocatively about gardening, and the ending is refreshingly free from moral judgement. Read this, especially if you're over forty, female and divorced, to be reminded that you don't always have to pay a high price for having a good time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Crew on 26 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Thoroughly enjoyable, quite apart from the impressive knowledge of gardens which gives it structure and realism. But I should like Prue Leith to write a "bigger book". I don't mean in length but in reach. She has such a strong narrative gift,but also obviouse experience of life and is a thinker. She could do more than entertain us if she set her mind to it
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I read this story when it was titled 'The Gardener' and loved it. I have enjoyed all Prue Leith's novels and was excited to receive what I thought was a new title. The summary of the story was very familiar so I can only assume that 'A Lovesome Thing' has been reprinted with an updated cover and different title. It's a good story whichever title you get!
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anna Trapido on 27 Mar. 2004
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It is seldom that one finds a novel about people and gardens that makes you turn the pages as though it was a thriller. Here the protagonist is a woman who has an exciting affair and is not punnished for it. She didnt exist to make a moral point, she was just a perfectly nice person for whom the affair wasn't all she was.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
fine contemporary tale 28 July 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Middle-aged Sam Warren leaves his fortyish wife Lotte and their three children for a younger babe. Instead of crying at her loss, Lotte makes a major career move; she ends her work as an architect to study horticulture.

Not long after she qualifies as a horticulturist, wealthy Irish business mogul Brody Keegan hires Lotte to work at his fifteenth century estate, Maddon Park. Lotte and her three kids relocate there so that she can restore the place to its former splendor based on an old map. Originally only interested in the fame the property provides him, the married Brody soon finds Lotte's élan for life and the past hooks him. Lotte reciprocates though a college archivist likes her too. When Brody's empire collapses he heads to the states while the English Lotte continues to make Maddon park a place worth seeing.

Though there is little in the way of major conflict or action, A LOVESOME THING is a fine contemporary tale that emphasizes the importance of enjoying what you do as life is too short otherwise. The story line contains a delightful cast, but clearly the tale belongs to the heroine. Besides the support cast motivated by Lotte's gusto, readers also will feel the spell of her upbeat look at the world especially her beautiful way of seeing the old country house and the gardens.

Harriet Klausner
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And it will make a great film 29 July 2004
By M. J. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Lotte's love: a spinning bottle. But where will it rest? If this were the sole engagement, then the resolution here, alone, would be intriguing, imaginative. But there is much more, and I can only recommend reading this book. Get an insight into working obsessively, from someone who has clearly observed it. Rises and falls, equally well displayed. Plenty of great observation, and then there is the central artery, running splendidly through the whole like a seaside town through rock. The star is old, and has had countless makeovers, but remains irresistible to the cast of the novel (almost without exception) and to the reader. She is, of course, a lovesome thing.
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