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Folly [Paperback]

Alan Titchmarsh
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Book Description

6 Aug 2009

Jamie Ballantyne and Artemis King were never meant to fall in love. The feud between their families has run for three generations.

But whatever Jamie's head might tell him, his heart will always belong to Artemis. After fifty years, perhaps it's time for the Kings and the Ballantynes to bury the hatchet.

Then Jamie and Artemis start to uncover their shared past. What they find will rock the foundations of both their families, as a web of deceit and intrigue is ruinously exposed ...

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340936878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340936870
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally trained at Hertfordshire College of Horticulture and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Alan Titchmarsh is the author of over 40 books about gardening, including How to be a Gardener Book 1: Back to Basics, the fastest-selling of all time in the genre, and the bestselling The Kitchen Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg. He writes for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, and is gardening correspondent for the Daily Express and Sunday Express. He has presented Gardeners' World, the annual coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show and Nature of Britain, and has his own daily chatshow and presents his own show on Radio 2.

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Art, antiques and romance are the ingredients: Titchmarsh boils the pot to a fine froth. (SAGA Magazine)

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A fantastically feelgood novel from the bestelling novelist Alan Titchmarsh

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan's Back on Form 7 Nov 2008
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Alan is back on form with this wonderful novel. I found his last one (Love and Dr Devon) a bit naff (sorry Alan), but "Folly" was really lovely. Found it very hard to put down and I love happy endings. Can't wait for the next one!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of twists and turns 2 Mar 2009
This is probably Titchmarsh's most complex novel to date. It concerns three generations of two families and their interaction one with another. It operates in two time periods. The main ingredients are fine art and families. I found aspects confusing, a bit like a Rubik cube; you think you've got some relationship sported out when something happens to baffle you again. It is, like all his novels engaging and absorbing. This is a well written book with all the usual twists and turns. There is however an unfortunate flaw. The basic premise of the novel which I won't reveal here - does not legally hold water. That aside, you will be hugely entertained by this book.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully exciting love story! 31 Oct 2008
MR. Titchmarsh has written another wonderful story. He is such a natural story teller, there is nary a phony note in his writing. This is the story of two lovers who were never supposed to be due together due inter-generational feud between their families. The lovers start learn of the long buried reasons behind the decades long feud, and what they find will rock the worl of both families. This is an easy to read story that will keep you turning the pages!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I was presently surprised! I thought a guy who presents a gardening programme could not possibly write fiction but I was wrong. I enjoyed the story line, the twists and turns, and of course the happy(ish) ending. I am looking forward to trying some more of his books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read 16 Aug 2013
By Hafren
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Predictable plot, well written,easy reading no great depth of thought needed but enjoyable nonetheless .good addition to my kindle list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Folly? Some of the facts are 30 Sep 2010
By T. Wagg
I usually find Titchmarsh very readable, if somewhat slightly soppy.
I enjoyed this book up to the point where the relationship between the two main subjects, Jamie and Missy, became intertwined as a result of their parents ancient infidelity / sexual relationship.
The essence of the story was that this couple were in love but they could not continue their relationship as it had been revealed that Missy was the illegitimate daughter of Jamie's half brother. In other words his half blood first cousin. However in English Law, since the time of Henry V111, who had married his first cousin (and had had the law changed to facilitate it) such marriages have been legal & permissible.
Instead of letting the story develop naturally, the writer added the incredulous plot that Missy herself was the illegitimate product of her dead mother's infidelity with the former best friend of of her husband. Fortunately he had killed off the errant couple but it didn't stop it from leaving me with my questioning this unbelievable and incredulous novel.
All in all a little disappointing and I know that Titchmarsh can do better!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disapointed 3 July 2010
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i have been a great fan of alan tichmarch up to this book. I an really disapointed. I am half way through reading it and I still cant work out which character is which. The characters have no depth to them and I am sorry to say That i cant be bothered to finish it. Try harder next time alan
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to standard 29 Nov 2009
Alan Titchmarsh is normally one of my favourite authors but I could not get to grips with this confusing book. It flits around from one year to another and, by the time I reached a quarter of the way through it, not only was I confused but I couldn't have cared less what happened to the characters.
Please Alan, get back to your normal style of writing. I usually find your books impossible to put down until I have finished them - not this one though, I'm afraid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read by Alan Titchmarsh as always prompt service excellant
Published 7 days ago by J DELL
4.0 out of 5 stars The folly of all times
Difficult to follow the folly at times but eased gently at the end to a clear understanding how everyone fitted in together the last piece of the jigsaw
Published 23 days ago by Vikki
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This is the first book I have read of Alans wasn't greatly impressed, but its not bad, I will try another one
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. M. Hockin
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
An excellent read easy to follow even though it is in two time zones with a good twist in the tail at the end
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
A book that was very well written , with a really good story line and well worth reading.
As I'm a bit of an artist myself I thoroughly enjoyed the content because I too am a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs E D C
4.0 out of 5 stars Storywriter
Alan is not I thought a story writer as he is a gardener. I was wrong he is brilliant. I think I have read almost all his books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
excellent book ,plenty of changes to storyline.Liked the two generations running at the same time but still not giving away the complete story until the end.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Alan is a very easy going, but thoughtful author. I thoroughly enjoyed the twiste and turns in the novel.
His other books are a delight also.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I thought the story was excellent, a real good read.It was a good twist to the story,and a shock at the end.
Published 4 months ago by robert Robson
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read enjoy on holiday
Easy read and some nice twists in the story enjoyed the final twist would recommend this short book I will try another from Alan Tichmarsh collection of books
Published 4 months ago by Alan Harry Heaton
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