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A Good Year for the Roses [Kindle Edition]

Gil McNeil
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Newly divorced and struggling to find a way to support her three boys, Molly Taylor is stunned when she inherits Harrington Hall, her late aunt's beloved yet dilapidated bed and breakfast. But does she really want to take over a three-hundred-year-old manor house on the Devon coast where the only thing that doesn't need urgent attention is the beautiful rose garden?

Once she gets over the initial shock, Molly is ready dive right in, but the universe has other plans: she must first overcome the needs of her eccentric uncle (and his pet parrot), the ambitions of her conniving brother, and the disquiet of her three sons. Not to mention an unexpected chance at new love. Nothing is going according to plan - and then Harrington begins to work its magic and the roses start to bloom . . .

Charming, uplifting and highly entertaining, A Good Year for the Roses is a story for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over. Wonderfully warm and witty, it will have you smiling until you turn the very last page.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (1 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KQ3N0GM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 2 July 2014
By Mendel
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This book was delivered to me yesterday,and by bedtime I had read it. A story of every day life, but so interesting and amusing. The author has a great understanding of children and the joys and difficulties of being a mother
The main character is a single mother, newly divorced with three children, don't let that put you off, the story is engaging, the people mostly likeable, and it leaves you feeling good. Recommended whether or not you like children, out Will make you smile!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly lacking something 31 July 2014
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Disappoints as it goes along. What a let down.
Wasted words and wasted plot in some cases. However, I loved the beginning the Hall saving the day etc. Loved the boys but felt they were a bit neglected, when involved in dialogue or plot they were swiftly dispatched - to set a table or clear the table or some such chore. I became heartily sick of people making cups of tea, putting the kettle on, making coffee - good way of using up words, I include the information about roses in this comment! WHY? I expected their surname to be Rose.
The time lapses were too long. Not enough time spent on major incidents, e.g. mum & dad's problem, brother & dad's sneaky double dealings especially regarding share dividends! And Stephen. Ivy' s party was over before it began! WHY did Molly fall down stairs??
All in all it was half a book with author's notes attached. Very "bitty" and quite lazy!
I'm being very generous awarding 3 stars, this book only deserves 1.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone! NEVER thought I'd ever say that about a Gil McNeil book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this novel - a super summer read 25 July 2014
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I really enjoyed this novel - a super summer read. I'm a big fan of the author but have to admit this echoed her other novels in terms of both style and content. Once again we have a single mother of boys, inheriting a life changing business by the sea with a rich and generous single friend. The main character speech pattern and vocabulary matched that of previous lead characters in her other books.

That being said, you know what you're getting and, if you like this, it's a great (but not highly original) read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Summer Story ... 29 July 2014
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... of single parenthood, stroppy teenagers, charming small boys, beautiful countryside and splendid characters. No, it's not for adrenaline junkies, no car chases or whodunnits here, but a slice of modern life with a bit of wish-fulfilment thrown in, and where's the harm in that? Molly is someone I'd like to know, making the best of what life has dealt her with wit and humour, and her waspish, high-maintenance friend Lola is a delight - as is Bertie, her eccentric uncle, and his foul-mouthed parrot Betty (note - has there ever been a literary parrot without a four-letter-word vocabulary?), plus Molly's three sons. The main people are skilfully drawn, we get to know them well over the period of the book, and Aunt Helena, whose sad and unexpected death is the catalyst for Molly's decision to change her life, also seems real and vivid although she only appears in the memories and reminiscences of those who loved her. As a parent of two boys myself (though they're now grown up), I could strongly relate to the joys and tribulations of parenting Dan, Ben and Alfie (called Annie Rose by his elder brothers when they want to annoy him). And above all I could relate to the beautiful rose garden that Gil McNeil describes so well. This is a warm comfort read that I can see myself coming back to in the dark days of winter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Found By Accident, but very pleased I did! 30 Aug. 2014
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I was looking for a new book, I have read all my favorite authors new releases, when I came across this book and I was so pleased I did. I enjoyed the story line very much, the characters we likable, the reference to roses and the names and variety description very interesting (you do not need to be the next budding Chelsea Flower Show entrant to enjoy this book!!). If you want a good read this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing read 6 Aug. 2014
By Frannym
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Loved this book. Laughed out loud quite a bit... down to earth, funny and honest.
A lovely story about a downtrodden woman making a new life for herself and her 3 boys after her husband leaves her for a younger woman. She not only finds a better life and home but changes a few other people's lives too. Can't wait to read more by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book full of roses and laughter 7 July 2014
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This is one of those novels were when you beginning reading it, you will be hard pressed to stop. The wit and clever nature of the author are quite apparent even early on in this book and it makes for a delightful read.

I enjoyed the plot, the characters and the overall story very much, but what made me want to keep turning pages the most, was the relationship between the main character and her children. There were so many times during this novel that I laughed out loud and nodded my head in agreement. My boys do so much of the same thing and I felt I could easily identify with her position.

Very much a woman's novel, this is perfect for those who have loved and lost, and those who seek a new path in life. Gil McNeil is a master at getting inside the mind and heart of the reader and displaying human qualities in her characters that make it easy for the reader to connect with them.

There is a lot of humour in this book, which I liked very much. Even during serious situations the author managed to lighten the mood with her ability to toss out random phrases and thoughts that make you laugh.

For a book that is heavily dialogue driven, you definitely want to see good dialogue. That happens here and it felt very natural and not forced.

This is an excellent book, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes stories of courage and family.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
Lovely family story as always from this author, I have read all her books and this is one of the best.
Published 2 months ago by Shoppingnana
4.0 out of 5 stars well written, easy reading
After having read the 'knitting duet' of books, leant by a friend, which I really enjoyed, I purchased A good Year for the Roses. Well written, easy to read, but. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ladybird girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody marvelous!
Really enjoyed this book. Pure escapism and would lend itself to a sequel. The characters are lovely, the situations with the children are very recognisable and the garden and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gez
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 4 months ago by annie
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a really good read. Good story with line lots of different...
This was a really good read. Good story with line lots of different characters which kept you interested. Would highly recommend
Published 4 months ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Absolutely loved this book - so glad I discovered another author - can't wait to read the rest of her books if they are as hilarious as this one!
Published 4 months ago by Amanda Petty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fine thanks
Published 4 months ago by JCarley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely and gentle feel-good read
Published 4 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book as I have loved all the other ...
I loved this book as I have loved all the other Gil McNeil books. I really hope there will be more about this group of characters.
Published 5 months ago by Marylyn MacLennan
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite type of rose
I always thought that no other book could top Divas don't knit but I think it may have met it's match. Beautiful writing yet again by Gil McNeil.
Published 5 months ago by Jill McCarthy
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