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The Lemon Grove [Kindle Edition]

Helen Walsh
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As recommended on BBC Radio 2 Book Club, a tense, sensuous and piercingly insightful story of sexual obsession.

Each summer, Jenn and her husband Greg return to Deia, on Mallorca's dramatic west coast. This year the arrival of Emma, Jenn's stepdaughter, and her new boyfriend Nathan threatens to upset their equilibrium. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by Nathan's youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly-charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy. For Jenn, after this summer, nothing can ever be the same.

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This year's summer must read (LOOK MAGAZINE)

A slinky, sultry, seductress of a novel...tense, poignant and honest (Lori Lansens, author of The Girls)

Extraordinarily, electrifyingly good (Lisa Jewell)

This honest, engaging and readable novel deftly explores aspects of ageing, authenticity and identity (The Sunday Times)

Should be at the top of your summer reading list (Stylist)

Sensuous and sexy, with a nail-biting sense of trepidation... Unputdownable (Marie Claire)

A gripping, sexy summer read (Jenny Colgan)

Sultry, sexy, intense (Cosmopolitan)

'This year's Beautiful Ruins' (Glamour)

A steamy study of transgressive passion (Sunday Express)

Sultry and shocking (Woman & Home)

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Sun. Desire. Obsession. An explosive, intelligent novel from the prize-winning author of Brass.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 970 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345813960
  • Publisher: Tinder Press (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F0LV2OW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable reading 23 Mar. 2014
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Helen Walsh is an author who certainly doesn't shy away from difficult subjects. I thoroughly enjoyed her previous novels, Once Upon A Time in England and, in particular, Go To Sleep, but unfortunately this one didn't engage me in quite the same way.

Jenn is enjoying her annual holiday in Spain with her nice but rather dull husband Greg. They're awaiting the arrival of their 15 year old daughter (actually Jenn's stepdaughter) Emma and her new boyfriend Nathan. When the young couple arrive Jenn is immediately overwhelmed by her strong feelings for Nathan, and from then on we just know it's not going to end well!

What follows makes for uncomfortable reading at times as Jenn embarks journey of sexual discovery with her young and very eager new lover. It's pretty graphic, but I can't say I found it particularly sexy. I think in Walsh's previous novels I've found something in the characters with which I could identify, or at least understand. My difficulty here was that I didn't like any of them (not that that's essential in a novel) and just found their actions frustrating and annoying.

I did wonder whether I would have enjoyed the book more if I'd read it over a hot summer holiday (rather than a damp March commute) - the steamy, oppressive atmosphere is certainly well conveyed. Overall a disappointment then, but based on her back catalogue this slight blip certainly won't deter me from reading more from this author in future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The novel is a great holiday read 30 Aug. 2014
By Snazzy
Helen Walsh’s The Lemon Grove is an absorbing tale of desire and passion amongst the exotic setting of Deia in Mallorca. Jenn is on holiday with husband Gregg and his daughter Emma, but their ritual of holidaying at Deia every year with just the three of them is about to be ruined when Emma insists that her new boyfriend Nathan must join them. Jenn and Gregg have never met Nathan before, but as soon as Jenn sets eyes on him she feels a spark and attraction there that she feels is reciprocated. Set over the course of a week, the novel follows Jenn’s relationship with Nathan as it grows dangerously sexual, and her changing connection with her husband and step-daughter.

The novel is a great holiday read, mixing beautiful scenery with sexual tension at every turn. Though the subject matter is quite serious, the story is nevertheless really interesting and atmospheric, and made me dream of sunbathing on a Spanish island somewhere.

The theme of age is really prevalent throughout the novel. Jenn is preoccupied with her aging body and continuously compares herself to Emma, whilst the fact that Nathan is so young makes Jenn feel that the affair is more her fault than his, even though it takes two people to have an affair and Nathan is the one who, towards the beginning of the novel, initiates intimacy between them.

There are some really graphic scenes in the novel which serve to further emphasise the sordid relationship between Jenn and Nathan. Although Jenn feels lust and longing towards Nathan and wants to be around him, most of the time she just feels unhappy, guilty and disgusted with herself. Their sex scenes often seem rushed, enveloped in the seediness of an affair with her step-daughter’s boyfriend.

Jenn is a tricky character to work out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "... somewhere he is wearing his white flower..." 28 Jan. 2015
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I'm a fan of Helen Walsh's books. She is down to earth, unafraid of life's intimate moments and although her earlier books are not quite decent sometimes, she seems to have changed the deliberate and obvious for a much more seamless and entertaining style. Not that the family she has invented for this book is in for an easy ride. They are on holiday in Mallorca, in a lovely villa with a pool. They have been to this villa several times and take possession with a sense of pleasure. The only problem is that Emma, who is fifteen, has managed to persuade her Dad to allow her new boyfriend, Nathan to come too, and from the very beginning Jenn senses that he likes her, perhaps more than he should.

Jenn feels guilty for her undercurrents of feeling for Nathan, who is seventeen, very good-looking, and personable. Greg, her husband is less taken, as you might expect. So far, so predictable, but Walsh is an excellent writer and she doesn't stick at the obvious. This is a very neat little tale, and it is only towards the end that you might begin to feel she has just about steered the action away from danger, but there is a fatal little flaw which is not given away for some time. There is a deliciously wicked denouement that you might have missed had you not been paying attention. Deserved perhaps, given the game Jenn and Nathan have been playing. Will she get herself out of her tight corner? I'm not saying.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Give it a miss 22 July 2014
I was seduced into buying this book by the wonderful cover picture, the title and the synopsis. Unfortunately, although I stuck with it, I was very disappointed. I didn't particularly like any of the characters. I didn't feel it was well-written; it didn't flow all that well and at times I was rather confused - not knowing how many days had passed, or when one day had ended and another had begun. I thought "he" and "she" were a bit over-used, and occasionally I was left wondering who exactly the author was talking about. Did not like the language used - it seemed to come from nowhere (pardon the pun); none of the characters really swore so couldn't imagine why the author had decided to include such graphic words. Thought the whole thing was a bit unbelievable. However, I did like the very end. Such a pity the rest of the book wasn't as good as the final three pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story and nicely raunchy at times. A bit disappointed as it fizzled out towards the end.
Published 2 days ago by St Maurice
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 days ago by jane edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Steamy, well written page turner...
Loved it! Middle aged woman goes on holiday with her man and sultry teenage daughter and her young boyfriend. Read more
Published 26 days ago by keen reader
4.0 out of 5 stars An adult book for adults
I'm dismayed by some of the very negative reviews for this book. Unjustifiable in most cases. I think a lot of the time people just aren't smart enough or emotionally intelligent... Read more
Published 27 days ago by bookpike
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother
Published 28 days ago by Celia Rose
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Rubbish not engaging at all
Published 1 month ago by Brian Torbet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A really good book
Published 1 month ago by Kevin jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars So-so
Over the top sex scenes but great for a summer read. In fact I am going to Mallorca this year as a result of reading this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Penny Money
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing can be more boring.
Nothing can be more boring.

I find it incredible that a publisher accepted this manuscript for publishing. It is a very dull book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Discerning Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars very good book
I Thoroughly enjoyed the lemon Grove. It's a very atmospheric book which is an ideal summer read. I recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Laura
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