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Good Year for the Roses, A : A Novel Paperback – 21 Aug 2014

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HYPERION (21 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341916
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A heroine whom readers will root for, and the fun quirky cast of characters (and animals) will keep the laughter flowing.... [A] story that fans of Vanessa Diffenbaugh's "The Language of Flowers" will devour." ""Library Journal
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"Delightful reading... McNeil's lovely prose and plotting make this offering a universal tale for starting over." ""Publishers Weekly"
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"Add A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES to the growing number of novels in which unsuspecting women are lured to the countryside to be met with hilariously obstinate poultry, batty relatives, and hard-earned success. Utterly charming." ""Booklist"""

About the Author

Gil McNeil is the author of The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club, Needles and Pearls, and Knit One Pearl One. She lives in Kent, England, with her son.


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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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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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I was highly disappointed by this book. It sounded like a great concept, but unlike very similar books to this one, this story just didn't seem to go anywhere.

I found it very hard to connect emotionally with the characters, and although I liked them, I found I just didn't care what happened to them.

The story moves along at a sedate pace, and I found it only really interesting in the last 10%, which isn't really enough for me.

Such as shame as I have read previous books by Gil McNeil and had been looking forward to this one.
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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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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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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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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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