Good Year for the Roses, A : A Novel Paperback – 21 Aug 2014
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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
"Delightful reading... McNeil's lovely prose and plotting make this offering a universal tale for starting over." ""Publishers Weekly"
"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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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!
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!
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.
That being said, you know what you're getting and, if you like this, it's a great (but not highly original) 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gil McNeil has a distinctive style of writing, but I love all her books and, as the mother and grandmother of boys, I can relate to them all. This one doesn't disappoint.Published 2 months ago by A quilter
Good fun book but I have enjoyed all she has written. It makes you laugh and cry.Published 3 months ago by Peat Frances
An ok story, with the same features as her other stories; lone parent, snooty playground mother, supportive friends, unexpected lover, etc. A pleasant read, but not page-turning.Published 8 months ago by Eileen McDonald