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I liked the fact that the story included characters of all ages - from Philly to her grandfather. I enjoyed the background to the story though the secret garden itself doesn't come into it until more than half way through the book. I did however want to shake both Philly and Lorna at times as well Lucian's horrible parents and Lorna's adult son. However the conflicts made for some interesting conversations and it did show the way generations misunderstand each other.
If you want a light hearted romance to curl up with on a chilly afternoon then I can recommend this one and I'm sure Katie Fforde's many fans will love it. It certainly kept me entertained for a couple of afternoons though I don't think it is quite as good as some of her novels.
This is the story of Lorna and her pal Philly, we also have a great cast of supporting characters. They both work to make the grand house they work at look pretty amazing on the outside. Sadly for both of them they have been unlucky in love, but will all that change? But will a family’s that like most are a little crazy, and someone from the past cause problems for both of them, causing them to miss out on the opportunity for love? Or does fate have another plan? You will have to read the book to find out. It’s definitely worth the read.
Lorna is the gardener at Burthen House and has had a crush on the owner Peter, her childhood friend, since forever. He, meanwhile, has been enthusiastically dating women he's met on the Internet but has recently become serious about Kirstie, a very managing type. Lorna realises it is finally time to move on - and then meets Jack. Jack is handsome, very fit, somewhat younger than her - and is convinced he knows her from somewhere else ...
Philly lives with her grandfather, known as 'Grand', in a 'tumbledown money pit' that they bought mainly for the attached smallholding - where Philly can grow her plants and sell them on her market stall. Since Grand was widowed, he's become addicted to TV shows like Bake Off and discovered a hidden talent for baking the most delicious cakes, which he now sells on Philly's stall. While waitressing at a party, Philly meets Lucien, a chef who would rather be an artisan baker. He thinks she's great but his family are very 'posh' and Philly's ... aren't.
I loved all the talk about gardens and gardening. My parents used to grow plants in the same way as Philly does, so it brought back a lot of memories! And I always love reading books with big old houses in them. I think my favourite scenes were where Philly and Lucien visit his godfather and meet his old nanny - or 'Evil Mary Poppins', as Philly calls her - and the bit when Lucien's parents turn up unexpectedly! I loved all the characters but I think my favourites were Grand and Lady Anthea - whose 'secret' garden is the one being restored.Read more ›
As always, Katie creates happy endings for all her characters and they are all wonderfully constructed with no sign of a designer handbag or a Gucci loafer!
Genuine people who I would love to meet.
I'm sure that you would like me to tell you what it's all about and so I will just tell you this - read it! You won't regret it.
Again a very nitpicky review, but her early books were so good and it is sad when a writer falls below par.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Katie ford, hut this was okay. Normally I can't put her books down. I enjoyed this but could definitely put it down.Published 2 days ago by Diane Norburn
Not a standout book, but pleasant story. Everything works out for the best, which is what we like!Published 2 days ago by juliajeffery
A really relaxing story. Katie Fforde at her best. I would highly recommend!Published 2 days ago by kjs
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