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Sowing Secrets by [Ashley, Trisha]
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Praise for Trisha Ashley

‘Full of comedy and wit.’ Closer

‘Trisha Ashley writes with remarkable wit and originality-one of the best writers around!’ Katie Fforde

‘Fresh and funny’ Woman’s Own

Book Description

Watch out for temptation in the Garden of Eden…


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1170 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (29 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UZ5J86
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 169 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By D. Jones #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2011
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This is another excellent book by Trisha Ashley.

On the surface Fran is happy married, she has a beautiful daughter Rosie, close friends and a job that she loves, illustrating roses. But, even from the outset it is easy to tell that Fran's husband is not the man for her. She makes excuses for him, doesn't question his absences and kids herself that things are OK in her marriage, even though she misses the lack of intimacy and affection of late.

Fran has kept the name of her daughter's father a secret; most assume that it was her long time boyfriend from her college days. But, Fran remembers Adam, a gardener, with whom she had a drunken, but very memorable, one night stand many years ago.

Adam has since become a famous TV gardener and author who takes on huge garden restoration projects which are then shown on television. His latest project brings him back into contact with Fran, threatening to turn her carefully orchestrated life upside down.

The next door neighbours' antics are creepy and it was great to see them get their come uppance - something that I wish had happened to Fran's husband - he got away with his appalling behaviour far too lightly.

This isn't your usual chick lit; it is warm, funny, light hearted, well written and with likeable characters. I absolutely loved it and just could not put it down for more than a few minutes at a time.
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I really love Trisha Ashley's books. They are great fun, lively and full of characters. In this one I particularly liked the sanctimonious mother-in-law! The stories are interesting and well-written and she manages to keep you guessing. They are always full of information about other topics,(in this one it is old-fashioned roses),which adds to the story. A really great treat
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Fran thinks she has a lovely life, a husband, Mal who she still thinks is dashingly handsome, a lovely daughter, Rosie making her own way in t he world, her love of roses brought to bear in her own garden and her work as a cartoonist and artist, lovely friends and a rather eccentric mother. But like everyone Trish has secrets and for some reason everything is currently against her as life takes an unexpected turn.

Her daughter Rosie, was the result of a one night stand on the rebound after breaking up with her flighty boyfriend Tom, Fran is convinced well 99% convinced that this man Adam an alleged gardener is the father. Rosie is keen to know more, and no longer wants the fairy tales her mother has been telling her for the past few years. But will Rosie believe the truth?

Mal has made his own conclusions about this situation and seemingly tolerates his step daughter but only just. His life is structured, ordered and clean to the point of obsession. Everything that Fran and her family is not, but they have 'rubbed' along together nicely for a while. But now Mal is starting to develop a rather mean streak. Everything is not as it should be, cleanliness in the house, eggs not cooked correctly for his breakfast, toast burnt and Fran herself comes in for personal criticism (weight & clothes) as well. Mal was a most disagreeable character which I took an instant dislike to from the moment he was mentioned. Even when you feel Fran is trying to justify his actions to others, that perhaps we should feel sorry for him - I could not. I had an overwhelming desire to go and make a mess in his perfect life.

Everything only seems to be perfect when Mal is away and working and the true Fran comes out.
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I had to stop reading on several occasions as the tears were running down my face with laughter. Another cracker from Trisha Ashley! I took the kindle version of this book on holiday and read it within a matter of days as it was so easy to read and I was dying to find out what happened next - obviously everything is going to work out in the end but the plot just got better and better. I adore Trisha's writing style and really feel for each and every one of her characters. If you are in need of cheering up read this book, you wont be disappointed and it will make you want to read all of her other lovely books too.
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I am mainly a murder mystery reader but occasionally
delve into other genre like romance.
Trish Ashley is great I love her characters and their funny comments.
this is the second book I have enjoyed reading so have downloaded another.
The storyline is almost predictable but is all as it seems there are
a lot of twist in this story which will have you wondering to the end.
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I only have one regret about reading Trisha's books and that is I'm reading them out of order. OK, that's my fault.

Taking a break from the goings on at Sticklepond Trisha delves into the oft twinned subjects of unplanned pregnancies and landscape gardening. Well, not that common a subject really. Seeing how Fran and Adam start a relationship that wasn't there to be re-kindled was fascinating and a real master-class in characterisation and story-telling. The soon-to-be ex-husband turns out to be a real slime-ball, which is a recurring theme in Trisha's books and here, together with a pair of 'wow would I hate to have them' next door neighbours and her range of friends who help Fran to recover from the twin shocks of her marriage falling apart and Adam coming back into her life, make for an absorbing read that I found impossible to put down - and I hate writing in clichés.

Buy it people. If you're new to Trisha, you'll soon be hooked and want more; if you're a fan like me, you'll be hoping that you'll forget what you've read by the time you've finished it so you can pick it up and start again.
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