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the Mermaid Garden
on 14 September 2013
This is the second book by this author for me and I found it so enjoyable. It spans two time frames one present day in Devon, the other in Tuscany 1960 onwards. Floriana, a young peasant girl from a Tuscany village dreams of the big house with it's breath-taking gardens and beautiful people, far away from her life of poverty with her drunken Father and errant Mother. Spotted by Dante, son of the wealthy Massimo family, he invites her to look around and from then on, for a while at least, Floriana's world is turned upside down as she has a taste of the good life.
Present day and Marina is struggling to keep her dream afloat; a beautiful castle converted to a hotel high on the Devon cliffs overlooking the sea. She employs an artist in residence to come for the summer, hoping to attract more customers but what she gets is a mysterious figure who seems to know quite a lot from her hidden past.
I loved this. It's pure escapism, not an in depth read but perfect to curl up with and devour in a day. Whether you enjoy the past story of little Floriana or present day with Marina you will want to reach the conclusion to see if they have shared any memories and to find out just what their secrets are. Descriptive passages galore here with wonderful images of both the character's beloved gardens. This author certainly knows how to pull at the heart strings too so if you're after a light read with a romantic twist, this is for you.