Having lived in a beautiful village in the south east of England this book was like taking a trip down memory lane. It is beautifully written, with charismatic characters and descriptions that leave you wanting more.
Would-be gardener Daisy can’t believe her luck when her parents announce they’re off on a midlife-crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden. After a turbulent few months, a spell of quiet in the countryside is just what she needs.
A shoulder to cry on wouldn’t go amiss either – so when Daisy comes across Elaine and Jo, she breathes a sigh of relief. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own . . .
As Daisy wrestles the garden into something resembling order, her feelings for handsome Irishman George, begin to take root. But Daisy’s heart’s desire – her parent’s garden – is under threat, and she is forced to confront nosey neighbours and fight greedy developers. Village life is turning out to be far from peaceful.
When Daisy walks in one day to find her boyfriend and best friend in an over friendly embrace she flees her life and everything she knows and ends up in Steeple St John. A beautiful quaint village where her wealthy parents own Orchard House and its stunning gardens.
Daisy’s job is to stay under the radar, keep herself to herself and bring the garden back to life. Gardening is her one love and she soon starts to feel drawn into village life. The lovely Thomas, 50 years her senior proves to be a ray of light and they soon partner up to work on the garden.
Elaine, a lady in her own right seems to have it all but with plenty of cracks on the surface and Jo, a counsellor has been hiding a massive secret from her daughter Martha. When the three woman strike up an unlikely friendship they start and try to put the world to rights. Of course the book wouldn’t be complete without a little love, enter gorgeous George and his Irish charm and gentle giant Ned the village vet.
This book flows so well and keeps you hooked with its warm heartedness and perfect description of village life. From Pimms in the local pub courtyard to rows upon rows of perfect gardens. The flower descriptions was a nice change from anything I’ve read before and you find yourself routing for these almost real life characters. A perfect read for your rural retreat or beach holiday this summer.
Thank you to Pan Macmillan and Netgalley for my advanced reading copy of this book.