Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Book Review - A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde

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Title: A Secret Garden
Author: Katie Fforde
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 13th September 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

In spite of everything her heart lifted a little as she opened the gate to the secret garden…

Lorna and her friend Philly work together in the grounds of a beautiful manor house in the Cotswolds.

But even though they are surrounded by family and friends, the door to true love remains resolutely closed.

Could their discovery of a secret garden mean this is about to change? 

Two gardens, three fledgling friendships that could turn into more, all wrapped up in a story that was very pleasurable to read. 

Although the book is called A Secret Garden, I had completely forgotten there was meant to be one while reading, as it took so long to be discovered. Instead at first the book is about the grounds of a huge manor house, and the intention to reopen the garden that is being restored, in order to raise funds. 

Lorna is the gardener in charge of the garden restoration, and she meets stone mason Jack at a dinner party. It is very obvious very quickly how Jack feels but Lorna seems oblivious and rather lacking in confidence when it comes to men. 

Philly is young, grows her own flowers and has a bit of a crush on the man who runs the cheese stall opposite her at the market. And it is Philly and Lucien's story that I loved the most, they are rather different in background, but have plenty of similarities and I enjoyed seeing how their acquaintance develops. 

There is one other burgeoning friendship between really unlikely people, but I'll leave you to read and spot that one for yourself, as its rather sweet. 

If you know your daisies from your dahlias and your lilies from your laburnum then you will probably be able to picture the descriptions in the gardens a lot more than me, as although the names and colours of flowers were mentioned, unless I had google open while reading I wouldn't be able to get a clear idea of just how pretty these gardens were, although they sounded fantastic. 

I read A Secret Garden in an afternoon out in my own garden, and found it to be a peaceful and warm hearted story that drew me in and I didn't really notice the pages go past.  This is a good book from an author that I tend to love, which is full just a really pleasant story. 

Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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