Gardens Of Delight

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Orion, Dec 23, 2009 - Fiction - 496 pages
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A gorgeous, heart-warming tale set among the gardens of Italy from bestselling author Erica James.

The Gardens of Delight brochure promises the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful gardens in the Lake Como area of Italy. For Lucy, the chance to go to Italy offers more than just gardens. Lake Como is where her father lives, and the last time she saw him was when she was just a teenager.

Recently married Helen and her wealthy husband have just moved into the Old Rectory. With her husband spending so much time away from home, Helen throws herself into caring for the garden. But Helen needs help - and friends - and so decides to take the plunge and join the local Garden Club.

Conrad isn't the least bit interested in gardening. Widowed for five years, his life revolves around work and humouring Mac, his elderly uncle who lives with him, and who has expressed a desire to go on the Gardens of Delight tour. Reluctantly, Conrad agrees to accompany him. 'Anything for a peaceful life,' he concedes. But a peaceful life is the last thing any of them are in for...

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User Review  - SueinCyprus - LibraryThing

Disappointing. Erica James has written some excellent and moving books (eg 'Precious Time') but this one was more like a TV soap than a novel. Far too many people, multiple viewpoints, and almost no character development. Read full review

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User Review  - auntieknickers - LibraryThing

As with others of James's recent books, there is a bit more darkness to this story than in some of her earlier work. There are a couple of characters who may fairly be called villains! It was an ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion.

The author of many bestselling novels, including GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

Visit her website www.ericajames.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @TheEricaJames

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